Sep 182009

Cover News is a weekly feature keeping you up to date on the goings-on in the world of cover tunes, tribute albums, etc. Plus, in Submissions we post our array of cover tunes we’ve been sent in the past week. Have you recorded a cool cover? Send an mp3 to the email address on the right!

This Week’s News

Yesterday our Twitter followers got a heaping dose of Animal Collective covers and on Tuesday I’ll put up a set of Beyoncé covers for followers only. After Kanye’s performance at the VMAs, the gal could use some cheering up. Letting Taylor take over her acceptance speech was a classy move, but can someone explain how Beyoncé won best video and Swift won best female video? Anyway, follow our account and don’t miss out!

Speaking of the T-word, I mentioned (ahem, “tweeted”) a few weeks back the great acoustic Neil Young cover Woldmother played for us at SPIN. Well the video’s up!

Radiohead is releasing a gorgeous-looking record of early demos, including covers of Blondie and Tim Buckley. And it comes on green vinyl! Green!!

I’ve mentioned the new Judee Sill tribute before, and now Beth Orton is giving you a first listen to her cover of “Reach for the Sky.”

Britain’s Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle sang a knockout version of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” last night. The L.A. Times analyzes.

Everyone else has a tribute album these days, so why not W.A.S.P.? I’ve never heard of any of these musicians, but with names like Vykyng, Gods of Hate, and Kneipenterroristen, how can it be bad?

I have heard of Mary J. Blige and Musiq Soulchild though, both of whom appear on a new tribute album to soul pioneers Maze.

Beck’s all-covers Record Club keeps trucking along with Leonard Cohen’s “Winter Lady.”

I don’t know who ArmsBendBack are, but that’s a heck of a band name. Their new cover of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” isn’t half bad either.

This Week’s Submissions

James Eric – I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (The Beatles)

Eskobar – Eh, Eh (There’s Nothing Else I Can Say) (Lady GaGa)

The Idles – Memorial (Michael Nyman)

Last Tide – Memories Can’t Wait (Talking Heads)

Marshmallow Pop Orchestra – Do It Again (Beach Boys)

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