Last month, we heard the first cut from upcoming John Martyn tribute album Johnny Boy Would Love This. Today we have seven more to check out, from some of the album’s heaviest hitters. John Martyn may not be a household name, but these cuts should help breathe new life into many near-forgotten gems.
After a long hibernation, one of our favorite cover series returns today! It’s A.V. Undercover. Longtime readers might remember that this weekly series compiles a list of 25 songs, then invites artists in to check them off one by one. This season’s list looks incredible. We can’t wait to see who covers the White Stripes’ “Fell in Love with a Girl,” Kanye West’s “Runaway,” and Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping.”
First up, though, is indie folk favorites Iron and Wine. For their tune, they chose George Michael’s 1988 cheesefest “One More Try.” “You can say it’s a goofy ‘80s tune and so that makes it ironic,” Sam Beam told the A.V. Club, “but there are a lot of songs from the ‘80s that are great tunes that are masked by production. And George Michael had an incredible beard.”
Neutral Milk Hotel covers are a dime a dozen – recall the all-ukulele NMH cover band – but when Oscar-winners turn their talents to an In the Aeroplane Over the Sea cut, it’s worth taking notice. The Swell Season are Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Best known for starring in/soundtracking Once, their version of “Two-Headed Boy” is as pretty as you’d expect. The beauty of their Irish-inflected harmonies doesn’t preclude the occasional shouting crescendo and they even throw in a bonus for those paying attention: a bit of “The King of the Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three” at the end. Watch the video, the latest in the A.V. Undercover series, and download the MP3 below.
Levi’s debuted an exciting new series a week back that features beloved indie artists covering songs that inspired them. They will release two songs a week from now through July 1st, with selections from The Dirty Projectors (Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine) and the Shins (Squeeze’s “Goodbye Girl”).