Covers

Day Wave – “Ceremony” (New Order Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 18th 2015

Day Wave

I’ve spent plenty of time this summer with Day Wave’s summery Headcase EP. Even with the recent release of the EP, Day Wave’s Jackson Phillips still has some new music to offer to us in the form of a cover.

The song of choice is the classic New Order tune “Ceremony,” which Phillips welcomely embraces with that now familiar easy going sound of his, while still being faithful to the original.

Tomorrow night he will make his NYC live debut at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the show are still available. Hope to see you there.

Enjoy his cover below.
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Ben Gibbard Covers Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Ben Gibbard

I still gotta share my best of 2014 lists with you guys (I didn’t forget), but I can promise you that there won’t be a lack of Alvvays on there. Or for that matter, their ever so amazing track “Archie, Marry Me.”

Apparently I’m not alone with my love for the track. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard covered the track at a solo show in Seattle that took place at the Neptune Theatre last October. He called it his favorite song of the year, and turned in a gentle, reflective, version with a heavy emphasis on the melancholy that the song is built with. It’s a great cover.

Thanks KEXP for sharing the a video of the cover, which you can find below.
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Sufjan Stevens – A Little Lost (Arthur Russell Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

Master Mix

On October 21 Red Hot will release a tribute album to Arthur Russell (Via Yep Roc) that is titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. The compilation features covers from the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, and Phosphorescent.

Sufjan Steven covered “A Little Lost” and he works his typical Sufjan Stevens magic on it, gearing it more towards his Age Of Adz sound. It’s a magical listen, a cover that does right by the original while still finding its own voice. Not an easy task, although Sufjan makes it seem that way.

Stream it below.
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Low – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2014

Dead Man's Town

On September 16 a collection of artists covering Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. will be released. It’s called Dead Man’s Town.

One of the most striking covers released so far is Low’s take of “I’m On Fire.” It’s one of the most memorable Bruce Springsteen songs out there, and Low manage to give it a completely different feeling. The same overall passion is there, its just through a different lens. I’m loving it. Find it posted below.
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Real Estate – Paper Dolls (The Nerves Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2014

Real Estate Had To Hear

Real Estate recently released “Had To Hear” as their latest single off Atlas. The b-side is a cover of The Nerves’ “Paper Dolls.” Here’s bassist Alex Bleeker explaining why they choose this song:

I’m drawn to the Nerves’ intricate guitar work. We’re interested in creating similar guitar parts for Real Estate, but the Nerves have a more aggressive sound so I thought it would be fun to wear that “musical costume” for a while. Blondie already did a pretty good job with “Hanging on the Telephone” so “Paper Dolls” seemed like the next logical choice.

In typical Real Estate fashion they stay loyal to the original while added enough of their own flavor to make it somewhat their own. Stream it below.

The band recently stopped by The A.V. Club to perform a cover of The Cranberries’ “Linger.” Watch that right here.

Watch Real Estate Cover The Cranberries’ “Linger”

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014 — with 1 comment

Real Estate The AV Club

The A.V. Club runs a video series called “Undercover”, where they bring bands in to their office and allow them to play a cover. Only, it has to be one of the covers that they have on a list, and once a song is taken, you have to choose from the songs other bands have passed over.

Real Estate recently stopped by and ended up cover The Cranberries “Linger.” It works out very well, sounding like it could have been one of their own songs.

Find the cover below.
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Tonight Arcade Fire began their 3-night jaunt at Barclays Center. I got photos and a review of the show coming tomorrow. It was a powerful and memorable performance, as usual.

On The Reflektor tour they have been covering songs of a locally affiliated band at each show. For their first NYC regional cover of the weekend, they did Buster Poindexter’s (The New York Dolls’ David Johansen) “Hot Hot Hot.” This came after The Reflektors (big heads) rocked out New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.”

They also worked in a very brief cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” that went right into “Keep The Car Running.” It was all but a tease. Hopefully we get a full LCD Cover later this weekend.

Find both covers posted below.
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Watch Real Estate’s La Blogothèque Session

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2014

Real Estate

A few weeks back La Blogothèque posted the session they did with Real Estate in Paris. It all went down in a living room, where the band (just Martin, Matt and Alex) did an acoustic set that featured their usual material, plus a few treats. They played unreleased track “White Light” as well as a fun cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

It’s a great session. Enjoy it below.
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