Apr 012024
best cover songs
Aoife O’Donovan — The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Bob Dylan cover)

Bartees Strange — You Always Hurt The Ones You Love (Mills Brothers cover)

Beyoncé — Blackbird (The Beatles cover)

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Mar 312020

Check out the best covers of past months here.

best cover songs march 2020
Adam Green – All Hell Breaks Loose (Misfits cover)

Misfits go mariachi! Adam Green, best known as one half of the Moldy Peaches, plays “All Hell Breaks Loose” like it was “Ring of Fire.” He writes: “In The Misfits and in his glorious solo work, Danzig bridged punk and metal with the blue-eyed soul music of the mid-1960’s like The Righteous Brothers and The Walker Brothers. I’d had an idea for a while to do a Scott Walker / John Franz style production at punk speeds, and the Misfits song ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ seemed like the perfect vessel for the experiment.” Continue reading »

Apr 292011

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

Cover Me has never posted a Wiz Khalifa cover before. Nothing against the guy – we’ve just never heard a cover we particularly liked. Well, this week we uncovered two. When it rains, it pours. Or, to use a more appropriate metaphor when discussing Mr. Rolling Papers, when there are no stems…you get the idea. Check out those two below, along with one drastically rearranged standard, one ambient new-wave-revival roar, and a folksy Bee Gees cover that will knock your boots off. Continue reading »

Apr 042011

There’s a new version of the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman” out and if it sounds like it was recorded in the 1930s, that’s because it was! It turns out that the Rolling Stones’ version was the cover all along. Back in 1969, they repurposed an old William “Silky Bill” Nathan song and claimed it as their own.

For four decades the acoustic original remained hidden until this past Friday, April 1st. Silky Bill’s great-grandson Neil Nathan, a longtime Cover Me favorite, just unearthed the shocking evidence. The Rolling Stones may have a lawsuit on their hands, as detailed in the following totally-sincere press release. Then, after you finish reading, check out the “original,” Robert Johnson-esque “Honky Tonk Woman.” Continue reading »

Dec 052009

Cover News is a weekly feature keeping you up to date on the goings-on in the world of cover tunes, tribute albums, etc. Plus, at the bottom we post the array of cover tunes we’ve been sent in the past week. Have you recorded a cool cover? Send an mp3 to the email address on the right and we’ll post it!

This Week’s News

Every day of Advent Cover Me will be tweeting out a new Christmas cover. 25 days, 25 songs. I’ll catch you up to speed on the first four, but to get the rest follow us on Twitter! [Twitter]
DAY 1: Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today
DAY 2: Copeland – Do You Hear What I Hear?
DAY 3: Sufjan Stevens – Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
DAY 4: Bruce Springsteen – Jungle Bell Rock
DAY 5: Coming soon to Twitter…

Only two more days to vote on November’s Cover Commissions! Then, later this week, December’s vote begins. [Cover Me]

Turn it up to 11! New Spinal Tap tribute album up over at Coverville, featuring friend of the blog John Dissed taking on the holiday classic “Christmas with the Devil.” [Coverville]

The people behind the epic Springsteen tribute Play Some Pool… just released a free four-track Christmas EP with two originals and two covers of holiday tunes by Wham! and the Beach Boys. [Where It’s At Is Where You Are]

MGMT covers never get old. With that in mind, check out Digital Leather’s new version of “Time to Pretend”! [Stereogum]

At a recent My Old Kentucky Blog show, Blind Pilot covered Gillian Welch’s “Look At Miss Ohio.” The nice thing about blog-sponsored shows: they tend to be filmed. [MOKB]

YouTube cover gal Nataly Dawn’s got a new one up, the Magnetic Fields’ “Book of Love.” Even better: you can download half a dozen free covers at her MySpace. [YouTube]

There’s been a lot of speculation over when/where the Flaming Lips would do their rumored Dark Side of the Moon cover. Well, it’s New Year’s Eve in their native Oklahoma City! [Flaming Lips]

Bacardi commissioned Van She to cover “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” thus sending the message to teens everywhere that dying from drinking too much vodka is nothing to worry about. [Soundcloud]

This Week’s Submissions

Tristan Clopet – Roslyn (Bon Iver & St. Vincent) [more]

Neil Nathan – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town [more]

The Peptides – Fallen Leaves (Billy Talent) [more]

Taxi Taxi – Oh My Darling, Clementine (Trad.) [more]

Twiggy Frostbite – Little Drop of Poison (Tom Waits) [more]

Vivian Girls – He’s Gone (The Chantels) [more]