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
The Cars - “Just What I Needed” (from “Complete Greatest Hits”)
I just talked about how much I love The Cars in the last music news post, so I decided to post one of their songs. I LOVE THIS SONG.
My friend Tiffiny randomly mailed me a vinyl she found in a thrift shop and I fell in love with it. That album was The Cars’ self-titled record. They were amazing. I’m so excited for their new LP. Their greatest hits album is SO worth buying.
Key tracks: Just What I Needed, My Best Friend’s Girl, Moving In Stereo
+TEGAN AND SARA+ Go to The Ruckus to watch: “Tegan and Sara discuss how important women being involved in all areas of the music industry is and how they’d like to see homophobia become a thing of the past.” It’s a pretty cool video.
+ROBYN+ Robyn has released her ~sexy~ new video for “Indestructible.” I’ve talked about it before, but you NEED to check out her newest albums (“Body Talk Pt. 1,” “Body Talk Pt. 2,” and “Body Talk Pt. 3”).
+IRON & WINE+ Iron & Wine will release a new album, “Kiss Each Other Clean,” early in 2011. On November 26 (Black Friday), Iron & Wine will release a three-song single, exclusively available at independent record stores.
+THE CARS+ I FUCKING LOVE THE CARS. They were so amazing in the 70s and 80s. This excited me more than it probably should have. Sample The Cars’ first LP in 23 years. I have one thing to say: EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
+FRIGHTENED RABBIT, THE NATIONAL, INTERPOL+ Frightened Rabbit, The National, and Interpol cover The Philistines Jr. The compilation “If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods…?” will accompany The Philistines Jr.’s newest album “If A Band Plays In The Woods…?” (which came out October 19). The compilation will feature a collection of covers and remixes.
+MARINA & THE DIAMONDS+ Watch Marina & the Diamonds perform “Shampain” live at Reading and Leeds Festival 2010.
I Am Arrows - “Green Grass” (from “Sun Comes Up Again”)
Former Razorlight drummer, Andy Burrows, formed I Am Arrows last year, and the album “Sun Comes Up Again” is pretty fantastic.
"Green Grass" is funky and fun, while "Bruises" is gorgeous and slow-paced. I can’t get enough.
I highly recommend you obtain this album in one way or another. It came out less than a month ago, and I have had it on heavy rotation. You won’t regret it! And if you DO regret it, then I don’t wish to know you…
Sara Quin feat. Kaki King & Ted Gowans - “Sweetness Follows” (R.E.M. cover)
Sara (of Tegan and Sara) covered R.E.M.’s “Sweetness Follows” a few years ago for an R.E.M. “Automatic For The People” tribute album. I have to say, I like Sara’s version more than the original. It’s a great song all around, no matter the version.
Ted Gowans (the guitarist for Tegan and Sara) and Kaki King (guitar queen) helped Sara transform this song into her own style.
Vivek Shraya feat. Sara Quin - “Your Name” (from “If We’re Not Talking”)
Sara (of Tegan and Sara) collaborated with Vivek on his 2007 album, “If We’re Not Talking.” Tegan had previously collaborated with Vivek on his 2005 album, “A Composite Of Straight Lines” on a track called, “The Alphabet.” To be honest, I like “Your Name” much more.
Vivek Shraya is probably one of the best artists you’ve never heard. He’s fantastic and I highly recommend buying/downloading his albums.
Vivek and Rachael Cantu toured with Tegan and Sara around 2005 (not exactly sure) on the “So Jealous” tour and their friendship has produced some pretty cool tracks. Tegan with Vivek in 2005: