L.A. funk/punk rockers, Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this past Saturday. On the heels of their upcoming 30th anniversary the band had the honor of hitting the stage last and did so in style. They were joined by Slash, Faces (and Rolling Stones) guitarist Ron Wood, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and the Godfather of Funk, George Clinton.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
This week’s set washes over you like a half-remembered dream. Ambient-croon folk, gentle-breeze rock, and sexy-trumpet funk combine for one of the most pleasantly mellow collections in recent memory.
Before heading out to tour in support of their new album, I’m With You, the Red Hot Chili Peppers made a trip to London to premier some of the tracks. While playing songs from their new release on their BBC Radio 1 Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live at Koko special, the band rocked out a cover of Neil Young‘s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.” Watch the video below.
YouTube is filled with amateur cover “artists.” Most stink. On the ‘Tube extracts the exceptions.
Although he hasn’t been making music too long, Miami alternative rocker/singer-songwriter Tristan Clopet has stacked up a lot of assets. His voice percolates with soul, and his wailing guitar should make many in the indie world jealous. Clopet has to this point released two EPs of original material: 2009’s Duende and 2010’s Purple, discs which skillfully blend potentially irreconcilable influences into a fresh, exciting creation.
Clopet has also not shied away from paying homage to his influences. To do so, he’s masterminded a semi-regular YouTube covers feature entitled “The Living Room Series.” “I record [the covers] in my studio at home,” Clopet told us, “and [I] want the fans to see me as I am at home.” Indeed, often Clopet’s performances achieve a “fireside chat” level of intimacy that’d make FDR jealous. That doesn’t stop him, though, from occasionally layering on multiple instruments and bringing in his buddy Dan Hammler to smack some drums.
Darwin Deez, the man and the band, started making waves in the UK in late 2009 and embarked on a world tour this year. During an interview on Australia’s Triple J radio, Deez described his music as “alternative, homemade indie pop.” He then launched into a bit praising the perks of his first tour, many of which are a little too spicy for a family publication like Cover Me (so listen here).
The group originally planned to cover “Stronger” by Kanye West, but scrapped it (a bummer, since it’s always interesting to see how artists interpret Mr. West’s songs). Deez offered no reason for the change, choosing “Scar Tissue” as the replacement simply because he’s “in a Red Hot Chili Peppers phase.” The band’s cover was faithful to the original other than a lyrical change to reference the Anthony Kiedis-Dave Navarro kiss in the Peppers’ “Warped” video.