Posts Tagged ‘covers’

May 29, 2018

This new Weezer cover that surfaced today is a must share. I love Toto’s epic 80s anthem Africa, cheesy or not, and apparently, fans have been clamoring at Weezer to cover it. And now they have! I was fortunate enough to catch Rivers Cuomo doing a solo show just a few weeks ago at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. He did a flurry of covers, but it would’ve been sweet to hear this Africa cover live, too. You can stream/download Weezer’s rendition, here.

May 9, 2018

There’s no hiding the fact that I’m still addicted to songs like Looking For Knives and St. James, even though we haven’t heard from DYAN in quite some time. The Los Angeles-based alt pop trio even mesmerized me when I made sure to catch them live at SXSW over a year ago, but they’ve dropped off the map since then. I’m happy to share that DYAN has finally returned with their gorgeously entrancing indie pop. They’ve offered up a superb cover of José González´ Cycling Trivialities, giving the Swedish artist’s song a delicate and intricate re-imaging on a track so unmistakably DYAN. The song trickles gently, burbles softly, and captivates fully. It’s not surprising that DYAN and José González are a match made in heaven. His capricious strolling melodies and finespun folk music lends itself perfectly to DYAN’s understated beauty and eloquent intonation, which at times feels like Florence Welch gone minimalist. Alexis Marsh of DYAN explains: "I cycle my fair share of trivialities. It feels too delicate to have been written for a stranger, as a judgement of their public persona; it could be directed at anyone. At all of us. But whoever it’s directed to/from, this is a one-sided story …“  I’ll gladly continue cycling through DYAN’s growing repertoire of elegant musical offerings, and none of it is ever trivial. Their cover of Cycling Trivialities will be on a new EP named Absence. 

April 30, 2018

It’s been years since Adrian Lux dropped his hit single Teenage Crime. A bevy of fine remixes cropped up in its wake, too. Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer STRØM brings back our love for the song with a superb cover that injects the song with a fresh sense of sultry dark intrigue. The sooty splendor of this murky, dusky Teenage Crime is rather deliciously Zhu-like, with some of the curling funk guitars of Ben Khan. STRØM’s electrifying cover seems to befit a mysterious tryst, or a secret rendezvous of some sort. You can also stream the track via Spotify, here. Re-visit some of the artist’s prior originals on Soundcloud, here, including previously featured releases Shay-Ling and Mesmerize.

April 10, 2018

Tiny Dancer is probably one (of several) of my all time favorite Elton John songs. My love for the sweetly nostalgic ballad grew ten-fold after it was used in the iconic bus scene from the film Almost Famous, too. And now we get to listen to Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine cover the classic as part of a new tribute album named Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin. I can’t wait to see Florence + The Machine headline one of the nights at Outside Lands Music Festival this August. She’s a powerhouse vocalist and an immensely brilliant performer, it’s going to be a magnificent set, no doubt. Maybe she’ll even perform this cover live, who knows! You can also stream the cover via Spotify, here.

March 12, 2018

Ever since we came across Anemone nearly a full year ago, Los Angeles indie duo slenderbodies has been one of our favorite bands to watch. We even made sure to catch them when they made their trip out to San Francisco a few months ago, and we’re immensely elated to see their buzz picking up exponentially ahead of their SXSW debut. slenderbodies’ slinky strutting, hazy stirring combination of indietronica and psych pop immediately reeled in this Glass Animals and Alt-J loving heart, and I was thrilled when the group covered MGMT classic Electric Feel live. I know I wasn’t the only one, considering the way the sold out crowd responded with endless joy. Now, we all get to groove out to the smoky gliding, plucky shuffling jam, thanks to an official recording of said cover. If you managed to miss out on slenderbodies’ acclaimed EP, Fabulist, you need to get on it, now. Stream an extended version of Fabulist, here.

March 2, 2018

How many of you love the Pixies’ Where Is My Mind? For me, the 1988 track off the legendary band’s debut album Surfa Rosa is a timeless classic and an all time favorite. I even have a thin denim jacket with its title on the back, though I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet since it’s been too cold since I purchased it recently. Covers of the song are bountiful, and while I’ll always be devoted to Placebo’s dark thrashing version, I gladly make room in my heart for a fresh approach by Unlike Pluto. The LA producer gives us a Where Is My Mind that we’ve never fathomed we’d hear. It’s a zingy bounding electronic iteration with slivers of Whethan and Oliver Tree running through its airy beats, spry strums, and peppery bounce. You can stream/download Unlike Pluto’s finely crafted cover, here.

February 3, 2018

Ben E King’s 1960s hit Stand By Me is always going to be a timeless classic. It’s so sweetly melting, and tenderly swaying. Skylar Grey, the prolific artist who’s been amazing both as a solo artist and as a writer/collaborator with the biggest music stars in the world, offers up a gorgeous cover of the song, and it’s absolutely breathtaking. Apparently, the cover was done for a Super Bowl commercial. It’s not often we get to see this side of Skylar Grey, stripped back and raw, acoustic and vulnerable. It’s a flawless cover. You can grab the single, here.

February 2, 2018

Common Holly drew our attention last month when the singer songwriter from Montreal unleashed a raw and earnest, eloquent and understated indie rock song named Nothing. We found ourselves immediately falling for her finely etched music, which reminded us of Julien Baker and EMA’s earlier music. Imagine our surprise when Common Holly, aka Brigitte Naggar, returned today with a cover of quintessential Frank Ocean classic, Thinkin’ Bout You. There was no way we could’ve predicted this turn of events, but Common Holly’s rendition of the Channel Orange hit is nothing short of brilliant. An array of guitars both dreamy and gnarled pepper the indie rock cover. Her harmonic vocals are like wispy tendrils layered into each other, springing forth from a burbling brook of shape-shifting strings and clattering beats. Common Holly’s cover is her contribution to Amazon’s Valentine’s themed Love Me/Love Me Not playlist series. 

January 9, 2018

The year seems to be kicking off with a whole lot of terrific covers. For our second cover of today, we turn to UK singer songwriter Raphaella for her sensational re-imagination of The Clash’s I’m Not Down. Turns out, the blooming pop starlet is a huge fan of the legendary band, so she decided to pay tribute to them with a monumental recreation. It’s safe to surmise that you’ve never listened to The Clash in quite this way. Raphaella turns in a superb vocal performance with her raw talent on the emotively burning, electro charged pop cover. We’re carried further into its restless tide by lavish billowing synths. You can re-visit Raphaella’s originals via Soundcloud, here, as we look forward to a promising year ahead.

January 9, 2018

Moon Duo will be releasing a new 12″ single later this month. It’ll includes two covers of classic rock tracks, including a rendition of The Stooges’ No Fun, as well as this spacey groover, their crisp snapping approach on Alan Vega’s 1980 single Jukebox Babe. It’s a sharp throbbing dazzler of a throwback dance punk cover with a vibe reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire’s later albums. I suppose you can call me a “jukebox babe” when there’s tracks like this one to jam out to. Moon Duo’s new single will be out on Janaury 19th via Sacred Bones. Pre-order, here