Jan 262016

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


“In The Pines,” AKA “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” AKA “Black Girl,” is a traditional Appalachian folk song, nearly a century and a half old, that encompasses elements of searing heartbreak, perceived betrayal, death (by decapitation in many cases), and murder. Not to mention the fact the the song title is named after a location where “the sun don’t ever shine” and “we shiver when the cold wind blows.”

Not exactly “Kumbaya,” right? Which is fortunate, because if this song had been about the warm and fuzzies, it never would have lasted to become the haunting classic it remains today.

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Apr 142011

We’ll have a ton of new Record Store Day covers next week, but we get a second sneak peek (after LCD Soundsystem’s “Live Alone”). The Decemberists are releasing Live at Bull Music, a new live album recorded at the Bull Moose record store in Scarborough, Maine in January. In addition to six performances of The King Is Dead cuts, the set includes a new cover of the Louvin Brothers’ “If I Could Only Win Your Love.” Continue reading »

Feb 172011

Victoria’s Secret and music blogs have one thing in common: every year both scurry to unveil their latest Valentine’s Day collections. Blogside, February 14th mixtapes abound, compiling songs about – wait for it – love. But what about February 15th? And 16th and 17th and 18th? After all that remains of the cherry cordials is sticky fingers and a memory, the lovey-dovey collections vanish. Until now. Music blog When You Awake released their Music for the Morning After mixtape, soliciting new covers and originals that offer some under-the-radar gems. Continue reading »