Jun 232011

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

Heike Has the Giggles hail from the tiny town of Solarolo, Italy, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt about that horrid band name. Thankfully, their funky alt-rock take on Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” shows better judgement.
MP3: Heike Has the Giggles – Crazy in Love (Beyoncé cover)

In 2003, minimalist songwriter/composer Yann Tiersen wrote the score to indie hit Good Bye Lenin. “Summer ‘78” bookended the soundtrack as a plaintive piano meditation…until now. Choongum turns it into an enormous electro banger that will shatter your speakers when played at the proper volume.
MP3: Choongum – Summer ’78 (Yann Tiersen cover)

Common Prayer does the Talking Heads right on this quirky indie cover of “Love -> Building on Fire.” This joyful romp will stay stuck in your head for days, with xylophone, boy-girl harmonies, and a whole lot of tweeting.
MP3: Common Prayer – Love -> Building on Fire (Talking Heads cover)

These two Low covers cropped up with little fanfare on Song-o-Matic last week. They come from little-known emo band Maya Shore, who get the slowcore-crescendo vibe just right.
MP3: Maya Shore – The Plan (Low cover)
MP3: Maya Shore – Words (Low cover)

Best known for debut single “It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore in fact had several other hits in the mid-‘60s. One was “You Don’t Own Me,” a schmaltzy nugget with surprising attitude. Sneak Peek takes it to the garage, giving it a grungy menace without sacrificing the pop charms.
MP3: Sneak Peek – You Don’t Own Me (Lesley Gore cover)

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