Well this is just about perfect. It’s not the first time the Arcade Fire have covered this song (as my collection of AF covers will attest), but it’s the first time they’ve done it with Cyndi. The collaboration went down at New Orleans’ Jazzfest this weekend.
Hours after my first post on Howth, I was sent this cover he did of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” I would’t have put the pair together, but I’m glad he decided to tackle this one — it makes for great listening.
MP3:Howth – I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton)
This cover starts off so drained that when each chorus offers a little bit more brightness into the mix, the effect is really palpable. Even though the last chorus is really only marginally triumphant on its own, the rise from soul sucking sadness to confidence is astounding. It’s a great parallel to the depression-acceptance transition following a breakup.
I wanted to go to Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival, but didn’t realize quite how far away it was from Lexington. But man, seeing the Flaming Lips joined by MGMT to play “Kids” kind of makes me wish that I had make the trip. Video and audio isn’t 100% fantastic, but I think you’ll agree that it’s certainly enjoyable.
Incredible. In February of this year, the students of the Trinity Orchestra of Dublin performed a medley of Daft Punk songs. It sounds flawless and is shot beautifully. I hope this isn’t the last work of this kind that we see from them.
I was bummed that I had to miss both the Decemberists’ and New Pornographers’ shows last night. I did, however, find this video of the Decemberists covering the Fruit Bats’ song “When You Love Somebody” from a week or so ago.
With the Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues on the horizon, I figured now would be an excellent time to put this into the world. Here are all the Fleet Foxes covers I could in my first sweep through the internet. Some of these are Robin solo, some are from his solo project White Antelope, but I decided to label them all as “Fleet Foxes” to save myself a headache. Maybe I should have gone with the “Robin Pecknold covers archive,” but chances are you wouldn’t have found it then.
Mind. Blown. For some reason this is even more insane to me than it was when Beck covered “Wraith Pinned to the Mist.” Here’s a well thought out, expertly executed cover of Of Montreal’s “Gronlandic Edit” done by the americana/bluegrass band Punch Brothers.
I was poking around Youtube for a super secret project that you can probably guess, when I found this video of a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead’s “Let Down” with his friend Aaron Mannino. This is for sure Robin because the current Fleet Fox himself commented on the video. It’s great to get a look at the beginnings of one of the best bands out there, but also crazy to think that the next superstar is probably posting dozens of youtube videos of himself playing Fleet Foxes covers at this very moment!
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