Apr 242013

Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.

Today marks the debut of a new feature at Cover Me, called Cover Me Q&A. We’ll be taking questions about cover songs and giving as many different answers as we can. This will give us a chance to hold forth on covers we might not otherwise get to talk about, to give Cover Me readers a chance to learn more about individual staffers’ tastes and writing styles, and to provide an opportunity for some back-and-forth, as we’ll be taking requests (learn how to do so at feature’s end).

For our first Cover Me Q&A question, we thought we’d pick one both basic and complex, too easy and too hard, that anyone who regularly visits this site has more than likely contemplated: What’s your favorite cover song? Here are our answers; we welcome yours in the comments section below… Continue reading »

Jan 092012

Last month, Wilco invited friend of the band/Jeff Tweedy collaborator Mavis Staples and opening act Nick Lowe onstage for a Chicago show for a rousing cover of “The Weight.” Some shaky cell footage emerged, but now we have something better: a video of the impromptu supergroup rehearsing the cover backstage at the Civic Opera House. Continue reading »

Aug 242011

Two months ago, we heard Wilco celebrate their new label with, appropriately enough, a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label.” Now the band has released a video for the song. It’s basically just a studio clip of the band recording the song in their Chicago loft but, as anyone who’s ever seen them live can attest, there are worse things to do than watch these guys play. Continue reading »

Aug 172011

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

Once in a generation there comes a song so good, so perfectly written and arranged, that it transcends pure aural pleasure and becomes an anthem. The Band’s “The Weight” is one of those songs, without question – Easy Rider, anyone? If that doesn’t make you want to take a Harley across state lines, what would? Continue reading »

Aug 092011

Every once and a while, an artist will love a cover so much that they will feel compelled to cover the cover themselves. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco fame did just that with Elvis Costello‘s take on Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Continue reading »

Jun 252011

This weekend Wilco curate their second annual Massachusetts music festival Solid Sound. To celebrate the occasion, they sold a 7” of two new songs at the festival (they’ll be available digitally on July 18th). The tunes are the first on Wilco’s new label dBpm. To mark their new independence, in addition to the original A-side “I Might” (which you can hear here), they covered Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label” on the B-side. Continue reading »