May 262011

Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.

The Wooden Birds’ new single Two Matchsticks contains a couple bonus covers. They take two very disparate sources – Hall & Oates and Kenny Rogers – to an indie-folk-pop middle ground. Download “Maneater” below, then get “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” here.
MP3: The Wooden Birds – Maneater (Hall & Oates cover)

Philadelphia bedroom artist Nightlands gets grand on his free new Covers EP. Harmonies and atmospherics abound on his version of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Trouble.” Scott Walker’s “Louise” employs simpler instrumentation, but adds a choir of voices to devastating effect.
MP3: Nightlands – Trouble (Lindsey Buckingham cover)
MP3: Nightlands – Big Louise (Scott Walker cover)

Our post on the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library’s version of “The Weeping Song” prompted Mario Rossi to send us his own Nick Cave cover. We’re glad he did. The singer rearranges the melody on “The Kindness of Strangers.” In the context of a brutal murder ballad, the “Auld Lang Syne” coda is devastating.
MP3: Mario Rossi – The Kindness of Strangers (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cover)

Last year we heard Clare Burson cover Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, and INXS, but it’s been a while. Her latest takes Madonna’s “Material Girl” to Spaghetti Western territory. Watch out, Ennio.
MP3: Clare Burson – Material Girl (Madonna cover)

You can’t copy Antony Hegarty’s angelic falsetto, so the Wild Mercury Sound don’t try. Instead, they craft a sort of new-wave Americana: brushed drums and down-home vocals presented in a spacey sheen.
MP3: The Wild Mercury Sound – Hope There’s Someone (Antony and the Johnsons cover)

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