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Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “King Of The Beats”

It can be bittersweet reminiscing about J Dilla during his birth week: celebrating his 2/7 birthday and the 2006 release of his instrumental beat tape/masterpiece…
Nate Patrin | February 11, 2019 - 10:52 am

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8 Jazz Covers Of “My Favorite Things” That Are Better Than “7 Rings”

Ariana Grande has had a pretty rough 2019, huh? And it's all thanks to "7 Rings," a song she's gotten a pretty sour critical reception…
Nate Patrin | February 5, 2019 - 1:29 pm

The Anniversary

“No Scrubs” Turns 20

If you had to pick one '90s popular music act that, success notwithstanding, should've been far luckier than they were, TLC would have to be…
Nate Patrin | February 1, 2019 - 11:33 am

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Rapper Dapper Snapper”

Edwin Birdsong passed last Monday at the age of 77. And I know it's a funny thing to furrow my brow over when I'm eulogizing…
Nate Patrin | January 28, 2019 - 12:34 pm

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8 Memorable Daniel Johnston Covers For Austin’s Inaugural Hi, How Are You Day

In the 2005 documentary The Devil And Daniel Johnston, Jeff Tartakov -- who founded Stress Records in order to help Johnston mass-release his tapes --…
Nate Patrin | January 22, 2019 - 10:45 am

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8 Britney Spears Covers That Don’t Suck

I don't know if anybody ever really put it on the record just after ...Baby One More Time was released as to what they thought…
Nate Patrin | January 14, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “When The Levee Breaks”

Fifty years ago this week, Led Zeppelin released their self-titled debut album, and -- well, it's Led Zeppelin, you know the deal. Revolutionized hard rock,…
Nate Patrin | January 11, 2019 - 1:51 pm

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Ripped Open By Metal Explosions”

When songwriter/composer/pianist Galt MacDermot passed away last week one day shy of his 90th birthday, the people who memorialized him could be paired off into…
Nate Patrin | December 24, 2018 - 11:09 am

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All I Want For Christmas Is No More Covers Of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

If "half a billion views on YouTube" is any criteria to go by, there's really only one candidate for a modern Christmas standard, and by…
Nate Patrin | December 17, 2018 - 11:43 am

2018 In Review

The Best & Worst Covers Of 2018

I know this year's been kind of exhausting music-wise. It's been exhausting everything-wise, but stopping to think about how music felt just dredged up nothing…
Nate Patrin | December 14, 2018 - 1:11 pm

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Apache”

This is a column about renowned samples, and let's face it: none are more notorious, or have a stranger origin, than the Incredible Bongo Band's…
Nate Patrin | December 11, 2018 - 1:42 pm

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Happy Hanukkah: 8 Great Covers By Yo La Tengo

There's no tradition in music quite like Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows, which resurfaced at the Bowery Ballroom last year after a stretch of post-Maxwell's…
Nate Patrin | December 4, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Nautilus”

Like Steely Dan, Bob James has found favor due to a level of now-elusive sophisticated smoothness that translates surprisingly well to hip-hop reinterpretation.
Nate Patrin | November 26, 2018 - 1:23 pm

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Covering The White Album: 8 Memorable Reinterpretations Of Songs From The Beatles

OK: The Beatles is turning 50! There's a box set out! Cop that shit! I mean, if you feel like it. But also: How hard…
Nate Patrin | November 21, 2018 - 12:03 pm

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “As Long As I’ve Got You”

Last Friday was the 25th anniversary of a release date that hip-hop enthusiasts have staged arguments around for years. On November 9, 1993, both A…
Nate Patrin | November 13, 2018 - 11:59 am

Comments from Nate Patrin

Halfway tempted to ask what the date for this event was so I can retroactively add it to this list
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August 28, 2017 on So Sexy? It Hurts: The Confounding Afterlife Of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”
It definitely would've made it if I'd expanded this to collaborative/guest features, along with UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights".
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June 30, 2016 on The 10 Best DJ Shadow Songs