A couple of weeks ago, KEXP radio set up a studio at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves ’11 to broadcast some live performances. One of those was Icelandic indie singer/songwriter and musician Ólöf Arnalds, who was joined by her younger sister Karla on a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and you can watch it below.
Members of the recent folk revival like to paint visionaries like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bluegrass legends like Del McCoury as their forefathers. Really, though, aside from the “newgrass” groups like the Avett Brothers with their traditional instrumentation, most of today’s mellow acoustic guitar-strumming folk bands draw more from the sometimes maligned folk-rock trend of the later ’60s and ’70s, with bands like Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, and their offshoot The Flying Burrito Brothers. In their new Daytrotter session Vetiver embraces this heritage, covering “Here Tonight,” a song that Byrds songwriter Gene Clark wrote for his former bandmates in the Burrito Brothers.
Dylan Covers A-Z presents covers of every single Bob Dylan song. View the full series here.
We began our celebrations yesterday, but today, in fact, is the big day. On May 24th, 1941, Bob Dylan was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Twenty-one years later he released his first album and ever since…well, you know.
We continue our week-long series presenting covers of every single Dylan song with “Father of Night,” one of several Dylan songs that Manfred Mann rescued from obscurity. From there we hit songs by Jeff Buckley, The White Stripes, George Harrison, and, oh, about 54 more. Hours of music, and we’re not even halfway done!
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.
This Week’s News
The latest Cover Commissions brings us an ethereal “Political Science” by We Are the Willows. Check in next week to vote on May’s Cover Commissions! [Cover Me]
On April Fool’s Day, I tricked our Twitter followers with a claim that Matt at You Ain’t No Picasso had posted a bunch of Arcade Fire covers. Inspired by the joke, he did just that two weeks later. You’re welcome, internet. [YANP]
We already knew Bettye LaVette’s album tackling “The British Rock Songbook” would be amazing. “All My Love” confirms it. [Spinner]
The Flaming Lips released their Dark Side of the Moon tribute on vinyl a few weeks ago, promoting it with an acid-trippy “Breathe” on Jimmy Fallon. [The Music Slut]
Keller Williams makes the short list (very short) of Jam Band Artists Non-Jam Fans Can Enjoy, so his Thief covers album should me fun. [Glide]
Bon Iver covered Peter Gabriel for Record Store Day. He then covered Tom Petty just for the hell of it. [Each Note Secure]
Girl in a Coma (nice Smiths reference) has released the third and final volume of their Adventures in Coverland series. Listen to the tunes online and then pick it up on vinyl. [Blackheart]
If you want to destroy my sweater, hold this thread as I walk away. [Stereogum]
It’s a few weeks old, but Josh Ritter covering “Moon River” is worth any delay. [Daytrotter]
Florence and the Machine wants to get into your pants with this Mario Winans cover. [Billboard]
The AV Club continues their series of exclusive cover videos and includes a tantalizing list of to-be-posted songs. “Who will cover Journey’s ‘Faithfully’?” the site asks. Any chance the answer is “No one”? [The AV Club]
This Week’s Submissions