Jan 052012
 

Last month, we posted our Best Cover EPs of 2011. Getting an early start on next year’s list, two artists, both from Cali, posted knockout EPs in the past week and they’re both free to download.

First up, Sacramento trio Sister Crayon dropped their Disquiet EP on Christmas. It features the up-and-coming group putting their dreamy spin on everyone from Bill Withers to Antony and the Johnsons. Check out their version of Sufjan Steven’s “Futile Device” below, then grab the full thing at Facebook.

MP3: Sister Crayon – Futile Device (Sufjan Stevens cover)

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Berkeley duo Bird by Bird took a more methodical approach to their song selection: five songs for five decades. The chronology starts in the ‘60s with the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird” and moves up through the past decade with the Faint’s “Agenda Suicide.” Sample the disc with their version of Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield,” then grab the full thing on Bandcamp.

MP3: Bird by Bird – Love Is a Battlefield (Pat Benatar cover)

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If you missed it, check out the Best Cover EPs of 2011 here.

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