The latest issue of Mojo magazine comes with a free CD: Rumours Revisited – a track-by-track tribute to Fleetwood Mac‘s 1977 classic Rumours. Artists like Yeasayer, Liars, Besnard Lakes and others covered the album’s 11 tracks.
Yeasayer offers a quirky take on the opening track, “Second Hand News.” The rhythm bops along with sprightly electronics, and the band adds slight psychedelic twists with textures and warbly harmonies.
Liars’ cover is quite the opposite. The ominous bowed-bass opening, low vocals and minimal tones make “The Chain” incredibly creepy.
Check out both tracks below, courtesy of Mad Mackerel, and pick up a copy of Mojo to hear the rest.
Andrew Bird‘s Hands of Gloryis coming out later this fall. The eight-track companion to this year’s Break It Yourself features original tracks, like “Three White Horses,” a reworking of the BIY track “Orpheo Looks Back,” and covers of songs by the Carter Family, the Handsome Family and more.
Check out Bird’s cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You.” Hands of Glory is out October 30 via Mom + Pop.
Joe Strummer would have been 60 this year. Before he died, the former Clash frontman was working on a very underrated project called Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. They released three great albums, and earlier this year, a 57-track digital compilation — Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: The Hellcat Years – came out. Now, Hellcat Records just reissued all three studio albums – Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go and Streetcore, with more unreleased tracks.
Take a listen to a live version of “Yalla Yalla,” which was the b-side to the 2003 single “Coma Girl,” and stream five more tracks, including covers of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” and Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” on NME.
Canadian label Paper Bag Records has been releasing pretty interesting cover compilations over the years. After their initial one, Seven Year Itch, they released a track-by-track cover of Madonna’s True Blue. Now they’ve released another full-album tribute, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
The free download features renditions from David Bowie’s classic album by bands like Born Ruffians and PS I Love You. One of our favorites is the Rural Alberta Advantage’s take on “Starman.”
So it’s no surprise that Beck, along with Devendra Banhart, the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, the Magic Numbers and Seu Jorge, turned up on A Tribute to Caetano Veloso. Beck covered “Michelangelo Antonioni,” which you can stream below.
A Tribute to Caetano Veloso comes out October 22 in the UK via Universal.
Fans of Wilco may know that Jeff Tweedy is a big fan of Bill Fay. His cover of Fay’s “Be Not So Fearful” appeared in the documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, and Wilco has also played the song live on several occasions, with Fay joining them for a few of them.
Recently Tweedy got the chance to work with Fay in the studio, singing a verse on “This World.” This isn’t the first time that Tweedy has gotten to work with some of his musical heroes. He’s also collaborated with Nick Lowe and Mavis Staples. If this wasn’t enough of an honor, Fay also includes a cover of Wilco’s “Jesus Etc.”on his new album.
Musically, “This World” sounds like a more laid back Springsteen song, with guitar strums recalling some of the songs on The Rising, or a more straightforward Wilco song, especially when the keys come in.
As the title might suggest, “This World” features reflections on life and the world. Fay has had plenty of time to reflect, as over 40 years had passed since he released his previous album.
Fay’s new album, Life is People, is available now via Dead Oceans. Check out “This World” and Fay’s cover of “Jesus Etc.” below.
“The Weight” has to be one of the most frequently covered songs of the past half century. Shockingly, four versions of the song charted in both the U.S. and Canada: the original by The Band plus covers by Jackie DeShannon, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations.
Punch Brothers recently added their own version to the mix during a Back Porch Session for Garden & Gun. It seems like it was only a matter of time before they covered this song, seeing as it’s covered so frequently, and Punch Brothers are masters of the cover song. They covered The Cars for AV Club’s Undercover, they included a fabulous cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A” on their latest album, and you never know what covers are going to pop up in their set lists. At their show in Prospect Park they played four covers, including “Ophelia,” another song by The Band.
Check out the cover below, and let us know which cover of “The Weight” is your favorite.
DāM-FunK just released a new 12″ maxi single, “I Don’t Wanna Be a Star,” from his forthcoming album Invite the Light. The single also features three other new tunes, including a Prince cover.
“17 Days” was the b-side to “When Doves Cry,” and DāM-FunK does it perfectly. He pares down Prince’s big production to a lo-fi drum machine-and-synth setup, but he keeps all the funk. The layered high/low vocals capture the essence of the original recording.
In addition to “I Don’t Wanna Be a Star” and “17 Days,” the single also features two new instrumentals. It’s out today via Stones Throw.
DāM-FunK also released his own drum machine today, the Dam-Drum, which he worked on with Bleep Labs.
Rhino Records released another set of tracks from the upcoming Grateful DeadSpring 1990 box set.
The latest is a 44-minute group of seven tracks from the 3/22/90 show at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. The run through “Space,” “The Other One,” a cover of “Hey Jude,” into Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” and back into “Hey Jude,” “Sugar Magnolia” and Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”