When a band hasn’t released a studio album of new music in four years, and then puts out an album made up entirely of cover songs, you might expect their fans to get restless. For Counting Crows fans, though, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) is no less sweet because the band didn’t write the songs. Lead singer Adam Duritz and the gang have been doing covers, in full or sneakily added as bridges in live shows, since their inception. And, as Duritz says in the liner notes, “I’ve never stopped being a fan” of other people’s music.
Happy Valentine’s Day! To get you in the romantic spirit, Cat Martino has put together some love-ly covers for the occasion and we’re pleased to premiere one here. The New York songwriter – and band member for Sufjan Stevens and Sharon Van Etten – delivers a lo-fi version of Madonna‘s “Into the Groove” that will get you in that seductive mood. Here’s info about the cover and project:
When we last saw a video from Shout Out Louds, they had paired a grand vision of industrial decline with a Band of Horses cover. We named it a Best Cover Video of 2010. Now they’re back, with a significantly less ambitious video. It’s their version of Madonna’s “Ray of Light,” performed backstage in Paris.
Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.
In “Hold on to Sixteen,” New Directions and their rival glee club the TroubleTones compete in the Sectionals competition. Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) plots to get Shelby (Idina Menzel) fired and an old friend returns to McKinley High.
Just last week I was thinking about how, in the future, we’ll be able to look back and pinpoint lackluster Glee episodes with an alarming degree of certainty based solely on the presence of Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet), a character who appeared only in season two, which seems generally agreed-upon as the worst of Glee‘s output to date. It should be no surprise, then, that when Sam returns to the show this week he brings with him a very season two-styled episode that feels the need to rush through a whirlwind of plot points without really doing justice to any of them. Even though “Hold on to Sixteen” is one of those special “competition” episodes that brings plots to their culmination by design, everything about it feels so hurried that nothing really has a chance to land – it’s 20 minutes of plot, then 20 minutes of performances, then a tacked-on happy ending. Honestly, I did not enjoy it.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Today’s upbeat set mixes Lana and Lennon, Iha and A-Ha. Dig on some trip-hop vibes, go psychedelic on Madonna, or rock out with the controversy-stirring buzz artist of the moment.
When looking at Gabby Young, her first impression does not immediately scream “opera singer,” but this fiery red-head is classically trained. Based in the UK, Young released her first album in 2009, and it’s hard to believe that by the ripe age of 27, she has already fought and won a battle against thyroid cancer. Her experience seems to resonate within her and comes out in her husky vocals.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• The Wooden Birds’ new single Two Matchsticks contains a couple bonus covers. They take two very disparate sources – Hall & Oates and Kenny Rogers – to an indie-folk-pop middle ground. Download “Maneater” below, then get “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” here.
MP3: The Wooden Birds – Maneater (Hall & Oates cover)