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For the past few years, BEN DRAIMAN has been growing an audience with his piano-driven music, some of which has been showcased on his EP, THE PAST IS NOT FAR BEHIND (iTunes | Amazon). He's also no stranger to cover songs, and has notably tackled a couple of songs made famous by another Draiman - his brother David, and his band DISTURBED. Last Fall, Ben made waves when his version of "Stricken" (iTunes | Amazon) started making the rounds, but today I'm reaching toward something a little more obscure... in the form of a live cover that Draiman performed last summer in Israel. Check out "I Remember You," originally by SKID ROW, below...

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They've been playing it live for ages (going back at least 15 years), but this past Fall, LIMP BIZKIT unleashed a proper studio version of "Thieves" - their take on the iconic MINISTRY track. While it was available as a free download for a little bit, it doesn't appear to be available for sale anywhere just yet, but should be available on their forthcoming record, STAMPEDE OF THE DISCO ELEPHANTS. I'm featuring it today as my first Wednesday Cover of 2014. Check it out below...

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I didn't intend to post a cover song today (that's gonna be a Wednesday thing this year), but this one needs to be an exception. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Fearless Records' long-running PUNK GOES... series, so much so that I'd written a ten-year retrospective back in 2010, and have subsequently reviewed and/or covered every installment since, including the recent PUNK GOES CHRISTMAS. Now comes word that Fearless is prepping for the release of PUNK GOES 90s Volume 2 - and while the tracklisting and exact release date have yet to be revealed, they've already come out swinging with an official single release. Below the jump, check out the lyric video for GET SCARED covering LIT's "My Own Worst Enemy."

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125snoopI love a good rap cover. KORN's version of ICE CUBE's "Wicked," BEN FOLDS version of DR. DRE's "Bitches Ain't Shit," THROWDOWN's version of the SIR MIX-A-LOT classic "Baby Got Back," or DYNAMITE HACK's iconic version of EASY-E's "Boyz-n-the-Hood" all come immediately to mind (along with countless others). Now comes word into Rock Father HQ that Engine Room Recordings will pay tribute to Tha Doggfather himself, when DOGGYSTYLE RESTYLED: A TRIBUTE TO SNOOP DOGG is released on December 17. Check out GARRISON STARR (feat. PJ PACIFICO) doing an acoustic spin on "Gin and Juice" below...

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VOLBEAT is one of those bands that has an interesting level of crossover appeal among rock and metal fans. You always run across people you wouldn't expect to dig 'em, yet they're all over 'em. Then again, I've run across several people that I figured would love some VOLBEAT, and they absolutely can't stand 'em. Me? I'm in the middle and find them to be overrated and overplayed around these parts (particularly their latest album), but I really like 2010's BEYOND HELL/ABOVE HEAVEN. If you dig 'em and want to introduce your baby to their music, the folks at Roma Music Group have a new collection out this week to help you do just that. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: LULLABY VERSIONS OF VOLBEAT hit iTunes today. Check out "Lola Montez" below, along with the full tracklisting and cover art.

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MovemberFor the past month, I, along with over 70 fellow Dad Bloggers have been working as a team to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues by growing moustaches in support of Movember (read my official announcement here). With over $13,000 donated thus far, half of which was thanks to a contribution from Dove Men+Care, we have one week left to reach our goal of $30,000. Currently, I rank lucky 13 on our team, with $180 generously contributed through friends of The Rock Father (thank you!). In an effort to amp things up a bit, my friend Tommy over at Life of Dad put together a group of a dozen Dad Bloggers (the #MovemberDads) to perform an a cappella cover version of "Thrift Shop" - the massive hit by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who will be performing at The AMAs later tonight). Check it out below, and keep an eye out for yours truly popping up on guitar for the chorus...

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