Apr 302011

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Well, old Willie just keeps on truckin’, doesn’t he? A singer, songwriter, actor, political activist and truck stop owner, Willie Nelson turns 78 years old today. He achieved songwriting success in the late ’50s writing songs for Ray Price (“Night Life”), Faron Young (“Hello Walls”) and perhaps the most famous country song of all time, Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. He broke through as a performer in 1975 with the release of his album Red Headed Stranger and cover of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Continue reading »

Apr 292011

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Cover Me has never posted a Wiz Khalifa cover before. Nothing against the guy – we’ve just never heard a cover we particularly liked. Well, this week we uncovered two. When it rains, it pours. Or, to use a more appropriate metaphor when discussing Mr. Rolling Papers, when there are no stems…you get the idea. Check out those two below, along with one drastically rearranged standard, one ambient new-wave-revival roar, and a folksy Bee Gees cover that will knock your boots off. Continue reading »

Apr 292011

If you’re like us, your first reaction to this “Pretty in Pink” cover might be, How is this a cover?? It’s almost unrecognizable. Almost. For the first listen or two, you might need to take San Francisco composer Emmalee Crane at her word that this is what she says it is. Then you start to hear it, little snatches of melody burbling up from the Psychedelic Furs original midst all the hypnotizing sound swirls. Continue reading »

Apr 292011

The Silent League has had over 25 members rotate through the group over the last seven years. If that reminds you of Broken Social Scene, you’re clearly not the only one. The Silent League and BSS both revolve around one core member (Justin Russo and Kevin Drew, respectively) while other members come and go. The connection shows itself musically as well, as displayed in the Silent League’s all-hands-on-deck pop cover of BSS’s “Texico Bitches.” Continue reading »

Apr 292011

The orchestra at Trinity College in Dublin, being completely student-run and conducted, isn’t your typical college ensemble. Not only are they extremely talented, but their autonomy lets them bring orchestral music to crazy and creative new places, like this amazing adaption of Daft Punk classics. In February the orchestra performed the group’s album Discovery in its entirety in Trinity’s Exam Hall, marking the first ever live orchestral performance of Daft Punk’s compositions, and they closed out the event with this greatest-hits medley as their encore. Continue reading »

Apr 282011

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

The Beatles’ pilgrimage to India in 1968 led to an outpouring of new material from John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, all of which competed for space on their new album (the White Album). Though it didn’t make the cut, Lennon’s “Child of Nature” reappeared in 1971 on Imagine with different lyrics and a new title: “Jealous Guy.” The song stands as one of Lennon’s best, the desperate plea of a jealous lover who realizes that he may have gone too far, pushing away the very person he wants near. Continue reading »