Mara Beckman

Comfortably situated in Los Angeles since 2010 when she graduated from college, Mara Beckman is a freelance music writer, short story writer, and all-around classy lady. In addition to writing for Cover Me, Mara runs a tumblr, which details one album she buys each Tuesday. Outside of music, and her very committed love for the Jesus & Mary Chain, Mara really likes Science Friday, and recommends you check it out sometime when you have one free hour. Follow her Tumblr.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart released a cover of The Magnetic Fields’ “Jeremy”, part of a 7” with a companion cover, “My Life is Wrong” by East River Pipe. Peggy Wang, vocalist and keyboard player for the New York indie band, released a lengthy, personal and articulate post on the band’s tumblr, affording fans a personal explanation for the cover. Wang writes, “The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why – just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.” Continue reading »

Back Track reexamines an old cover that deserves a new spotlight.

In 1983 X released More Fun in the New World, which became the fourth consecutive album to garner critical praise, and no doubt helped solidify their status as L.A. punk legends. More Fun was crisper than their previous albums, but no less raw and passionate. John Doe and Exene Cervenka still wrote their lyrics as if they were simply writing poems, and while there were more elements of pop to this album, the band’s punk and rockabilly roots held a presence. Continue reading »

The Desaparecidos are currently on tour with the remaining dates focusing on the west coast where they will eventually playing FYF Fest. If you aren’t familiar with the band, this is yet another project of Conor Oberst’s, who is most notably known for Bright Eyes. However, consider this band an antithesis of that– it’s far less confessional and more focused on creating energy reminiscent of post-hardcore sounds. The band began their tour in Minneapolis, where someone managed to tape a decent video of the band covering “Spanish Bombs” by The Clash for their first encore song. Continue reading »

Triple J, an Australian radio station, has a covers show called “Like a Version,” which is a spectacular name for anything covers related. The Shins recently appeared on the show where they covered “Andrew in Drag” from the Magnetic FieldsLove at the Bottom of the Sea. Continue reading »

Upon learning about The Darkness covering Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” from The Bends, one thing immediately came to mind: two genres that have no business being anywhere near each other. Let’s look at the parts. On one side there’s Radiohead, appealing to the abstract doom-and-gloom in us all as we battle our objections to capitalism and think about dying. Completely contrary to that is The Darkness. (You do remember them, right? They believe in a thing called love. And they’re releasing a comeback album.) They’re primarily about having fun, most likely never once thinking about globalization. And, usually, never the twain shall meet. Continue reading »

The Afghan Whigs, one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ‘90s, who have since reunited after their 2001 split, and are currently on tour, have released a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lovercrimes.” Continue reading »

LP’s cover of Leadbelly’s blues classic “In The Pines” is distinguished by her use of the ukulele. Traditionally found to be an instrument in jazz more than blues, LP manages to keep the integrity of “In The Pines” while still taking the risk to experiment with style. Continue reading »

This week, specifically on July 7th, marks the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary of their first show ever at London’s Marquee Jazz Club, when they were billed as the Rollin’ Stones. It’s a profoundly nostalgic moment in music history, and throughout the month of July, BBC 6Music will be celebrating the occasion by having some of the station’s personal favorite bands play Rolling Stone tracks. Continue reading »

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