Though this relatively late 1995 you-are-there leans more toward Mr. Tim's hard-rock fascinations, such as AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," there is no doubt that Tiny celebrated the vocal mannerisms and inflections of the '20s and '30s, so much so that his sincerity was often mistaken for camp. He was infused with the crooner style (he once devoted an entire album to the songs of Russ Columbo), and here, on Elvis '"Are You Lonesome Tonight," he makes the stylistic leap between Bing and Presley, a symbiotic relationship often overlooked in the traceries of rock & roll's beginnings.
By Erick Zeidenberg on 04.22.11 in Reviews
To some bands, the idea of a cool cover is to take some guilty-pleasure tune and play it at either high-octane speeds or super-sloppy, as if to suggest that the whole pursuit is nothing more than the wink of a musical ey...
By Peter Blackstock on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A former violinist with Alejandro Escovedo steps out for a set of dreamy folk-rock including a cover of "Glad & Sorry" by Ronnie Lane, whom she also played with.
By Douglas Wolk on 08.24.14 in Reviews
Apparently the final incarnation of a project that Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch has been working on for upward of a decade, the soundtrack to his film God Help the Girl is a grand piece of personal mythology. It'...
By Maura Johnston on 07.23.14 in Features
The fact that "Weird Al" Yankovic still has people figuring out his lighter-than-air jokes three decades into his career puts him miles ahead of most other comedians.