Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

Every day, more music is released. Most of it will be quickly forgotten, some of it will resonate with an audience, and a very, very small percentage will be listened to for years to come. An even smaller subset can fairly be said to embody a particular moment in time. Surrealistic Pillow, the second release by the Jefferson Airplane, is one of those special albums. Released in early 1967 by a group of hippies who also happened to be extraordinary songwriters and musicians, it is both a classic and a reflection of its era.
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Remember when MTV used to play videos? Probably not. Music videos have moved to the realm of the internet, with most playing on YouTube just as videos used to play on MTV. Very few groups, however, have taken advantage of the interactive qualities of online video. A couple notable cutting edge videos were MGMT’s video for “Electric Feel,” which allowed for 625 to the 229th power user generated versions of the video, and the Arcade Fire’s HTML5 epic “We Used to Wait,” which pulled images from users’ hometowns to supplement the video. London duo Paper Crows released their cover of Smashing Pumpkins‘ “Disarm” in January, and now they’ve included it in an interactive video that continues to push the genre. Continue reading »

Recognize anyone in the picture above? If you said, “the bald guy looks familiar,” you win. Billy Corgan, lead singer and only remaining original member of the Smashing Pumpkins continues to forge ahead under the Smashing Pumpkins moniker. Along with new material expected from the band this year the Pumpkins’ first two albums, Gish and Siamese Dream are now available as deluxe reissues. Those albums, as well as any other songs from the band’s early era, were fair game for a recently announced covers contest at Act IV. Continue reading »

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

Toronto quartet the Darcys recorded a full-album cover of Steely Dan’s Aja, which they’ll release later this month. For now, they released their version of “Josie,” trading in the original’s reggae-funk for an echoing, ambient-folk vibe. We can’t wait to hear the rest.
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The Big Pink may have found the ultimate in hard-to-Google band names. Generally, even something vague like “Air” or “Justice” can be easily found by adding “band” afterwards. However, searching for “Big Pink The Band” is somehow less than helpful in tracking down this British indie duo. Thankfully, they’ve hit an SEO-friendly level of success thanks to a 4AD signing, a Lykke Li cover, and a 2009 album that dipped a toe into the charts. Continue reading »

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

Last year, ex-Luna bandmates Dean & Britta released 13 Most Beautiful…Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. It featured songs inspired by the Factory scene and a cover of Nico’s “I’ll Keep It with Mine” (itself a Bob Dylan cover). Now there’s a slightly more fleshed-out remix circulating, drawing more attention to a beautiful disc that flew under the radar.
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This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Today’s upbeat set mixes Lana and Lennon, Iha and A-Ha. Dig on some trip-hop vibes, go psychedelic on Madonna, or rock out with the controversy-stirring buzz artist of the moment. Continue reading »

RAC, or the Remix Artist Collective, is a group known for interesting remixes, but on Monday they released a rare cover song. André Anjos, the founder of RAC, released a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979,” to celebrate the group’s 10,000th fan on Facebook. “1979,” one of five singles from the Pumpkins’ epic double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, was the most radical form of the group at the time, featuring drum samples and looping keyboards. At its heart, though, the song still ran on lead singer Billy Corgan’s nasally vocals and buzzy guitar. RAC washes away these elements, placing the focus back on those basic dance components. Continue reading »

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