May 042009

Cover News is a weekly feature where I sum up the week’s cover-related news, whether it’s new to the world or just new to me. Anything that doesn’t fit in my regular thematic posts I think my readers would enjoy, be it a youtube video, a blog shout-out, or a cool-looking new release. I also post all the submissions I have gotten from record labels and artists. Send suggestions or submissions to the email address on the right.

This Week’s News

Sorry for the delay on our weekly update. Been sick. The first announcement is the most important: Only two days left to vote on which song Dan Eaton covers! You can read about it here, and then vote in the poll on the left. So hop to it! Then check back Thursday for the results of April’s Cover Commissions!

Now onto the covers! I normally don’t publicize the other cover blogs in these posts, since you should be checking them yourselves, but Cover Lay Down’s got a nice tribute to Pete Seeger on his ninetieth birthday that’s worth a listen. The guy gets forgotten sometimes, but he’s a legend, and deserves to be remembered as he continues performing even at this advanced age.

Speaking of old folkniks, Wilco has put up a new Woody Guthrie cover that you can snag over at their website. It’s for a good cause too, so hit them up and drop as many hints about Mermaid Avenue III as possible.

More Guthrie fun at last night’s Dark Was the Night tribute concert, with a grand singalong of “This Land Is Your Land,” featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Watch the video and be amazed. Plenty of other covers that night too, which you can read about here.

The blogs are buzzing about Hatebreed’s new cover album. A certain subsection of blogs that is. So any Hatebreed fans out there, you can listen to the entire thing over at their myspace page. No Pete Seeger covers though, sorry.

Last week we saw the American Idol crew cover Lykke Li in some attempt to become relevant to the blogosphere. Well that trend continues today as they take on The Apples in Stereo for another Ford commercial. Even more fun: check out the band’s response.

Continuing the trend of Artists I Don’t Like Covering People, Macy Gray has heard of this new group Radiohead. They’ve got this great song called “Creep” that she’s helping promote with a cover of her own. Who knows, these guys may hit it big some day!

I’m seeing Leonard Cohen this month (feel free to be jealous). For those not as fortunate, console yourselves with Lewis & Clarke’s sublime “Chelsea Hotel #2.” Then go grab one of my favorite tribute discs of all time, Tower of Song. Who knew I would ever like something by Don Henley?

In a cover band? is looking for America’s Best Cover Band, so work up your best “Hallelujah” and submit it here.

In Leonard Cohen-related news number three, get psyched for the Lemonheads’ upcoming covers album, featuring “That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.” Get the details and tour dates over at Brooklyn Vegan.

Regular readers of this blog will know I’m an avid Dylan fan (You are too? Check back later today for something you’ll like). In the early 90’s his original output wasn’t so much happening, but he was dropping brilliant acoustic covers live. Ryan’s Smashing Life is hosting a full concert from ’92 which features his traditional “Little Moses.”

This Week’s Submissions

Learning Music – My Country, ‘Tis of Thee (Smith)

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