Sep 052009

This Week’s News

Look to your right. First off, notice the link to our new Twitter page. Follow us there to keep up to date on the blog and get exclusive songs and videos that will only be shared there.

Not cast your eyes below the Twitter pic and see our current Cover Commissions poll for the phenomenal Peculiar Gentlemen. Head here to listen to the band and the choices, then get voting!

Hey, remember that singer Michael Jackson? Well the fine folks at CLLCT have put together a new tribute album for him which, if I’m being honest, is better than most of the others out there. Sha-mon!

It looks like Nancy Sinatra’s boots are still walking. Coming up later this month, a new disc of outtakes that includes a take on “Ain’t No Sunshine” that I’m sure will be something special plus some more covers.

Say what you will about Tenacious D, but I was thrilled when they were asked to replace the ailing Beastie Boys at last weekend’s Outside Lands festival. They’re one of the only groups that didn’t cover the B-Boys (M.I.A. did and I’m still waiting for video of her “Intergalactic” or “Sabotage” to surface) but they did do a killer medley of The Who’s Tommy.

Speaking of M.I.A./Outside Lands, Street Sweeper Social Club – the new duo of Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and The Coup’s Boots Riley – did the 1582nd “Paper Planes” cover.

Beck continues to blow the minds of cover freaks everywhere. He wasted no time after finishing his full album cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico and has moved on to a personal favorite, Songs of Leonard Cohen, with the help of MGMT, Devendra Banhart and Wolfmother! Dude’s gonna put me out of business.

Speaking of mind-blowing multitaskters…Jack White’s latest outfit the Dead Weather performed Pentagram’s “Forever My Queen” on Jimmy Kimmel.

One-man Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan has started a new group with Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro. Spirit in the Sky started as a tribute to the late Sky Saxon, but busted out plenty of non-Seeds covers as well during their debut performance, from the Grateful Dead to Jethro Tull. Best of all: they DIDN’T play “Spirit in the Sky.”

Australia’s Undercover magazine gained global prominence this past week by circulating the blatantly fraudulent claim that Charlie Watts was quitting the Rolling Stones. Even though the Stones’ management issued a firm denial, their story’s still up! Hopefully they’re not as wrong about Nirvana’s upcoming Live In Reading DVD, which features two covers as well as the famous – and hilarious – “More Than a Feeling” tease.

Speaking of Reading, at the more recent 2009 incarnation, Marina and the Diamonds covered Late of the Pier. Admittedly I’ve never heard of either of these groups, but still.

Hey punk fans, Youth Brigade and BYO Records are putting together an anniversary comp of 31 punk covers. The first, of Pennywise covering 7 Seconds (whom the Hold Steady name-checked on last year’s Stay Positive) is a free download here.

I love Wilco. I love Blitzen Trapper. I love Woody Guthrie. When the first two join to cover the third…I’m in love.

I’ve been planning on doing a Hendrix cover post for a while now, but maybe I’ll hold until some of these Wolfmother covers arrive.

Low-fi 8-bit music is getting quite a bit of play lately courtesy of Crystal Castles and the like. So needless to say, plenty of “8-Bit Tribute To” albums have arrived, including Weezer and Miles Davis.

Drive-By Truckers have released an outtakes collection that includes covers of “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Rebels” and others.

This Week’s Submissions

Leftover Cuties – Poker Face (Lady GaGa)

Setting Sun – You Got Lucky (Tom Petty)

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