If their Middle Brother brothers Deer Tick become “Deervana” when they do Nirvana covers, does that make them Delta Spiwaits? Thank you, I’ll be here all week. And just think, the time you spent reading those last lines were ones you could’ve spent clinking the link below to check out those Delta Spirit covers…
There are definitely over-covered bands out there, but the Jesus and Mary Chain are not among them. So I give credit to any band who tackles their tunes, and even more so if they — like Asobi Seksu — can do the band proud. Here’s Asobi Seksu covering Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Never Understand” at SXSW.
Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig contributed this Paul Simon cover to the new film Ceremony. Seems like a no-brainer given the Simon influence on Vampire Weekend — especially the first record — but it’s great to hear Ezra tackle his muse head-on.
There are almost too many great moments in this. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon announced that if their viewers could raise $26K for Donors Choose then Stephen would come on the show to cover Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” We did it, so they did it.
And man, “we so excited” doesn’t even begin to cut it. Between Black Thought’s rapping section, Jimmy’s auto tune and the lights cutting on the Roots when Stephen sings “I see my friends,” it’s just too awesome for words.
You’d think that, being a record store employee and music blogger, I’d have a pretty good idea what’s coming out on Record Store Day (Saturday April 16). Color me surprised at this Of Montreal / Casiokids split featuring an oM cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “Expecting to Fly.” I’ll add it to the Of Montreal covers archive after RSD. For now you can stream it over at P4K.
The Arcade Fire performed a surprise show in Haiti this week. While there, they did covers of CCR, the Rolling Stones, Cinci Lauper and Blondie. Aside from being a very cool thing to do, this gives us a couple covers to add to the Arcade Fire covers archive.
I would start this with some comment about how Portugal. The Man have been up to a lot lately, but any fan of the band would immediately say “yeah, you think?” These are some busy, busy guys. They’ve got their 2011 major-label-debut album finished, have been touring for a while and are planning to go into the studio in the near future. During this tour and the one that ended last year, they’ve been playing a few songs that we can expect to see on the next album. Here are two that I ran across on Youtube: “We Got It All” and “Carry Us All.”
And don’t forget to check out the newest new song they’ve played (and my favorite so far), “Senseless.” You can watch it and download the live MP3 right here on YANP.
Portugal. The Man: “Carry Us All”
After the break you can see a video of their keyboardist Ryan playing “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child when the rest of the band looses power during a show.
Okkervil River backed Roky Erickson up on his last studio album, but I think this still counts as a cover. Okkervil frontman Will Sheff offered up his version of “Birds’d Crash” at an outdoor SXSW event. The only way this could be more enjoyable is if instead of being cold at home with some cereal, I was having BBQ and beer in sunny Austin, TX.
I had heard a bit about Deer Tick becoming “Deervana” to do some Nirvana covers at SXSW. “Incredible,” I thought. Then I found out that they’d done this before. Then I found out they’d done this a lot. Apparently you’d probably have to beg Deer Tick not to bust out a Nirvana cover at one of their shows. But why would you? These are fantastic!
Here are two Nirvana covers from SXSW. After the break you’ll find seven more covers from their recent tours.
And if you love Deer Tick, be sure to check out the new Middle Brother record. It’s a ton of fun and sure to be one of my favorites of the year.