June Roundup

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Jul 072010

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)

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