Mar 262011
 

This March, we pit 64 Beatles covers against each other in what we call Moptop Madness.

Yesterday’s winners: Joe Cocker, “With a Little Help From My Friends” and José Feliciano, “A Day in the Life”

Today begins the Sweet 16. Sixty-four covers entered. Sixteen remain. Only one will win. Two more covers will be eliminated right here, right now. Will David Bowie’s “Across the Universe” or the Black Keys’ “She Said She Said” prevail? Will Al Green’s “I Want to Hold Your Hand” or Booker T. and the M.G.s’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” advance? You decide.

Listen to each pairing below, then vote for your favorite. For added sway, try to convince others to vote your way in the comments. Voting closes in 24 hours. Continue reading »

Mar 182011
 

This March, we pit 64 Beatles covers against each other in what we call Moptop Madness.

Yesterday’s winners: Joe Cocker, “With a Little Help from My Friends” and José Feliciano, “A Day in the Life”

Well, here we are. Yesterday’s contests marked the end of Round One. From now on, the only contestants left are the ones you voted for. 32 covers gone, 32 left. But only one can win. To kick us off, John Tams meets David Bowie, then Booker T. and the M.G.s meets Ben Folds. Let’s do this.

Listen to each pairing below, then vote for your favorite. For added sway, try to convince others to vote your way in the comments. Voting closes in 24 hours. Continue reading »

Mar 142011
 

Any soul music fan has surely worshipped at the altar of Booker T. Jones at some point. Jones led the legendary combo Booker T. and The M.G.’s, the house band at Stax Records that backed up Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and others. Additionally, they recorded some of the most recognizable instrumental music of the ’60s, most notably “Green Onions.” Their instrumental tribute to The Beatles Abbey Road, entitled McLemore Avenue is well worth seeking out for any cover fan. In fact, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” recently moved on to Round Two in Moptop Madness. Continue reading »

Mar 032011
 

This March, we pit 64 Beatles covers against each other in what we call Moptop Madness.

Yesterday’s winners: John Tams, “Girl” & Ben Folds, “Golden Slumbers”

Today’s first match pits D.B. against B.D., as David Bowie faces off with oddball cover band Big Daddy. In the second half the double-header, a couple veterans go head-to-head when Booker T. and the M.G.s’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” battles Richie Havens’ “Here Comes the Sun.”

Listen to each pairing below, then vote for your favorite. For added sway, try to convince others to vote your way in the comments. Voting closes in 24 hours. Continue reading »