Jun 072011

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

It’s time to make it rain and get our purple on, for today Prince turns 53. After spending a few years preoccupied with the creation of some albums that only he could enjoy, the father of funk recently renewed his interest in all us less funky, esoteric people by going on a cross-continental tour. Once again he is accessible to all those who adore him…so long as they adore him on his own terms. Meaning no YouTube fan videos, no file sharing, no blog posts, and for God’s sakes no cover songs! Continue reading »

May 062011

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Welcome to the latest Bandcamp roundup! After last week’s Wiz Khalifa double-header, we’re back to the usual five songs/five artists format. Two ‘80s cuts by Prince and Cyndi Lauper pair with two more recent tracks by Deerhunter and Queens of the Stone Age. And then there’s a cover of the Twilight guy, which…well, you’ll see. Continue reading »

Jan 192011

Download This scours the web’s dark corners for cool cover freebies. View past installments.

Some of you might have some familiarity with Wakey!Wakey! by now. If the band’s debut studio full-length Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You, released last February on Family Records, failed to catch your ear, perhaps frontman Mike Grubbs’ recurring spot as the piano-playing bartender on TV’s One Tree Hill did. And if neither of these ring a bell, maybe you’ve stumbled upon the band on their relentless touring efforts (Currently, they’re doing shows in England both as headliners and in support of James Blunt).

But whenever you have – or will – come across the building wave that is Wakey!Wakey!, you shouldn’t miss the collection of covers that a solo Grubbs released back in 2008 as part of Wakey!Wakey! Wednesdays. Featuring songs by The Decemberists, Weezer, Alicia Keys, and more, the ten tracks were released one at a time on consecutive Wednesdays (the original G.O.O.D. Fridays?), and are all available for free download or stream over at The Family Records’ site. Continue reading »

Jul 282010

In the Spotlight showcases a cross-section of an artist’s cover work. View past installments, then post suggestions for future picks in the comments!

There are some voices that speak (or sing) for themselves. You know the ones. Voices where it doesn’t matter what they sing. Voices where it doesn’t really matter what instruments support them. Solomon Burke has such a voice. Jeff Buckley had it. Allison Crowe has it too.

Born in British Columbia, Crowe has amassed a loyal following in Canada and Europe. The songwriter’s songwriter pure tones sound like a bell, no show-off acrobatics necessary. The amazing thing isn’t just that she performs the best version of Leonard Cohen‘s oft-covered “Hallelujah” (sorry Jeff); the amazing thing is that she does so using the same solo piano style that everyone else does. There’s nothing particularly creative about it; her voice is just that good! So throw all those other “sensitive” covers. This one’s the keeper.

Her others are equally charming. The Beatles’ “In My Life” gets the uplifting piano too, while Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time after Time” mixes it up with – wait for it – a guitar! A full band joins in for Pearl Jam’s “Indifference” and the Rolling Stones’ “Shine a Light,” but as always Crowe’s voice is the star. Continue reading »

May 162010

Cover News is a weekly feature keeping you up to date on the goings-on in the world of cover tunes, tribute albums, etc. At the bottom we showcase the submissions we’ve been sent in the past week (send us yours)! As always, follow Cover Me on Twitter for the latest news.

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This Week’s News

Hey you, out there in Internetland, help test out the new site!  See Cover Me 2.0 before anyone else and give suggestions/feedback!  [Email me]
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Oct 312009

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

Halloween is here and that means Phish’s full-album set is tonight! What’ll it be? Betting-odds favorite Thriller is out! The website choices are down to: MGMT, Rolling Stones, King Crimson, Radiohead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Genesis, Prince, and David Bowie. Cover Me’s guess: Hendrix. [Phish]

October’s Cover Commission’s is in! John Dissed’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” can be downloaded this-away. [Cover Me]

Peter Gabriel is working on a covers album with tunes by Radiohead, Bon Iver, Magnetic Fields, and Arcade Fire. Better yet, it seems he’s included several of the original musicians for each one! [Ateaseweb]

La Roux is guilt-free dance music. Lou Barlow is not. That didn’t stop Lou from covering Roux at SPIN though. [SPIN]

Rolling Stone went a little more country with their recent cover session. Country legend Kris Kristofferson’s “A Moment of Forever” gets its due from up-and-comer Jamey Johnson. [Rolling Stone]

The new Snow Patrol-curate LateNight tales mix contains a new SP cover of INXS’s “New Sensation.” [LateNight Tales]

Joensuu’s incredible electro-dirge version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” will change the way you hear the song forever. [You Ain’t No Picasso]

Superchunk’s Matt takes on Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, and books! [SPIN]

New covers mixtape over at the Cap’t! [Captain Obvious]

Coldplay’s “Fight for Your Right to Party” was a highlight of our summer here at Cover Me. Now Chris Martin is back with a cover of Springsteen’s “My Love Will Not Let You Down” from the recent Bridge Benefit! [YouTube]

Tom Waits turned Jack Kerouac’s “Home I’ll Never Be” into a killer bone-gutter stomp. The Low Anthem brilliantly covered the tune last year. Now the frontmen of Death Cab for Cutie and Son Volt are doing the same things with lots of the Beat’s poems. [SPIN]

Daytrotter sessions can always be relied on for good cover. In the latest installment, Magnolia Electric Co. performs Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns and Money.” [Daytrotter]

This Week’s Submissions

835 – I Remember Nothing (Joy Division) [more]

Norman Palm – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper) [more]

Axel Wolph – Johnny & Mary (Robert Palmer) [more]