Jun 102011
 

You know the story by now. Rave On Buddy Holly drops later this month and the label has been releasing a steady stream of preview tracks for weeks now. Well, here are two more.

First, She & Him deliver a by-the-books cover of “Oh Boy.” The duet angle adds a little beachy vibe, but otherwise it’s not a huge departure (via Stereogum). Fiona Apple and Jon Brion’s version of “Everyday,” on the other hand, offers a quiet acoustic breath of fresh open air. The simple melody shines through with quiet strumming and xylophone.

Check out both tracks below. Here are links to all the previously released songs:
The Black Keys cover “Dearest”
Modest Mouse covers “That’ll Be the Day”
Cee-Lo Green covers “You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care)”
Paul McCartney covers “It’s So Easy”
Julian Casablancas covers “Rave On”
Florence and the Machine covers “Not Fade Away”
My Morning Jacket covers “True Love Ways”

She & Him – Oh Boy (Buddy Holly cover)

Fiona Apple and Jon Brion – Everyday (Buddy Holly cover)

Rave On Buddy Holly drops June 28th.

Apr 282011
 

And the winner for Most Anticipated Tribute Album of 2011 goes to…

Rave On Buddy Holly, coming June 28th to celebrate what would be Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday this fall. This tracklist defines the term “stacked.” From veterans like Paul McCartney and Patti Smith to newer breakouts like She & Him and Cee-Lo Green, every one of the 19 tracks looks to be another potential stunner. My Morning Jacket crooning “True Love Ways”? The Black Keys rocking “Dearest”? John Doe doing who-knows-what to “Peggy Sue Got Married”? Continue reading »

Apr 152011
 

Zooey Deschanel already makes up roughly 70 percent of Internet content with fashion articles, music blogs, and personal tumblrs of every hipster boy who would do anything just to see her in the flesh. By adding an adorable cover of the Winnie the Pooh theme song to her resume, she has caused said hipsters to suddenly feel a little tight in the pants. 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 »

Oct 252010
 

Well, it’s late October. Leaves are turning, temperatures are diving, and the best Halloween costumes are long gone from the shelves of stores across the country (looks like it’s “homeless guy” for me again this year). For many, this all amounts to just one thing: the baseball playoffs. But as the Giants and Rangers get ready to square off in the World Series, it may seem like there’s little excitement in it for those of us unfortunate enough to call ourselves Dodgers, Mariners, or, worst of all, Yankees fans.

Music fans, on the other hand, are having a field day (get it? field day? heh). At last Wednesday’s NLCS game between the Giants and Phillies in San Francisco, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard sang the national anthem. As if that wasn’t enough, Gibbard’s wife, She and Him‘s Zooey Deschanel, took on “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. Gibbard and Deschanel – the match made in indie heaven – were a nice lead-in to Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the game the following day. All three of these performances, available for streaming below, are remarkable in their simple beauty. Continue reading »

Jul 272010
 

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward have been promoting their She & Him album Volume Two pretty hard of late, but today’s cover hearkens back to their first acclaimed disc (you’ll never guess what it’s called). “Change Is Hard” is a typically sunny dose of beach-pop, perfect for the boombox or car (windows down, of course).

The Lexingtons cover “Change Is Hard” on their new album. This Rhode Island duo has been chugging along since 2007 and was nice enough to send this as a submission (moral to artists: submit your covers!). Lapping steel guitar and breezy guy-girl harmonies guide you gently down the boardwalk. Continue reading »