Feb 102011

Like free stuff? Just kidding. You’re reading a music blog; of course you like free stuff. Well, if the daily MP3 trickle leaves you wanting, how about this: 27 new covers, free to download, in this one post. They come from two new online mixtapes.

Verb/Re/Verb is an indie blog run by a 15-year old from Los Angeles. Normally, her age would be irrelevant – that’s the beauty of the Internet, after all – except that it inspired her to curate a cover mixtape. YOUTH collects nine new covers by artists under 18. The set mixes songs by INXS and ‘N Sync, Sufjan Stevens and Loverboy. “Purple Rain” proves instantly recognizable, but “Get Down” is so whacked-out you could spend weeks listening and never guess the original artist (it’s the Backstreet Boys apparently). The set leans towards dubstep, with folkier breaks here and there.

Cover Up, on the other hand, jumps all over the genre map. To be perfectly frank, this one emphasizes quantity a bit more than quality, offering something of a mixed bag. Thankfully, the hits prove enjoyable enough to overshadow misfires like the 61-second punk Beastie Boys cover. San Francisco musician Biff Swenson collected his set, posting it with little fanfare on Facebook just like he did his previous Short Attention Span collection. The delicate female harmonies on the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale” get beautiful bell accents while Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” thuds along buoyantly.

We’ve got our three favorite songs from each for you to download below. Then, if you like what you hear, download the full sets below that.

YOUTH Mixtape
01. Teenage Reverb – Get Down (Backstreet Boys cover)
02. Happy Trendy – Concerning the UFO Sighting near Highland, Illinois (Sufjan Stevens cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
03. Since 1902 – Love Is (What I Say) (INXS cover)
04. Faux Fur – Working for the Weekend (Loverboy cover)
05. Kynan – Purple Rain (Prince cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
06. Galapagos – Tearin’ Up My Heart (‘N Sync cover)
07. Wonder Bear – This Little Light of Mine (Harry Dixon Loes cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
08. Augusta Dayton (ft. Sam Peters) – Sascha (Jolie Holland cover)
09. Catwalk – Christmas Don’t Be Late (Alvin and the Chipmunks cover)
Download full set

Cover Up: A Covers Compilation
01. By Surprise – Motor Away (Guided by Voices cover)
02. Quiltary – Bands with Managers (Pedro The Lion cover)
03. It’s a King Thing – Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen cover)
04. 1994! – Tough Guy (Beastie Boys cover)
05. Ba Babes – Melt with You (Modern English cover)
06. Wood Goold – Up The Junction (Squeeze cover)
07. Algernon Cadwallader – This Boy (The Beatles cover)
08. The Not Fur Longs – Femme Fatale (The Velvet Underground cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
09. Nicholas Gianatiempo – Everything Is Everything (Phoenix cover)
10. Omeed Goodarzi – So I Shotgunned a Beer and Went to Bed (Snowing cover)
11. The Only Ghost In Town – Stars (Hum cover)
12. Chalk Talk – Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys cover)
13. Gods & Queens – Which Way to Go (The Big Boys)
14. Dads – Gold Soundz (Pavement cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
15. Grime Slide – Someday You Will Be Loved (Death Cab for Cutie cover)
16. Static Sex – Two-Headed Boy (Neutral Milk Hotel) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
17. The Consecos – There She Goes (The La’s cover)
18. Boys & Sex – Gigantic (Pixies cover)
Download full set

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