Jan 092010

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 the 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 and we’ll post it!

This Week’s News

New Facebook Discussion: Favorite Elvis Cover. [Facebook]

In honor of the King’s birthday, indie-dance troubadour Lightspeed Champion covers Presley’s “Devil in Disguise.” The song’s pretty good, but the video may be the greatest thing you’ll see all year. [NME]

The New Years Eve covers keep rolling in. Up first: Amanda Palmer’s devastating “Hurt” with the Boston Pops. [YouTube]

Chicago favorites Local H started 2010 with seven space-themed covers tackling everyone from Daft Punk to KISS. [Archive.org]

Heading to Vancouver in February? Skip the Olympics and check out a Neil Young tribute concert featuring Lou Reed, Broken Social Scene, Mark Kozelek and more. [Exclaim]

The new movie Old Dogs (by the same visionaries who brought you Wild Hogs) features John Travolta covering Bobby Brown. No way that’ll be bad! [YouTube]

A lot can be said about Nick Jonas’ new band, but one thing’s for sure: they’re better than the JoBros. At the first show of their new tour they slammed out some Michael Jackson. [Ace Showbiz]

The ever-productive folks at CLLCT have put together a new tribute album to Jonathan Richman for your downloading pleasure. Worth it for the name alone. [CLLCT]

Emo screamers Thrice go all mellow on a gospel-tinged Tom Waits cover. [Daytrotter]

Journeyman musician Jack White’s latest project: Producing Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson in covers of Amy Winehouse and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. [Rolling Stone]

Willie Nelson’s latest album features covers of songs from the 1920s through ‘60s, including the country classic “Dark As a Dungeon.” [Willie Nelson]

Nada Surf’s churning out a covers record too, tackling slightly more modern tunes from Kate Bush to the Moody Blues. There’s already a demo of their take on Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” streaming on their MySpace. [MySpace]

This Week’s Submissions

Brian Grosz – Lick My Love Pump (Spinal Tap) [more]

Natubella – N.I.B. (Black Sabbath) [more]

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