[video] Arcade Fire and Cyndi Lauper do “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” at Jazzfest

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.

[via CoS]

[mp3] Howth: “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton)

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.

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[mp3/video] Flaming Lips cover “Kids” with MGMT

MP3: Flaming Lips + MGMT – Kids

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.

[video] Student orchestra does incredible Daft Punk medley

MP3: Trinity Orchestra – Daft Punk medley

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.

[mp3/video] the Decemberists cover Fruit Bats’ “When You Love Somebody”

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.

MP3: the Decemberists – When You Love Somebody (Fruit Bats)

Of course this is just another in a long line of covers by the Decemberists. Check out my collection of over 50 covers they’ve done.

the Fleet Foxes covers archive :: 18 covers and counting!

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.

UPDATE: Added a cover of BOAT’s “Clogged Castle.”

The Fleet Foxes/Robin Pecknold Covers Archive

MP3: Fleet Foxes – Albatross (Fleetwood Mac)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Be Yourself (Gram Nash)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – The Book of Love (Magnetic Fields)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Clogged Castle (BOAT)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Crayon Angels (Judee Sill)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Early in the Morning (Harry Nilsson)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – False Knight on the Road (trad.)
MP3: Fleet Foxes w/Wilco – I Shall be Released (Dylan)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – It Ain’t Me Babe (Dylan)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Katie Cruel (trad.)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Lonesome Road (Gene Austin)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – My Only Son (Duncan Browne)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – On a Good Day (Newsom)
MP3: Fleet Foxes w/Joanna Newsom – Picture (Rock/Crow)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Silver Dagger (trad.)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Two Headed Boy (Neutral Milk Hotel)
MP3: Fleet Foxes – Where Is My Wild Rose? (Chris Thompson)

And one that can’t be labeled “Fleet Foxes” since this predates the band by a good bit:

MP3: Robin Pecknold + Aaron Mannino – Let Down (Radiohead)

If you’ve got anything I’m missing, drop it in an email to me or leave a link in the comments here. Thanks!

[video] Punch Brothers do Of Montreal’s “Gronlandic Edit”

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.

[VIDEO] Robin Pecknold covers Radiohead at age 17

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!