Nov 302011

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

When L.A. punk band the Bronx formed side project Mariachi El Bronx, many assumed it was a gag. Two albums into their new mariachi-band career, they clearly aren’t joking. Their new Roy Orbison cover shows some serious Mexicali chops (though we still want to hear what a punk-Bronx cover of this would sound like).
MP3: Mariachi El Bronx – Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison cover)

Last year around this time, we heard Superchunk cover John Cale’s “Child’s Christmas in Wales” from his 1973 album Paris 1919. A year later, we have a cover of the non-holiday-themed title track. Niteflights turn it into an upbeat pop song that reminds us a bit of the similarly-named Flight Facilities.
MP3: Niteflights – Paris 1919 (John Cale cover)

For their Chapel Session over at Fuel/Friends, These United States dug up Smog’s 1999 deep cut “Hit the Ground Running.” It’s a tasty Americana jam and you can grab the full set here.
MP3: These United States – Hit the Ground Running (Smog cover)

“Cuttooth” was apparently expected to play a central role on Radiohead’s Kid A and then Amnesiac, but wound up cut from both. The band tossed it onto the “Knives Out” b-side and it has since become something of an underground superfan favorite. Apparently one such superfan, Delta Drift warps it into a hazy slow-burn.
MP3: Delta Drift – Cuttooth (Radiohead cover)

We love SYFFAL’s Pop Cultures Collide series, in which under-the-radar artists cover songs from popular movies. The latest installment digs deep, to John Hughes’ 1987 film Some Kind of Wonderful. After all the “Pretty in Pink” covers we heard when he died, it’s nice to get a fresh twist on a Hughes homage.
MP3: L.A. Girlfriend – I Go Crazy (Flesh for Lulu cover)

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