Aug 082009

This Week’s News

First of all, don’t forget to vote for which song you’d like Broken Chimneys to cover on the right! Read this post to find out what it’s all about. Joan or Bruce, Wilco or Neutral Milk?

Jacko fans, cover fans, music fans at large, the wait is over. Butter X Face has done a brilliant job hyping up their Michael Jackson tribute (mostly by delaying it), but it is here in all its glory. Thirteen brand new covers, many of his lesser-known tunes, available for your perusal here. Bonus: The brilliant title: Chum Onah. Don’t get it? Watch this.

Another MJ tribute album is in the works (shocker) featuring bigger names than BxF doing what are sure to be less-interesting version. Madonna, Mariah, and Beyonce have all reportedly signed on.

Last weekend I attended New York’s All Points West festival, which turned into an impromptu tribute to the ailing Beastie Boys. Jay-Z opened his set with “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” and Coldplay’s Chris Martin rocked a solo piano “Fight For Your Right to Party.” Later that set they busted out an acoustic “Billie Jean.” Read and listen at my other blog (Coldplay’s up later today).

I also saw the National that weekend, but was sorry they didn’t bust out their great “Pretty in Pink.” If only John Hughes had died a few days earlier.

Festivals are indeed good places for covers, and I hope a recordingPerry Farrell and LeAnne Rimes rocking out “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” on the Lollapalooza kids stage surfaces. That “The Devil Went Down to Bavaria” sounds interesting too.

“Violent metal covers of cheesy pop songs?” you say. “How could those NOT be good?” How indeed.

Why? Yoni Wolf. What? A Pavement cover. Where? A new session over at The

I haven’t paid much attention to either the Black Lips or the Horrors in the past, but after hearing Horrors singer Faris Baldwin‘s brilliant cello-goth cover of “I’ll Be With You” I may have to pay more attention.

Also at Pitchfork, check out Broken Social Scene’s new Joy Division cover. The band really unearths an unheard rarity for their soundtrack contribution. It’s a little song called “Love Will Tear Us Apart, ” and really deserves to be heard more widely.

According to and confirmed by Billboard, Bob Dylan is recording songs for a Christmas album. Now do I believe this will ever see the light of day? Not a chance. Am I intrigued? Definitely.

This Week’s Submissions

The Broken Chimneys – I Get a Kick Out Of You
(Cole Porter) [more]

Childsplay – Mothers of the Disappeared/The Evenstar (U2/orig.) [more]

Le Peep – Paparazzi (Lady Gaga) [more]

P.J. Pacifico – I Want to Hold Your Hand (The Beatles) [more]

Alexander Wolfe – Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young) [more]

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