Archive for May, 2015

So last night I gave you a great Otis Redding cover.  Tonight, I give you the worst.


Here is the legend himself doing it right.


As always Nick D is delivering some solid music pix lately.  I also ran across a nasty cover the other day that I want to share.  If you spent the day with me on that beach in Key West you know two things about me.  #1 I love me some Sara Bareilles.  #2 I can drink more Pina Colada’s than a person my size should be able to.



Under Cover Part II

Posted: May 27, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

Due to the the overwhelming response (and by overwhelming I mean I received 2 “likes” on Facebook) to my last story on my favorite cover songs I have decided to post another batch of cover songs for your listening pleasure.  Once again I will be posting some of my favorite cover songs without subjecting you to the same cover songs we have all heard a million times.  I am pretty sure you don’t need to listen to the Hendrix version of “All Along the Watchtower”  or The Black Crowes version of “Hard to Handle” again, and if you do you need to be on another website anyway.

Drive by Truckers – Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken)

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs by this band.  The original song was originally done by Tom T. Hall.  It is an incredibly well written song about a veteran who returns to the United States after losing his legs at war. When Patterson Hood sings the line “Since I won’t be walking I suppose I’ll save some money buying shoes” I was hooked. I am convinced there is no way you will be able to only listen to this song once.  This is one of the greatest story telling songs I have ever heard.

Ray Lamontagne & Damien Rice – To Love Somebody

There are a few facts in life.  Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.  Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver of all time, Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all time, and “To Love Somebody’ is the best song the Bee Gees ever recorded.  I have listened to this song thousands of times by the Bee Gees and several other bands and it never gets old.  This version by Damien Rice and Ray Lamontagne is my favorite version of the song.  I believe it was filmed on some European TV show a few years back and it is fantastic.  Give it a listen and try and tell me you do not love this song.

Linda Ronstadt – Willin’

I could do a list of just bands covering this song.  I think you have to record a version of this Little Feat classic if you make more than 2 albums.  I love every single version of this song I have heard, and there are plenty to choose from.  Other than the original I think this is my favorite version.  It is from the album “Heart Like a Wheel”.  If you only own one of Linda Ronstadt’s albums make it this one.

Counting Crows – This Land Is Your Land

I found this song a few years ago when the band released the deluxe version of their first album “August and Everything After”.  The version on the album is an acoustic demo and it is really great.  I think has become cool to bash this band over the past few years but I still like them and their version of this song is one of the best versions I have heard over the years.

Dixie Chicks – Truth #2 

Patty Griffin made an album in 2000 that ended up getting shelved for 13 years for unknown reasons.  That album was called “Silver Bell” and on that album there is a song called “Truth #2”.  You might have heard that song as far back as 2002 when the Dixie Chicks released it on their album “Home”.  It is my favorite Dixie Chicks song and I had no idea it was a cover for several years. I never even heard the original version until 2013 when “Silver Bell” was finally released.  Both versions are great but I will always like the Dixie Chicks version a little more than the original.  Check out a pretty cool live version of the song.

Under Cover

Posted: May 23, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

I love a good cover song.  I think everyone probably enjoys cover songs.  It is a great way to hear bands you like sing the songs of bands that influenced them.  Over the years some of the bands I love have covered some great songs that have turned me on to bands I had never listened to before.  I wanted to try and turn you on to some cover songs that I think are really cool.  I will try and steer clear of songs you have heard a million times and hopefully introduce you to some new versions of songs you may or may not be familiar with.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – When My Baby’s Beside Me 

This song was originally done by the seminal band Big Star.  Big Star only made 3 records but became one of the most influential bands you have never heard of.  After watching the documentary “Big Star:Nothing Can Hurt Me” I have become obsessed with the band.  I am also obsessed with Jason Isbell so when he does a Big Star cover you know it will be nasty. Enjoy this obscure cover.

Matthew Sweet – Do Ya

This is an absolutely ferocious version of the ELO classic song.  I was introduced to this version of the song by loyal BDS reader, Josh Garland, years ago on a mix CD.  I lost the CD and have always regretted not having this song in my collection.  This is easily one of my favorite cover songs of all time.  If you do not like this song there is a good chance you are a real asshole.

Serena Ryder – Racing in the Street

I do not know anything about Serena Ryder at all.  If you want to know anything about her feel free to pull up Google and do some research on her.  The only thing I do know is her version of this Bruce Springsteen song is incredible.  I heard it several years ago and immediately wore it out.  I still listen to this song a fair amount.  This version never gets old to me.

Fuel – Daniel

I dabbled in Fuel during the late nineties.  They had a few decent songs but I was never in love with them.  To be honest I do not even know if they are still a band these days.  I will say their version of “Daniel” by Elton John is great.  I do not even really like the original version of the song that much but this version is pretty nasty.

Stereophonics – Heart of Gold

One of my favorite songs of all time. The original version from Neil Young is unbeatable but this version from the band Stereophonics is about as close as you can get to being as good as the original.  I have played the shit out of this song over the years. Fun fact about the original version of this song.  Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor sing back up on it.  If you do not believe me just ask my wife.  She will verify that for you.

The NFL can learn a lot from the MLB

Posted: May 21, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

During this entire deflate gate fiasco I have been yelling as loud as I can that the NFL didn’t and doesn’t care if the balls were under deflated.  If they did they would have done something about it before or during the game.

Tonight MLB showed why baseball is worlds ahead of the NFL in terms of maintaining the legitimacy of their game.

The Atlanta Braves noticed something on the arm of Brewers pitcher, Will Smith.  They alerted the umpires, the umpires then stopped the game to check it out and found this.


The Smith was ejected and the game moved on.  What no four-month investigation?  No 250 page report?  No lawyers?  No cell phone to turn over?  They were alerted of the problem and they fixed it right then and there.

This is what the NFL could have done but chose not to.  They were told before the game that the Pats were using under inflated balls but still didn’t follow protocol to keep this from happening.  When the Colts told the officials during the game what did they do?  NOTHING.  Why?  Because they didn’t give two shits.  They should have stopped the game, took the game ball and checked it.  If it was not legal they could have ejected Brady like MLB did tonight or at least given a 15 yard penalty and moved on.  Something tells me the Colts would have loved to throw a 15 yard penalty in one of those first couple drives that gave the Patriots all the momentum but once again the NFL didn’t care.  So when Goodell comes crawling out of his cave to tell us how horrible this is and how they must stand strong against the evil Pats and Tom Brady I call BULLSHIT.


I have been watching a lot of the NHL playoffs this year and am loving every second of it.  Last night something happened that I have never seen before.  It was also a first for my hard core hockey friends.  A soccer style header for what was thought to be the game winner that any footballer would be proud of.



Tonight will be the last time David Letterman will come into our bedrooms and crawl into bed with us.  (well unless you are a female staffer of the show)  If you are between the age of 30 and 50 then Dave was your guy.  Dave had so many great moments but here is one of my favorites.



Knicks failure.


Teen Wolf vs Air Bud

Posted: May 20, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

wolfScott Howard 5’4” 120

Scott was able to turn a below average basketball team into a champion single handed.  Well with the help of supernatural powers.


airBuddy 2’0” 70

He sits he stays, he shoots he scores.  The dog is in the house.

Buddy is a 5 sports star that excels in basketball, football, soccer, baseball and volleyball.