Fifty years ago in the summer of 1969, an event occurred that changed the face of American popular music forever. As swarms of baby boomers were heading to and from Bethel, N.Y., their older siblings – and possibly their parents – made pilgrimages to the desert to see the King. On July 31, Elvis Presley returned to the stage for a month-long series of concerts at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, his first live performances since 1961.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• Last month, the Rosebuds covered the Talking Heads. The choice was a natural – both groups deliver poppy, off-kilter melodies that worm into your head for days. Salt-n-Pepa, on the other hand, haven’t influenced Ivan and Kelly Rosebud one iota. They just re-released it for free on their new Bandcamp.
MP3: The Rosebuds – Push It (Salt-n-Pepa cover)
Sophie Madeleine is no stranger to performing cover songs on YouTube. Fresh from her “30 Days, 30 Covers” series this past summer, the talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist is at it again. Leading up to her new release The Rhythm You Started, we brought you her covers of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” and The Chiffon’s “One Fine Day.”
Rooney bandmembers Robert Schwartzman, Louie Stephens, Taylor Locke, Ned Brower, and Brandon Schwartzel have traveled a weary road since the release of their first album. Young and naive when first starting the professional music scene, they signed on with Geffen Records and recorded their self-titled debut in 2003. Their elation at “making it” quickly turned sour when Rooney felt pressure to make their next hit single and album. After the release of their second album, Calling The World, Rooney continued writing and recording music on their own, simultaneously trying to break free of their contract. In 2010, Rooney got their wish and signed on with Warner Music’s independent label, California Dreaming Records. They have since released their latest album, Eureka.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
For no apparent reason that we can figure out, Bandcamp exploded with covers this week. Eyeballing the selection, there seem to be almost three times as many new covers posted as in weeks past. Or maybe artists are just catching on that tagging your track “cover” makes it easy for us to find. Take note!
As a result, our five favorites this week are among our five favorites of this entire series. Granted, it’s only three weeks old. This week, in fact, we had so many contenders we tacked on three bonus covers at the end. Download all eight below.