Mar 312022
 
best cover songs of march 2022
Avhath – Cool / Levitating / Don’t Start Now (Dua Lipa covers)

What’s better than one Indonesian black-metal Dua Lipa cover? Three Indonesian black-metal Dua Lipa covers! Not that you’d ever know these were Dua Lipa songs unless you were listening really closely to the lyrics (and could manage to make them out).

The Band of Heathens – El Paso City (Marty Robbins cover)

During lockdown, Band of Heathens hosted a regular livestream variety show called Good Time Supper Club. One segment, “Remote Transmissions,” featured them covering a new song every episode – over 50 in all. They’re collecting some of the best on a forthcoming album of the same name: Remote Transmissions. “Making records is always about cataloging any point in time. We wanted to celebrate the unique collaborative aspect of the show,” guitarist Ed Jurdi told American Songwriter. “What better way to document the last year than with these songs?” First up is this take on a Marty Robbins country classic. Continue reading »

Mar 022022
 
AWOLNATION

L.A. rock band AWOLNATION dropped a new cover of Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning,” off their forthcoming covers record My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me, and the original band approves. Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst said, “A tough new light on our old song! The whistle near the end is a deft touch…congrats AWOLNATION and Tim on doing a brilliant job!” Continue reading »

Jan 312022
 
best cover songs january 2022
Butcher Brown ft. Alex Isley – Best Friend (Brandy cover)

Virginia jazz collective Butcher Brown throws it back to ’90s R&B with this cover of Brandy’s 1994 slow jam “Best Friend.” Though it’s a little out of their usual wheelhouse – for one, it has a singer, Ernie Isley’s daughter no less – they ably blend their own leanings with the retro soul-pop feel. If you like this, don’t miss their rooftop NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

Kate Clover – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra cover)

“If Suicide produced a Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood song” is a hell of a tag line, and Kate Clover’s “These Boots” delivers on that premise. The menacing guitar seems pulled straight from “Frankie Teardrop,” while Clover’s vocals channel Sinatra’s swagger. Bonus points for the fun Twin Peaks-esque video. Continue reading »

Jul 262019
 
elohim flagpole sitta

Los Angeles artist and producer Elohim just released the music video for their rendition of Harvey Danger’s 1997 classic “Flagpole Sitta” in collaboration with current alt-rock giants AWOLNATION. They take the classic indie-rock vibe and replace it with a laid-back tune that could belong in a piano bar (if that piano bar had a drum machine). The black and white video also reflects this lax nature, reminiscent of an old family home video.

“Aaron and I both grew up close to Malibu” said Elohim. “It was special to film on film in a place that means so much to both of us. To me this video is nostalgic and a perfect representation of California summer dreams. I hope that it will transport you to that beautiful carefree place.” Continue reading »