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Jan. 10, 2021

A Last Wrap on 2020

We finally said goodbye to 2020 recently (although technically, we're still trying) and I think I speak for just about everyone when I say, "Yep, pretty good to see it go."

But the music of 2020 is perhaps the one exception to that sentiment, and I don't know about you but I haven't even come close to getting caught up with it all. As you may know, we've rounded up some of those 2020 faves here on the site, both ours and yours. As for me, I listed my favorite cover songs of the year (for obvious reasons), and here's a slightly expanded version of my favorite albums. No order intended, except for the first 10 and the next 10.


Dec. 14, 2020

Last Week in Coffee

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here's what we heard this past week.

Monday (12/7): Shovels & Rope with Hayes Carll playing The Clash's "Death or Glory"

Tuesday (12/8): Phoebe Bridgers & Maggie Rogers playing the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" (video is the version Bridgers played on Instagram in October)

Wednesday (12//9): Death Cab for Cutie playing TLC's "Waterfalls" (no longer available)

Thursday (12/10): J Mascis playing Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians' "Circle"

Friday (12/11): Tyto Daisy (Tyto Alba + Oxeye Daisy) playing The Cranberries' "Dreams"


Dec. 10, 2020

Last Week in Coffee

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here’s what we heard this past week.

Monday (11/30): The Bangles playing The Three O’Clock’s “Jet Fighter”

Tuesday (12/1): Making Movies playing Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Wednesday (12/2): FMLYBND playing Pixies’ “Where is My Mind?”

Thursday (12/3): Pickwick and Sharon Van Etten playing Richard Swift’s “Lady Luck”

Friday (12/4): Death Cab for Cutie playing R.E.M.’s “Fall on Me” (no longer available)


Dec. 6, 2020

If We Make It Through December…

Phoebe Bridgers has made a tradition of releasing holiday covers over the past few years, with takes on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (2017), McCarthy Trenching's "Christmas Song" (2018), and Simon & Garfunkel's "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" (2019), which found her joined by Fiona Apple and The National's Matt Berninger.

She's collected all of those on a new EP that also includes this year's cover, a stark take on the would-be-hopeful-but-then-again-maybe-not Merle Haggard classic "If We Make It Through December."


Nov. 30, 2020

Last Week in Coffee

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here's what we heard this past week.

Monday (11/23): The Kills playing Saul Williams' "List of Demands (Reparations)"

Tuesday (11/24): Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings playing Prince's "Take Me With U"

Wednesday (11/25): Shearwater playing The Folk Implosion's "Natural One"

Thursday (11/26): Duran Duran playing Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" AND Massive Attack playing William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful for What You Got"

Friday (11/27): The Cure playing Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"


Nov. 26, 2020

"Be Thankful for What You Got"

'Tis the season for gratitude, and here at the end of a difficult, unpredictable year it feels especially important. Look no further than William DeVaughn's 1974 classic "Be Thankful for What You Got" for a message of continued resonance in 2020.

"Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac/ Gangsta whitewalls, TV antennas in the back/ You may not drive a car at all/ But remember, brothers and sisters, you can still stand tall/ Just be thankful for what you got."

It's been covered a few times over the years, introduced to new listeners by Massive Attack on their 1991 debut Blue Lines, and – my favorite version – Yo La Tengo on their 1997 all-timer I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. I'm thankful it exists!

I'm also thankful for trees, the music of John Coltrane, and that life is but a dream. Happy Thanksgiving.


Nov. 22, 2020

Catching Up with Coffee

You ever, I don't know, get distracted and then get behind? Yeah, that. Guess I've been a little distracted this month (something something election something), but here's a catch up on the last two weeks of covers. I'd promise to do a better job with content here, but wouldn't you rather be surprised than disappointed?

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here's what we heard this past week.

Monday (11/9): Tennis playing The Carpenters' "Superstar"

Tuesday (11/10): Quivers playing R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion"

Wednesday (11/11): Colin Meloy playing Echo & the Bunnymen's "Bring on the Dancing Horses" (from Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Vol. 2)

Thursday (11/12): Helado Negro (feat. Flock of Dimes) playing Neil Young's "Lotta Love"

Friday (11/13): Kishi Bashi playing Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)"

Monday (11/16): The Decemberists playing The Hoodoo Gurus' "Death Defying" (aired the version that appears on Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Vol. 1)

Tuesday (11/17): Day Wave and Hazel English playing Interpol's "PDA"

Wednesday (11/18): Jeff Rosenstock playing Belle & Sebastian's "Fox in the Snow"

Thursday (11/19): Ben Gibbard playing Teenage Fanclub's "What You Do to Me"

Friday (11/20): Marika Hackman playing Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars"


Nov. 9, 2020

Last Week in Coffee

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here's what we heard this past week.

Monday (11/2): Nick Waterhouse playing The Seeds' "Pushing Too Hard"

Tuesday (11/3): Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan playing Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country"

Wednesday (11/4): Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings playing Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"

Thursday (11/5): Matt Berninger playing The Cure's "In Between Days"

Friday (11/6): Pixies playing T. Rex's "Mambo Sun"


Flashback: The Stranglers' "Golden Brown"

One of my all-time favorite songs, originally released on The Stranglers' La Folie record, out Nov. 9, 1981.


Nov. 2, 2020

Last Week in Coffee

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here's what we heard this past week.

Tuesday (10/27): Purity Ring playing Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone"

Wednesday (10/28): Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White playing Frank Ocean's "Thinking 'Bout You"

Thursday (10/29): Karen O and Willie Nelson playing David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure"

Friday (10/30): Starcrawler playing The Ramones' "Pet Sematary"


Oct. 30, 2020

Some Deep Cuts...

...as found in this week's Inside Track newsletter (yours truly, editor). Delivered to your inbox every Thursday, subscribe here.


Oct. 26, 2020

Last Week in Coffee

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here's what we heard this past week.

Monday (10/19): Le Tigre playing The Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited"

Tuesday (10/20): Low Cut Connie playing Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky"

Wednesday (10/21:) Spoon playing The Cramps' "TV Set"

Thursday (10/22): Andrew Bird playing John Cale's "Andalucia"

Friday (10/23): The Walkmen playing Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" (by way of Harry Nilsson)


Oct. 21, 2020

Music from My Waking Life

I’m not going to lie to you: The hours required by a morning radio host are not the hours of a clear-minded person (at least not this mind). There are some things that still stick, however, and I'm lucky to say that for me they're generally of the musical sort.

Waking Life is a monthly smattering of new music that’s making the rounds of my brain, the personal outcome of which is often emotional, intellectual, biological, and/or psychological — even for the big, dumb jams. I've been putting these together for a while now and it's fun to look back at, say, a year ago, or the summer of 2017, or the very first playlist, and be taken for a sort of astral ride. Click below for the latest...


Oct. 19, 2020

Last Week in Coffee

Catch A Cover with Your Coffee on the air every weekday morning around 7:40MT. Here's what we heard this past week.

Monday (10/12): Aimee Mann playing Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche"

Tuesday (10/13): Yuno playing Beach House's "Zebra"

Wednesday (10/14): Cyndi Lauper playing Prince's "When You Were Mine"

Thursday (10/15): Thao & the Get Down Stay Down playing The Clash's "Train in Vain"

Friday (10/16): Devon Gilfilian playing Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"


Oct. 15, 2020

File Under: Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Maybe you didn't have a Mile (Too) High Hank Williams, Jr. cover on your 2020 musical bingo card.... but maybe now you do. Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Matt Sweeney join forces for this take on the not-necessarily-remembered 1979 cut from Junior, putting an appropriately trippy spin on it with a video to match. Somehow it just feels very 2020.

From the YouTube comments: "I'm picturing Hank Williams, Jr. sitting there watching this in utter confusion." ← He's not wrong.


Oct. 9, 2020

Some Deep Cuts...

...as found in this week's Inside Track newsletter (yours truly, editor). Delivered to your inbox every Thursday, subscribe here.

Phoebe Bridgers is a record label CEO now.
The Yawpers' Nate Cook shared some thoughts in the aftermath of his epic, money-raising bike ride from Denver to Tulsa, OK.
• RIP, Eddie Van Halen, who passed away this week after a battle with cancer.
• Watch The Postal Service audition a parade of familiar faces in an endlessly entertaining new PSA video for get-out-the-vote organization Head Count.
• Speaking of entertaining videos featuring a parade of cameos, here's one for Jeff Tweedy's new song "Gwendolyn."
• The Denver married and musical duo Tennis announced a livestreaming performance for Oct. 17.
• The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is presenting Save Our Stages Fest Oct. 16-18. Hosted by Reggie Watts, the virtual fest will feature live performances from iconic venues around the country – the Boulder Theater will host both The Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff.
• A fund has been set up for the family of Justin Townes Earle, who passed away unexpectedly last month.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs celebrated 20 years as a band with a distanced and closeted take on classic "Maps."
The Austin City Limits Festival is scheduled to return for real in 2021, but in the meantime this year's version features three nights of archived performances from an incredible lineup this weekend.
The Decemberists announced a new live recordings series they're calling "Live Home Library." First up, a 2009 performance of The Hazards of Love in its entirety in Royal Oak, Michigan.


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