Cover News is a weekly feature where I sum up the week’s cover-related news, whether it’s new to the world or just new to me. Anything that doesn’t fit in my regular thematic posts I think my readers would enjoy, be it a youtube video, a blog shout-out, or a cool-looking new release. I also post all the submissions I have gotten from record labels and artists. Send suggestions or submissions to the email address on the right.
This Week’s News
Sorry to be a day late on this one, but it’s for a good reason: yesterday was Record Store Day! For those who missed it, scout around for plenty of cover material, including 7” cover splits by Sonic Youth/Beck, The Flaming Lips/The Black Keys, and Lykke Li/El Perro Del Mar (you’ll have to do some searching for the latter two). And this is unrelated to Record Store Day, but another fun 7” with Neutral Milk Hotel and Bob Dylan covers is here.
That Lykke track comes from last week’s Covers Week on Last Call With Carson Daly. I can’t find the other videos, by Adele did Bob Dylan, The Duke Spirit did Prince, and Ben Harper did Queen. Post links if you got ‘em!
Plenty more miscellaneous covers showed up this week, from P.O.S. doing a DJed version of Pearl Jam’s “Why Go” to Dan Rossen reminding us that JoJo exists. Don’t miss free download of Katy Pettigrew tackling the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song here or Amanda Palmer doing Radiohead’s hit “Creep” here.
More covers albums on the way too, whether it be Steve Earle doing Townes Van Zandt or shock-punkers The Meatmen doing lots of people. If the Meatmen are too punk for you though, check out MxPx’s new cover disc. Then there’s the Easy Star All-Stars following up Dub side of the Moon with Easy Star’s Lonely Heart’s Dub Band.
If you don’t want to pay for your music though, why not check out there Bright Eyes covers done by some fans at this message board.
M. Ward released a video for his top-notch cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On.” Then check out his frequent collaborator Jim James leading My Morning Jacket through a Christmas covers set from back in ’01.
So apparently Ron Wood had a solo career big enough that someone has covered him. Not only that, but Aquarium Drunkard goes through the effort of writing extensively about this “Mystifies Me.”
Lastly, I mentioned the new Merge twentieth anniversary covers comp, featuring The National, Death Cab For Cutie, The Mountain Goats, Ted Leo, etc. Now you can stream the whole thing for free here.
This Week’s Submissions