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Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” (Nina Simone Cover)

Netflix will release the original Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, this Friday, and we’ve already heard a series of songs off the accompanying RCA release, Nina Simone Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone. Lauryn Hill shared her renditions of “Feeling Good” and “I’ve Got Life,” and now we’re treated with another selection. Simone’… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 23, 2015 - 10:15 am

Ms. Lauryn Hill – “I’ve Got Life” (Nina Simone Cover)

Next week, the Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? is coming to Netflix, and shortly thereafter, RCA will be releasing a companion Simone tribute album. We’ve already heard one song from Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill’s cover of “Feeling Good.” And now, Ms. Hill has shared part of another cut,… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 20, 2015 - 11:44 am

Lauryn Hill – “Feeling Good” (Nina Simone Cover)

In a little over a week, Netflix is premiering its original Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? To accompany that release, a number of contemporary musicians have recorded covers of the iconic singer’s music, the rights to which are currently the subject of an extremely messy fight between Sony Music and Simone’s estate. These… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 17, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Watch The Trailer For Netflix’s Nina Simone Documentary

Nina Simone died in 2003, but her voice continues to echo into the present. There are dozens of examples of contemporary songs that sample Simone’s music, most notably when Kanye West excerpted Simone’s version of “Strange Fruit” in the haunting, pitch-shifted sample heard on Yeezus highlight “Blood On The Leaves.” Kanye’s choice to include that… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 29, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Landlady & Rubblebucket – “Be My Husband” (Nina Simone Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Landlady (pictured) and Rubblebucket are about to head out on tour together in support of their respective albums Upright Behavior and Survival Sounds. To mark the occasion, they’ve combined on an excellent cover of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband.” They’ve turned it into a duet, with the male vocal putting a new spin on the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 20, 2014 - 11:19 am

Xiu Xiu – “Just Say I Love Him” (Nina Simone Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

“Just Say I Love Him” is another cut from Xiu Xiu’s upcoming Nina Simone covers album. We’ve already heard his rendition of “Don’t Smoke In Bed” when we also learned that the project was inspired by Swans’ Michael Gira, who Xiu Xiu-architect Jamie Stewart has previously worked on covers with before. Get into the dark,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 25, 2013 - 10:55 am

Xiu Xiu – “Don’t Smoke In Bed” (Nina Simone Cover)

Not too long after they released 2012’s excellent Always, Xiu Xiu are back with another album, but this one is pretty different even by their standards. The record is entirely made up of Nina Simone covers, and was inspired by a conversation Xiu Xiu mastermind Jamie Stewart had with Michael Gira while they were touring… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 20, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Eric Burdon & Jenny Lewis – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

In 1965, British Invasion greats the Animals had a hit with their cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” and now the former Animals frontman Eric Burdon has teamed up with the former Rilo Kiley leader Jenny Lewis to record another version of the song. This one is for True Blood, the HBO… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 10, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Feist Video – “Sea Lion Woman”

Seems like everybody’s on board with The Reminder, you guys calling it “addictive,” “brilliant,” and saying “her voice is even better this time around … I don’t know how that is even possible.” So this clip oughta hold you over until Leslie puts together a “proper” vid from the record. Call this one a “webisode,”… More »

By: Stereogum / March 20, 2007 - 4:25 pm