In support of their latest album, Swing Lo Magellan, The Dirty Projectors have been touring non-stop. After a tour through the U.S., the American rockers took a romp through Australia and landed at Melbourne radio station Triple J. For the station’s “Like A Version,” the band played a stripped down version of Usher‘s “Climax.”
Though still in its infancy, San Francisco’s Painted Palms has already garnered a lot of buzz for itself with its first EP Canopy and their recent touring with Of Montreal. Cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme continue to build their reputation with this cover of Dirty Projectors’ “I Will Truck.”
Last night a slew of alt-indie heroes descended on New York’s Bowery Ballroom to pay tribute to the bands featured in Michael Azerrad’s era-defining tome Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991. Ted Leo covered Minor Threat, Titus Andronicus did the Replacements, and, strangest of all, Dirty Projectors played Black Flag.
Dylan Covers A-Z presents covers of every single Bob Dylan song. View the full series here.
Bob Dylan turns 70 tomorrow. We pondered long and hard how to celebrate. This seemed to us deserving of more than the usual They Say It’s Your Birthday collection, and we knew we could do better than another Best Dylan Covers list. We wanted to do something truly special.
So we’re celebrating Dylan’s birthday this week by doing something no one’s ever done before: compiling covers of every single Bob Dylan song. If he released it on a regular studio album, we’ve got it, for a grand total of 279 songs.* Our entire staff has dug deep to find the hidden gems alongside the classics. We’ve got your “Ballad of a Thin Man” and “Tangled Up in Blue,” sure, but we’ve also got your “Cat’s in the Well” and “Po’ Boy.” Heck – we’ve even got the Jesus stuff!
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Once again we delve back into Bandcamp to find the week’s top free covers. There’s a bit of an ’80s theme today, with covers of songs from Pixies, the Cure, and Wham! The two that round them out buck the trend a bit: a Buffy Sainte-Marie song from 1963 and a Dirty Projectors song from 2004. The average of 1963 and 2004 is 1983 though, so there you go!
A few months ago we heard Dirty Projectors cover “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.” Well, the Brooklyn indier-than-thou sextet must really dig Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, because they’ve returned with another album cut: “As I Went Out One Morning.” The tune comes from the expanded edition of their 2009 breakout Bitte Orca, released today.
“As I Went Out” takes more risks than “I Dreamed” and each one works. The vaguely nasal “aaaaah”s initally sound like a chorus of female Dylan impersonators. When the ladies hit the serious harmonies though, it sounds…well, not so much like Dylan. Listen below. (via We All Want Someone)