Nov 082011

Calling Birdy incredibly talented for a 15-year old is accurate, but insufficient. This small singer is incredibly talented for any age. She’s warmed hearts all over Britain in the past year with her covers of the xx and Bon Iver and her debut album just dropped over there. It includes the aforementioned cuts, as well as covers of Phoenix, the National, Fleet Foxes, the Postal Service, and more. We’ve got a few sample tracks to stream below. Continue reading »

Sep 082011

Let’s rip the band-aid off right up front: “Fleet Foxes Sing” is not actually Fleet Foxes. This needs explaining, because when the first cover popped up on Tumblr last month, plenty of folks bought it. “Fleet Foxes Covered Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’,” announced Yahoo. “Fleet Foxes Cover Whitney Houston, Prove They Can Turn Anything into a Campfire Singalong,” crowed The L Magazine. Only problem? The real band’s response. “We didn’t do that Whitney Houston cover,” they tweeted. “Funny though!” Continue reading »

Jul 292011

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

This week’s Bandcamp spotlight takes inspiration from Bollywood and the Boss, Brooklyn and Buenos Aires. Whether you’re into post-rock roar or delicate folk harmonies, these five tunes should be all you need to get through the weekend. Continue reading »

May 132011

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

Today’s set features covers of a couple hairy-dude bands, a couple beautiful blonde singers, and Bloc Party, who are in some other category (pretty-scruffy/hipster-alternative maybe). Download ‘em all below. Continue reading »

May 122011

Traditional folk music consists of a library of songs, passed between performers and down generations, with no real, identified songwriter. Each performer would change the lyrics and arrangements to suit themselves, or out of failures of memory. Only since Bob Dylan popped on the scene did the focus change from the performer to the songwriter. Continue reading »

Mar 252011

“White Winter Hymnal,” by Fleet Foxes, is a song bursting with the potential for interpretation, with the feeling that it belongs to everybody who approaches it. It seems as though every time it is covered, the artist’s sheer presence and existence is as much of an instrument on the track as their voice or guitar. It is somehow both delicate and primal, and Kina Grannis taps into this as distinctly as Oh Land did on her recent cover. Continue reading »