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.

Jul 132012

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 »

Jul 032012

Getting your band’s song into an Apple commercial is one of the best publicity moves imaginable. Even if “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove doesn’t seem recognizable by name, you’ve most likely heard it in an iPod Touch commercial. It’s an infectious summer song, and the band gives off the impression they like to have a good time, which explains their choice to cover “Party Hard” by Andrew W.K. for A.V. Undercover. Continue reading »

Jun 262012

Stars released their third album, Set Yourself on Fire, in 2004. It was fairly well received, gaining popularity with tracks like “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” and “Ageless Beauty.” Not quite riding on the coattails of that success, but also not leaving enough time for people to forget the album, Stars released a remix album of Set Yourself on Fire in 2007, called Do You Trust Your Friends? Continue reading »

Jun 152012

Easily recognized as something intended to be silly, let us all admit that we would listen to a full-length album of Wainwright singing chewing gum jingles. Rufus quickly summarizes his accomplishments at the beginning of the sketch, perhaps the funniest being “written an opera,” which he says with a slight head shake, implying his prowess as a musician is really that articulate and that literary and probably tantamount to genius. Continue reading »

Jun 152012

Iron & Wine have already released a cover of George Michael’s “One More Try” for Two Sides of George, their limited edition 7” as part of Suicide Squeeze’s singles series. The recently released B-side is “Trouble” by Little Feat (written by Lowell George, in case you were wondering how the George part played in). Pre-order of the 7” is already sold out. Continue reading »