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 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 »

Jun 052012

This past week, super trio Sufjan Stevens, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and Nico Muhly performed some of their planetary themed songs for the Sydney Vivid Festival. Toward the end of the night, Sufjan Stevens played a solo cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Apropos of the galaxy-like theme, Sufjan told the audience that he always thought the song was about outer space, although he now thinks it’s about Australia. Continue reading »

May 312012

The Replacements released one of their most successful albums in 1984 and called it Let It Be. It didn’t seem to matter that The Beatles already took the name, but that’s the type of attitude the Replacements were known for – to be daring and kind of dumb. Let It Be was their fourth album, and by this point the band decided to expand their sound from punk. While they didn’t abandon their roots altogether — Let It Be is far from polished, and has tracks like “Gary’s Got a Boner,” and “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out,” — there are songs that showed an incredibly insightful side to Paul Westerberg’s writing, which is where “Answering Machine” lies. Continue reading »

May 242012

The Bestival Fest is a four-day music festival in Isle of Wight, England. Originally founded by BBC Radio 1 leftfield DJ Rob da Bank, the festival provides innovative and quirky entertainment beyond live performances, like the Big Love Inflatable Church for spontaneous weddings, which will be located in an area called Wishing Tree Field. But it also boasts a really impressive line up, with bigger names to take the main stage each night, including Friday night headliners, Florence and The Machine. Continue reading »

May 212012

This is the second time we’ve featured a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York.” Last time, Denmark artist Mikkel Hess, who performs under the name Hess is More, created a version that relied heavily on experimental electronics, eschewing many lyrics in their entirety so to repeat selected highlights like the impeccable, “Half the time we’re gone, but we don’t know where.” Continue reading »