Aug 312012

Last week, Pitchfork posted their People’s List poll results and, not surprisingly, Radiohead’s OK Computer took the top slot (Kid A came in second). Though the poll has generated some controversy-in-the-form-of-thinkpieces since then, few take issue with the winner.

Following our similar collections of Kid A and In Rainbows covers, we celebrate the victor with covers of every song on the classic album. As the Pitchfork poll yet again attests, no one does Radiohead like Radiohead and the best way to cover is to not compete. From big brass bands to bluegrass jams, these twelve artists find ways to do it different. Continue reading »

Aug 302012

Back in June Cover Me premiered Kendra Morris covering Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” In that piece Morris foreshadowed her latest cover when she said “you can hear echoes of Dark Side Of The Moon in both the production and at times the way I use my voice.” Keeping with the Pink Floyd vibe comes an amazing soulful rendition of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” The song was written by Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and David Gilmour and is a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett. It was recorded for the 1975 concept album Wish You Were Here. Continue reading »

Aug 292012

Like the rest of hip hop superstar Kanye West’s fourth album 808 & Heartbreaks, “See You In My Nightmares” ain’t like many other of West’s earlier, more upbeat hits about dropping out of college, his climb to the top, societal problems, and the like. While it didn’t garner as much attention as its equally sobering album-mates, “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless,” “See You In My Nightmares” is just as riddled with the rhythms of a different subject: loss and the bitterness of heartbreak. West comes at it all with an Auto-Tuned voice, Lil Wayne, and a heavy, synthy beat, but Cloud 9’s take is softer and perhaps even a little grittier. Continue reading »

Aug 272012

Following up on their massively successful Youtube version of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” (133 million views and counting!), Walk Off the Earth is back with another indie pop cover. As they prepare to kick off an international tour, the Ontario five-piece has released their take on fun.‘s “Some Nights.” They invited singer/songwriter Julia Nunes along for the ride. Continue reading »

Aug 272012

Becky Jones, aka Saint Saviour is no stranger to the cover-songs-in-an-electronic-manner realm. The England-native will often cover songs based off of what her community of fans would like to hear.  Most recently, she promised one of her donors that contributed to her Pledge Music campaign that she would cover one of his favorite songs. After reaching that goal to raise funds rather quickly, she got around to recording and releasing the cover on Soundcloud, which is none other than David Bowie’s “Heroes.” Continue reading »

Aug 242012

Cover Classics takes a closer look at all-cover albums of the past, their genesis, and their legacy.

It must have been a real drag to be young and watch the whole love and peace era go down the drain. JFK, dead. MLK, dead. Paul McCartney, dead. The music of the turn-on-tune-in-drop-out generation had become so absorbed with its own self-importance that the weight was too much to carry, especially with the early ’70s promising no bright future “comin’ up around the bend.” Bryan Ferry‘s These Foolish Things, one of two all-covers albums released in October 1973 (David Bowie‘s Pin-Ups was the other), served as a healthy reminder that these hippie anthems and cultural touchstones are, after all, pop songs. Continue reading »