Dec 212012
 

Adele dominated the cover song landscape in 2011, but Two-Aught-Twelve saw no similar galvanizing figure. Yes Lana Del Rey got covered a lot, but Leonard Cohen and Arcade Fire also seemed to garner an unexpected landslide of great covers (and speaking of landslides, so did Fleetwood Mac). “Call Me Maybe” was a huge hit that didn’t lead to much in the way of classic covers, and few seem to have even bothered attempting the Korean raps on “Gangnam Style.”

Which means that cover songs in 2012 were more diverse, ambitious, and left-field than ever before. A given YouTube search or Hype Machine browse would be as likely to turn up forgotten hits or underappreciated songwriters as it would the latest Top 40 smash. Find a sampling of all the diversity in Cover Me’s official Best Cover Songs of 2012 countdown. Start with #40-31 on the next page, and check back daily as we’ll be adding more til we hit #1.

Nov 122012
 

For their latest single, ZZ Top draw on an unlikely inspiration: Houston rapper DJ DMD, who had a minor local hit in 1999 with “25 Lighters (ft. Lil’ Keke & Fat Pat).” The bearded trio have renamed it “I Gotsta Get Paid,” and fuzz-riffed it out with a classic chicks and hot rods video. Continue reading »

Jul 022012
 

One of the hottest bands in the bluegrass and jamband scene, Greensky Bluegrass never seem to stop touring. As evidenced by their three appearances at last week’s  Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the band is working hard in support of their latest release, Handguns. Continue reading »

Sep 292011
 

Rhode Island’s favorite indie-hipster-country-folk rockers Deer Tick make quite an impression in a live setting, following in the long tradition of light beer-soaked guitar riffs, loud drumming and rough, attitude-heavy vocals. In a recent session for LaundroMatinee they paid tribute to their roots-rock forefathers, the legendary ZZ Top. Taking on the song “Cheap Sunglasses,” a fitting choice considering frontman John J. McCauley’s taste in eyewear, they let their ’70s influences run wild. Continue reading »

Aug 052010
 

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

The Leningrad Cowboys are fun. There’s not much more to it. They’re Elvis as seen in a funhouse mirror, all hair and leisure suit. The fact that their music is enjoyable is a nice bonus, but it wouldn’t be a requirement. Watching that hair bounce is worth the price of admission alone.

Their live performances are notoriously off-the-wall. Often backed by a choir, the eleven-member band goes through classic rock hits alongside humorous originals like “Bumbersticker Rock” and the “Drink Beer Polka.” In the video below, they rock out ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin’” complete with accordion, folk dancers, and the Russian Red Army Choir. That bit of Handel’s “Hallulujah Chorus” almost gives the choir a legitimate reason to be there, but there’s no excusing the dancers. And that’s kind of the point. Continue reading »