Shovels & Rope
“Bad As Me”
Covering Tom Waits is a bad idea (ask Scarlett Johansson), but Carolina duo Shovels & Rope get it right. I wrote about Shovels & Rope recently, when I talked about the music of one of my favorite shows, Rectify, and have been taking in their new album Swimming Time lately, but unfortunately haven’t been able to give it enough listens in time for a review (I usually try to listen to something at least five times before discussing it). However, I wanted to cover the rising duo somehow, and having crept back into their catalog, I discovered their two-sided covers single they released for Jack White’s Third Man Records of Bruce Springsteen’s rockabilly “Johnny 99” and Tom Waits’ diabolical “Bad As Me”. While I love their relentless version of “Johnny 99”, their cover as “Bad As Me” is the 2nd best cover I have heard all year – next to the Bryan Ferry-sung cover of Robert Palmer’s “Johnny and Mary” Todd Terje put out this year – and deserving of a write-up.
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LxL patriarch Todd has been politely hounding me for a few months now to add my particular brand of musical discernment to the pages of Little by Listen. And let’s just lay the truth bare while we’re all gathered here today and acknowledge that the most important ingredient I bring to this Bitches Brew is, in fact, estrogen.
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Bad As Me
Recently in my life I made two purchases that I was extremely excited about and even more pleased with. First and foremost, the new Tom Waits album. Hardly any album in recent days has excited me as much as this new Tom Waits album. My hopes had set the bar for this one extremely high, and Tom did nothing but blow my expectations out of the water. My second purchase I would like to discuss, was my decision to finally join the iPhone family. I’ve been regrettably and painfully stuck with a Droid for the past two years, and now I am glad to say those days are over. Now, in being so extremely excited with both new and relevant purchases of my life, I thought, why not combine the two. So believe it or not, this review is actually being dictated through Siri on my iPhone. I have not typed a single word of it on a keyboard yet. A lot of people (including myself) were skeptical of this program at first, so I wanted to test it out in a big way. And yes, I will be fair and give an honest update at the end about what I changed after my Siri experience. So hear it is, the world’s first (this stat has not been fact checked) album review using iPhone 4S’ Siri/Pages applications … why not?
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