Aug 152019
 
Woodstock Covers

You know the story – on August 15, 1969, an estimated 400,000 people coalesced on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in upstate Bethel, New York, for “3 days of Peace & Music” at a music and art fair that ultimately defined a generation. Today marks the golden fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock, and to celebrate the occasion, the staff at Cover Me are going “back to the garden” to wrap you in the Top 50 covers performed by the legendary artists who graced the stage during that long weekend.

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Jun 222012
 

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

In 1956, Jalacy Hawkins entered the studio, planning to record a blues ballad he had been performing live with some success. Producer Arnold Maxon had other ideas, and to fulfill them, he brought plenty of alcohol and food and alcohol (not to mention alcohol) into the studio. Hours later, Hawkins staggered up to the microphone and unleashed one of the rawest, bloodiest, most gut-churning vocal performances ever delivered, one that he couldn’t even remember giving the following day. The ballad-turned-reverse-exorcism was banned in radio stations nationwide (they claimed the blast of demented gibberish at the end simulated cannibalism), and the song never charted. Didn’t matter. Jalacy Hawkins would forever after be Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and “I Put a Spell On You” would be his raucous calling card. Continue reading »

Jan 312012
 

When you listen to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” it doesn’t exactly scream acoustic orchestra performance, so be prepared to be a little surprised by this one. Last week, experimental band Antony & the Johnsons took the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York, with Symphony Orchestra, and delivered a live performance of the hit, which they’ve covered in the past. Lead singer English singer-songwriter Antony Hegarty sang while a 60-piece orchestra played along with pianos, violins and even some saxophone. While this version doesn’t feature Jay-Z, or a rap interlude of any kind, it doesn’t seem to leave the live audience disappointed. Continue reading »

Jul 012011
 

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

We bring you five instantly accessible tracks today, perfect to groove to over the holiday weekend. Pirate-holler Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, folk Vampire Weekend, and pop-punk Eddie Money are sure to make you the hit of your 4th of July BBQ. Download those and more below. Continue reading »

Mar 072011
 

On Friday night, Yo La Tengo hit the studios of WFMU 91.1 to lend their support to the station’s annual pledge drive. As they have every year for over a decade, the Hoboken trio spent three hours performing listener-requested cover songs. Listeners were encouraged to go obscure, requesting songs the band had never played before (though presumably there was some filter, since no Miley Cyrus deep cuts slipped through). Given that they already played 44 new covers just a couple months ago, that sometimes meant pretty obscure. We’ve got ‘em all below. Continue reading »

Dec 102010
 

Just yesterday we named Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2010 collection the 18th best cover album of 2010. Today we look a little further back…to Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2009 set. That one featured She & Him – Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward – singing “I Put a Spell on You.”

They revived the cover on Conan last night, inexplicably melting hearts with one of the creepier stalker songs. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins may have sung the original, but there’s not much screaming going on here. Just a lot of spooky surf guitar and vocal belting. Watch below. (via Consequence of Sound) Continue reading »