As film buffs will surely know, this past weekend was the prestigious Toronto Film Festival. A lot of highbrow movie stuff happened, none of which has anything to do with us. What does interest us, though, is this cover Eddie Vedder, Régine Chassagne, and Owen Pallett did of Bruce Springsteen’s “My City of Ruins” up there. The performance occurred at a $1250-a-ticket fundraiser for Haiti relief organization Artists for Peace and Justice.
July is becoming a big month for free anniversary full-album tributes. Last week SPIN gave us their tribute to Nirvana, and today Stereogum surprises us with Stroked, a collection of covers from the Strokes’ game-changing debut Is This It. Eleven indie icons and upstarts cover every song on the album, just as they did with Radiohead’s OK Computer.
Oh, Lewis. You’re always doing things. Back in March we heard “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt,” the Owen Pallett cover by Sondre Lerche. Now we have the companion piece, also off last year’s Heartland: “Lewis Takes Action.” Synth-pop quartet Hooray for Earth just released a free cover of the song that eschews Pallett’s trademark violin for chunky grooves and guitar squeaks.
For the first time, Cover Me attended SXSW and we return with a ton of new favorites. Over the next couple days, we’ll tell you what we found. None of these artists have appeared on the site before, but you can rest assured you’ll be hearing from them again soon.
Most musicians would find the task of covering Joanna Newsom daunting. The songs are not uncoverable, but she infuses each performance with a uniqueness and delicacy such that each track becomes almost untouchable. Fortunately, some artists possess more vision and creativity than the rest of us.
Due in December, Versions of Joanna (thumbs-up for the title) collects 22 Newsom covers to benefit Oxfam. The usual suspects turn up – if you want to compile a tribute album to anyone, you call M.Ward. That Owen Pallett takes on “Peach, Plum, Pear” isn’t shocking either; he seems to occupy similar artistic and intellectual space to Newsom. More surprisingly though, folk-punk legend Billy Bragg turns in a cover of “On a Good Day”.