Jul 112009

This Week’s News

When George Harrison passed in 2001, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James – or should I say, Yim Yames – recorded an EP in tribute to the legend. It’s just been released on Jim’s (Yim’s) website and is well worth the download.

I try to avoid referring you to iTunes since, though it is DRM-free for now, their pricing policies are questionable. But when they have an exclusive Frank Sinatra tribute album featuring Maroon 5 and the Kills, that’s worth looking into.

New cover list over at AOL Radio. A few gems there, enough to overlook the inclusion of Manfred Mann’s “Blinded By the Light.” Yech. What we really learn from this link though is that AOL has a “Rock Cover Songs” radio station!

One of the covers included is the Foo Fighters’ “Darling Nikki.” Which reminds me, go download Spin’s Purplish Rain cover album for free now. You need a copy of the magazine for the code word, but I’m sure you can find it elsewhere, guy.

If your jones for Prince covers still isn’t satisfied, look forward to a new “Let’s Go Crazy” courtesy of Incubus. Dearly beloved…

In other “people you forgot existed” news, Fiona Apple’s back on a tribute album to Cy Coleman. Listen to her take on “Why Try to Change Me Now” here.

I’m glad indie rockers love It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia as much as I do. The season four finale is a musical masterpiece and now you can see a new ad featuring people both famous (Ted Leo, Of Montreal) and not covering the masterpiece “Dayman.”

I caught a Rosewood Thieves show last summer and they mentioned working on a Solomon Burke tribute album, from which they played several phenomenal cuts. Well the album – Heartaches By the Pound: The Rosewood Thieves Sing Solomon Burke – is out, and you can watch them perform a cut off it at Paste.

And finally (you knew it was coming), more Michael Jackson tribute news. They’re putting together a new tribute album over at Butterxface and, though it’s hit a few roadblocks, Julian Lynch has posted his “Human Nature” on his myspace. In other Jacko cover news…

This Week’s Submissions

Dopo Yume – Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)

Xavier Michael – Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson)

The Rocks – The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson)

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