Cover News is a weekly feature keeping you up to date on the goings-on in the world of cover tunes, tribute albums, etc. Plus, at the bottom we post our array of cover tunes we’ve been sent in the past week. Have you recorded a cool cover? Send an mp3 to the email address on the right!
This Week’s News
Thanksgiving’s coming up in a few weeks and Cover Me’s very thankful for its readers! So out post on Thanksgiving will be requests. Request any cover, from the particular (Do you have Lightspeed Champion’s cover of ‘When You Were Young’ by the Killers?) to the general (Know any good covers of ‘Bat Out Of Hell’? or Has My Morning Jacket done any cover songs?) and I’ll try to get it for ya! Submit requests in the comments here, via the email address on the right, or at our Twitter page. You’ve got a week and a half. All requests (or as many as I can find) will go up the Monday before Thanksgiving.
A few weeks late for our Halloween post, Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” has been covered by seven different artists in a new Cover Song Throwdown. Vote for your favorite! [Acoustaclaw Records]
A little late on the boat here, but this Brazilian blog is counting down 1001 Covers You Need to Hear Before You Die. He’s only at #75, so there’s plenty of time to catch up. [1001 Covers]
A hardcore Umphrey’s McGee fan and friend of the band passed over the summer. In tribute to him, Umphrey’s has officially released Cover It, a two-disc st of live covers he had put together. They take on The Beatles, Guns n Roses, Pink Floyd and more in this two-disc set. [Live Downloads]
Beck has finished up his covers of Songs of Leonard Cohen (download them all here) and now is off on covers of Skip Spence’s Oar. Along for the ride this time to take on the Jefferson Airplane/Moby Grape man: Wilco! [Record Club]
Solange Knowles (aka. Beyoncé’s sister) takes on the Dirty Projector’s “Stillness Is the Move.” Universal Records is apparently having a fit despite officially liscencing it, but you can still download it here. [Stereogum]
Weezer decided to cover Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” recently. “It’s one of those rare songs I can listen to over and over again without getting sick of it,” lead singer Rivers Cuomo says. If only the rest of the world agreed. [I Heart Radio]
I prefer Coldplay covering Michael Jackson, a week earlier, for the same program. [YouTube]
Gavin Rossdale (aka. Mr. Gwen Stefani) covers a Joy Division song for the Criminal Minds TV show. While dressed up as a vampire. Some obscure tune too, called “Love Will Rip Us Asunder” or something. [Videogum]
We mentioned Peter Gabriel’s upcoming covers a while back for his work with Radiohead. Well now the full tracklist has been released of Scratch My Back (clever name) and it’s got Lou Reed, David Bowie, The Killers and more! [Pitchfork]
New Muppets tribute album with Andrew Bird and Weezer! That says it all. [Exclaim]
This Week’s Submissions