Feb 202013
 

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

2013 is a good time to be Ian Brown. He and his Stone Roses bandmates are currently are doing shows in Dubai, Indonesia, and the land Down Under. They’re headlining the Coachella festival this spring, with a documentary and a possible studio album to follow. The Internet is abuzz with rumors that the Flaming Lips are planning to cover the Roses’ immortal debut album in its entirety. All in all, there can’t be many better ways to celebrate turning fifty. Continue reading »

Oct 092012
 

Mike Doughty, who first found fame in the mid-90’s with his alt-rock outfit Soul Coughing and has been a solo act since 2000, announced last week that his next album will be comprised of nothing but covers. The Flip is Another Honey, due out November 6th, has a tracklist covering commonplace songs (“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver, “Southern Girls” by Cheap Trick) and lesser-known tracks (“Boy + Angel” by Doveman, “Ta Douleur” by Camille, “Mistress” by Red House Painters). Continue reading »

Jan 102012
 

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.
MP3: The Darcys – Josie (Steely Dan cover) Continue reading »

Nov 072011
 

We didn’t catch ‘em ourselves, but unfortunately-named Brooklyn punks Cerebral Ballzy were one of the talks of this year’s CMJ. Since then, they’ve hopped over to England for some shows and an appearance on Zane Lowe’s BBC show. They busted out a roaring cover of the Stone Roses’ classic “I Wanna Be Adored” for the occasion. Continue reading »

Oct 112011
 

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

On their new album, San Francisco’s Coast Jumper swim through nine dreamy originals and one cover. They chose, appropriately enough, a Beach Boys ballad. It shimmers and swirls for a few minutes, before exploding in a symphonic wall of distortion.
MP3: Coast Jumper – Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (Beach Boys cover) Continue reading »

Apr 132011
 

Two new free mixtapes have hit the Internet in the past few weeks and they share a common sound: dream pop. The way they get there, though, couldn’t be more different.


Music Tumblrs Cactus Mouth and The Unholy Rhythm deliver a set of covers of songs from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. That means lots of proto-rock tunes from the likes of the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley, given the indie sort of beach-haze vibe so popular these days. It’s not just a bunch of Best Coast wannabes though; more earnest acoustic material crops up every now and then. Continue reading »