Oct 172009

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, at the bottom 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

First and most importantly, October’s Cover Commissions is finally up! From Berlin to T. Rex, the song picks are varied and the choice is yours. Go cast your vote now to hear John Dissed cover a song of your choice! [Cover Me]

Halloween is fast approaching, which means Phish’s full-album cover show is on the way! They’re still knocking off possibilities every day at their website and it’s a kick to watch. Tom Waits and the Arcade Fire are out, but Rage Against the Machine and Michael Jackson are still in the running! [Phish]

There’s always been something a bit Pink Floyd-esq about the psychedelic shenanigans of the Flaming Lips, so it’s no huge surprise to hear they’re planning to cover Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. [L.A. Times]

Speaking of full album covers, Beck is getting through his Songs of Leonard Cohen (with help from MGMT and Devandra Banhart). He’s up to “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.” [Beck]

Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady’s been doing some solo work this year and has put up a good old “New England” cover featuring Amanda Palmer of Boston’s Dresden Dolls. As she tweeted, “10 points for anyone who can catch every single new england reference we’re yelling at the end of that track. WICKED PISSAHHH”. [MySpace]

SPIN.com seems to be on a bit of a “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” kick. Last month we saw Wolfmother cover the tune in the SPIN offices, and now Band of Skulls takes on the same Neil Young classic backstage at Lollapalooza! [SPIN]

Christian synth-pop (yes, it exists) masters Joy Electric is back with a covers record! It doesn’t drop until November 3, but you can listen to their take on the Killer’s “When You Were Young” now! [MySpace]

It’s been a Springsteen sort of month here at Cover Me. First we caught him live taping a Spectacle show with Elvis Costello, then last week he closed down Giants Stadium with Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl.” This is after already having covered the Rolling Stones, Eddie Floyd, and Hot Chocolate. [Dylan, Etc.]

Bruce Springsteen brought Suicide’s music to a whole new demographic with his 2005 “Dream, Baby, Dream” cover. Now LCD Soundsystem is bringing lead singer Alan Vega’s dark synth warbles to a whole new generation with his take on “Bye Bye Bayou.” [Hype Machine]

Speaking of weird alternative-type artists, Tom Waits songs make for excellent covers. Followers of this blog will know the name Pascal Fricke, aka. “waitswatcher,” whose haunting instrumental Waits covers are a personal favorite. Well volume three of his Banging on a Old Tin Cup series is up now, with gorgeous takes on “Alice,” “Cemetery Polka,” “New Coat of Paint” and thirteen more! [Box.net]

Hey cover artists, want tips on how to promote your tunes? Sacrilicious Marketing has a good article on getting your covers out there. [Sacrilicious Marketing]

Weezer has created a little iTunes Pass gizmo to promote their upcoming Raditude (featuring the best album art ever). The first installment? A cover of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” [iTunes]

Nick Cave can do no wrong around these parts, so any Cave cover is good Cave cover in our book. Fever Ray (also known as Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife) takes on “Stranger Than Kindness.” [Stereogum]

U2, Courtney Love, and Scarlett Johansson should never make music together. As long as they have, at least they used the occasion to cover the Velvet Underground. [Pitchfork]

This Week’s Submissions

Historics – A Lot Less (Sub Society) [more]

Marshmallow Pop Orchestra – The Malkin Mash (Bobby “Boris” Pickett) [more]

THE MOOG – Don’t Go (The Ramones) [more]

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