New Sounds Rocks

For this edition of New Sounds, listen to strange covers of rock songs by David Bowie, The Pixies, and Elliott Smith, featuring (among others) Brazilian singer Seu Jorge, the jazz trio The Bad Plus, classical pianist Christopher O'Riley, and downtown trombonist Curtis Hasselbring. Listen to Finnish jazz and acoustic Brazilian arrangements of Bowie’s "Starman," along with an acoustic-surf-jazz version of the Pixies’ “Ana.” Also, the Norwegian singer Hanne Hukkelberg deconstructs “Break My Body,” (Frank Black Francis) complete with accordion, woodwinds and brushed drums, taking the song to a previously unanticipated level of masochism. And who could resist the Bad Plus doing the Pixies' “Velouria,” which rises to a fever pitch of insanity and twistedly busts out dance moves, while simultaneously feeling like a Liszt piano concerto? All that and so much more.

PROGRAM # 2547, “Covers” – New Sounds-style (First aired on Tues., 5/16/06)





The Bad Plus


Velouria [5:30]

Columbia #58331***

Hanne Hukkelberg

Do Not As I Do

Break My Body (live) [4:00]

Leaf # HANNE-1* Also available for download at

Curtis Hasselbring

The New Mellow Edwards

Ana [2:30]

Skirl #003*

Christopher O’Riley

Home To Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute

Coast To Coast [5:30]

World Village # 468056 *

Seu Jorge

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Soundtrack

Rebel Rebel [2:30]

Hollywood Records Available at* Also, Jorge’s CD The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions (13 Bowie songs in all) is also available on Hollywood Records

Trio Toykeät

High Standards

Starman [6:00]

Blue Note / EMI (Finland) 7243 Info at and e-mail order questions to:

Seu Jorge

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Soundtrack

Starman [3:30]

See above.

Caetano Veloso

A Foreign Sound

Nothing But Flowers [4:00]

Nonesuch #79823***

Various Artists: Elysian Fields

Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg

Les Amours Perdues [3:00]

Tzadik #7116 ***


Sludge Test

Danse de la Fureur, pour les sept trompettes [6:00]

Cantaloupe #21033***