In support of their latest album, Swing Lo Magellan, The Dirty Projectors have been touring non-stop. After a tour through the U.S., the American rockers took a romp through Australia and landed at Melbourne radio station Triple J. For the station’s “Like A Version,” the band played a stripped down version of Usher‘s “Climax.”
Australian radio station Triple J has something we here at Cover Me love called “Like A Version.” The station wrangles some great artists to interpret whatever song they feel like covering. Sharon Van Etten recently stopped in, talked about how she is touring with Nick Cave later this year, and put out a heavy rendition of Cave’s “People Ain’t No Good.”
Frequent Triple J Like a Version visitors The Maccabees returned to the studio this week for another live session. Last time they stopped by the studio, they covered The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy.” During this visit, they reached a little further into the musical past and performed Neil Diamond‘s oft-covered track “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.”
Phil Spector turned “Unchained Melody” into a 20th-century classic with his Wall of Sound Righteous Brothers production. On a Triple J radio session, Lykke Li strips all that away on an intimate acoustic cover. She teased the audience about the song’s prominent placement in Ghost before unveiling her plaintive version.
Australian radio station Triple J recently hosted Kaiser Chiefs for a short acoustic set that included a cover of Mark Ronson‘s “Record Collection.” Stopping off during their tour Down Under, the Leeds indie rockers took on the title track of Ronson’s latest album as part of the Like a Version series. Ronson has a long history with the band; the DJ/producer worked with the Kaisers on their 2008 album Off with Their Heads, and drummer Nick Hodgson collaborated with Ronson to write “Record Collection.”
Darwin Deez, the man and the band, started making waves in the UK in late 2009 and embarked on a world tour this year. During an interview on Australia’s Triple J radio, Deez described his music as “alternative, homemade indie pop.” He then launched into a bit praising the perks of his first tour, many of which are a little too spicy for a family publication like Cover Me (so listen here).
The group originally planned to cover “Stronger” by Kanye West, but scrapped it (a bummer, since it’s always interesting to see how artists interpret Mr. West’s songs). Deez offered no reason for the change, choosing “Scar Tissue” as the replacement simply because he’s “in a Red Hot Chili Peppers phase.” The band’s cover was faithful to the original other than a lyrical change to reference the Anthony Kiedis-Dave Navarro kiss in the Peppers’ “Warped” video.