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Posse

Some Dongs EP

In the week before last's Through @ 2 with Posse , I briefly mentioned that the trio had each individually recorded

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Which Member of Posse Made the Best Smog/Bill Callahan Cover?

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Posse

Some Dongs EP

In the week before last's Through @ 2 with Posse, I briefly mentioned that the trio had each individually recorded a Bill Callahan cover after singer Paul Wittmann-Todd stole the idea from drummer Jon Salzman. Posse's released those three covers as the Some Dongs EP and then gone one further and generously made it available for free download on their Bandcamp page. It's one of my favorite local releases I've heard this year. Each cover sounds so pleasant and lovingly executed, it's impossible to pick a favorite.

But if you insist, I will.

Wittmann-Todd chose the most memorable song, "Dress Sexy At My Funeral," from 2000 Smog LP Dongs of Sevotion; he's also got the most striking voice of the three, and his cover sounds appealingly clean and steady. Salzman's cover of "Ex-Con," from 1997's Red Apple Falls, takes the original and transforms it into something fuzzier and more emotional; his cover is probably the boldest departure of the three.

But the one I keep coming back to is guitarist/vocalist Sacha Maxim's version of the 1994 Smog single "A Hit." Maxim manages to stay true to the gritty aura of the original but also injects the song with a more tender, feminine feel thanks to her sweeter and easier vocals.

The takeaway here: download the entire EP and pick your own favorite. They're all great.

 
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