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Indie Anthology: Week of December 18th

Join us weekly as we make our way through the Indie Anthology and resurface some of the best archived tunes indie has to offer.

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Velvet Underground – “Rock & Roll”

Today, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin have rounded out their Hanukkah Sessions cover series with a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll.” In honour of the release, we’re resurfacing the original track, which you can listen to above. “As 2020 comes to a close and another Hanukkah ends (my first!) I am reminded of the two things that have gotten me through this year: music and hope,” Grohl explains. “This project, which initially began as a silly idea, grew to represent something much more important to me.” You can listen to the cover here.


Bob Dylan – “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”

Grohl and Kurstin also covered Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde track, “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” for their Hanukkah Sessions cover series. On each night of the Festival of Lights, the pair covered a song from a Jewish artist, including Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” and Peaches’ “Fuck the Pain Away.”


New Order – “Bizarre Love Triangle”

This week, New Order released three new remixes of their latest single, “Be A Rebel,” and to celebrate we’re bringing back “Bizarre Love Triangle.” Listen above! The new collection, Be a Rebel [Remixes Part One], features reworking from the band’s frontman Bernard Sumner, in addition to DJs Paul Woolford and Maceo Plex. Check out the remixes here.


David Bowie – “Starman”

In 1998, David Bowie recorded covers of John Lennon’s “mother” and Bob Dylan’s “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven,” but they were never released. Now, both of them are getting an official vinyl and streaming release on January 8th, which would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday. To celebrate, take a listen to David Bowie’s “Starman” above.


Talking Heads – “Once In A Lifetime”

In a new interview with NME, David Byrne has revealed that there “probably won’t” be a Talking Heads reunion in the future. “There’s a lot of differences that haven’t entirely gone away,” Byrne says. “And I think, as is evident in [the American Utopia] film, I’m having a pretty good time doing what I’m doing.” At least you can still reminisce on tracks like “Once In A Lifetime!”

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