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Cat Power Captivates With ‘Covers,’ Barely Recognizable Songs by Frank Ocean, Bob Seger, Billie Holiday, More: Album Review

Indie icon Cat Power — a.k.a. Chan Marshall — has been releasing fine albums of original material for more than 25 years, but imaginative covers have always been a big part of her sound: Her sparse debut LP, “Dear Sir,” which featured a song written by Tom Waits and one by This Kind of Punishment, […]
Tags: Reviews, Tom Waits, Album Reviews, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Frank Ocean Bob Seger Billie

Cat Power: ‘To this day I sleep with my bedroom door locked’

After breakups, breakdowns, stalkers and worse, Chan Marshall has rewritten her bleakest lyrics and recorded an album of highly personal covers. ‘We all need sweetness,’ she saysChan Marshall is sitting cross-legged on a bed, crying. It’s a sniffly, unselfconscious kind of crying, tears smudging sooty eyeshadow. Thirty years into her often wayward career as the US singer-songwriter Cat Power, she is crying because in a few weeks’ time she is 50 and she can’t believe she made it, that life turned...
Tags: Music, Women, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Sexual Harassment, Marshall, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Uuuurgh

Cat Power – “Pa Pa Power” (Dead Man’s Bones Cover)

Earlier in the month, Cat Power — aka Chan Marshall — announced plans to release an album called Covers featuring renditions of songs by Bob Seger, Lana Del Rey, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, the Replacements, and more. So far, we’ve heard Marshall’s take on Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion,” and now she’s shared a cover of “Pa Pa Power,” a 2010 song from Ryan Gosling’s indie rock project Dead Man’s Bones.
Tags: Music, Ryan Gosling, New Music, Frank Ocean, Marshall, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Dead Man's Bones, Bob Seger Lana Del Rey Jackson Browne Iggy, Pop Nick Cave, Pa Pa Power

Stream Jason Isbell’s New Album Georgia Blue, Featuring Covers Of R.E.M., Indigo Girls, Cat Power, & More

A little less than a year ago, Jason Isbell made a promise. If Joe Biden won Georgia, Isbell would “make a charity covers album of my favorite Georgia songs.” Today, Isbell makes good on that promise. Isbell and his 400 Unit have just released the new LP Georgia Blue, which features 13 covers of songs that were famously performed by artists identified with the state of Georgia. The new album raises money for the nonprofits Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight, and Georgia STAND-UP, and it’s out now. ...
Tags: Music, Georgia, Joe Biden, James Brown, Vic Chesnutt, New Music, Jason Isbell, Gladys Knight, Julien Baker, Cat Power, Brandi Carlile, Isbell, Indigo Girls, The Black Crowes, R.E.M, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Michael Hurley – “Boulevard”

Folk legend Michael Hurley was once a fixture of the ’60s Greenwich Village music scene, and in the subsequent decades, he’s been cited as a major influence by everyone from Cat Power to Cass McCombs. Now, Hurley has announced his first new studio album in 12 years, The Time Of The Foxgloves, arriving Dec. 10. Along with the announcement is a lead single, “Boulevard.” Listen below.
Tags: Music, New Music, Greenwich Village, Cat Power, Michael Hurley, Cass McCombs Now Hurley

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – “Metal Heart” (Cat Power Cover)

Earlier this week, Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan announced a new covers album, Imposter, which he recorded with his musical partners Soulsavers. It’ll include Gahan covers of tracks by PJ Harvey, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Mark Lanegan, and more. First up that we’re hearing from it is his cover of “Metal Heart,” a track from Cat Power’s 1998 album Moon Pix. Coincidentally, Cat Power just announced her own covers album on Thursday, though there are no Depeche Mode covers on it (though wouldn’t that be fu...
Tags: Music, New Music, Cat Power, Dave Gahan, Gahan, Soulsavers, PJ Harvey Neil Young Bob Dylan Mark Lanegan

Cat Power – “Bad Religion” (Frank Ocean Cover) & “Pair Of Brown Eyes” (The Pogues Cover)

Last we heard from Cat Power — aka Chan Marshall — the singer/songwriter was filling in for Liz Phair on a co-headlining tour with Alanis Morissette and Garbage. Now, Marshall has announced plans to release a new album called Covers on January 14, 2022, via Domino.
Tags: Music, Liz Phair, New Music, Frank Ocean, Marshall, Alanis Morissette, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, The Pogues

Eddie Vedder – “Drive” (R.E.M. Cover)

Sean Penn is a strange and self-righteous man with a troubling history, but he still apparently has enough juice to will a musical event into being. Penn recently directed a new movie, a downbeat crime drama called Flag Day, and that film’s soundtrack features one titan of early-’90s alt-rock radio taking on another. On the Flag Day soundtrack, Pearl Jam leader Eddie Vedder sings a faithful, reverent cover of “Drive,” the classic opening track from R.E.M.’s beloved 1992 album Automatic For The P...
Tags: Music, Penn, Sean Penn, New Music, Glen Hansard, Pearl Jam, Cat Power, Eddie Vedder, Flag Day, R.E.M, Olivia Vedder

Sean Penn’s Flag Day Soundtrack Features Four New Cat Power Tracks, Eddie Vedder Covering R.E.M., & More

Last month, the troubled movie star Sean Penn’s new movie Flag Day had its premiere at Cannes, where it reportedly didn’t get booed. Penn directed Flag Day, and he stars in the small-scale crime drama alongside his daughter Dylan. It looks like Penn called in some serious favors for the soundtrack, which features Cat Power, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, and the on-record debut of Olivia Vedder. (Don’t call her daughter.)
Tags: Music, Cannes, Penn, Sean Penn, New Music, Glen Hansard, Dylan, Cat Power, Eddie Vedder, Flag Day, R.E.M, Olivia Vedder, Vedder Don

Eddie Vedder’s Daughter Olivia Makes Vocal Debut On ‘Flag Day’ Soundtrack

As previously reported last September, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard and Cat Power’s Chan Marshall have all contributed original music for the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s new film “Flag Day,” which will be released Aug. 20 via Republic Records and Vedder’s Seattle Surf imprint. The first single, “My Father’s Daughter,” features the vocal debut […]
Tags: News, Sean Penn, Jam, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Eddie Vedder, Republic Records, Vedder, Flag Day, Eddie Vedder Glen Hansard

Cat Power & -M- – “Toop Toop” (Cassius Cover)

Cassius' Philippe Zdar died in a tragic accident one year ago today. Zdar mixed Cat Power's 2012 album Sun. and she appeared on three songs from Cassius' 2016 album Ibifornia. When he died, Cat Power remembered Zdar on social media. And today, on the anniversary of his passing, she's … More »
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What Makes a Cover Song Great?: Our Favorites & Yours

Many years ago I tried to persuade friends I played with in a local indie band to debut a country-punk version of Wu Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” live. No one went for it, and looking back, I’m pretty sure it would have been a musical disaster. That 90s hip-hop classic deserves better than our Weird Al-meets-Ween-meets-Wilco approach, which is not to say that such a cover couldn’t work at all, but that Neil Young was more our speed. Great cover songs come in all styles, and the world’s best ...
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Watch The Pathway To Paris Earth Day 50 Livestream With Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, & More

The 50th annual Earth Day took place on Wednesday of last week, but the celebration of our planet is not over yet. Today, Pathway To Paris -- a charity founded by Patti Smith's daughter -- is hosting a livestream over on Instagram Live. It'll be happening from 4PM to 8PM EST over on More »
Tags: Video, Music, Paris, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Pathway to Paris, Michael Stipe Patti Smith

The Covers Record Turns 20

I couldn't be hearing what I thought I was hearing. It just couldn't be right. Chan Marshall was onstage singing a Rolling Stones song, but it wasn't a Rolling Stones song. Marshall, shaggy and luminous and visibly uncomfortable with the prospect of a room full of people looking at her, had just sung the opening … More »
Tags: Music, The Anniversary, Marshall, Chan Marshall, Cat Power

The 12 podcasts of 2019 you need to listen to

My favorite podcasts of 2019 were those that seemed at first about one thing — Dolly Parton, the reality TV show “Cops,” the mysterious death of New York City punk rocker nearly four decades ago — and carried you away on tangents you never saw coming. Which, mind you, is not to say I lost all of my ardor for the tried-and-true-crime podcasts, such as “In The Dark,” my favorite of 2018, which just this week resulted in the release on bail of Curtis Flowers, a Mississippi man tried six times who s...
Tags: New York, Nbc, Mississippi, La, New York City, America, Sport, Rebecca, Soccer, Missouri, Tennessee, New York Times, Dolly Parton, Richard Simmons, Times, Michael Lewis

Veronica Raimo's Playlist for Her Novel "The Girl at the Door"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. The Girl at the Door, Veronica Raimo's first novel translated into English, is a moving and important book. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "[A] fanged, elliptical tale… The ...
Tags: Music, Berlin, Rome, David, States, Bon Iver, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Callahan, John Misty, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Tahiti, Bill Callahan, Lucio Battisti

New Cat Power video: Horizon

Video: Cat Power – “Horizon” Directed by Greg Hunt. From Wanderer, out now on Domino. Chan Marshall is back with another single from Wanderer. “Horizon” can be seen as something of a Mother’s Day message, all about the power of the close family unit. Even when — or maybe especially when — you’re not all … Continue reading New Cat Power video: Horizon → Read more at Glorious Noise...
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Cat Power – “Horizon” Video

Last year, Cat Power returned with the lovely album Wanderer, her first LP in six years. And since she came back, Chan Marshall has been out in the world, doing things that, not that long ago, would've been hard to imagine a once-reticent performer even attempting. In the past few months, she's opened a damn … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Greg Hunt, Tour Dates, Chan Marshall, Cat Power

Lykke Li Announces Yola Festival Lineup With Charli XCX, CupcakKe, Acoustic Courtney Love, & More

Swedish pop singer Lykke Li is putting together an event called YOLA Fest, a day-long music festival featuring an all-female lineup. In addition to Lykke Li, the fest will include performances by Charli XCX, CupcakKe, Cat Power, Megan Thee Stallion, and Ambar Lucid and a special acoustic set from Courtney Love & The Chateau Band, … More »
Tags: Music, News, Courtney Love, Charli Xcx, Lykke Li, Cat Power, CupcakKe, Megan Thee Stallion, Ambar Lucid, YOLA Fest, Charli XCX CupcakKe Cat Power Megan Thee Stallion

Karl Lagerfeld, Remembered by His Friends and Collaborators

The late Chanel designer’s peers — including Florence Welch, Carine Roitfeld and Donatella Versace — reflect on his wit, generosity and boundless talent.
Tags: News, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Smith, Spa, Willow, Versace, Karl, Depp, Buck, Donatella, Cat Power, Donatella Versace, Giorgio, Armani, Lagerfeld

Dark Was The Night Turns 10

Indie had a big year in 2009. As the first decade of the century drew to a close, there was a slew of major releases from the genre's dominant, or very-soon-to-be-dominant, names. The year kicked off with Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, still regarded as their masterpiece and a pivotal indie release overall. More »
Tags: Music, My Morning Jacket, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Beirut, Yo La Tengo, Beach House, Conor Oberst, The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne, Feist, Yeasayer, The Anniversary, Bryce Dessner

Shorties (February's Best Books, An Interview and Performance by Cat Power, and more)

Literary Hub previewed February's best books. Cat Power visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance. February's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for$1.99 today: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck Stream a new song by Thyla. Paste previewed 2019's most anticipated essay collections. Stream a new song by Molly Sarle of Mountain Man. Esmé Weijun Wang discussed her essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias, with Weekend Edition. Paste previewed February's best...
Tags: Music, David, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Los Angeles Review of Books, Cat Power, Esme Weijun Wang, Molly Sarle, Hanif Abdurraqib, James Lasdun

Lou Doillon – “It’s You” (Feat. Cat Power)

Cat Power guests on a new song from Lou Doillon, a Parisian musician and model who is releasing her third album, Soliloquy, at the end of the week. The track, "It's You," is an acoustic duet featuring both of their voices swirling around each other. "All my new songs used to live in an acoustic … More »
Tags: Music, Cat Power, Lou Doillon

Marci Vogel's Playlist for Her Novella "Death and Other Holidays"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Awarded the 2017 Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize, Marci Vogel's novella Death and Other Holidays is a lyrical and thoughtful exploration of grief. NPR Books wrote of the book: "Dea...
Tags: Music, Bruce Springsteen, Hollywood, California, George Harrison, Los Angeles, Reagan, David, Gang, Va, Marilyn Monroe, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Grinch, Joni Mitchell, Lapd

The 60 Best Songs of 2018

60. St. Vincent - "Fast Slow Disco" Just because an album is available to purchase doesn't mean the songs are complete. While most acts will add different nuances to their hits in a live setting, Annie Clark is still very much obsessed with the tracks that made up her stellar 2017 effort Masseduction. She took her string-drenched highlight from that record "Slow Disco" and, while touring, turned it into an amped-up dance number, discovering that underneath all the opulence, it was a fist-...
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Stream Self Defense Family’s Working People (Part 1) EP, Featuring A Cat Power Cover

Albany-based cerebral post-hardcore collective Self Defense Family released their impressive and ever-cleverly titled sixth album Have You Considered Punk Music? this summer. Working at their usual prolific rate, today they’ve followed it up with a new EP Working People (Part 1), which notably includes a cover of Cat Power’s "What Would … More »
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The 10 Best Albums Of 2018 All Have One Thing In Common: They're Made By Women

Commercially speaking, 2018 wasn’t a great year for the representation of women in music. Once again, the top 10s – Spotify, Billboard and the like – are dominated by men. But some of the most interesting, most boundary-pushing, and best music of this year came from women. In our opinion, women made all the best albums this year; from Ariana Grande, who made the best album of her career thus far, to Cardi B, whose star shone brighter than any man in rap, to Camila Cabello, whose solo debut surp...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Ariana Grande, Bradley Cooper, Manchester, Brian Wilson, Pharrell, Grimes, Lady Gaga, Jackson, Prince, Mia, Lykke Li, Pete Davidson, Trump, Carlile

Cat Power – “What The World Needs Now” (Jackie DeShannon Cover)

Chan Marshall has been recording covers for many, many years. For most of that time, her process has been to strip a song down to almost nothing and then to use that song to project haunted desperation. Consider the her famous 2000 version of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which … More »
Tags: Music, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Jackie DeShannon

The Cat Power Covers: 8 Of Chan Marshall’s Greatest Reinterpretations

Few artists in the music world have been so defined -- or misguidedly damned -- by their public struggles like Chan Marshall. Through the success of her band-turned-alias Cat Power, listeners found an artist with a voice so emotive and untreated that it could feel like an intrusion just listening to her. But that matter … More »
Tags: Music, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Gotcha Covered

Cat Power Creates A Meta Modern Album With Wanderer

In a time of great turmoil for women and marginalized populations, people are taking to the streets, to their congressional offices, and to their social media feeds to protest. While most women are making their voices louder, Cat Power is doing what she’s done with grace and casual virtuosity for two decades now: looking quietly inward.On Wanderer, her tenth album, Cat Power explores the same sonic territory she’s occupied since 2003’s You Are Free; it is driven by straightforward guitar melodi...
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