So much goes on here at Cover Me, it can be easy to fall behind. So, today we begin a series where we collect the biggest news stories of the month in one place. If the pace sometimes becomes overwhelming, get up to speed right here. Think of it like Cliff Notes: Covers Edition.
Being raised in a Hollywood family as the great-nephew of actor Art Carney, Reeve Carney would naturally gravitate towards the stage. Indeed, for years he found his home on the concert stage as frontman for his band, Carney. His fame, though, came on a different stage altogether. When not performing with Carney the band, Carney the person stars as Peter Parker in the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
In its original incarnation, “Avalanche” represents everything we’ve grown to expect from Leonard Cohen. It’s got the whole package – his trademark morose baritone, undulating acoustic guitar picking, and a healthy dose of strings in the background. However, in the hands of this international team of musicians, led by German electronic producer Boys Noize and British producer Erol Alkin, the Canadian folkie’s work takes on an entirely different form. They even give the track a new subtitle, “Terminal Velocity.” The pair of dance heavyweights enlist British rocker Jarvis Cocker, frontman of the Britpop act Pulp, for vocal duties, having him basically narrate Cohen’s lyrics a few lines at a time like a book on tape.
On the back of their acclaimed quasi-comeback album Blood Pressures, the Kills have been touring hard. Their latest trek takes them through Australia, where they stopped in to Triple J to perform “Satellite” along with a new cover. They dug deep to perform “One Silver Dollar,” a song sung by Marilyn Monroe in the 1954 Western River of No Return.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
This week’s Bandcamp spotlight takes inspiration from Bollywood and the Boss, Brooklyn and Buenos Aires. Whether you’re into post-rock roar or delicate folk harmonies, these five tunes should be all you need to get through the weekend.
The latest cover off the Muppets’ Green Album tribute features whistling and violin, so it can only come from one man: Andrew Bird, a man renowned for both those skills. He premiered his cover of Kermit the Frog’s classic lament “Bein’ Green” over at NPR and has some interesting words to say about it there: