Aug 022009

This Week’s News

If you’re like the Dude, you hate the fucking Eagles. Chromeo, the electro-funk duo behind such classics as “Needy Girl” and “Bonafide Lover” get past the “Hotel California” pretension for a hyper-danceable cover of “I Can’t Tell You Why.” Get it for the price of an email address here.

Vinyl lovers rejoice! The Vinyl Collective is putting out three new volumes of their “Under the Influence” 7” series, featuring brand new covers of Superchunk, T. Rex, and more!

Regular readers of Berkeley Place know that Ekko’s basically just a closeted cover blogger. Sure, he does lots of other stuff (and quite well), but whenever he compiles a cover set you know you’re in for a treat. His latest is a bunch of covers from, a site which, as he points out, is a treasure trove of covers…if you can wade through everything else. He did the work so you don’t have to.

The eternal question: Can an artist cover themselves? The answer: Probably not. The Fiery Furnaces think different though, and are putting out not one but two full album covers of I’m Going Away. A shaky premise, but an interesting one (Beck’s doing the same thing with Modern Guilt). They’re also soliciting fan covers though.

Leonard Cohen may have called a moratorium on “Hallelujah” covers, but his others songs are still up for grabs! So look forward to this new “Who By Fire.”

What happens when Motown takes on Buddy Holly? Awesomeness. The Aquarium Drunkard has the recently unearthed Supremes version of “Not)Fade Away” and it’s worth a listen or ten.

We don’t cover the blues enough on this blog, so for those of you famished for blues covers, check out Chicago Blues: A Living History.

The Week’s Submissions

Sam Bush – Diamond Joe (Trad.)

Dan Eaton – Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Wang Chung)

The Flying Change – Pieholden Suite (Wilco)

Løzninger – Toxic (Britney Spears)

Will Phalen – Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix)

Will Phalen – Please Please Me (The Beatles)

Will Phalen – Wake Up (Arcade Fire)

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