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!
In honor of William Shatner's latest album (Previously here
are a few surprising
and cross genre
covers. Some work well
, others are Tiny Tim.
Track info and links to the originals inside. [more inside]
The first music trivia website dedicated to the art of album covers. [more inside]
Alanis has covered them
. Jim Carrey has covered them
. Jason Yang has covered them
on his electric violin. Tidusko has covered them
on his uke. Now, Jeff Tweedy lays down the beats in his cover of I Gotta Feeling
, rocking the house at The Hideout in Chicago.
Back in May of this year, Mayer Hawthorne
put together a free collection of covers and descriptions of the tracks
. The collection includes covers of The Isley Brothers (Work To Do
), Chromeo (Don't Turn The Lights On
), The Festivals (You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover
, late 1960s
), Shorty's Portion (Fantasy Girl or Child, 1975
?), Jon Brion
), and Electric Light Orchestra (Mr. Blue Sky
). Chances are that you've heard of (or at least heard from) most of these artists, except Shorty's Portion, a one-off band with a small-run album
. The group was centered around Steve Salazar, who was born with a hole in his heart, and died just short of his 27th birthday. [more inside]
"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
's "The Scientist
" for a pseudo PSA for burrito chain Chipotle
's foundation to support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education.
Jazz group The Bad Plus
play an appropriately discordant Karma Police
, a slow-burn We Are The Champions
, an tearfulfeariffic Everybody Wants To Rule The World
, and also sort of smell like teen spirit
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!
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.
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
The most serious crisis facing the world today is the lack
of Jamaican Reggae/Mento covers
- The Jolly Boys
try to redress
. [more inside]
What If Your Favorite Album Was a Book?
Rock classics from from Arcade Fire to Zeppelin, reimagined as book covers. [more inside]
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]
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
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
, and piano and flute
. Maybe that's not surprising, but the depth
, and number
of metal covers was
This year's top holiday duet doesn't feature Mariah Carey or Will Ferrell. It's Rodney the Mailman [local news]
and Andrew WK [original]
, live from the Chicago offices of the Onion AV Club in their Holiday Undercover project.
In typical Andrew WK style, a slightly... different version
is also available.
But this is not Rodney's first appearance -- nor are these covers few and far between. [more inside]
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]
"Most people think that Pipe Organs are only capable of producing the classical evil growl from horror movies, but in truth, they are capable of making quite a wide variety of noises that you wouldn't normally expect to come from a Pipe Organ.
" YouTube user FromTheGang
plays covers on the pipe organ at his church and a couple accordions. [more inside]
- a huge collection of classic science fiction book covers, featuring the likes of Chris Foss
, Bruce Pennington
and John Schoenherr
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
, and Elvis Presley
. It releases albums
. And yes, it rickrolls
. (mostly MLYT)
The American Society of Magazine Editors and Amazon.com have announced the finalists
for best magazine covers of the year. There are 12 categories: News & Business; Most Controversial; Sport & Fitness; Lifestyle; Science, Technology & Nature; House & Home; Fashion & Beauty; Funniest; Entertainment & Celebrity; Most Delicious; Sexiest; and, Best Vampire. Favourites: Obama with Google-eyed glasses, Colbert looking crazy on skates, Ryan Reynolds's abs, and a couple of great-looking hotdogs.
was the son of a Russian jewish American film director
a Hungarian virtuoso violinist. [more inside]
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]
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]
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
cover of Starship’s We Built This City
The Brave and the Bold...Lost Issues!
- in which Batman teams up with everybody.
The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody
: Parts: 1
. (From BBC Three.)
Oh, and... [more inside]
Good Show Sir
- a blog of the worst science fiction and fantasy book covers from the deepest depths of second hand bookstores around the world.
explores the infinite wonder and beauty of the Urban fantasy book cover
(youtube, bad music) (via
and bonus Beck-related stuff (Many of these will play automatically when you open them) [more inside]
is perhaps best known to most Americans as French President Nicolas Sarkozy's BFF
and "Special American Advisor"
(and to younger French kids as that actor
in the Optic 2000
ads), but his career started in 1960 and has only now slowed with what has been named his farewell tour
. Though he began his career with many Aznavour-penned
tracks, he swiftly became a household name by covering British
and American hits
and adapting them into French
. [more inside]
) was the first artist signed to David Geffen's first record label Asylum. She released a couple of albums. No one really noticed. She died, another casualty of drugs. Her music, however has been covered many times:
The Fleet Foxes
And Judee Sill doing a cover of her own.