Mar 102020
warpaint fugazi cover

In 2008, Los Angeles shoegaze-pop quartet Warpaint announced themselves in a big way with hyper-buzzy debut EP Exquisite Corpse. One of the tracks that most immediately grabbed listeners was “Billie Holiday,” which incorporated large sections of Smokey Robinson’s “My Guy” (not quite enough of a proper cover for our recent Best Smokey Covers list, but an honorable mention). Though never released as a single, the song is the band’s second-most-streamed on Spotify.

The band hasn’t released an album in four years, but bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg, who records as “jennylee,” just continued their dramatically-remade cover tradition. For an upcoming Record Store Day 7-inch, Lindberg recorded a cover of Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired.” Like “Billie Holiday,” it sounds far different than the original. Continue reading »

Apr 152017
HBO Girls music

The first episode of Girls aired on April 15, 2012, exactly five years ago. Six seasons in five years is more aggressive than the usual one-season-per-year pace of most shows. You could say Girls was growing up fast.

The series has featured more than 389 songs (per Tunefinder), not including the music of the finale tomorrow. Music writers routinely covered episodes, reveling in the impact the show’s music had on the depth of the storyline.

Covers of male songs performed by women were sprinkled across the episodes, in many cases spotlighting younger and less famous females. HBO could certainly afford the rights to the original recordings, so using these covers became a deliberate choice, not a plan B. Continue reading »

Oct 052010

The David Bowie cover material just keeps on coming. I guess that’s what happens when you put out a 35-song tribute album. First we heard Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Vivian Girls, and John Frusciante’s takes on Bowie tunes. Then we premiered the sonic blast that is A Place to Bury Strangers’ “Suffragette City.” Now comes the first video of the bunch. It visualizes Warpaint’s cover of “Ashes to Ashes” through a series of time-lapse videos taken around Arizona.

Filmed by Freddie Paull over the course of a month, city and desert images unite for a whole lot of fast-moving clouds and hectic parties. Paull describes it as, “a surreal look at life in the valley of the sun, and life in the fast lane.” Each time-lapse shot was taken over the course of 1-5 hours; that’s dedication! Check it out below. Continue reading »