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On 'Fudge Sandwich', the Ever-Prolific Ty Segall Switches Gears

Ty Segall releases his fourth(!) album of the year, a fun, typically twisted collection of covers called Fudge Sandwich.

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Whitehorse: The Northern South Vol. 1

The sexy cuts sound dirty, and the others -- oh, there are no others; after all, this is blues rock -- sound just as dirty.

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Ann Hampton Callaway: From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughn Project

Ann Hampton Callaway covers the late, great Sarah Vaughan incredibly on From Sassy to Divine.

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Shearwater: Fellow Travelers

The liner notes may actually be the most insightful part of this record, and that is no slight to the music.

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Miss Tess & the Talkbacks: The Love I Have for You EP

Brooklyn-based Miss Tess & the Talkbacks put their own revisionist spin on material from artists as diverse as Neil Young, Randy Newman and Willie Nelson, among others, on this beautiful and soaring stop-gap affair of mostly covers and one original song.

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Mark Lanegan: Imitations

Imitations proves once again that even after four decades in the game, Mark Lanegan is not an artist content to conform to expectations, but one that will continue crossing borders to indulge his muse.

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Elizabeth Cook: Gospel Plow EP

An independent-minded country singer gets religion.

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Amanda Palmer: Several Attempts to Cover Songs...

And the award for "Self-Explanatory Album Title of the Year" goes to... Amanda Palmer, for Several Attempts to Cover Songs by The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed for Neil Gaiman as His Birthday Approaches.

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Bill Frisell on John Lennon: Talking About 'All We Are Saying'

The unique jazz guitarist talks about All We Are Saying -- his recent cover album of 16 John Lennon tunes -- as well as how the Beatles changed his life, and how back in the day, owning an instrument meant you were automatically in a band.

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Dave Keller: Where I'm Coming From

Keller and the Revelations take overlooked soul material from the 1960s and 1970s and faithfully spit it back out in a time when soul of this variety is in relatively short supply.

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William Shatner: Seeking Major Tom

Seeking Major Tom is a sleek dog that's fallen in the swimming pool and doesn't deal well with the extra weight. It stumbles awkwardly around the kitchen knocking over chairs, stopping every once in a while to shake its paws miserably.

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Nguyên Lê: Songs of Freedom

Here's a trick: a five-minute "In A Gadda da Vida" that's more self-indulgent than the original!

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Dennis Coffey: Dennis Coffey

A polite and well-rehearsed take on Evil Psychedelic Soul.

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Kathryn Williams: Relations

A North American release for the British singer-songwriter's 2004 album of cover versions. Williams provides feminine interpretations of nuanced male lyricism from the songbooks of Cohen, Young, Cobain, Malkmus and others.

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Richard Conti Marches On ... (Covers Album)

The Marches remain one of indie-rock's best-kept secrets right now, but following up their debut full-length with an EP of nothing but covers (Adele, Thom Yorke) is a risky move -- but a brilliant one as well.

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Jay Brannan: In Living Cover

On In Living Cover, Brannan wisley scales back to a low-pressure coffeehouse setting where he is free to test out his own material amidst a selection of his well-worn favorites.

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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Under the Covers Vol. 2

These are power-pop covers of power-pop songs; straightforward versions that usually lay the guitar-pop sugar on even thicker than the originals did.

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Dropkick Murphys: Singles Collection Volume 2: 1998:2004 (B-Sides, Covers, Comps & Other Crap)

These Boston Celtics wear the green proud, even when AC/DC, Nipple Erectors, and John Fogerty are some of the choice covers presented. A wild and haphazard collection of a half-dozen beers, er, years!"

Jason MacNeil

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