Category Archives: Covers

mp3: The War on Drugs cover John Lennon

We love the War on Drugs’ new record Lost in the Dream, but we’re psyched to hear they’re not just recapitulating the record in the live setting – they’ve added a cover of John Lennon’s 1973 jam “Mind Games” to their repertoire. Thanks to the indefatigable NYC Taper, you can snatch a great-quality live recording of the cover, which sees the band break out all the weird sounds they’ve got (horns, strings, weird guitar tones, belting vocals) over a blissful seven minutes of woozy, lighters-up jamming. It’s just another excuse to catch the band when they come to your city. Check it out.


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Plastiscines Return With Covers EP, Reinterpret Lana Del Rey

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Does the name Plastiscines ring a bell to you?
Let me jog your memory: back in 2009, the all-girl French rock band became the first to sign to NYLON magazine’s record label, released their second album “About Love”, and even nabbed a guest spot on Gossip Girl. Since then, the group downsized to a trio, added synths to their sound and continued to release new music. Their most recent release is a covers EP sponsored by Paco Rabanne perfume Black XS. It’s an eclectic collection of slick and stylish reinterpretations of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans”, Air’s “Sexy Boy”, Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder On The Dancefloor”, Caroline Loeb’s ’80s hit “C’est la ouate”, and an acoustic version of Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. If you like your bands to consist of guitar-rocking ladies (The Like, The Donnas, HAIM etc.), you should dig into this pronto. You can’t go wrong with some fun rock n’ roll with a French accent.
Listen to their new-wave take of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” below. Cowbells included!

 

STREAM: Plastiscines – Blue Jeans (Lana Del Rey Cover)

 

I also quite enjoy their 2013 French single – the groovy “Comment faire”, whose video is a fun retro homage to American ’70s cop shows à la Charlie’s Angels.

 

WATCH: Plastiscines – Comment Faire

 

Their new album “Back To The Start” drops April 14.
Buy Black XS: The Rock Cover EP on iTunes.
Check out their Soundcloud.


Tagged: air, lana del rey, plastiscines, sophie ellis-bextor

Plastiscines Return With Covers EP, Reinterpret Lana Del Rey

plasticines
Does the name Plastiscines ring a bell to you?
Let me jog your memory: back in 2009, the all-girl French rock band became the first to sign to NYLON magazine’s record label, released their second album “About Love”, and even nabbed a guest spot on Gossip Girl. Since then, the group downsized to a trio, added synths to their sound and continued to release new music. Their most recent release is a covers EP sponsored by Paco Rabanne perfume Black XS. It’s an eclectic collection of slick and stylish reinterpretations of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans”, Air’s “Sexy Boy”, Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder On The Dancefloor”, Caroline Loeb’s ’80s hit “C’est la ouate”, and an acoustic version of Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. If you like your bands to consist of guitar-rocking ladies (The Like, The Donnas, HAIM etc.), you should dig into this pronto. You can’t go wrong with some fun rock n’ roll with a French accent.
Listen to their new-wave take of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” below. Cowbells included!

 

STREAM: Plastiscines – Blue Jeans (Lana Del Rey Cover)

 

I also quite enjoy their 2013 French single – the groovy “Comment faire”, whose video is a fun retro homage to American ’70s cop shows à la Charlie’s Angels.

 

WATCH: Plastiscines – Comment Faire

 

Their new album “Back To The Start” drops April 14.
Buy Black XS: The Rock Cover EP on iTunes.
Check out their Soundcloud.


Tagged: air, lana del rey, plastiscines, sophie ellis-bextor

BANKS covers Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?”

BANKS stopped by BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge and delivered this lovely acoustic cover of Aaliyah’s eternal jam “Are You That Somebody?” and the results are as lovely as you’d expect. Listen below:


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Arcade Fire cover Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly”

Super serious rock band, Arcade Fire really let loose on their latest album, Reflektor, so why should their tour be any different? AF’s been keeping things light with their consistent and canny taste in covers. They’ve already covered Prince (it was magic), Stevie Wonder and the Constantines, and last night in Philadelphia, they covered Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly.” Check out some fan-shot footage below:


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J▲M: Tame Impala – Stranger In Moscow (Michael Jackson Cover)

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Last weekend, Aussie psych-pop wizards Tame Impala casually chucked a cover of Michael Jackson‘s 1996 single “Stranger In Moscow” on Soundcloud. The track’s arrival might be unexpected, but its gorgeousness is no surprise. Generously doused with swirling psychedelia, comfy synth pads and layer upon layer of reverb, it’s an effortlessly superb re-imagining that sounds fresh and retro at once. Honestly, if they hadn’t put “MJ Cover” in (double) parentheses, I would have totally bought it as a new unreleased Tame Impala song.

 

STREAM: Tame Impala – Stranger In Moscow (Michael Jackson Cover)

 

Out of curiosity, I launched Youtube right after to check out the original, which turned out to be a beautiful ’90s relic. Then I ended up at the track’s Wiki page and found out UK duo Alpines also recorded another lovely version which was put up on their Myspace back in 2010. I’ve unearthed that and uploaded it for your convenience below. Have a listen while I lean back and congratulate myself for such a productive day.

 

STREAM: Alpines – Stranger In Moscow (Michael Jackson Cover)

 

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J▲M: Tame Impala – Stranger In Moscow (Michael Jackson Cover)

2_TAME IMPALA_NEIL KRUG

Last weekend, Aussie psych-pop wizards Tame Impala casually chucked a cover of Michael Jackson‘s 1996 single “Stranger In Moscow” on Soundcloud. The track’s arrival might be unexpected, but its gorgeousness is no surprise. Generously doused with swirling psychedelia, comfy synth pads and layer upon layer of reverb, it’s an effortlessly superb re-imagining that sounds fresh and retro at once. Honestly, if they hadn’t put “MJ Cover” in (double) parentheses, I would have totally bought it as a new unreleased Tame Impala song.

 

STREAM: Tame Impala – Stranger In Moscow (Michael Jackson Cover)

 

Out of curiosity, I launched Youtube right after to check out the original, which turned out to be a beautiful ’90s relic. Then I ended up at the track’s Wiki page and found out UK duo Alpines also recorded another lovely version which was put up on their Myspace back in 2010. I’ve unearthed that and uploaded it for your convenience below. Have a listen while I lean back and congratulate myself for such a productive day.

 

STREAM: Alpines – Stranger In Moscow (Michael Jackson Cover)

 

More on Tame Impala.
More on Alpines.


Tagged: '90s, alpines, michael jackson, tame impala