Bartees Strange – “Lady Luck” (Richard Swift Cover)

To celebrate Secretly Canadian’s 25th anniversary this year, the label is reissuing 12 old albums in a series called SC25 Editions and releasing 25 new covers in a series called SC25 Singles; the net proceeds from the whole campaign will go towards raising $250,000 for the Bloomington, Indiana charity New Hope For Families. Up next are reissues of Songs: Ohia’s 1997 self-titled debut, Zero Boys’ A Vicious Circle, Foreign Born’s Person To Person, and Faye Webster’s Atlanta Millionaire’s Club, plus Bartees Strange covering the late Richard Swift’s “Lady Luck” and Tasha and Gregory Uhlmann covering the Chicks’ “Lullaby.”
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Hear new tracks from Bartees Strange and Tasha & Gregory Uhlmann as part of Secretly Canadian’s 25th anniversary

Secretly Canadian has been rolling out a lot of new music and special releases this year for its 25th anniversary—including new music from artists Stella Donnelly and Porridge Radio, newly reissued albums from the label’s catalog, as well as some parallel releases from its sister label Jagjaguwar, also celebrating its 25th anniversary, including a covers compilation. Today the long-running indie label has shared more new music today as part of its SC25 collection from Bartees Strange and Tasha & Gregory Uhlmann.
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Good Bones Recap: Episode 12

Hi, HGTV fans! Good Bones got personal this week for recapper Megan Fernandez, the homes editor for Indianapolis Monthly, joined by art director Kristin Sims. Megan lives in Garfield Park, where Two Chicks and a Hammer heads with a tight budget and creative DIY ideas. This bungalow is part of...
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