Jul 082011
 

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Today’s set brings us piano pomp for Empire of the Sun, bar band crunch for Nina Simone, psychedelic pop for the Smiths, spoken-word ambiance for David Bowie, and smooth soul for Sade. Download ‘em all below. Continue reading »

Apr 182011
 

Though identical sisters The Watson Twins first broke through as backup for Jenny Lewis on Rabbit Fur Coat, they’ve stepped into the spotlight on their own with three albums of ethereal indie-folk. They follow up last year’s Talking to You, Talking to Me with the eclectic, literally-named EP Night Covers. The Kentucky-born duo revealed an intriguing range of artists in the tracklisting when they chatted with Cover Me last week. On Night Covers, they create a cohesive mini-album from diverse source material, staying true to the style established on their previous releases. The sisters told Cover Me that they “ha[d] a lot of fans asking for recordings of [live] covers” after playing the tracks on tour, which prompted them to take the pleasant, restrained, and occasionally quirky arrangements on Night Covers into the studio. Continue reading »

Apr 142011
 

Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.

Despite having only released two albums since 1992, Sade returns with a new greatest hits set. The Ultimate Collection features hits like “Smooth Operator” and “Soldier of Love” alongside new tracks. One is this predictably smooth R&B cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Still in Love with You.”
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Mar 172011
 

Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should. Catch up on past installments here.

The Civil Wars have made a reputation for themselves as great live performers. The duo, Joy Williams and John Paul White, inaugurated the band by recording their second show ever. They released it as a free album, Live at Eddie’s Attic, which has become a grassroots success with over 100,000 downloads. So it’s no surprise that they’ve done a series of standout live covers since they formed in 2008. Williams says, “We happen to have a great affection for covers…we sort of noodle around trying to find which song sings back to us in the midst of trying to cover a song.” Continue reading »

Nov 042010
 

If you haven’t heard, perhaps because you have better things to do with your time, Lil Wayne just got out of prison. After eight months in, Wayne’s star has never been higher. Even the New York Times has been live-blogging his release! He spent his final month in solitary confinement, which apparently translated into “Even more time to write lyrics.” Given that his output was so minimal during his stint – he only released one chart-topping album! – we look forward to having him back.

To welcome him home, we present five of our favorite Lil Wayne covers. We have to get this old stuff out of the way now, since by day’s end he’ll likely have dropped two more mixtapes. Apparently he demanded a plane with a studio so he could lay down some tracks on his flight home. Welcome back, Weezy! Continue reading »

Oct 072010
 

“Just because it's auto-tuned doesn't mean it's not sincere,” said an unidentified member of Gayngs, a band comprised of members of Bon Iver, Megafaun, Dosh, Solid Gold, and more (via The Village Voice). This Northern super-group took on Sade's “By Your Side” at a recent Daytrotter session as well as at some shows. They added some Auto-Tune and a background choir of voices to cover this slow jam. Now, I know what you're thinking: Hide your kids, hide your wife. However, it really works. Check out a live video and the Daytrotter MP3 below. Continue reading »