Nashville locals Milktooth have been busy, to say at the least. After two years of touring from 2010-2011, the band was able to follow up on their eponymous first EP with 2012’s Wild Before Our Eyes. Not only did they record and release their second EP, but they were also able to embark on a new project, the “Stay Home America” web series. It is a monthly series of – you guessed it! – awesome covers. We here at Cover Me may be a little late to the game (the first cover was released back in July), but we are glad to have stumbled upon their fantastic renditions of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall,” the xx‘s “Fiction,” and Beach House‘s “Wild.”
You might not be familiar with UK singer-songwriter Stella Le Page, but she sure is familiar with some of your favorite artists. Her musical resume includes skills on the piano, keyboard and cello, as well as her former position as synth player for Primary 1 and cello player for Plan B. She hasn’t released a CD yet now that she’s broken out on her own, but she was kind enough to deliver an extremely well done cover song EP titled Home Covers. The EP includes 8 full length songs, including covers of pop superstars Robyn and Lady Gaga, as well as indie-alternatives like James Blake and Little Dragon.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• Halloween is over and, according to some retailers at least, that means the Christmas season is upon us! Celebrate with one of the first new carols of the 2011 holiday season (after She & Him). Electropoppers Class Actress play it uncharacteristically straight on this oft-covered staple. They even include sleigh bells!
MP3: Class Actress – Silent Night
Dream-pop duo Beach House’s “Zebra” has been something of a favorite on the music blogosphere since its release last year. It has inspired a number of covers, most recently by Brooklyn-based indie rock group Wakey!Wakey!. Despite the band’s lively name, Cover Me favorites Wakey!Wakey! deliver a sleepier version of the song that really allows for Michael Grubbs’ vocals to shine.
Baltimore-based indie duo Beach House struck gold with their critically-acclaimed album Teen Dream in 2010, bringing their spacey dream-pop to the masses with popular songs like “Zebra” and “Norway.” Even Phish’s Trey Anastasio admitted to obsessing over Alex Scully’s unique guitar sound in a recent Rolling Stone interview. While their ephemeral sound has become the band’s defining feature, the strong songwriting comes to the spotlight in cover versions of their songs, like Portland duo DoublePlusGood’s rendition of Teen Dream highlight “10 Mile Stereo.”
The weather may still be a giant grey slushpile outside, but the Coachella lineup just dropped, and you know what that means: time to start thinking about summer music! As always, the annual extravaganza kicks off the fest season, taking advantage of the fact that SoCal can host outdoor shows a bit earlier in the year than can, say, Chicago (Lollapalooza). This year’s lineup features Cover Me favs like Robyn, Mumford & Sons, and the Swell Season. Kanye West headlines the final night – is it too much to ask to hope for a Telephoned collaboration? (answer: yes it is).
In the past, Coachella has inspired heaps of special covers from artists big and small. Below, we look back with five of our favorite Coachella covers.