Paramore - “Use Somebody” on Live Lounge (Kings of Leon cover)
I feel like I’m a teenager right now posting about Paramore covering Kings of Leon, but I don’t care. They totally made this song likable to me. I’d rather listen to Hayley sing Kings of Leon’s songs than the original guy. That guy’s voice is just so ANNOYING.
It’s funny—I think Paramore is OK but I don’t really listen to them. However, I think Hayley is fucking cool as hell, so I really like her. Plus, she has a good voice.
Peter Gabriel - “Apres Moi” (Regina Spektor cover, from “Scratch My Back”)
Peter Gabriel has been one of my favorite all-time musicians for a while now. When he released a cover album, “Scratch My Back,” I flipped. He covered artists such as Bon Iver, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, and Regina Spektor, among others. He has great taste in music, and covered some fantastic songs.
This is a little-known song of theirs from 2000-2002 or so. I have no idea where it originally came from, but at some point I saw a video of them performing it somewhere, sometime in a galaxy far far away.
Ingrid Michaelson - “Die Alone” (from “Girls and Boys”)
Ingrid is fucking awesome, and she’s even better in concert. OH and she’s also freaking adorable. Just sayin’.
She gained notoriety when her song, “The Way I Am,” was used in an Old Navy commercial a few years ago. However, people don’t realize that her albums are solid and thoroughly enjoyable. She has also done amazing covers of R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, and Bon Iver. Ingrid’s albums are all pretty fantastic. I highly recommend getting them. Albums to buy:
Girls and Boys Be OK Everybody
Key tracks: Keep Breathing, Soldier, Everybody, Die Alone, The Way I Am, The Hat
Joshua James - “Black July” (from “Build Me This”)
Joshua James is one of my favorite artists from the past few years. He’s from Nebraska, and Nebraska has put out some great musicians—Tilly and the Wall, Conor Oberst, etc. There’s just something about Joshua’s voice that makes him sound like he has a soul the size of the Grand Canyon.
"Black July" is my favorite track from "Build Me This," which is an outstanding record from 2009, by the way. His 2008 album, "The Sun Is Always Brighter," is the one that got me hooked in the first place. I highly recommend getting your paws on BOTH albums plus his b-sides and "The Garden EP."
Key JJ tracks: Cowboys and Indians, Tell My Pa, Black July, Annabelle, Crash This Train, The Garden, The New Love Song, Soul & The Sea, Geese, FM Radio
P.S. This is about as country as I get. And when I say “country,” Joshua is about as country as Ryan Adams and Josh Ritter (see: not very).
Kristine Tuna - “When I Get Up (I’ve Got You)” (Tegan and Sara cover)
Five or six years ago, Tegan and Sara came out with a song that was never officially recorded, yet became a fan favorite. It’s a Tegan-song (they write songs separately) and it’s called “When I Get Up (I’ve Got You).” Live versions (a.k.a. the only versions) have been floating around for years.
My friend Tuna decided to cover it, and I like it. If you can get your hands on one of the Tegan and Sara versions, you will love it, too.
Rachael Cantu released an album called “Run All Night” about five years ago. Tegan (of Tegan and Sara) guested on the track “Saturday.” A couple years after that, a cute little band called Bella remixed the track and this is what came out of it.
On a side note, “Run All Night” is actually a really fabulous record.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - “That Phone” (from “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals”)
This album is one of my favorite records of 2010 so far. It is SO AWESOME. I randomly chose “That Phone” as the song to post from the album because all of the tracks are just so good. It’s kind of like a mix of Fleetwood Mac 2010 and….well I don’t what, but I dig it.
GO GET THIS RECORD. NOW.
Key tracks: Paris (Ooh La La), Money, That Phone, Hot Summer Night, Things I Never Needed