Jan 062012

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

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve checked in with the covers popping up on Bandcamp, but from the looks of it, the good material didn’t stop over the holiday break. So in lieu of the bedroom acoustic songs we often hear, we cherry-picked out some more thoughtful, complex productions from the surplus. Download ’em all below.

Kid Akimbo’s unfortunately-titled new album Brazilliant includes a set of funky R&B originals and this mellow, sexy Michael Jackson cover. Smooth grooves and a come-hither croon makes a paternity dispute sound like the ultimate turn-on.

The Ethical Standard is a collaboration between producer Kaelin Bougneit (aka Mad Atlantic) and singer Mike Johnson. Their first release covers Portishead and Radiohead (we assume Motörhead is next), creating dark, textural soundscapes that lash around your ears.

Sufjan Stevens’ 2010 album The Age of Adz made, by his standards, not much of an impact. That said, “Futile Devices” keeps popping up in cover versions. Just earlier this week we heard Sister Crayon take a swing at it and now Paper St. deliver an intimate folk duet version.

We heard a new cover from Memoryhouse earlier this week and now we have a related song, by Memoryhouse drummer Daniel Gray. He records independently as MPSO and released covers of Radiohead (above) and Lana Del Rey on a free EP a couple days ago. Ambient organ and shimmering chimes give us the best “Reckoner” since Gnarls Barkley.

The blogosphere is all abuzz about Sharon Van Etten’s performance of new song “Serpent” last night on Fallon. If that whetted your appetite for a Van Etten marathon, you’ll want to cue up Major Napier’s spacey, psychedelic take on her “Love More.”

Check out previous installments here.

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  2 Responses to “This Week on Bandcamp: Kid Akimbo, The Ethical Standard, Paper St, MPSO, Major Napier”

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  1. I can never get any of the Bandcamp embeds to work. They just sit there forever, never playing. Nor can I play/download tracks from Bandcamp directly. Site errors, etc. I hate that I’m missing out on some (supposedly) good music. (Yes, I’ve tried the latest versions of all five major browsers on Windows 7.)

  2. I have the same problem as Bill. My embeds don’t even show up. And I’ve tried different web browsers, etc…I basically see the descriptions, but not the links to the downloads. And only on This Week on Bandcamp. The rest of the site works fine for me.

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