Jul 112011

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

Brooklyn electropop musician Computer Magic has built a following with earworm tunes and unbeatable videos (here’s the most recent). She took a break from recording her debut album to upload this thumping John Lennon cover to her website.
MP3: Computer Magic – (Just Like) Starting Over (John Lennon cover)

One of Daniel Johnston’s most quirky, beautiful narratives, “Story of an Artist” was given a boost in 2004 when M. Ward covered it for The Late, Great Daniel Johnston. Lady Lazarus’ new dreampop cover trades acoustic guitar for electric piano and a hazy, heartbreaking wash.
MP3: Lady Lazarus – Story of an Artist (Daniel Johnston cover)

My Cousin, the Emperor have begun a cover-a-month project called Don’t Steal the Covers. Hard to steal them when they’re free! So far, they’ve covered Depeche Mode and the Beach Boys and both are worth checking out. “Like” them on Facebook to get the new ones as they come.
MP3: My Cousin, the Emperor – Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode cover)
MP3: My Cousin, the Emperor – Girl Don’t Tell Me (The Beach Boys cover)

The Village Voice named Piñataland New York’s “best dark old-weird-history orchestrette” and we have no doubt that’s correct. This beautiful country version of Laurie Anderson gem “Hiawatha” comes off their upcoming Hymns for a Dreadful Night, due out August 26th.
MP3: Piñataland – Hiawatha (Laurie Anderson cover)

Earlier this month, we premiered Land of Leland’s delicate version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere.” Body Wash’s electronic deconstruction couldn’t be much more different. The vocals lie waaay in the back, with electronics, effects, and thin beats taking the fore. His version of the Pyramids’ surf-rock obscurity “Record Run” takes a similar approach.
MP3: Body Wash – Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac cover)
MP3: Body Wash – Record Run (The Pyramids cover)

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