Aug 182011
 

Download This scours the web’s dark corners for cool cover freebies. View past installments.

The 21st century has been good to Daryl Hall and John Oates. They’ve experienced an enormous resurgence of popularity among capricious young listeners and have maintained an enviable momentum of success, both together and solo. Oh, and people love to cover them. Continue reading »

Aug 122011
 

For the last few years, the folks at Cokemachineglow have marked the end of the year with a Fantasy Covers Podcast. In the latest edition, they give the Podcast a twist by making it a contest– they encouraged artists to submit covers that “re-contextualize” a track with an unexpected new genre. As they predicted, the results are both strange, creative, and occasionally hit-or-miss, but the overall result is a set of imaginative covers with some terrific standouts. Unfortunately the Podcast format means that the 13 covers are only available in one massive file, but it’s one worth downloading. Continue reading »

Jul 262011
 

Download This scours the web’s dark corners for cool cover freebies. View past installments.

When you think of Iron Maiden, acoustic guitar probably doesn’t come to mind. Throughout their hard-hitting run of classic heavy metal albums in the 1980s, Maiden used the instrument incredibly sparingly, often only to add flavor to a track or to give it room to get louder when the electric guitars finally kicked in. At least until some of their more experimental work in the 2000s, the term “unplugged” really had no meaning for this genre-defining sextet. Yet a die-hard Scottish Maiden fan known to the Internet as “Thingfishy” (real name: Gavin Anderson) has decided that, for almost the band’s entire catalog, the acoustic sound is where it’s at. Continue reading »

Jun 302011
 

Download This scours the web’s dark corners for cool cover freebies. View past installments.

We’ve reviewed and recommended cover albums galore here at Cover Me, from seemingly random collections to artist-specific tributes. The risk of redundancy grows as a collection’s focus becomes narrower, but in the right hands, a clear focus can work wonders. Check out our reviews of Dave Depper’s Ram Project and Thea Gilmore’s John Wesley Harding for a view of each side of the coin. Continue reading »

Jun 212011
 

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Billy Joel spent much of the ’80s looking to court music lovers with albums that sounded either retro (An Innocent Man) or ultra-pop (The Bridge, which features a collaboration with Cyndi Lauper). For one glorious record, though, Joel broke from his “piano man” mold. He got angry. He got punk. Continue reading »

Jun 142011
 

Download This scours the web’s dark corners for cool cover freebies. View past installments.

Oftentimes, when artists release free covers, you’re met with a few different possibilities. One is that there’s great variety between the song selections, but there are only a few of them. The other is that there are a ton of different covers and they’re all sort of the same. Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson cannot quite be placed in either camp, although his covers are in no short supply. Continue reading »