Coachella has taken over the music blogosphere for the past two weeks, so it was surprising when this gem popped up from a radio station on the opposite side of the country from the desert festival. Philadelphia’s WXPN has a free concert series appropriately titled “Free At Noon,” and Atlanta-rockers Black Lips teamed up with Boy George for a gritty rock rendition of T. Rex‘s glam-rock staple “Bang a Gong (Get it On).”
At a gig in their home state this weekend, Atlanta garage punk act Black Lips teamed up with Bradford Cox for some cover-on-cover action, taking on The Ramones’ “Do You Wanna Dance.” After a cryptic Twitter message hinting at his appearance, the Deerhunter frontman and fellow Georgian turned up to provide vocals for an impromptu performance of the track, which was originally recorded by Bobby Freeman in 1958. This version, however, is all Ramones, right down to Cox’s costume.
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This Week’s News
Happy Black Friday and Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Some holiday treats have been going out over our Twitter account, including 14 Twitter-sclusive covers just earlier today. I suggest following us now – we’re going to have a special cover-a-day feature for Advent. 25 holiday covers, only for Twitter folk. Don’t miss out! [Twitter]
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The Christmas covers have begun! Though I’m not sure what’s going to top a forty-minute “Little Drummer Boy,” as performed by Norway’s own Lindstrøm. [Pitchfork]
Tom Petty released his four-disc Live Anthology on Tuesday, just in time for Black Friday shopping. It’s got 13 covers by my count, with Petty and the Heartbreaker boys tackling James Brown, Dave Clark, Van Morrison and more. P.S. Petty fans…stay tuned to this blog next week… [Amazon]
Queen? Pretty good. The Muppets? Awesome. See them take on “Bohemian Rhapsody” in epic fashion. [YouTube]
Neil Young covering the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme? Too good to be true. Jimmy Fallon nailing a Neil Young impression though? Good and true! [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]
Nice White Stripes bootleg up at Ryan’s Smashing Life, with covers of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynne, Bob Dylan and more! [RSL]
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