Wednesday, March 22, 2006

If I falter, let me know.

  • Flare "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" (Moby cover)
    I was once infatuated with Moby's Everything is Wrong. I listened to it nonstop for about six months back in the day. The other night, the original version of this track played as the credits rolled on The Sopranos, and it inspired me to hunt for a few Moby covers. The key seems a little off to me in this version, but I'm happy someone is covering it, so I don't really care. It's rare to find a non-techno/trance Moby cover to say the least.

  • Steve Velez and Da Capo Players "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" (Moby cover)
    Keeping in the non-techno/trance Everything is Wrong covers theme, here's one of millions of now-ubiquitous string quartet covers. It's pretty enough, although trying to out-pretty the original is futile at best.
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    Spit me out from your cosmos. Draft me into your troops.

    It's been gorgeous and sunny the past few days here in Chicago, albeit a tad chilly here and there, but I've been inside for days thanks to [TMI alert!] debilitating cramps and the fact that the only painkillers I have contain opiates. The cramps are gone, but so is everything else. Are my fingers really attached to my hands? And my brain makes them type? Freaky!!!

    First, reader Melanie pointed me to Tiffany's* recent cover of Poison's* "Talk Dirty to Me." Get it while the getting's good, I'm not sure how much longer it will be there.

    (*I saw Poison at the Holiday Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana, for $5 in 1987 or 1988. It was a Toys for Tots benefit and it ruled. I was once also supposed to see Tiffany at the Star Plaza, along with Glass Tiger and The Outfield, I believe, but I dissed my friend who bought the tickets and went to a school dance instead. Do I regret my decision? Sometimes.)

    Also, singer/songwriter Arif has some covers up by acts such as the Smiths, Tears for Fears and Bob Marley that you can download here.

  • Devin and the Straights "My All" (Mariah Carey cover)
    This was sent to me via a reader named Landon, a friend of this local [Chicago, in case you didn't know] act. It really is the year of the gay cowboys, and I approve! I'm definitely going to try to check them out live, as their MySpace site proves they are not only talented but adorable!

  • Cadmium Orange "Over the Neptune/Mesh Gear Fox" (live Guided by Voices cover)
    Sadly, this Bloomington [Indiana, in case you didn't know] band's heyday began just after I departed for greener pastures. Or, more accurately, no pastures. I did have the good fortune of seeing them play once at a Who tribute set during a visit, and they were quite fun. Really, any band that covers my favorite GBV song is okay by me. If you like what you hear, they have a few other covers and a slew of originals over at Musical Family Tree, one of my favorite sites ever.

  • Fresh Cherries from Yakima "Communist Daughter" (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)
    Here's another MySpace cutie who sent a track my way that I like.

  • Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends "With a Little Help from My Friends" (Beatles cover)
    Sunshine pop on a sunshine day? Don't mind if I do.

  • Damien Rice "Talking About a Revolution" (Tracy Chapman cover)
    I'm a big fan of this Irish singer's covers, and St. Patrick's Day is near, so I'm tacking this one on as well. That Tracy Chapman album was pretty damned good, come to think of it. I should pull that baby out soon.
  • Wednesday, March 08, 2006

    She is gone, but the joke's the same.

  • Jose Gonzalez "Heartbeats" (The Knife cover)
    A while ago, I heard this track in that Sony Bravia commercial (Google it, yo, I'm not linking to Sony) with all the superballs flying through San Francisco and was shocked that A) someone covered this song and B) that it was so damned good. I really like the original, but I really love this version. Sadcore at its finest. Or something.

  • The Portsmouth Sinfonia "Pinball Wizard" (Who cover)
    Somewhat dissonant and very odd. Love it. Or something.

  • The Jazz Butcher "Everybody's Talking" (Fred Neil cover—performed most popularly by Harry Nilsson)
    I want to take a time machine back to the early 1990s and make out with the bands on the Creation label. Or something.

  • The Guano Apes "Big in Japan" (Alphaville cover)
    Germany rules for so many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it's not as uncommon there for women to front alt-rock bands as it is here. Or something.

  • The Free Design "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" (comp. Burt Bacharach/Hal David)
    This song was my introduction to The Free Design, a late-'60s/early-'70s baroque pop act who are so awesome you just know that everyone at Elephant 6 and Minty Fresh and the like wish they were them. Or something.

  • The Dresden Dolls "Pretty in Pink" (Psychedelic Furs cover)
    Song I Love + Band I Love = Meh. Or something.
  • Saturday, March 04, 2006

    Exit light. Enter night.

    Here's another "I can't believe I waited a week for this" random smattering of songs that hit my shuffle play recently. Enjoy. Or whatever it is you do with the songs I post.

  • Anal Cunt "Three's Company Theme" (TV theme cover)
    Don't worry. It's only 35 seconds long.

  • The Brakes "Jackson" (comp. Gaby Rodgers/Billy Edd Wheeler)
    I know it's probably some sort of country blasphemy, but I've always preferred the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood version to the Johnny Cash/June Carter version. I love Nancy and Lee.

  • Neuroticfish "There Is a Light" (Smiths cover)
    I'm always for making Smiths songs gayer. Always.

  • Die Krupps "Enter Sandman" (Metallica cover)

  • Trespassers William "Left of Center" (Suzanne Vega cover, from Pretty in Pink soundtrack)
    From Isn't She Still... The Pretty in Pink soundtrack Revisited, which is on sale right now over at CD Baby.

    The following four are from a covers comp put outby Homesleep Records a while back:
  • Fuck "Oops... I Did it Again" (Britney Spears cover)
  • Lenola "Box of Rain" (Grateful Dead cover)
  • Mirabilia "Walking with Jesus" (Spacemen 3 cover)
  • Yuppie Flu "Plainsong" (Cure cover)