We’ve finished our first month on the new site! What a month it was. Cover Me 2.0 kicked things off June 1st with a Lucinda Williams exclusive and has been plugging away since. A bunch of new features made their debuts. Some turned people onto new artists, others just made folks angry (see: ScarJo). There’s Under the Radar, In the Spotlight, Song of the Day, Tribute Throwback, In Defense, and of course Giveaways (speaking of which, still time to enter to win a Neil Young tribute on vinyl). Whew!
With so much going on it can be easy to miss stuff, so I’ve pulled out some of the most popular June posts – and a few personal favorites – for a second airing. Catch up on what you missed, then give some feedback on Month #1 of the new site in the comments. All suggestions welcome.
• Lucinda Williams Covers “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” (Cover Me Premiere) | The Grammy-winning Americana songwriter tackles Shel Silverstein’s classic. Hear it first on Cover Me.
• In Defense: Scarlett Johansson’s Tom Waits Album
• Under the Radar: Samm Bennett
• Cover Commissions: Corey TuT
• Review: Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine
• The Gaslight Anthem Roars Through Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” on Fallon | This rocks hard, even for them!
• Dirty Projectors Cover “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”
• Roger Waters Protests Gaza Blockade with “We Shall Overcome”
• Neon Trees Go Doo-Wop on Justin Bieber
• Beck and Thurston Moore Cover…Yanni??
• Outkast’s André 3000 Rips Off Muppets for the NBA | The funk-soul rapper turns the Beatles’ “All Together Now” into one long Kobe Bryant shout-out.
• Bonnaroo Covers Roundup
• Glastonbury Covers Roundup
• Our Hit Parade Covers Ke$ha, Rihanna, La Roux, and More!
• Janelle Monáe Lets It Rip on Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”
• Hold Steady Keyboardist Returns with Slavic Iron Maiden Cover (Cover Me Premiere) | “Hallowed Be Thy Name” gets accordion-rocked by Guignol & Mischief Brew.
• In the Spotlight: Alejandro Escovedo
• Download This: The Ghosts of Electricity (ft. Mark Karan) Cover Dylan for Over Three Hours
• Congrats Lakers. Here’s Five Covers of “I Love L.A.”
• In the Spotlight: Eels
Song of the Day
• Amy MacDonald, “Dancing in the Dark” (Bruce Springsten cover) | Amy MacDonald’s soaring Scottish singing makes this acoustic Bruce Springsteen tune special indeed.
• My Morning Jacket w/ Eddie Vedder, “A Quick One While He’s Away” (The Who cover)
• Parry Ray, “Snuff” (Slipknot cover)
• Oh, Be Clever, “Tik Tok” (Ke$ha cover)
• Beatspoke, “Way Down in the Hole” (Tom Waits cover)