Real talk: it may be impossible to replicate the complete package that is Justin Timberlake. The man hasn’t released a record since FutureSex/LoveSounds since September 2006 and his recent single featuring Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie,” has already made critics and waiting fans alike foam at the mouth. It has also excited smaller artists such as Leonard Friend, who just released a “remixed” rendition of the single.
Just last week we commented on the fact that, despite his apparent retirement from music, Justin Timberlake keeps generating new covers with his limited catalog. We’ve heard a Brooklyn brass-punk band take on “My Love,” but now we venture further south. Down in Brazil, “jazz-rock-swing-romantique-cool-cabaret-experimental” (their description) septet Baleia recoded a swinging cover of Timberlake’s “What Goes Around…Comes Around.”
Justin Timberlake’s singing career these days may be limited to Saturday Night Live shorts, but songs from 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds continue to provide great cover fodder, even five years later. The latest comes from New York brass-punk band Apocalypse Five and Dime, who give us their Timber-take on “My Love.”
YouTube is filled with amateur cover “artists.” Most stink. On the ‘Tube extracts the exceptions.
YouTube musician Brett Domino is a superstar. Yes, that guy up there with the glasses. Oh, you didn’t know? Well, let him be the first to tell you. “We do get a lot of attention now that we are hugely famous,” he tells Cover Me. “We’ve had poems written about us, pictures drawn of us, marriage proposals. I signed a lady’s bosom once after a gig in Bangor.” Brett’s collaborator, Steven Peavis, gets his fair share of groupies too. “Quite a lot of people seem to comment on the YouTube videos confessing that they have a crush on Steven,” says Domino. “I think it must be his strong nose.”