When the Beastie Boys revisited “Fight For Your Right (To Party)” a few years back, they brought in Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Elijah Wood. When Jasonrockcity revisit it, they went with ukulele, shaker, and xylophone.
We named San Francisco cellist Unwoman’s Uncovered the second best covers album of 2011 and next week, she releases the sequel Lemniscate: Uncovered Volume 2. She loops cello and vocal parts to make dark symphonies out of songs by MGMT and Amanda Palmer. We’re excited to premiere a highlight, her version of fellow big-voiced temptress Florence and the Machine.
Philip Dickey has a knack for names. First Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, now his newest project: Dragon Inn 3. With his sister Roni Dickey and SSLYBY video director Brook Linder, they are debuting the new group with an EP this Saturday. The name for that? Ghoul School.
Back in Feburary, we here at Cover Me first heard Jordan Corey‘s sultry cover of the Rolling Stones classic “Miss You.” For those of you unfamiliar with Corey, the Bay area native has been on Cover Me’s radar for quite some time, covering everything from La Roux to The Beatles. Today, we are pleases to premiere the official music video for her rendition of “Miss You.”
NYC-via-Tampa singer Kendra Morris recorded her first two EPs in a closet on a used eight-track, a raw bedroom approach that didn’t deliver many frills. Her lush new cover of Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game” shows how far she’s come. With organ, backing singers, and a whole lot of Lynchian atmosphere, her voice soars over a soulful bed that’s a giant leap forward in production quality without sacrificing the raw emotion.
French duo Housse de Racket have many clear influences – Brian Eno, Chic, Justice – but for their first-ever cover, they veered in a less obvious direction. Though the Beach Boys‘ smooth summer sound might not immediately come to mind amidst the band’s drum pads and synths, their version of “Til I Die,” premiering here, keeps all Brian Wilson’s whistful melancholy while adding a glossy electropop sheen. We asked them a little about the cover.
Michael Pomranz, who records with a rotating cast as World Blanket, based his upcoming record 2012 on the writings of psychedelic drug guru Terence McKenna. It comes as no surprise, then, that the man is a Syd Barrett fan. (Fun fact: he’s also the Tosh.0 writer who first discovered Rebecca Black’s “Friday” – but try not to hold that against him).
Last month, Richard McGraw released his Popular Music covers record. His mournful ballads took on all comers, from the Who to Lady Gaga, Leonard Cohen to Eddie Murphy. The only genre not covered: ’80s San Francisco hardcore. He remedies that not-so-glaring omission on a new bonus cover of Dead Kennedys‘ “California Über Alles,” which we’re pleased to premiere below.