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Do you ever click on the most played tab in iTunes and get a little surprise, like a curveball of “Wow, did not know how much I actually listened to that one song…over and over again, for like a month and now I don’t listen to it that much anymore…but wow I played the hell out of that one song”, well that happened to me this morning.
It’s all well and good me posting up music that I’m finding here and now but I bet you’re wondering what I actually listen to on a daily basis, oh you weren’t? Oh… well this is awkward now…I’m just going to do it anyway.
1) Bon Iver “Creature Fear” (180 plays)
2) Adrian Lux “Teenage Crime” (153 plays)
3) Annuals “Fair” (145 plays)
4) Air “Run” (117 plays)
5) Old 97s “Adelaide” (117 plays)
6) Matchbox 20 “How Far We’ve Come” (116 plays)
7) The Naked and Famous “Young Blood” (112 plays)
8) The Temper Trap “Fader” (110 plays)
9) Bear Hands “Crime Pays” (100 plays)
10) Dandy Warhols “We Used To Be Friends” (100 plays)
Ever since their debut LP Gorilla Manor, Local Natives have been in heavy rotation so its happy days when annoucements come of a follow up sophomore album, Hummingbird and a leaked track from said album. “Breakers” is big and soft and epic and intimate, if you know what I mean.
Hummingbird is due January 29th. Here’s the tracklisting:
01 You & I 02 Heavy Feet 03 Ceilings 04 Black Spot 05 Breakers 06 Three Months 07 Black Balloons 08 Wooly Mammoth 09 Mt. Washington 10 Colombia 11 Bowery
Anyway, Regular followers of the blog know that I do a feature called disCOVERwhere I post up covers that I like. I have always loved a good cover. I love finding new and different interpretations of songs I know really well, especially if they come way out of left field. There’s been some doozies over the year and again in no particular order, here are 20 of my favourites (with some extra bonus tracks that weren’t from 2011, but were bloody brilliant)
The Weeknd disCOVER double shot
The Weeknd had a huge year and you know you’re making it when already established artists are clambering to cover you stuff. There were some awesome covers knocking about this year but here are two of my favourites, from Brit Eliza Doolittle with a fantastically laid back stripped bare cover of The Morning and French Canadian Couer De Pirate bringing all her sweetness to Wicked Games
You kind of have to watch this one. Lauryn Hill is usually pretty untouchable, but Quadron has come pretty darn close with this one. It is so simple, so bare but so so beautiful.
Birdy- “1901” (Phoenix Cover)
I can’t bring myself to like Birdy’s take on Skinny Love, I’ve tried and I can’t. But this Phoenix cover has turned things around for me. Again this cover strips away and goes for the heart of the track, and she nails it.
While I couldn’t get behind Birdy’s cover, I could get behind Germany’s Enna who has made a beautiful cover of Bon Iver’s Michicant. Incredibly raw and stripped back, the arrangement replaces some of the louder tones of the original with softer woodwind, acoustic guitars and my favourite, the glockenspiel.
M83’s Midnight City was a highlight of the year for me, as was Trails and Ways folksy world music take on it. Taking away all the electro synthy-ness of it, Trails and Ways gave us a beautiful organic version of this massive track.
Oh Land had quite a year this time around with her original material, but she grabbed my attention with her cover of The National’s Bloodbuzz Ohio. Transforming the sombre of the original into a more optimistic message gives Oh Land’s interpretation a beautiful angle- while keeping its haunting undertones.
James Vincent McMorrow: “Wicked Games” (Chris Isaak Cover)”
McMorrow did two covers this year that people were interested in, one was of Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair and one was of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Games. Funnily enough, I’ve gone with McMorrow’s take on this 90s classic. JVMcM’s voice goes fantastically with this, how could it not?
As you may know, the love on ITYLTS for Foster The People’s knows no bounds, so a cover has to be pretty special to come close to the original. Owl eyes does it with this live cover on Aussie Triple J of Pumped Up Kicks. A lot of people when they first hear Pumped Up Kicks fail to pick up on the sinister message, a kid shooting up his school, behind the lyrics because it just sounds like the chillest, coolest, happiest summer track. Owl Eyes’ take on it brings that message a little more to the forefront…Oh and it has glockenspiel on it so you know its going to be good.
"I Can’t Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt Cover)- Double Shot
Both Adele and Bon Iver had the best albums of the year and the both decided to cover Bonnie Raitt’s lament on an unrequited love I Can’t Make You Love Me. Both are beautiful as you’d expect, but I think out of the two, Bon Iver’s does it for me that little bit more. However, you know the Adele cover is ridiculously good too.
Tokyo Police Club: “All My Friends” (LCD Soundsystem)
Sadly LCD Soundsytem are no more, but thank god for covers for keeping the music alive. All My Friends in the original is a driving force of pianos, drums and is just perfect. Tokyo Police Club have come along and rocked it up, and it works.
The Vaccines: “Last Friday Night” (Katy Perry Cover)
The Vaccines have had a huge year so they came along and covered one of the biggest commercial tracks of the year, Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night. However, instead of the fun loving track, the indie band have infused it with something that sounds like it could have come from Joy Division or Echo & The Bunnymen…and it sounds great.
The Vaccines - Last friday night (Katy Perry Cover) by bandalismo
Run Toto Run: “Sleepyhead” (Passion Pit Cover)
Oh the Glockenspiel strikes again. Run Toto Run strip back Passion Pit’s electro pop gem and replaces the synths with a beautifully played violin, glockenspiels, accordian, guitars and the good old fashioned handclap.
The Civil Wars: “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson Cover)
Who hasn’t tried to cover MJ, its like a rite of passage (especially on big tv music talent shows). The Civil Wars performed this flawless cover of Michael Jackon’s Billie Jean at their second show. Yeah, I said second. Honky Tonk, MJ’s gone country.
Paper Bag Records released a sampler of their artists covering Madonna and it was amazing. My favourite off the mix was Winter Gloves’ take on True Blue. While it may not have had a glockenspiel in it, it did have a saxophone solo and sometimes that’s even better.
Staying on the remix vibe for now, here’s another up coming mash up DJ worth giving a few listens to. LEANN GRIMES is Shane Conerty who, inspired by the songs he found on music blogs, made an album remixing his favourites ones. Over 14 tracks, LEANN GRIMES remixes The Head and the Heart, Local Natives, The Decemberists, CAKE, Deerhunter, The Morning Benders, Kings Of Convenience, Dr. Dog, The Strokes and The Tallest Man On Earth to name a few. We were mighty impressed from track 1-14, so here’s the whole album for you to stream (and then download cause it is FREE, just click on that download button, k)
disCOVER: Local Natives “Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel cover)”
Here’s a lovely cover by the Local Natives of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic Cecilia. Look! Someone’s even playing a tree, this is crazy! We love a bit of Local Natives, and if you haven’t heard/checked them out already please do, we are incredible partial to Airplanes.
And here’s Airplanes for you, because we love you.
So if you’re regulars at I Think You’ll Like This Song (and why wouldn’t you be?) you will have seen our post on the wonderful Daytrotter website (http://www.daytrotter.com) that brings to music fans incredible live sessions of some of the best artists out there from their little corner of Illinois.
So right now I Think You’ll Like This Song are going to give to you some of our favourite sessions from Daytrotter.
Daytrotter Live Sessions: http://www.daytrotter.com
I just stumbled across one of the greatest sites for music fans everywhere, http://www.daytrotter.com. Daytrotter is a studio in the middle of Illinois delivering live sessions of some of the greatest and up and coming artists in music. The artists, as they travel and tour across the United States, stop off at Daytrotter and record a few of their songs that Daytrotter kindly post up on their website available to download. Not just sessions, also available are interviews, reviews and articles.
If you like Annuals, Stars, The National, Bear Hands, Local Natives, Blitzen Trapper, The Temper Trap, The Antlers, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Freelance Whales, Tegan & Sara, Yeasayer, MGMT, Brother Ali, Foals… these are just a small selection of the kind of artists that Daytrotter attracts.