Sep 072010

Quick, name a classic Jerry Lee Lewis album. Okay, now try Chuck Berry. Little Richard? Bo Diddley? Fats Domino?

How’d you do? Bet you came up empty. Don’t feel bad. After all, these artists didn’t make albums; they made singles. Sure, labels collected those singles on any number of mix-and-match LPs, but the artist never intended them for that medium. Singles mean to grab you by the lapel for two minutes before the disc jockey switches to someone else. The end result: artists recycled proven formulas. But who cares if “Johnny B. Goode” is basically a “Roll Over Beethoven” rewrite? They weren’t meant to be listened to together.

On The Baseballs Strike! Back, the expanded re-release of their 2009 debut Strike!, the nostalgic trio rips off Domino, Jerry Lee, and all their Brylcreem-slick peers. Their sound isn’t particularly innovate, but that’s the whole idea. These guys adapt that early rock and roll style to current pop hits. Ever wonder what Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” would sound like as skiffle? Probably not, but they’ll show you anyway. Continue reading »

Mar 132010

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 address on the right! As always, follow Cover Me on Twitter for the latest news.


This Week’s News

We’re giving away a 31-track New Order tribute album! Enter now to win. [Cover Me]

Record Store Day, the best holiday of the year, is coming up next month. You’ve heard Peter Gabriel cover Bon Iver, but on an exclusive RSD single, Bon Iver covers back! [Pitchfork]

Also at RSD, pick up the Apples in Stereo’s Travellers in Space and get free six track cover album with Ted Leo, Throw Me the Statue and more. [BeatCrave]

Ted Leo also recently covered “We Built This City.” Wow, it’s almost as good as the original! [Stereogum]

And if that’s still not enough Ted, here’s 55 more covers. [You Ain’t No Picasso]

The Clash! Sandinista! Covered! Download through tomorrow only! [Jewels and Binoculars]

Everyone’s covering the Raveonettes these days. I mean, I loved In and Out of Control as much as anyone, but why now? Two “Heart of Stone”s and a “Boys Who Rape” for your listening enjoyment. [Pitchfork, Viceland, My Old Kentucky Blog]

The Who get covered at Carnegie Hall tribute. The Gaslight Anthem, Robyn Hitchcock, Kaki King and a surprise guest! [Dylan, Etc.]

Highly Rec’d has another fun covers collection for free download. Good title too. []

This isn’t your average YouTube Paulo Nutini cover. Have a box of tissues handy. [YouTube]

Motion City Soundtrack will perform a full set of Nine Inch Nails covers at Hoodwink. Bet they won’t be as good as these. [Alter the Press]

Björk + bass = Wild Palms. [The Music Slut]

K’Naan released one of the best albums of 2009. That doesn’t make it OK to make another “We Are the World” with one of his songs. If we all agree to donate ten dollars to Haiti, can you stop making these? [YouTube]

Phil Lesh and Friends gave Bob Dylan’s “Thunder on the Mountain” a truly mediocre performance a few years back. The Jack White-produced Wanda “Queen of Rockabilly” Jackson version promises to be way better. After all, Bob put him up to it! [Telegraph]

Beck recently finished covering Skip Spence’s Oar with Feist and friends, but it looks like the next one is in the can. Any guesses on which album? [St. Vincent]

Are Mumford and Sons the new Vampire Weekend? They seem to think so. [We All Want Someone]

Michael Grubb first hit our radar with his “Wakey!Wakey! Wednesdays” cover series. That’s over, but Prefix has a video for his new Yeasayer cover. [Prefix]

Gwyneth Paltrow is killing us softly with bad karaoke. [Videogum]

This Week’s Submissions

Tristan Clopet – Welcome to Mystery (Plain White T’s/Alice in Wonderland) [more]

Jer Coons – Love Vigilantes (New Order) [more]

Pirates for Sail – The Irish Ballad (Tom Lehrer) [more]

Kelley Ryan – Lost Cause (Beck) [more]

Send your cover to the address on the right for inclusion!