Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

Echo & the Bunnymen formed in Liverpool in the late ‘70s.  Vocalist Ian McCulloch had been in a band with Julian Cope and Pete Wylie.  McCulloch recruited underrated guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson; and yes, there was a drum machine involved prior to Pete de Freitas joining in 1980.  Was this the “Echo” in Echo & the Bunnymen?  That depends on who you ask. The band’s best quality output came over their first seven years and five albums.  An output that brought critical acclaim and UK success, but little more than a cult following in the States. Continue reading »

Aug 142009

This Week’s News

It’s been quite a week here at Cover Me, so you’ll excuse me for starting with a round-up of the events. First of all, we have a contest to replace that ugly blogger-default header! So any Photoshop wizards or aspiring artistes, check out how you can help out, design a logo, and win free stuff! If you need inspiration, there are ten art-themed tracks to get the creative cells flowing. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 25.

Also, let’s not forget Shuffle Sundays, the new feature we debuted last week! What did you think? Let us know in the comments.

Finally, it looks like the Broken Chimneys will be tackling Springsteen’s “For You” for this month’s Cover Commissions. Can’t wait to see what Adam comes up with – check back in a few weeks to hear the results.

James Eric was our first Cover Commissions artist earlier this year, giving us top-notch versions of Devo’s “Beautiful World” and MGMT’s “Time to Pretend.” Covering single songs is no longer enough for him though; now he’s covered all of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot with Erin Fogel!

Where my Ben Harper fans at? Don’t be ashamed, you know who you are. His album White Lies for Dark Times with the Relentless7 only came out in May, but it’s already gotten the full-album treatment as well!

Speaking MGMT, I attended All Points West a couple weeks ago. Though I ditched the MGMT set, apparently they covered The Clean’s “Anything Could Happen,” a video of which is now up at Stereogum.

I posted about Neil Nathan’s excellent covers EP months ago, but now his take on ELO’s “Do Ya” has a video. And a soundtrack inclusion! Great job Neil.

The music world lost a legend yesterday, hitmaker and electric guitar pioneer (and de facto inventor) Les Paul. Never one to waste time, Brian over at Coverville already has a tribute to the legend up.

A Supergrass cover album is cool, and with Nigel Godrich the Radiohead producer behind the boards it stands to be legendary.

I love A Place to Bury Strangers, having seen them twice and interviewed main man Oliver Ackermann once. I always wanted to hear them do a cover, since I thought their “loudest band in New York” shoegaze would make that impossible. I was wrong.

Built to Spill played Siren Fest along with A Place. Their set got pretty weak reviews. Perhaps if they’d played “Paper Planes” or “Edit the Sad Parts” things could have picked up.

Buzz is heating up about The XX, which makes this a perfect time to link to their Aaliyah cover.

Bradford Cox is the indie blogosphere’s wet dream all by himself, but when the Deerhunter man’s new band Atlas Sound covers Fleetwood Mac, the internet may explode.

This Week’s Submissions

Autorotation – For a Friend (Communards) [more]

The Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Head – Rapper’s Delight (Sugarhill Gang) [more]

Greg Laswell – Killing Moon (Echo and the Bunnymen) [more]

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