If you’ve been keeping tabs on the always quirky rockers The Flaming Lips, you’ll discover a not-so-hidden trend: they like covering the Beatles. Last month they released their track-for-track cover of the classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (titled With a Little Help from My Fwends), but a quick search of Cover Me will bring up 5 other Beatles/John Lennon songs they’ve covered, going all the way back to 2010. You can’t really argue with the formula, though, because it seems to be working.
Kelis is best remembered in the States for her 2003 hit “Milkshake,” but overseas she’s had a string of Top 10 hits. One such song is “Millionaire,” her 2004 song with André 3000, which hit #3 in Britain yet didn’t even dip a toe in the American charts. Though they hail from Miami, Awesome New Republik aka. ANR seem a bit more hip to Kelis’ work outside of double entendres. Their label Neon Gold (home to Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding) filmed the duo performing their spaced-out cover of the song last month and it’s a joy to watch.
Christmas covers hit the blogosphere by the dozen this time of year, but even though we can’t post on ’em all, we’ve been trying to keep track of our favorites. Here, in the third installment of our holiday sorta-series, are a bunch of great new Christmas covers, jumbled together like last year’s tree lights.
Each year seems to bring a new cover of The Pogues’ acerbic Christmas classic “Fairytale of New York.” Everyone from Coldplay to Dropkick Murphys to Florence Welch has offered a spin on Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl’s bitter duet, though few come close to the original. The latest contender is London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Maverick Sabre, who recently performed “Fairytale” on BBC Radio 1.
It’s that time again when everyone’s putting the final touches on their Christmas lists, but all of our favorite musicians are always a step ahead at this time of year. There has been no shortage of Christmas covers appearing all over the internet in the last few weeks, and they will surely continue for a couple weeks more. This early Christmas gift comes in the form of a digital 7” put out by alternative-rock band The Dandy Warhols.
Telephoned have been a staple band for Cover Me in the past year, and they’re back with a 3 song Christmas EP, A Very Telephoned Christmas. As usual, Maggie Horn and Sammy Bananas do part cover, part remix by singing Christmas classics over other artists’ songs. But while you may have heard someone add a dance beat to Bing Crosby while you were doing some holiday shopping at Abercrombie and Fitch, that doesn’t prepare you for what you’re about to hear on this EP. For example, Horn singing “The Chipmunk Song” over Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot.”
Christmas covers come pretty fast this time of year (duh), so we periodically step back to collect a bunch in a single post. Our last set was a few weeks ago and since then we’ve posted new Christmas songs by My Morning Jacket, Josh T. Pearson, Dawes/Peter Wolf Crier/Mannequin Man, and Red Wanting Blue/Tristen. Even with all that, though, there have been even more we haven’t gotten to. So here’s a bunch, crammed together for a holiday mixtape or just some Christmas cheer.
It’s no secret My Morning Jacket likes Christmas. Back in 2000, they released the EP My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style. That one featured mostly originals, but their new follow-up EP offers the covers of Christmas classics they skipped the first time. It’s out today on iTunes.