After conquering Nirvana and then releasing an album of orchestral indie rock covers in September, the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra have set their sights on hip-hop, starting a project that they call “Four Strings and an 808.” Their newest release features a medley of hits from hip-hop’s most recently newsworthy family, Beyonce, Jay-Z and the newborn Blue Ivy Carter. In the video they point out that listening to classical music helps development in infants, so they made it their mission to provide baby Blue with classical takes on her parent’s tracks. I’m not sure how beneficial “Big Pimpin'” could be for an impressionable child, but for adults it sounds pretty impressive.
The aptly-named Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra burst onto the scene in April with their cover of the Strokes’ “Under Cover of Darkness” and have been recording cool orchestral cover videos ever since. They are “the ultimate marriage of high and low brow culture,” which does sound like something a hipster would say. Now they’ve jumped aboard the latest cool-kids trend: covering Nirvana. They’ve recorded a tribute EP titled The Nirvana Sessions that drops Tuesday, almost in time for the frequently–discussed 20th anniversary of Nevermind.
We hate the Strokes! Well, that’s not really true; we’re just annoyed with them. See, we have a whole slew of behind-the-scenes searches, feeds, and bookmarks using the word “cover” that we check daily to keep abreast of news. This mess of constant updates leads us to many of the lesser-known gems we bring you. When a band as big as the Strokes titles their huge comeback single “Under Cover of Darkness,” though, that throws off our whole process. For a week, the Angles standout pretty much took over every “cover”-based feed we had.