I’ve managed to avoid hearing anything about SXSW 2011 that’s so awesome that I would rip my hair out. But now that I’m digging through Youtube to find some gems, I doubt that’ll stay the case for long. Mister Heavenly (Honus from Man Man, Nick from Islands/the Unicorns, Joe from Modest Mouse and Michael Cera from the movie screen) have been covering this Misfits song for a few months but somehow I forgot to ever post it. The recording quality is great, so I figured this is a great time to share it with you guys. Here’s Mister Heavenly tackling the Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments.”
John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has always been a bit political on his twitter account, but yesterday he upped it a notch by recording this cover of “Power in a Union” for the Wisconsin teachers’ union. The song was written in 1913 by Joe Hill, recorded much later by Billy Bragg and brought up again yesterday. It’s quite the anthem and I hope it gives the teachers a bit of encouragement.
Good news, everyone! Cymbals Eat Guitars will be recording their second album later this month, to be released on Barsuk later this year. To celebrate, we’ve got this fantastic cover of Guided By Voices’ “Gleemer” to jam all
weekend year long.
A lot of people love to cover T Rex. A lot. But BOAT doing “Children of the Revolution” is one of my favorite recent ones (the best still goes to Elf Power doing “20th Century Boy” in Lexington).
So here’s the deal: BOAT are offering up a preorder of their upcoming record Dress Like Your Idols. If you take ’em up on it, you get “Hiss Like Your Idols,” a cassette of demos and covers like the one above. Snag that at Magic Marker’s web site.
Sloan over at Southern Shelter posted a bootleg of the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise show in Atlanta. Included among the dozens of great songs is this cover of Sun Ra’s “Enlightenment.” It’s some jazz madness at the end of a ton of great rock and pop. Enjoy!
MP3: Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise – Enlightenment (Sun Ra)
Like I said, this is a great time to be a My Morning Jacket fan. They just finished their five nights playing all their albums in New York and they’re about to play Louisville this weekend. This has also given the band a reason to pull out some old covers. Here’s MMJ doing a cover of Wham’s “Careless Whisper” in NYC, which is, I believe, the first time they’ve done it since 2006.
Now that it’s official that the Arcade Fire will be making their return to the stage, I figured it’d be fun to add them to the long list of covers archives I’ve put together. So sure, everyone knows the Arcade Fire used to do a mean cover of the Talking Heads, but did you know they’ve done Smiths, Clinic and Sam Cooke covers?
The Arcade Fire covers archive :: 18 covers and counting!
MP3: Arcade Fire – A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Age of Consent (New Order)
MP3: Arcade Fire – All The Umbrellas in London (Magnetic Fields)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Born In The U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Born On A Train (Magnetic Fields)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Brazil (Ary Baroso/Ed Russel)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Distortions (Clinic)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Five Years (David Bowie)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cindi Lauper)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Guns Of Brixton (the Clash)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Kiss Off (Violent Femmes)
MP3: Arcade Fire – The Last Time (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Heroes (David Bowie)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son (France Gall)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Still Ill (The Smiths)
MP3: Arcade Fire – State Trooper (Bruce Springsteen)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Such a Shame (Jay Reatard)
MP3: Arcade Fire – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Wave of Mutilation (Pixies)
Thanks to the Torture Garden and the fine folks at the Us Kids Know message board for making this possible and a lot easier. If you’ve got any covers I’m missing, leave a link in the comments or email them on over!
Ted Leo’s new album the Brutalist Bricks is out tomorrow and to celebrate I put together a collection of his covers. Now, normally it takes me quite a long time of bugging people, poking around message boards and going through old hard drives to come up with these lists. But this time I’ve got to give credit to the user madastronautkg at the Timorous Me message board for compiling the vast majority of these.
So spend today downloading and enjoying these covers, then tomorrow go pick up a copy of the Brutalist Bricks. And as always, if you’ve got a cover I don’t have included here, email me or drop a link in the comments! [and use Down ThemAll to snag all these at once!]
The Ted Leo and the Pharmacists covers archive
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Angelfuck (Misfits)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Apology Accepted (Go-Betweens)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Archangel (Samhain) *new
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Beat the Retreat (Richard Thompson)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Between the Wars (Billy Bragg)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Blindness (the Sticks & Stones)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Brass in Pocket (Pretenders)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – By Your Side (Sade)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Can’t Hardly Wait (the Replacements)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Chain Fight Tonight (The Gorch)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Clown Time Is Over (Elvis Costello)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Do Anything You Wanna Do (Eddie & the Hot Rods)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Dog Eat Dog (Adam and the Ants)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – The Dog in Me (Chisel)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Ellusive Butterfly (Bob Lind)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Ex-Factor (Lauren Hill)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Fathering (Mark Mulcahy)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Fisherman’s Blues (Waterboys)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – From the Heart (Generation X)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – Ghosts (the Jam)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – I Got Your Number (Cocksparrer)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – I’m Looking Through You (The Beatles)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – I Need A Roof (The Mighty Diamonds)
MP3: Ted Leo/Rx – I Wish (R Kelly)
Grab the rest after the break.
So it turns out that I really enjoy putting together these covers archives. It gives me a chance to rediscover the depth of influences of some of my favorite bands and — in cases like this — rediscover how great the band is.
I used to be a HUGE Decemberists junkie. I’m still a fan, but about five years ago they would easily have ranked in my top five favorite groups still making music. I’ve dropped slightly on the fandom radar, but have always kept up with the group. So for that reason I knew they had to be next on my list to assemble a collection of their covers. They’ve been performing for years and have always delighted fans with a wide range of covers. I mean really, it’s everything from Kate Bush to the Modern Lovers over here…
For starters, we’ve got Colin’s three covers EPs, songs by Morrissey, Shirley Collins and Sam Cooke, then a complete list of all the Decemberists covers I could find.
The Decemberists Covers Archive
MP3: Colin Meloy – I Know Very Well How I Got My Name (Morrissey)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Pregnant For the Last Time (Morrissey)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Jack the Ripper (Morrissey)
MP3: Colin Meloy – I’ve Changed My Plea to Guilty (Morrissey)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Sister I’m a Poet (Morrissey)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Every Day is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Dance To Your Daddy (Shirley Collins)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Charlie (Shirley Collins)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Barbara Allen (Shirley Collins)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Cherry Tree Carol (Shirley Collins)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Turpin Hero (Shirley Collins)
MP3: Colin Meloy – I Drew My Ship (Shirley Collins)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Cupid (Sam Cooke)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Summertime (Sam Cooke)
MP3: Colin Meloy – That’s Where It’s At (Sam Cooke)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Good Times (Sam Cooke)
MP3: Colin Meloy – Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)
Read the rest of the list after the break.