Although artsy Brooklyn denizen and Jealous Girlfriends frontwoman Holly Miranda hasn’t released any new original material since 2010’s The Magician’s Private Library, she has kept herself busy recording covers. Now she’s posted a large collection of both live and studio-recorded covers for your listening pleasure. Miranda has received critical praise from the likes of Kanye West and Scarlett Johansson, and it’s easy to see why.
As purveyors of lo-fi power-pop, Cloud Nothings have the luxury of being able to crank out songs like McDonald’s Big Macs. But since no one human being can write songs at the rate that lo-fiers can record – except perhaps Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard – covers often show up as part of the repetoire. The Cleveland-based band, a vehicle for frontman Dylan Baldi who looks not a day over 14, recently recorded a version of Neon Indian’s “Local Joke.”
In 1972 T. Rex pioneered glam rock. In 2009 Neon Indian pioneered chillwave. Do these two genres have equal historical significance? Perhaps not. Still, hearing the intersection between two such disparate genres offers a chance to find unexpected common ground. Maybe.
Alan Palomo of Neon Indian apparently decided his fans weren’t listening to enough T. Rex, prompting a web freebie cover of “Children of the Revolution.” If this turns someone onto Marc Bolan, fantastic. It does present a pretty big departure though. Folks who like this spacey electro-thump wouldn’t necessarily make the leap to the glam-grunge original.
You all submit so many great covers it’s hard to keep up. When we fall behind, we gather the best and brightest in a Submission Roundup.
Thanksgiving may be over, but today we want to thank all the artists who submit their music. You guys send too many covers to keep up with, so we like to round up some of our favorites before the tunes fall by the wayside. Download all the great November covers we didn’t get a chance to post about earlier!
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Neon Indian‘s “Should Have Taken Acid With You,” from his debut album Psychic Chasms, is a lovable track, about regretting letting go of a chance at love (or a chance to get high with someone), but he’s not killing himself over it. Its mellow and hazy tones bring to mind a humid summer day, perfect for reminiscing. That album and song were the epitome of the so-called “chillwave” movement that took off during the summer of 2009. New York’s Oberhofer apparently enjoyed chillwave’s renaissance and decided to take on this iconic song from it.