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Let me tell you this - it can be very hard to play real music on a toy guitar. It can be done, and when it's done well, the results can be fantastic. Formerly a guitar-slinger for OZZY OSBOURNE, the mighty ZAKK WYLDE has a great knowledge of the BLACK SABBATH catalog, so it's no wonder that he chose to whip out some Sabbath classics when Loudwire called upon him to rock the HELLO KITTY guitar in a sequel to last year's Mike Portnoy Hello Kitty Drums video. Check out the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist doing "N.I.B." unplugged...

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It took me ages to embrace Spotify as a streaming music service, but now I've turned the corner and have begun to love it for it's potential as a source of music discovery. While I still don't know how the long term will wind-up in terms of converting listeners into buyers, the depth of the library is intriguing, and something I can have a little fun with. Today I'm presenting to you my first-ever curated Spotify Playlist. THE ROCK FATHER presents COVERED is a 3 hour+ genre-spanning collection of hand-picked cover songs. I dig a good cover tune, (hence my "covered" features here on the site), and this is just the start. There's some great ones out there, and this first playlist features 53 tracks including some from FAR, ANBERLIN, FAITH NO MORE, METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, JANET DEVLIN, DINOSAUR JR., A LOSS FOR WORDS, ELECTRIC SIX and more. I even snuck in my boys, PRODUCT OF HATE, throwing down their heavy version of OZZY OSBOURNE's "Perry Mason." Check it out below...

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JANET DEVLIN has had a busy year - her UK album, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS making its U.S. debut last February, followed by the Fall release of her holiday EP, DECEMBER DAZE, and now DUVET DAZE - all on NYC's OK! Good Records. The latter EP is a covers record that finds Devlin taking on Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire," 10cc's 1975 hit "I'm Not in Love," Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," and Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" (my personal favorite of the bunch). The wildcard on the record is a Gaelic reworking of her own "Whisky Lullabies" as "Suantraí Meisciúil" - a move inspired by Sheeran's Gaelic version of "Thinking Out Loud." Stream JANET DEVLIN's DUVET DAZE via the Bandcamp Player below, and if you dig it as I do - you can buy it direct, or through all the usual digital outlets. It's also available for streaming on Spotify.

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When Kermit the Frog tweeted that he'd asked DR. TEETH AND THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM for a new song to release on Christmas Day, he noted that in "typical fashion, it's a day late." So, in typical Rock Father fashion, I'm sharing it here 16 days late(r). The Electric Mayhem's cover of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" is an appropriate song for the Instagram generation - one in which clear digital photos are regularly filtered to achieve that vintage look. While ABC's THE MUPPETS is on hiatus until February, perhaps we'll see more rock from Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Animal, Janice, Zoot and Lips at some point in the near future.

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Right now, Paul Feig is creating an all-new GHOSTBUSTERS movie - one with Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon (all pictured up-top) strapping on the Proton Packs for a new adventure that Sony Pictures will release on July 15, 2016. While the new Ghostbusters certainly have my attention, I come from the generation that grew up on the original (which I saw in the theater back in 1984) and will forever hold completely dear. Ray Parker Jr.'s iconic theme song still gets regular play here, and The Rock Daughters™ can even pick my original vinyl 45 out of a stack. Carrying on that legacy, I've featured a number of cover versions of the GHOSTBUSTERS theme over the years (Hoobastank, Melo-M), and this year another finds its way into my annual 31 Days of Halloween here at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. From ODDS & ENDS, the new album by ANDREW & POLLY, comes a very different take on this famous song. Check out ANDREW & POLLY performing "Ghostbusters," below...

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The buzz today has been that RYAN ADAMS has not only completed his full-album cover of TAYLOR SWIFT's 1989 - but that Digital pre-orders for it are now live (Amazon | iTunes), and that the release will be available on Monday, September 21st. If you want a hard copy, Amazon is already taking pre-orders for the CD, which Blue Note will release on November 20th... but RYAN ADAMS isn't the only one with a full-album cover of 1989 in the pipeline. On October 9th, the crew at Roma Music Group will release their LULLABY VERSION OF 1989 as part of their massive Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection of lullabies. Normally, I'd show you the cover art and tracklisting for the album, but since it's 1989, I'm just gonna defer to Taylor on this one...

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