Despite initial detractors, Lana Del Rey’s album Born to Die debuted at #2 a few weeks ago. Moreover, judging by the number of covers churning out, her fellow musicians seem to be pretty unequivocally behind her. We’ve fallen behind with some recent LDR covers, so we’re gonna put ‘em together in a big roundup post.
Amanda Palmer has been visiting Occupy sites around the country, performing live for protesters in Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle. She has been doing covers of Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” Rebecca Black’s “Friday” (in parody form), and old protest songs.
Earlier this week, we saw Amanda Palmer invite some friends to cover Rocky Horror’s “Science Fiction/Double Feature.” She strummed a ukulele there, as is her wont these days. On her new cover she ukes up again, but in a far more intimate setting. In a new video, she performs a quiet, stripped-down version of Bright Eyes’ “Lua” in what looks like a hotel bedroom.
Last year to celebrate Halloween, Amanda Palmer held a Dresden Dolls reunion show in New York City. This year she hit the other coast, appearing on a taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She brought along Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, Moby, and husband Neil Gaiman for a cover of Rocky Horror’s “Science Fiction/Double Feature.”
One year ago today, Amanda Palmer released her hit-and-miss tribute album Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele and she’s just released a new music video for one of the tracks to celebrate. It’s for her meditative take on “No Surprises,” one of the best tracks on the album.
As we mentioned yesterday, SPIN magazine celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind this year with a special issue featuring interviews, recollections, and, best of all, a full-album tribute. Dare we say it, it’s even better than the one we did.