When people look back in 2011 in music a decade from now, one name will come to mind: Adele. In our little world of cover songs, she dominated. Everyone covered Adele this year. It’s not just that we saw more covers of “Rolling in the Deep” than any other song; they beat out second place (probably “Pumped Up Kicks”) by like a factor of five! We generally try to look for larger cover trends in these annual wrap-ups, but it’s hard to remember anything else from this year except the year-long onslaught of Adele covers hitting our mailbox.
There’s only one “Rolling in the Deep” cover in this year’s list though. The rest are all over the place. Some of the artists listed built their covers with lush soundscapes, thick beats, and intricate string work. Others just took guitars or pianos and bowled us over with the emotion in their voices. There may not be much of an overarching “Year in Covers” narrative, but that means there’s a cover or two for everyone. From feel-good takes on rap songs to kill-yourself versions of pop songs, this year’s list features flips, flops, and genre switcheroos of all sorts. A good cover should be informed by the source material but stand on its own, and we’ll be unrolling the 50 finest examples of songs doing just that all week. Start with #50-41 on the next page and check back daily as we count down to the best cover of 2011.
Dum Dum Girls is known for its California garage pop sound. Cuff the Duke is known for its folk and alt-country influences. The latter band recently covered the sultry lead track from the Dum Dum Girls’ new Only in Dreams and the result is stunning. Continue reading »
This past week the A.V. Club wrapped up their beloved “Undercover” series with the Fruit Bats’ rendition of Loretta Lynn’s “The Other Woman.” This cover was just one of a myriad of brilliant renditions put forth by various indie rock gods and goddesses over the time span of three months. And seeing as this was a veritable who’s who in indie rock these days, few bands disappointed. The worst it got was average (ie that Smith Westerns take on “American Girl”), but most bands scored at least a 7 out of 10. Given the talent, it would be near impossible to only pick just a couple favorites so we here at Cover Me are choosing ten performances instead. The ten most original, most jaw-dropping, and most “Play it again man!”-inducing covers that were featured this past summer. Continue reading »
Dum Dum Girls already released a cover of the year contender with “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” but frontwoman Dee Dee Penny has returned with a new cover. This one comes as the debut single of Les Demoniaques, her new group with San Francisco singer Tamaryn. The cover is Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Teenage Lust” and you can stream it below. Continue reading »
Dum Dum Girls is the California garage-pop band that is going to be on everyone’s summer playlists. A band known for their catchy jangle-filled hooks, their take on The Vagrants “Oh Those Eyes” takes their quintessential summer beach sound and hyper-saturates it, making it perfect for sticky summer nights. Continue reading »
As you all know by now, the folks down at The A.V. Club have returned with A.V. Undercover, where bands pick songs from an editor-compiled list and perform them in the confines of the club’s remarkably small studio. The list contains the usual collection of classics and guilty pleasures – “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals, anyone? The latest group to drop by the studio is California noise-poppers (and Sub Poppers!) Dum Dum Girls. Continue reading »
The music world rarely lacks for Smiths covers, but they seem to be appearing with increased frequency these days. Tuesday we posted a new cover of “Girlfriend in a Coma” and before that we posted new covers of…every single song in the Smiths cannon. So if you’re starting to get a little Morrissey-ed out, we understand. We do hope you’ll dive in one more time though. You’ll be glad you did. Continue reading »
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• What do you do when you can’t sleep? Well, if you’re Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Dee Dee, you record ‘80s pop covers! She posted her lo-fi version of bubblegum duo Strawberry Switchblade’s first single, “Trees & Flowers.” Check it out.
MP3: Dum Dum Girls – Trees & Flowers (Strawberry Switchblade cover) Continue reading »