Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars is a self-proclaimed fan of legendary rockers Dinosaur Jr. and has been since he saw them perform live back in 1991. It is a safe assumption to say then, that the singer was probably more than pleased when Dinosaur Jr. decided to cover “Entertainment” off their upcoming album Bankrupt!
15-year-old vocal phenom Jasmine van den Bogaerde, who performs under the cutesy stage name Birdy, has been slowly releasing stunning cover videos for about a year now, starting with her take on Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and following up with “Shelter” by the xx and others on her YouTube channel. While her debut album came out in November in the UK (where Birdy lives), it won’t hit American shelves until May 20th. In anticipation of her impending North American invasion, Birdy just dropped a new video of her solo piano take on Phoenix’s 2009 hit “1901,” treating it as gently and beautifully as we’ve come to expect from this wunderkind of covers.
Tokyo Police Club finished their “10 Songs, 10 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Years” series over the weekend with five more covers. We’ve already heard them tackle everyone from Moby to the Strokes and that diversity holds for the final set. They start with Phoenix, end with Miley Cyrus, and tackle LCD Soundsystem, M83, and Harlem Shakes in between.
There was a period of time, a couple of years ago, when you couldn’t turn on the TV without hearing Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” in a commercial or movie trailer. The ubiquity was understandable — the French foursome created a ridiculously catchy indie pop gem. Phoenix has slipped under the radar lately, but DJ/producer Edwin Van Cleef recently brought “Lisztomania” out of retirement for a Fear of Tigers podcast.