Sep 302011

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

Today’s sort-of theme: stripping back big songs. Whether that’s Sonic Youth burners or T-Pain travesties, most of these songs take big ideas and pull them back for intimate performance. Except, you know, when they don’t.

A couple weeks ago, we heard a cover of Sonic Youth’s “Little Trouble Girl,” the second single off 1995’s Washing Machine. Now, here’s a cover of the first single. South Carolina art-rock trio Concrete Animals strip down for “The Diamond Sea.”

When T-Pain wrote “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” no doubt he meant it to be heard as a sensitive folk ballad. The lamestream music industry forced all that Auto-Tune garbage, when all T wanted was to play coffee houses as an acoustic troubadour. Here’s what he might have sounded like had his dreams come true.

Barring one surprise Glastonbury appearance, Radiohead haven’t done much in the way of publicity since releasing The King of Limbs last spring. Until this week, when they stormed New York with television appearances, concerts, and a rumored appearance at Occupy Wall Street that might be happening as you read this. Artless looks back before all that, though, for a quiet cover of “I Might Be Wrong.”

The upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert lost one of its stars when Janet Jackson pulled out last month. This off-the-wall cover of “Scream” recalls a time when things were simple for the Jackson clan. Oh yeah – things were never simple for the Jackson clan.

Violin-cello-string bass trio Simply Three cover 10 pop hits on their debut album. It’s a well-worn conceit, but they pull it off better than most through snappy arrangements and spot-on delivery.

Check out previous installments here.

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