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I had been in the arms of my best friend's wife

Unlike most murder ballads, The Long Black Veil doesn't retell the story of an actual murder. Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin borrowed bits of stories about Valentino and a murdered priest and a Red Foley chorus and crafted their own story in 1959 to create what he hoped would be a folk song for the ages. [more inside]
posted by julen on Jul 24, 2014 - 48 comments

Really Blue

In 1981, the South Bank Show followed Elvis Costello to Nashville for the making of his latest album. The result: "The Making Of Almost Blue" [more inside]
posted by chavenet on May 11, 2014 - 10 comments

Happy Sad Songs and Sad Happy Songs, by The Gregory Brothers

Happy Sad Songs and Sad Happy Songs, by the Gregory Brothers [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Apr 24, 2014 - 12 comments

Somtimes Some Frisson

Alex Boyé is a British-born singer of Nigerian descent who does some pretty sweet covers: Let It Go (featuring 11 year old Lexi Walker), Royals, Ho Hey (with Brigham Larson), Paradise (with ThePianoGuys).
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 15, 2014 - 15 comments

Chelsea Wolfe, moody drone-folk to gloomy, cinematic post-rock

If you've been tracking gloomy music from witch house sounds to doomy black metal stuff, you might have heard the name Chelsea Wolfe, who contributed to a hazy Halloween-all-year sounding 2-Pac/Notorious B.I.G. mixtape thing and covered Black Spell of Destruction, which was originally by Burzum. There was also her cover of The Modern Age, from the tribute compilation to The Strokes Is This It (prev). Then there are her two past albums: first The Grime And The Glow, which employed lo-fi 8-track tape hiss to add a haunted ambiance, then Apokalypsis, "moody drone-folk" likened to the sounds of PJ Harvey and Scout Niblett. If that catches your interest, great. But may I suggest skip ahead to the current album, Pain is Beauty, "emotionally exhausting in equally mad and enjoyable ways," in which the "permanent Halloween costume" of prior albums is cast aside, and "we get a better sense of her talent and spirit."
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 18, 2013 - 12 comments

20 Original Hits by 20 Unoriginal Artists

The Echo Nest examines the problem of music spam.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Apr 26, 2013 - 34 comments

Around the Beatles: a one-off TV variety show from 1964

In 1964, The Beatles put together a one-off variety show, with musical numbers specially pre-recorded for the show, presented in the style of theater-in-the-round. Around the Beatles was aired in the UK and later that same year in the US, but never commercially released. The show includes The Beatles performing a scene from A Midsummer's Night Dream, with Paul McCartney as Pyramus, John Lennon as his lover Thisbe, George Harrison as Moonshine, Starr as Lion, and Trevor Peacock (the only actual actor in the lot) in the role of Quince. A color clip of that was posted previously, but you can watch the entire (almost) hour-long show with The Beatles' segments accompanied by seven other musical acts, on Dailymotion or YouTube, though it's in black and white. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 18, 2013 - 14 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

It was happy at the start...

Jon Brion gets around. As a composer, he scored some of the best movies of last decade and change – Punch-Drunk Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York, and I Huckabees. As a producer, he's worked with Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Aimee Mann, and the excellent bluegrass outfit Punch Brothers. He writes pop music like the best of them – witness Meaningless, Knock Yourself Out, Here We Go, or Didn't Think It Would Turn Out Bad for a nice sampler of his style and range. His live shows are notoriously whimsical and eccentric – he's apt to perform Radiohead's "Creep" in the style of Tom Waits, or cover Stairway to Heaven as a one-man band, recreating all the parts to its climax on the fly.
posted by Rory Marinich on Mar 9, 2013 - 20 comments

Common Jean Sizes: 34, 32, 36, 30, 38

These Jeans Seem Good to Me.
posted by codacorolla on Jan 29, 2013 - 63 comments

A big kick, as high as I could

Guided By Voices {previously} has put out more songs than you can imagine (since allegedly the mid-80s [GBV Doc, Audio NSFW]), most of them under 2 minutes [Concert from 1996]. Which certainly might make it hard to decide what album to start with. Judging by volume of cover versions however, there is no contest. By that metric, Alien Lanes is the most beloved Guided By Voices record. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 27, 2012 - 65 comments

J-Rabbit

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

Perpetuum Jazzile

This cover of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" (video) is performed by Slovenian vocal/a cappella group Perpetuum Jazzile. [more inside]
posted by flex on Oct 6, 2012 - 20 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

Long afloat on shipless oceans ...

Its writer refused to record it. Pat Boone almost killed it. Then it was resurrected as a B-side to an indie prestige project. Then it became an A-side in its own right, sold a half a million copies, and ended up being performed by its writer on the last ever episode of the Monkees. - "Song to the Siren's irresistible tang" by Martin Aston. [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on Jul 20, 2012 - 41 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

It's the freakin' weekend, baby, I'm about to have me some fun

Young the Giant's excellent cover of R. Kelly's Ignition (Remix) kicks off this season of A. V. Club's Undercover series in some style. The song has been covered extensively since it came out, in styles ranging from bedroom ukulele to ivy a capella to basement indie. It was also covered by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and inspired Dave Chapelle's pisstake. John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats has been a long-time fan, usually adding a minute of the song as a coda to his cover of The Boys Are Back in Town. Darnielle, and some friends, gave us 100 Reasons Why "Ignition - Remix" Is So Damned Great.
posted by Kattullus on Mar 23, 2012 - 43 comments

New Musical Express

The NME - 60 years of rock history ... and four front covers that define their eras
posted by Artw on Feb 25, 2012 - 18 comments

it could be very fresh and clean it could be Frankie

In honor of Philip Glass's 75th birthday (look at the cake!), here are three rather odd albums of or based on his music, all free to play:
Glassworked by U Can Unlearn Guitar ranges from drone to speed metal.
What Capitalism Was Plays Philip Glass on Accordion is as described.
Glassbreaks by dj BC mashes up Glass and Hip Hop. (previously)
posted by moonmilk on Jan 31, 2012 - 22 comments

Dicken feat. Milah & Korben performing Depeche Mode covers

Colombian video artist Dicken Schrader covers Depeche Mode songs with the help of his young children, Milah and Korben, using some unexpected objects as instruments and illustrative props. Three split-screen videos: "Strangelove", "Everything Counts", & "Shake The Disease".
posted by flex on Jan 29, 2012 - 22 comments

shot to the heart

What do you get when you cross the low key folk rock of Bon Iver with the arena rock of Bon Jovi? You'd probably get something like Bon Joviver. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jan 25, 2012 - 19 comments

Friday the 13th by Thelonious Monk and everybody else

For Friday the 13th of January, WFMU DJ Kurt Gottschalk played about 20 different versions of Thelonious Monk's Friday the 13th, including quite a few sent in by his listeners. Here's the playlist and 3 hour mp3 stream (below the blinky picture of Monk), including listeners' comments. Good luck!
posted by moonmilk on Jan 13, 2012 - 6 comments

He is almost your audience

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Dec 10, 2011 - 30 comments

Dad, what's an album cover?

Coversmart: The first music trivia website dedicated to the art of album covers. [more inside]
posted by mr.curmudgeon on Sep 30, 2011 - 13 comments

Beatles vs. Muppets

The Best Muppet Show Beatles Covers [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Sep 1, 2011 - 17 comments

(Factory) Farmers, Don't Let Your Piggies Grow Up To Be Tacos

"Attention, industrial farmers. Willie Nelson wants you to stop drugging your pigs and smashing them into compact, easily shippable pork cubes. So does Chipotle." Farm Aid organizer Willie Nelson covers Coldplay's "The Scientist" for a pseudo PSA for burrito chain Chipotle's foundation to support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education.
posted by Frank Grimes on Aug 30, 2011 - 58 comments

Until I find myself again, agaaain, o-o-o-o-ooh.

Various Neutral Milk Hotel Covers. They'll probably make you want to listen to "Aeroplane" again. Some with better sound quality than others. Not all are all that great but there are some neat gems in there. Enjoy!
posted by fantodstic on Jul 9, 2011 - 41 comments

The Day The Music Lived

Rave On Buddy Holly is streaming now. The album, released June 28th, features Nick Lowe, Patti Smith, Cee Lo, Justin Townes Earle and others covering Buddy Holly songs.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 21, 2011 - 21 comments

Insert joke I would have learned at band camp here, if I had gone to band camp.

Genghis Barbie is a "post post-feminist feminist" French horn quartet that plays breathtaking renditions of Somebody to Love, Kiss from a Rose and Janelle Monae's 57821. Oh, and Thong Song.
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 9, 2011 - 34 comments

Vitamin Records: String Quartet Covers

Looking for something familiar with a twist? Best told from their About Us Page: Vitamin Records was formed in Los Angeles in 1999 to provide music lovers with high quality string quartet, lounge and electronic tributes to major pop and rock artists. Vitamin's mission is to offer fans exciting versions of their favorite songs performed in new musical contexts. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Mar 23, 2011 - 22 comments

The Cleverlys

Bluegrass covers of popular songs, by The Cleverlys: The Bangles' Walk Like an Egyptian, Beyoncé's Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), Shaggy's Angel, The Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling, Yes' Owner of a Lonely Heart, Fergie's Clumsy, Stevie Wonder's Superstition, Katy Perry's I Kissed a Girl
posted by finite on Feb 20, 2011 - 33 comments

You Could Have a Steam Train

Gavin Castleton does a pretty cool one-man cover of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer". [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Jan 23, 2011 - 18 comments

Short music, long tail. Comptine d'un autre ete : L'apres midi

Comptine d'un autre ete : L'apres midi is a simple, heart-rending piano piece by Yann Tiersen. It has inspired covers spanning the range of musical expression: classical guitar, violin, harp, and piano and flute. Maybe that's not surprising, but the depth, sincerity, and number of metal covers was.
posted by fake on Jan 17, 2011 - 22 comments

Word to your Mo-Ther!

Polka medleys are a trademark of Weird Al Yankovic in which he covers the era's most iconic songs on accordion. His next album will likely include Polka Face. But, if you like some of the older stuff... [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 30, 2010 - 27 comments

8-bit music

Originally a product of the simple tone and noise generators (and limited processing power) that shipped with video consoles and early computers, the 8-bit music (more properly, chiptunes) scene is now quite a bit more diverse. It covers Lady Gaga, Metallica, and Elvis Presley. It releases albums. And yes, it rickrolls. (mostly MLYT)
posted by d. z. wang on Sep 12, 2010 - 26 comments

Joe Dassin is alive and well and living on YouTube

Joe Dassin was the son of a Russian jewish American film director a Hungarian virtuoso violinist. [more inside]
posted by mvuijlst on Aug 7, 2010 - 6 comments

The Music of Jacques Brel

The Music of Jacques Brel is an article by music journalist Amy Hanson about the career of pop music legend Jacques Brel and his effect on popular music in the English language. A lot of songs and covers are mentioned in the article, below the cut are links to the songs that I could find videos of online. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Aug 6, 2010 - 49 comments

Summer Breeze

In honor of the first day of summer, one of the most covered "summer" songs of all time - "Summer Breeze." The original - Seals & Crofts. Inside for more: [more inside]
posted by waitingtoderail on Jun 21, 2010 - 50 comments

In With The Old

Nestled amid endless Budweiser ads, The AV Club is putting together some great modern covers of ’70s and ‘80s classics. My personal favorites: The Antlers take on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and Cursive’s cover of Starship’s We Built This City.
posted by rtimmel on Jun 15, 2010 - 53 comments

Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody: Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. (From BBC Three.) Oh, and... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 22, 2010 - 69 comments

Rhymes with blahg

Nouvelle Vague covers New Wave and Punk (MLYT) Nouvelle Vague (no, not this one) does Bossa Nova covers of New Wave and Punk songs, including: Dance with me (Lords of the New Church), Master and Servant (Depeche Mode), Love will tear us apart (Joy Division), Making plans for Nigel (XTC), Blue Monday (New Order), This is not a love song (PiL), The guns of Brixton (The Clash), and one NSFW title [more inside]
posted by zippy on Aug 19, 2009 - 25 comments

1990s dance music covers: reviled, acclaimed, maimed and shamed

Free Friday Frantic (Music) Fun: Ergo Phizmiz & The Midnight Florists cover five 1990s chartbusting, dancefloor filling smash hits with arrangements of acoustic, electronic, homemade, and toy instruments. [More musical mischief inside] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 14, 2009 - 7 comments

Beck covers

Beck intends to record cover versions of selected albums in a day, unrehearsed, with guest musicians and then to release them on his website. Pitchfork announced it yesterday here. The first song is Sunday Morning.
posted by tawny on Jun 19, 2009 - 48 comments

They're gonna rip it off

Jack and Meg did it first. Audioslave did it poorly. The Hives tried to do it by rote. The Flaming Lips did it best while simultaneously Moving To Florida. It's been done in Mario Paint and on a ukulele. But the latest people to attempt it? Country legends The Oak Ridge Boys.
posted by namewithoutwords on May 1, 2009 - 108 comments

The Sun Ra Quilt of Joy

The Sun Ra Quilt of Joy
posted by Joe Beese on Mar 7, 2009 - 28 comments

Sunday's Gloomy

Hungary may be the gloomiest country on earth. Believed by its people to be suffering from a centuries long curse, it's most famous modern musical export is probably the "Hungarian Suicide Song" - Gloomy Sunday. Originally popularized by Billie Holiday in the US (with an upbeat ending tacked onto the original lyrics), it's been covered dozens of times since then. Links to a few of my favorites inside: [more inside]
posted by empath on Jan 10, 2009 - 37 comments

Songs we wish were ours

Songs we wish were ours l 2 l 3 l 5 l bootleg Great idea, no? I thought the series was over but it looks like they kept it going.
posted by danep on Jul 24, 2008 - 29 comments

Of Montreal covers

Here are 52 cover songs that Of Montreal have done over the years. via
posted by carsonb on Feb 1, 2008 - 37 comments

Transcending horrible

Total Eclipse of the Heart (YT) as "performed" by Legion of rock stars, a cover band that does “such lousy job with the source material that it becomes oddly hilarious”. (Choice of 179 videos. Via The in-between)
posted by growabrain on Jan 27, 2008 - 52 comments

No Reason To Get Excited

Written in 1967 by Bob Dylan, it was originally quiet, lowkey... and vaguely menacing. But when Jimi Hendrix redefined it the following year, even Dylan knew that the song had changed forever.

Since then, it's been covered (over and over again), praised almost as often, analyzed, referenced, and, of course, found to be encoded in the minds of Cylons.

Originally released 40 years ago, erm, yesterday: All Along the Watchtower.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Dec 28, 2007 - 41 comments

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