I love me some covers, so the BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge series has always been a friend to me. It's what produced Katy Perry's "Electric Feel," The Fray's "Hips Don't Lie," Ben Lee's "Float On" ... the list goes on and on. My new favorite entry is this cover, from British songbird Adele, of The Strokes' "Last Nite." Like she manages to do with everything she sings, Adele infuses the punk classic with a plaintive melancholy, even as she keeps the song's fast tempo and energy.
TV ON THE RADIO
You don't need to tell me how much I should love TV on the Radio. I'm well aware that Dear Science, this Brooklyn-based indie superstar group's second album, topped just about every "Best of 2008" list. Tunde Adebimpe had a banner year, capping off his musical success with a well-received turn in Rachel Getting Married. And the band's Prospect Park Bandshell appearance is the must-have ticket of the summer.
But when Aubrey and I bought Dear Science at City Lights Records in State College, we found the whole shebang curiously hard to get into. I've finally fallen, though -- and hard -- for "Dancing Choose." How can I not love this line: "He's a what? He's a what? He's a newspaper man." And the video's just golden: