Aug 262011

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Some weeks we have to dig deep to find five great new covers on Bandcamp. Other weeks…man oh man. Without even trying this week we found ourselves with 20+ songs, any one of which might have made the set on another occasion. We narrowed it down to 10 – five main tunes, and five bonus tracks. Think of it as an extra-sturdy dose of covers to get you through the hurricane.

We’re going to assume a band called Robot Zombie Army would only cover Celine Dion as a joke. It works because of how straight they play it though. This prog-rock symphony doesn’t redeem “My Heart Will Go On” – nothing could do that – but it offers a refreshingly thought-out cover. Well, at least until the screamo vocal at the very end.

In 2003, Father Bingo recorded a set of bass-and-vocal covers in his New Jersey apartment. Eight years later, the “sloppy, creepy, intimate” songs are finally out on the pay-what-you-want Father Bingo as Lucy The Elephant Building EP. Here, he covers a super-obscurity by Helium, the band that featured Mary Timony, currently making headlines in Wild Flag.

This weekend, the Foo Fighters are nominated for one Video Music Award (for “Walk”). In 2003, though, their memorable clip for “Everlong” was nominated for three. It lost them all, but Andy Kuncl’s pop cover shows the staying power of this one. Will people still be covering “Walk” in eight years time?

Nick Terranova, who records as Starkillers, hails from Las Vegas. From the banging beats on 2006 club hit “Discoteka,” you might gather he doesn’t come from somewhere subtle. This blow-your-speakers-out cover makes the bass go boom in all the right places.

With The King of Limbs receiving middling reviews (and for Radiohead, middling is as bad as it gets), maybe it’s time for Thom Yorke to think about a second solo album. This beautiful indie-folk cover of “Harrowdown Hill” reminds us how well the man writes honest-to-goodness songs when he’s not immersed in dubstep.


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