the Ted Leo/Rx covers archive :: 56 covers and counting!

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)

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the Decemberists covers archive :: 56+ covers and counting!

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.

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the My Morning Jacket covers archive :: 70+ covers!

Though I was first introduced to them in 2003, it took a long time for me to be bitten by the My Morning Jacket bug. It wasn’t until I saw them at 2008’s Bonnaroo Music Festival that I really understood what all the madness was about. But now that I’m solidly one of the converted, I figured it’d be nice to collect all the covers I could find by My Morning Jacket and keep them in one convenient place.

The vast, vast majority of these are all live recordings of good to great quality. There are a few that don’t sound the best, but they’re worth having anyway. And though they aren’t quite up to Of Montreal numbers (86 covers!), there’s enough here to keep you busy for a while. So I suggest you grab DownThemAll, and download fifty covers of the best rock songs you could ever hope to hear done by one of the best bands still making music.

The My Morning Jacket Covers Archive

MP3: My Morning Jacket – A Quick One (the Who)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Across 110th St (Bobby Womack)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – All the Best (John Prine)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Attitude (Misfits)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Be Here to Love Me (Townes Van Zandt)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Behind that Locked Door (George Harrison)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Billy #4 (Bob Dylan)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Blue Moon (Rodgers)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Carnival Time (Al Johnson) *new
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Celebration (Kool and the Gang)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Cold Sweat (James Brown)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Dark End of the Street (James Carr)
MP3: My Morning Jacket w/Wilco – Don’t Fear the Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Dream a Little Dream of Me (Mamas and the Papas)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Easy (Lionel Ritchie)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Everybody’s Talkin (Harry Nilsson)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Express Yourself (Charles Wright)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Get Down On It (Kool and the Gang)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Girl From the North Country (Bob Dylan)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Head Held High (Velvet Underground)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Hit It and Quit It (Funkadelic)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Home Sweet Home (Motley Crue)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Hot Burrito #1 (Flying Burrito Brothers)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Hot Fun in the Summertime (Sly and the Family Stone)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Hot Legs (Rod Stewart cover)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – How the Gods Kill (Danzig)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Prince)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Islands in the Stream (Parton/Rogers)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – It Makes No Difference (The Band)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)

MP3: My Morning Jacket – Loving Cup (the Rolling Stones)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Make It With You (Bread)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Man In Me (Dylan)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Mother (Pink Floyd)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Mother In Law (Ernie K-Doe) *new
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Northern Sky (Nick Drake)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Oh Holy Night
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ (Velvet Underground)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Older Guys (Flying Burrito Brothers)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Peaceful Easy Feeling (Eagles)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Rocket Man (Elton John)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Rocket Man (Elton John) *Jim solo
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Santa Claus is Back in Town
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Silent Night
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Spanish Pipedream (John Prine)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Still Feeling Blue (Gram Parsons)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Suspicious Minds (Elvis)
MP3: My Morning Jacket -Tequila Sunrise (Eagles cover)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – That’s Alright Mama (Elvis)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – This Magic Moment (the Drifters)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Time of the Season (the Zombies)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Tyrone (Erykah Badu) *Jim solo
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Tyrone (Erykah Badu)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Tyrone (Erykah Badu)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Up on Cripple Creek > Blue Moon of Kentucky (the Band / Elvis)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – The Wanderer (Dion)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Donovan)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Carole King)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – You’re a Big Girl Now (Bob Dylan)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – You’re All I Need (Marvin Gaye)

And, of course, if you’ve got any covers I’m missing, please shoot me an email or drop me a line in the comments!

Thanks to Dylan, Cody, Yitzchak and David for their help!

the Spoon covers archive :: 22 covers and counting!

Just a few days ago I shared three Spoon covers and said to let me know if you guys had any more. Well, I didn’t quite expect you to point me to almost a dozen other covers, but I’m sure glad you did. Some of you left links to MP3s and someone left a link to this helpful post. So thanks very much for that.

Then I did a little more digging of my own and unearthed a few more covers, including one of Britt Daniel doing Wolf Parade’s “Modern World.” I know, right? Mind. Blown. So for the second time, I give you an as-complete-as-I-can-get-it collection of all of the covers one of my favorite bands has done — this time around, it’s Spoon. I’ll be adding more as I find them — with your help, hopefully — but for now, just enjoy!

MP3: Spoon – Modern World (Wolf Parade)
MP3: Spoon – Peace Like a River (Paul Simon)
MP3: Spoon – Panic (The Smiths)
MP3: Spoon – Situation Vacant (the Kinks)
MP3: Spoon – Set Me Free (the Kinks)
MP3: Spoon – Moments (the Kinks)
MP3: Spoon – A Good Flying Bird (Guided by Voices)
MP3: Spoon – Isolation (John Lennon)
MP3: Spoon – Rocks Off (the Rolling Stones)
MP3: Spoon – Melted Pat (Guided By Voices)
MP3: Spoon – Held (Smog)
MP3: Spoon – It’s Gonna Take an Airplane (Dan Bejar)
MP3: Spoon – Loose (Stooges)
MP3: Spoon – Lowdown (Wire)
MP3: Spoon – Used To (Wire)
MP3: Spoon – Rocket USA (Suicide)
MP3: Spoon – Roller Coaster (13th Floor Elevators)
MP3: Spoon – I Am the Key (the La’s)
MP3: Spoon – I’m Goin Down (Bruce Springsteen)

UPDATE: I’ve only had this post online for a few hours and I’ve already had three more sent in!

MP3: Spoon – Bring it On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)
MP3: Spoon – Decora (Yo La Tengo)
MP3: Spoon – Tear Me Down (Hedwig & the Angry Inch)


MP3: Spoon – Upwards at 45 Degrees (Julian Cope)
MP3: Spoon – This Damn Nation (the Godfathers)

MP3: Drake Tungsten – Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney)
MP3: Spoon – Irrigation Man (John Clayton)
MP3: Spoon – If You Say So (Laughingstocks)
MP3: Spoon – Party Up (Prince)
MP3: Britt Daniel – Cut My Friend Down (Julian Cope)
MP3: Britt Daniel – Not Me (Colin Newman)
MP3: Britt Daniel – Run, Lieutenant, Run (Crooked Fingers)

MP3: Drake Tungsten – Secrets (the Cure)
MP3: Drake Tungsten – Do the Manta Ray (the Pixies)

Oh yeah. And there’s this (he sings a snippet of Elvis Costello’s “Veronica.”)

The Of Montreal Covers Archive :: 91 covers and counting!

After hitting up the fine people at the E6 Townhall, I’ve assembled every recorded copy of Of Montreal’s covers that I could get my hands on. It’s no secret that I think Of Montreal is one of the greatest contemporary bands; so consider this one way of celebrating that. Here are 83 covers 89 covers that Of Montreal have done over the years. If you have any that I’m missing, please email me at matt(at)

The Of Montreal Covers Archive

MP3: Of Montreal – All Day and All of the Night (Kinks) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Alright (Supergrass)
MP3: Of Montreal – American Girl (Tom Petty)
MP3: Of Montreal – Baby I’m a Star (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Back to School (Royal Trux)
MP3: Of Montreal – Breaking Glass/Be My Wife (David Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Can’t Explain (The Who)
MP3: Of Montreal – A Cloud Crashes (Toastgirl)
MP3: Of Montreal – Colour Me In (Broadcast)
MP3: Of Montreal – Computer Blue (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
MP3: Of Montreal – Daniel (Bat for Lashes) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Day Man (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
MP3: Of Montreal – Days (The Kinks)
MP3: Of Montreal – Delinquency (V Twin)
MP3: Of Montreal – Delinquency / Metronomic Underground / I Can’t Stand It (V Twin / Stereolab / Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Disguises (The Who)
MP3: Of Montreal – Do You Remember Walter? (The Kinks)
MP3: Of Montreal – Ever Fallen in Love (Buzzcocks)
MP3: Of Montreal – Expecting to Fly (Buffalo Springfield) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Fell In Love With a Girl (White Stripes) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – The Final Countdown (Europe)
MP3: Of Montreal – Friends of Mine (The Zombies)
MP3: Of Montreal – F*ck the Pain Away (Peaches)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Green Typewriter Suite (Olivia Tremor Control)
MP3: Of Montreal – Hang Onto Yourself (Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Happy (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Of Montreal – Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
MP3: Of Montreal – Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain)
MP3: Of Montreal – Hey Bulldog (The Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – I Felt Like Smashing My Head Through a Clear Glass Window (Yoko Ono)
MP3: Of Montreal – I’m Beginning to See the Light (Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) [tease]
MP3: Of Montreal – Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
MP3: Of Montreal – I’m So Tired (Beatles) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Instant Karma (Lennon) [live, electric]
MP3: Of Montreal – Instant Karma (John Lennon) [piano]
MP3: Of Montreal + Solange Knowles – I Want You Back (Jackson 5) *new
MP3: Kevin Barnes – I Will (The Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – I Would Die 4 U (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Jimmy (M.I.A.) [studio]
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Jimmy (MIA) [live, acoustic]
MP3: Of Montreal – Judy is a Punk (Ramones)
MP3: Of Montreal – Jumping Someone Else’s Train (The Cure)
MP3: Of Montreal – Just What I Needed (The Cars)
MP3: Of Montreal – The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
MP3: Of Montreal – Kids in America (Kim Wilde)
MP3: Of Montreal – Know Your Onion (The Shins)

MP3: Of Montreal – Let’s Spend the Night Together (Stones/Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal + Janelle Monae – Love Hangover (Diana Ross)
MP3: Of Montreal – Love To Love You (Donna Summer)
MP3: Of Montreal – Make Out, Fall Out, Make Up (Love is All)
MP3: Of Montreal – Making Time (Creation)
MP3: Of Montreal – Melody Day (Caribou)
MP3: Of Montreal – Moonage Daydream (David Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – More Than a Feeling (Boston)
MP3: Of Montreal – My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms)
MP3: Of Montreal – New Year’s Day (U2)
MP3: Of Montreal – Nowhere Man (the Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – One Way or Another (Blondie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Pauline (The Minders)
MP3: Of Montreal – The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch (Brian Eno)
MP3: Of Montreal – Purple Rain (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Rain (The Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – Rapper’s Delight (Sugarhill Gang)
MP3: Of Montreal – Raspberry Beret (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Rocks Off (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Of Montreal – the Secret Ocean (Elf Power)
MP3: Of Montreal w/ Robert Schneider – Seems So (Apples in Stereo)
MP3: Of Montreal – September Gurls (Big Star)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead)
MP3: Of Montreal – She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
MP3: Of Montreal + MGMT – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
MP3: Of Montreal – Spanish Dance Troupe (Gorky’s Zygotic Mincy)
MP3: Of Montreal – Spoonful of Sugar (The Gants)
MP3: Of Montreal – Starman / Hang Onto Yourself (David Bowie)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Story of My Life (Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Suffragette City (David Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Sway (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Of Montreal – Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
MP3: Of Montreal – Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand)
MP3: Of Montreal – Tired of Waiting for You (The Kinks)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Tonight (Sibylle Baier)
MP3: Of Montreal – Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight (Spinal Tap)
MP3: Of Montreal – Superman (REM / the Clique)
MP3: Of Montreal – Tropical Iceland / And She Was (Fiery Furnaces / Talking Heads)
MP3: Of Montreal – Trouble (Lindsay Buckingham)
MP3: Of Montreal – Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)
MP3: Of Montreal – Where Eagles Dare (Misfits)
MP3: Of Montreal – Wild Wild Life (Talking Heads)

Of Montreal also did a show that had over a dozen covers for New Year’s Eve 2009. The majority of those covers are above, but some were replaced by better quality recordings from other shows. You can download the full set here if you want the whole thing.

So that’s it! Sadly no audio from “Bat Macumba”, “Til There Was You” or “My Funny Valentine” yet. If you’ve got anything you don’t see here, feel free to leave a link in the comments or shoot me an email.