Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• What do you do when you can’t sleep? Well, if you’re Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Dee Dee, you record ‘80s pop covers! She posted her lo-fi version of bubblegum duo Strawberry Switchblade’s first single, “Trees & Flowers.” Check it out.
MP3: Dum Dum Girls – Trees & Flowers (Strawberry Switchblade cover)
• Antony’s wavering falsetto drew immediate acclaim upon the 2005 release of Antony and the Johnsons’s I Am a Bird Now. Clare Maguire shows off some stunning operatic pipes of her own on her cover of the morbid “Hope There’s Someone.” Sounds like a Phantom of the Opera outtake.
MP3: Clare Maguire – Hope There’s Someone (Antony and the Johnsons cover)
• Nothing says “Christmas spirit” like Nas, am I right? Okay, maybe not, but Freedom or Death’s acoustic groove through “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” comes off surprisingly positive.
MP3: Freedom or Death – If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (Nas cover)
• Actual summer camp may be over, but the band Summer Camp knows no such seasonal boundaries. They celebrate the holiday spirit with a warpy cover of the Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.”
MP3: Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses cover)
• We always love the covers Buffalo Tom guitarist Bill Janovitz posts on his blog and he’s back with two new ones: a full-band “Death Party” (via nyctaper) and a solo “A Little Bit of Soap,” which concerns the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (it makes sense).
MP3: Buffalo Tom – Death Party (Gun Club cover)
MP3: Bill Janovitz – A Little Bit of Soap (The Jarmels cover)
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