If there’s a Simon & Garfunkel song that is appropriate for the year New York City had in 2020, it’s “The Only Living Boy in New York.” Written by Paul Simon when Art Garkunkel ran off to film Catch-22 during the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, the song expresses Simon’s feelings of loneliness, solitude and freedom as he begins to realize that their partnership may be over and they will both be doing their own thing. Sure, it’s not a direct translation to the situation many New Yorkers found themselves in multiple times in 2020, but a number of the lyrics resonate with being stuck in a lockdown or walking empty streets.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• This month’s Pink Floyd-themed MOJO magazine comes with a treat: a CD jammed with covers of every song on both Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. Wowzers. To entice you to buy a copy or ten, they released this cover of “Welcome to the Machine.” Beak> features Geoff Barrow of Portishead, so you know you’re in for something good.
MP3: Beak> – Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd cover)
• Continuing the theme of bands with weird punctuation in their name: :Papercutz. This ambient-electro duo use churning drums and bottomless bass to build the Cure’s “Disintegration” up from a haunting slow jam to a dark banger.
MP3: :Papercutz – Disintegration (The Cure cover)
• Colorado blog I Am Fuel, You Are Friends runs a great series where they record folk acts in a local church. Their latest session captures area duo The Changing Colors playing two originals and a deep-cut Tom Waits cover.
MP3: The Changing Colors – Take Care of All of My Children (Tom Waits cover)
• History mostly remembers Lesley Gore for oldies staple “It’s My Party,” but in the mid-‘60s she actually had quite a number of hits. We heard a cover of one such hit back in June with Sneak Peek’s “You Don’t Own Me” and now here’s a second. London singer-songwriter Alessi’s Ark digs up a peppy pop song that will stay in your head the rest of the day.
MP3: Alessi’s Ark – Maybe I Know (Lesley Gore cover)
• This one popped up in our mailbox last week and we fell instantly in love with it. This accordion-laced folk tune does the unthinkable: it makes you feel actual emotions (other than rage) while listening to a Hanson song.
MP3: The Duke of Norfolk – MMMBop (Hanson cover)
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