Jun 152010

At last count, Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” has been covered a total of 8 billion times. But don’t hold that against the Antlers. The beloved Brooklyn trio’s version is as good as any (and way better than Bettye LaVette’s). They strip back the song to a guitar-synth-drum trio but otherwise don’t venture too far afield. The wordless falsetto contrasts nicely with Peter Silberman’s quiet-but-dirty guitar tone though. Watch the video below.

The song is the latest in the A.V. Club’s “Undercover” series, a show with a clever premise. The A.V. Club staff picked twenty-five songs and twenty-five artists, but didn’t match the two. When a band came in, they could choose one of the twenty-five songs to cover. That song then gets crossed off the list. Meaning the producers better have a pretty versatile clean-up act lined up, since the last guy doesn’t get a say in the matter.

The Antlers – Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)

Check out more Antlers at their website or MySpace.

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  1. Ray,

    I FINALLY found the time to do another major update to the Digital Meltd0wn Blogroll/Aggregator @ http://music-bloggers.blogspot.com I apologize for taking so long, but I’ve been working and going to college full time, which doesn’t leave me much personal time. I wanted to let you know that I updated your url on the list, and also added your RSS feed to the master RSS feed for all the blogs on the list. I hope you receive more traffic your way soon as a result of this.

    On your old blog you were kind enough to link back to me. I hope that you will be generous enough to do so again, but it isn’t a requirement for being on the list. As always, thank you for all the great music you share. Take care.


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