A relic of the early ’80s, alternative rock band R.E.M. powered through the rough and tumble of more than three decades before finally disbanding in September of last year. While many of the band’s songs are memorable, none evoke as strong a feeling of nostalgia as “Nightswimming” does. The song recalls earlier, simpler times and serves as the perfect tribute for this much-accomplished, long-time-running rock band. Indie-pop singer Ingrid Michaelson did the honors by performing a quiet a cappella version of the well-known track on SiriusXM radio.
Milan metalheads Lacuna Coil achieved international recognition with their covers of “Enjoy the Silence” and Dubstar’s “Stars,” so the inclusion of another cover on their new album is not surprising. The source material, however, is: R.E.M., one of the least hardcore bands around. Lacuna Coil, however, amps up the riffage on new album Dark Adrenaline with a cover of “Losing My Religion.”
R.E.M. may have broken up a few months ago, but there are always more bootlegs to listen to. Consequence of Sound points to a recording on YouTube of the quartet covering ABBA’s “Does Your Mother Know” back in 1984. It’s an obscure recording from a Buffalo bar show now available for widespread enjoyment for the first time.
Setting out to cover some of the world’s most praised and well-known musicians isn’t an easy feat, but singer-songwriter Jon Bilbrough, better known as musical act Wilderthorn, does just that on his personal website. In an attempt to connect with his audience, Wilderthorn asked fans to send in song requests, and he would be covering the best ones to post online. The result, thus far, is four impressive short films in which Wilderthorn covers “Someday” by The Strokes, “The One I Love” by R.E.M., “Reckoner” by Radiohead and “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire.
As the frontman for alt-rock heroes Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba has been capturing ladies’ hearts with his angsty, swoon-worthy voice since 2000. Now it seems that the Connecticut-born singer is ready for something new. This winter he’s embarking on an acoustic tour, but this time around he’ll be flying solo – just a man and his trusty guitar. And Covered in the Flood, Carrabba’s first solo album featuring nothing but covers, will be available at his shows. He generously gave the public a little taste of what’s coming by sharing five of the ten tracks.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• Halloween is over and, according to some retailers at least, that means the Christmas season is upon us! Celebrate with one of the first new carols of the 2011 holiday season (after She & Him). Electropoppers Class Actress play it uncharacteristically straight on this oft-covered staple. They even include sleigh bells!
MP3: Class Actress – Silent Night