A few weeks ago, we posted Amy Winehouse’s reggae cover of “Our Love Will Come.” It came off her upcoming rarities comp Lioness: Hidden Treasures and now we have another taste. She covers the bossa nova standard “The Girl from Ipanema” in such imitable Winehouse style that you’ll mourn her all over again.
Corporate America seems to think Halloween signals the time to break out the holiday gift displays and light the enormous mall trees, but the rest of us know the rules: no Christmas lights until after Thanksgiving meal (don’t argue, this is the rule). So, despite some early reporting we did over the last month, the Christmas season has officially started and the covers are rolling in. This week we’ve got a couple of classic songs done in traditional ways.
Yesterday we heard Florence and the Machine cover Drake in the Live Lounge and now Foster the People take their shot in the Radio 1 studio. The trio played “Pumped Up Kicks” (duh) and a new cover of the Strokes’ new song “Machu Picchu.” It’s the breakout stars of 2011 paying tribute to the godfathers of the modern “buzz band” concept.
Back in 2007, Okkervil River released their free Golden Opportunities covers mixtape. It featured Will Sheff and co. paying homage to some of their favorite songs and songwriters. Four years later, that mixtape has a sequel, in the form of the Golden Opportunities 2 EP. The five tracks find the band digging even deeper than before, covering songs by Bill Fay, Ted Lucas, Jim Sullivan, and David McComb (via his band the Triffids).
Chris Isaak released “Wicked Game” in 1989 and, 22 years later, the covers keep rolling in.
You might remember James Vincent McMorrow’s amazing cover a couple months back. This time around, buzzed-about “heavy-pop” band Wu Lyf decided to tackle the hit on stage at a concert in London, England. While Wu Lyf have remained relatively underground on a worldwide level, in the last year or so they have gained a tremendous following and their first album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain received a coveted “Best New Music” designation on Pitchfork. If you aren’t familiar with the term “heavy-pop,” Wu Lyf’s distinctive sound is basically the perfect mix between indie-pop and rock. In other words, something Chris Isaak’s music would most definitely never be compared too.
After his collaboration with Insane Clown Posse, nothing Jack White does will surprise us. Even his latest venture, a series of Third Man Records singles with actor John C. Reilly makes more sense than that ICP nonsense. After all, Reilly sang in both Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Chicago, even earning an Academy Award nomination for the latter. White produced a few new country covers by the actor, including a cover of Ray Price’s 1954 country hit “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me).”