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Killing is my business, and business is acoustic

Killing is my business: badass acoustic cover. For comparison's sake: Original; Live. [more inside]
posted by googly on Jan 10, 2014 - 7 comments

So thank you for that wonderful gem of musical goodness!

Bastille - Pompeii (Violin Loop Cover By David Wong) by David Wong (DLYT)
posted by andoatnp on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 comments

Your Quarterly Pomplamoose Mashup PLUS Ritual Beard Sacrifice!

Everyone's favorite twee cover band Pomplamoose has a pretty cool new video to go with their mashup of Royals/Loser/California Love. Soy un Perdedor Royal. Enjoy.
posted by carsonb on Nov 5, 2013 - 13 comments

Don't Cry, Don't Raze Your Eye

One year ago, the face of music changed forever. Today, it has changed foreverer, again:
GWAR covers Billy Ocean's Get out of My Dreams (Get into My Car) [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Oct 1, 2013 - 83 comments

Warning. Warning. Nuclear Attack.

Flexi discs are thin, flexible vinyl records designed for incorporation into books and magazines. Popular in both the USA and USSR during the 60s and 70s, production of these discs underwent a ten year hiatus in 2000 before being reintroduced. In January 2011 extreme metal magazine Decibel began incorporating flexis featuring rare and unreleased tracks from the most influential bands in the underground. All the Flexi-Series tracks may be streamed via SoundCloud.

Among the more bizarre entries in the series is a cover of The Specials tune Man At C & A by harsh industrial black metallers Anaal Nathrakh, which sounds very wrong and but really works, particularly if you listen to the original first. Other ear-catching tunes include a G.G. Allin cover by rotted meat enthusiasts Watain; the reintroduction of a revered institution in Godflesh after a 12-year hiatus; and a surprising acoustic rendition of Whispering World by Royal Thunder. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Sep 29, 2013 - 37 comments

"She's up all night for good fun. I'm up all night to get lucky."

While promoting The World's End, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost covered "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk.
posted by quin on Aug 30, 2013 - 109 comments

Genre-Bending Covers

From the music website, Cover Me, Five Good Covers: five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song. Why not enjoy all new versions of Cars, Milkshake, Can't Help Falling In Love, The Sound Of Silence, Life In A Northern Town, Modern Love, You Shook Me All Night Long, Age Of Consent, Don't Fear The Reaper, Be My Baby, and much, much more. ( Cover Me previously)
posted by The Whelk on Aug 23, 2013 - 41 comments

Rock und Roll deutschen Stil

The Baseballs are a German rock and roll band founded in Berlin in 2007. They became popular with 50s and 60s style rock cover versions of modern hits such as "Umbrella","Hot n Cold","Call Me Maybe", "Tik Tok", and "Poker Face".
posted by The Whelk on Aug 14, 2013 - 37 comments

Don't Give Your Heart To Anyone

Leonard Cohen sings "Save The Last Dance For Me" in Hamburg
posted by The Whelk on Jul 17, 2013 - 22 comments

"Chinese music under Banyan trees.

The Darcys, decided to cover Steely Dan's Aja.

The result? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Jun 29, 2013 - 56 comments

(cover version)

Belgian designer Kristof Luyckx recently made six short videos as interstitials between lectures at the Beyonderground graphic festival. They are covers of famous songs, as sung by a cast of bizarre, colorful and very calm monsters. You can see all six at his site, or on Vimeo: [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jun 20, 2013 - 4 comments

John would've liked this one...

Best Beatles cover ever. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 5, 2013 - 30 comments

A Recording Venue, Not the Popular Post-Processing Effect.

Hello. DJ Flula (who's commentary on English idioms was discussed previously on MeFi) has discarded the conventional wisdom that the best place to make your recordings is the bathroom, choosing instead to record in cars. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 on May 11, 2013 - 13 comments

Harder Better Faster Beethoven

Home-recorded piano cover goodness! Harder Better Faster Stronger - Note for note and Fur Elise Slightly Different. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on May 4, 2013 - 23 comments

There Is No Word For Kiss

At long last you can finally hear Six Pence None The Richer's 1997 hit "Kiss Me" the way it was intended to be heard, in the original Klingon.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 24, 2013 - 39 comments

Have A Cow, Simpsons Fans.

"The Yellow Album isn’t an album so much as the most dramatic test of a true believer’s faith since God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. The album dares Simpsons diehards like myself to make it through a harrowing 48-minute gauntlet of ill-considered covers, train-wreck collaborations (Lisa and P-Funk All Stars: oh, it happened), generic synth-pop grooves, and jokes that would be killed in Jay Leno’s writers’ room for being insufficiently edgy. " - My World OF Flops on the bizarre, unloved Simpsons cash-in, "The Yellow Album. " complete with sample tracks.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 16, 2013 - 48 comments

Fitter, Happier, More Ska

Easy Star All-Stars released (previously) their reggae and ska infused cover version of Radiohead's OK Computer, "Radiodread" way back in 2006.
posted by panaceanot on Apr 13, 2013 - 21 comments

You and all the friends who are yourself can get together and play

I don't know how this guy got 8-12 perfectly harmonized versions of himself stuck in a Nintendo, or why, but the results are basically pretty amazing. with bonus intruding kitty!
posted by TheNewWazoo on Apr 11, 2013 - 35 comments

This is fucking awesome

Let's say you're a drummer, and you have seven mates who play brass instruments. What do you do? Cover Thrift Shop (by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis). Broken Brass Ensemble have three more demo tracks on Soundcloud, if you dig their mix of traditional New Orleans brass with hiphop, balkan, funk, fanfare, and more. Or you could just listen to a ton of brass band cover songs on YouTube, if that's you're thing.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 10, 2013 - 32 comments

mbv, covered

New New You. [more inside]
posted by googly on Feb 9, 2013 - 5 comments

All Your Dreams and Diamond Rings

The Capital Children's Choir cover Spiritualized's So Long you Pretty Thing, and Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga, Bjork, Guns N' Roses, among others. [more inside]
posted by Muddler on Feb 5, 2013 - 10 comments

Nothing Else Matters

Kathryn Bigelow's striking bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty arrives in wide release tonight on the heels of a final artful trailer -- one with oddly familiar musical accompaniment. The funereal hymn, a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" (lyrics), deftly recasts the 90s power ballad as a haunting dirge of quiet grief, shattered ideals, and a singleminded focus on revenge, a perfect distillation of the film's profoundly grim thesis. But while the song may be fitting, it wasn't composed for the project -- it's just the latest success story from Belgian women's choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers, whose mournful reinterpretations of classic and modern rock -- catapulted by their rendition of "Creep" in The Social Network -- have made them famous around the world, with star turns in the likes of Homeland ("Every Breath You Take") and Downton Abbey ("With or Without You"). Cover comparison site WhoSampled offers a list of YouTube comparisons between the covers and the originals; look inside for more of their work in movies and television. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 11, 2013 - 46 comments

Christmas Can Be Green And Bright

"Mele Kalikimaka" (Ukelele cords) is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson. The phrase is borrowed directly from English but since Hawaiian has a different phonological system - Hawaiian does not have the /r/ or /s/ of English and doesn't have the phonotactic constraints to allow consonants at the end of syllables or consonant clusters - "Merry Christmas" becomes "Mele Kalikimaka". Enjoy the canonical version with Bing Crosby And The Andrew Sisters (lounge remix) or by KT Tunstall or Bette Milder or Jimmy Buffet or Gianni And Sarah or The Puppini Sisters or Reel Big Fish or Country Western style or pared down instrumental or Celtic Rock style or performed on the Metro by Pokey LaFarge or ..whatever the hell this is.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 23, 2012 - 16 comments


J-Rabbit: "Happy Things." (youtube, via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 comments

Not Great Men, Great Gamelan

A gamelan ensemble performs a cover of Gang of Four's "Not Great Men".
posted by carrienation on Dec 6, 2012 - 25 comments

Houses of the Holy

Creating Art from Failure. Take one epochal album by one of rock's legendary bands (called "one of the dullest and most confusing albums I've heard this year" by Rolling Stone on its release.) Name it after the nickname the band has given the venues where they appear, and for which they had written a song, which they neglected to put on the album itself. And then there's the album cover ... [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 3, 2012 - 151 comments

if you want some fun, sing

Desmond has his barrow in the market place.
Molly is the singer in a band.
Desmond says to Molly "Girl, I like your face".
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand

posted by growabrain on Nov 26, 2012 - 84 comments

Your Mother Should Know

Rock guys cover showtunes: You probably know (if you're old enough) The Beatles' version of Til There Was You from The Music Man, Bobby Darin's somewhat-canonical Mack the Knife, originally from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera, and The Marcel's cover of Rodgers and Hart's Blue Moon. But you might be less familiar with ... [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Oct 8, 2012 - 78 comments

"Kansas was a big part of a big part of music where bands were often named after geographical locations."

GWAR covers KANSAS. Yes, you read that right. [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Oct 2, 2012 - 46 comments

Back before the musical lines were so clearly drawn

In decades past, R&B and soul artists didn't shy away from covering country songs. That's right, children, straight up country songs. And the results were often stunningly good. For example, Al Green's performance of Kris Kristofferson's For the Good Times (best known as a hit for country crooner Ray Price). Or Ray Charles' performance of Eddy Arnold's You Don't Know Me. Or Aretha Franklin's performance of country chestnut You Are My Sunshine, first recorded in 1939 by the Pine Ridge Boys. And... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 30, 2012 - 98 comments

Pining for the moon

In March of 2009, an R.E.M. tribute and benefit concert was held at Carnegie Hall. One of the most interesting covers of that evening was Ingrid Michaelson's take on "Nightswimming." Michaelson used a looping pedal to slowly build the harmonies, so that by the end of the song she was accompanied by a whole choir of her own voice. While the Carnegie performance isn't available online, you can see a pared-down but still extraordinary performance from her appearance at the Sirius XM studios. (YT)
posted by shiu mai baby on Sep 11, 2012 - 25 comments

Call me Maybe, Geordie

Call me maybe, Geordie version. Careful who you call a Geordie though; there's Sandancers, Mackems and Pit Yakkars all within a 5 mile radius. They may all speak Geordie though.
posted by BadMiker on Sep 3, 2012 - 31 comments

I could stay awaaaake just to HEEEEEAR YOU BREEEEATHIIIN

Michael Guy Bowman covers Tricia Yearwood's How Do I Live and Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing. The music videos will be mostly incomprehensible if you haven't read Homestuck (previously 2 3). [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Aug 23, 2012 - 13 comments

There is a house in New Orleans

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one.

[more inside]
posted by growabrain on Aug 19, 2012 - 51 comments

Books, book bindings, and the death of the book

Ever since something was invented to replace it, people have been predicting the end of the book: The Death Of The Book Through The Ages [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 15, 2012 - 60 comments


Gotye makes a mashup/remix of youtube covers of his hit single - "Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn't resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.

" [SLYT]
posted by radiosilents on Aug 12, 2012 - 93 comments

it's hard to look right at you, baby, but here's my number, so call me maybe

"Call Me Maybe" (Chatroulette version) is Steve Kardynal's latest costumed lip-sync cover video - and as usual it comes complete with hilarious & happy audience reaction shots. If you like this, you'll probably also enjoy his Chatroulette versions of Katy Perry's "Peacock" (previously) and Lady GaGa's "Telephone" (previously). All videos may be considered NSFWish. [more inside]
posted by flex on Aug 10, 2012 - 64 comments

Girl Crisis

The female bandmembers of Chairlift, Au Revoir Simone, Class Actress, and This Frontier Needs Heroes get together with "an essentially revolving cast of indie Brooklyn sirens, twice a year in a living room in Greenpoint to cover a single, classic song that they learn and arrange right before they perform. Calling themselves Girl Crisis, the group covers a classic (mostly a capella) from a male artist each Winter and a female artist each Summer. The performances are are filmed with a Super 8 camera, are not open to the public and exist only online. Their latest: Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End of Love". (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 22, 2012 - 44 comments

Sing us a Song to Keep us Warm, There's Such a Chill

In the wake of their grunge-y breakout hit "Creep" and the success of sophomore record The Bends, Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead were under pressure to deliver once more. So they shut themselves away inside the echoing halls of a secluded 16th century manor and got to work. What emerged from that crumbling Elizabethan castle fifteen years ago today was a shockingly ambitious masterpiece of progressive rock, a visionary concept album that explored the "fridge buzz" of modernity -- alienation, social disconnection, existential dread, the impersonal hum of technology -- through a mosaic of challenging, innovative, eerily beautiful music unlike anything else at the time. Tentatively called Ones and Zeroes, then Your Home May Be at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments, the band finally settled on OK Computer, an appropriately enigmatic title for this acclaimed harbinger of millennial angst. For more, you can watch the retrospective OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review for a track-by-track rundown, or the unsettling documentary Meeting People is Easy for a look at how the album's whirlwind tour nearly gave Yorke a nervous breakdown. Or look inside for more details and cool interpretations of all the tracks -- including an upcoming MeFi Music Challenge! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 16, 2012 - 66 comments

Chew toy-shaped carbuncle

Dear Sir, Regarding Your Affection for A Compacted Catwoman - Andrew Wheeler responds to the response to the response to the cover for Catwoman #0.
posted by Artw on Jun 13, 2012 - 121 comments

and the moon and stars were the gifts you gave

The long and rather surprising history of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, penned in 1957 by British singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl, has just taken another bold and dramatic turn with Erykah Badu and the Flaming Lips' starkly powerful cover of the song. Oh, and in the accompanying video, they've most certainly upped the ante as far as edgy eroticism in pop music goes, with Badu's sister Nayrok pushing the envelope into the stratosphere. Nota bene: explicit nudity. [NSFW]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 4, 2012 - 82 comments


An enigmatic Soundcloud user has painstakingly recreated My Bloody Valentine's album "Loveless" in full.
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 1, 2012 - 73 comments

This is crazy

Ben Howard performing a cover of Call me Maybe by Carly Rae Jespen on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. [more inside]
posted by schmod on May 17, 2012 - 23 comments

Human Nature

A cover of Michael Jackson's 'Human Nature' by Vindicatrix. [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on May 14, 2012 - 7 comments

See and saw, bounce me back to you

Between their inscrutable lyrics and lead singer Liz Fraser's quicksilver voice (here she is singing with Massive Attack live in 2006), the Cocteau Twins are not an easy band to cover. A male "bedroom musician" might seem like a particularly unlikely choice. Nevertheless, Youtube artist Matt Gurley (aka fooberdoobs) has posted some understated but worthy takes on Know Who You Are At Every Age, Heaven or Las Vegas, and Serpentskirt. [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on May 13, 2012 - 11 comments

"Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle yeah, yeah"

Musician Noah does an amazing acoustic cover of LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It.
posted by quin on May 13, 2012 - 44 comments

Dynamic Range

Former Broadway actress Carrie Manolakos performs a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep', and hits all the notes.
posted by schmod on Apr 20, 2012 - 77 comments

the songs you've always wanted to play

The Shaggs' Things I Wonder - a guitar lesson for strummers of all levels. OK! Now that you've got the melody under your belt, here's the melody plus second guitar part. And though some might think nobody would really want (or be able) to faithfully recreate the Shaggs' music onstage, those people would be wrong.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 16, 2012 - 16 comments

I Can't Go For That

Hundreds of musicians criss-cross the country daily on their way to the next gig. How do they deal with the boredom? This way
posted by kenaldo on Mar 30, 2012 - 65 comments

Mastodon - Leviathan (Piano)

John Abbott plays metal covers on the piano. On the 20th March, he uploaded a 39 minute video of himself playing Mastodon's 2004 concept album, Leviathan, in its entirety. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Mar 22, 2012 - 13 comments

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