So it’s a Friday, and the World Cup is in full swing, and if you’re like me that means you really don’t care about much else (let alone writing a new post for your little blog). And even though I’m more than thrilled to watch the US v Ghana game tomorrow followed by the England v Germany game on Sunday I’m still taking time to post a few random cover songs that have caught my attention over the past month or so. You are very very welcome.
mp3 : Crooked Fingers – Under Pressure (Queen Cover)
There are days when it’s hard to comprehend the impressive talent that was Freddie Mercury. I’m not sure the world will ever see another front man that literally owns the audience in the way that Freddie could. I’m not even sure it’s possible anymore. All that aside this is a fairly faithful rendition of the Queen staple that sounds like Neil Diamond is on vocals.
mp3 : Katy Perry – Electric Feel (Acoustic MGMT Cover)
There are days that I secretly love Katy Perry. Then there is the rest of the year when I openly disparage most of her music. Today I sit uncomfortably between those two norms as I openly state that this cover is very interesting.
mp3 : Passion Pit – Tonight Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)
Sometimes it’s hard to stomach a cover of one of your favorite songs. Fortunately for Passion Pit they’ve left the song almost entirely intact; they’ve simply updated the instrumentation and swapped out Billy Corgan’s vocals for ethereal pixie harmonies. Well done.
mp3 : Serena Ryder & The Beauties – The Funeral (Band of Horses Cover)
I’m not sure anyone could ruin this song. Ever. This cover is subdued and changes the melody ever so slightly in an interesting and somehow even more melancholic way. The harmonies used are quite nice as well. After listening to this cover, though, I can’t help but think how Wakey!Wakey! would do it.
mp3 : The Fray – Heartless (Live Kanye West Cover)
I’m not really a huge fan of The Fray (too sappy) or of Kanye West (over.rated.) and to be honest I’m not really a huge fan of the studio version of this cover. For whatever reason this live recording of the cover leaves behind the morass of the studio recording and sounds exactly the way it should have been recorded the first time around.