Sep 302011
 

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

Today’s sort-of theme: stripping back big songs. Whether that’s Sonic Youth burners or T-Pain travesties, most of these songs take big ideas and pull them back for intimate performance. Except, you know, when they don’t. Continue reading »

Sep 202011
 

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

When some people get high, their biggest accomplishment may be finishing a family-size pack of Cool Ranch Doritos. When Nathan Williams of Wavves smokes up, though, he records covers. Hence the unexpected Sonic Youth cover he tweeted last week.
MP3: Wavves – 100% (Sonic Youth cover) Continue reading »

Sep 122011
 

Earlier this year, longtime Mars Volta keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens left the band. There was no official announcement or reason given; he just stopped appearing onstage. One reason might be that in the past year he has ramped things up with his formerly-dormant side project Free Moral Agents. The band released their second album Control This last year and now it has a new music video, for their rollicking cover of Sonic Youth’s “Little Trouble Girl.” Continue reading »

Jul 062011
 

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

Imagine hitting your creative and artistic peak at the tender young age of 23 and then having your personal and professional life completely fall apart, with a descent into drug abuse and mental illness. Brian Wilson‘s life followed such a trajectory after the release of his masterpiece, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Written with almost no contribution from the rest of the band, Wilson recorded the album’s instrumental tracks while the boys were on tour in Asia without him. Continue reading »

May 232011
 

Last night a slew of alt-indie heroes descended on New York’s Bowery Ballroom to pay tribute to the bands featured in Michael Azerrad’s era-defining tome Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991. Ted Leo covered Minor Threat, Titus Andronicus did the Replacements, and, strangest of all, Dirty Projectors played Black Flag. Continue reading »

May 132011
 

Live Collection brings together every live cover we can find from an artist. And we find a lot.

Remarkably prolific by today’s standards,  Ryan Adams has released 12 albums (some solo and some with The Cardinals) since the breakup of his seminal alt-country band Whiskeytown in 2000. Not like your typical modern artist with three or four year gaps between releases. He’s also made friends in high places, including Elton John, Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Not just a hard-working studio musician, Adams also tours extensively, with an upcoming European tour marking his return to the stage after his 2009 ‘retirement.’

Never one to hide his influences, Adams regularly includes cover songs as part of his live show. We’ve compiled a selection of his covers for our latest Live Collection. Remember this is no one-album artist. Given his back catalog, Adams chooses covers that, for the most part, really mean something to him. Country and ‘70s rock figure heavily in his choices: five songs associated with Gram Parsons, three classics by The Rolling Stones, and the obligatory Neil Young nod. Continue reading »