Fan Death cover Goodbye Horses

3 05 2009

In honor of their Euro tour officially kicking off, Fan Death bring us their well done (and less androgynous) rendition of 80s classic “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus, best known for its perfect inclusion in the ultra creepy Buffalo Bill scene in Silence of the Lambs. Can’t decide which I like better – the song or the cover art?

Fan Death – Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus cover)
Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses

 

Listen to more Fan Death on this post.

Fan Death - Goodbye Horses





Damn, I wish I was your cover

22 04 2009

Here’s my first of many ‘covers that are better than the original’ posts. And by ‘better’, I really just mean that I like it better, because objective reasoning is beyond my pay grade here.

First up is the Bat for Lashes/Fionn Regan/Maps rendition of “Higher Than the Sun” by Primal Scream, performed live for the BBC program “In the Company Of” back in August 2007. True, we’re dealing with a classic here, Screamadelica being a groundbreaking album (that I love), but props to Natasha Khan’s vocals (with slivers of Regan’s voice echoing in the backround) for taking a trippy acid house track and making it so emotive and moving…my heart melts a little every time I hear it. This makes my top 25 all-time. 

Bat for Lashes w/Fionn Regan and Maps – Higher than the Sun (Primal Scream cover)
Primal Scream – Higher than the Sun

 
Bonus track – “Loaded” remixed by Terry Farley (one of the producers of Screamadelica). Man, I love this version..makes me want to go pub hopping in Scotland.
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley remix)





Sinead O’Connor Reissue

21 04 2009

I tend to steer clear of reissues, leaving them for the completists out there, because who needs more of the same with fancier packaging? I will, however, be getting my hands on the special edition of Sinead O’Connor’s classic I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got because it includes a second disc of B-Sides/live cuts (including a fab live version of “Troy”), two previously unreleased tracks, and because yes, I think her music’s awesome. The LP is out today from Capitol/EMI, check out the tracklist here.

Sinead O’Connor – Sacrifice (Elton John cover)

 

Just another reason to watch this video again..which I admit, is still capable of making me cry.





Still Have to Pack

28 03 2009

I’m off to Miami in a couple of hours and stoked to catch the last weekend of the Winter Music Conference. There’s gonna be a bunch of DJ shows tomorrow night, and after much convincing, my roommates finally agreed to come to the Fool’s Gold Records Party and potentially the Flosstradamus show at Heathrow Lounge. Why would they need to be persuaded to go to such awesome shows? Good question. The Fool’s Gold party is slated to feature among others, A-Trak and Treasure Fingers, which I’m most amped for, and a “surprise guest” or two. If the SXSW party is any indication, I’m guessing Kid Cudi might make an appearance? Fast times, here I come.

Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream (Treasure Fingers remix) // download [mediafire]

 

Miami Horror – Don’t Be On With Her // download [mediafire]

 

Starfucker – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper Cover) // download [mediafire]

 

Air France – Never Content (Friend’s Tropic Thunder mix) // download [mediafire]





Star-crossed covers

12 03 2009

As a follow up to this post, here are some of my favorite crossover covers..

 

Boy/girl duet The Bird and the Bee turn Rihanna’s dance hit into a sublime little music box tune. Very pretty.
The Bird and the Bee – Please Don’t Stop the Music (Rihanna cover) // download [mediafire]

 

From her 2001 album Girl Versions, Emm Gryner’s brilliant rework of a Def Leppard classic. Love the arrangement…and that voice!
Emm Gryner – Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard cover) // download [mediafire]

 

A blast from the past, Strawberry Switchblade’s 1985 take on “Jolene”
Strawberry Switchblade – Jolene (Dolly Parton cover) // download [mediafire]

 

Can’t beat the original when it’s Sigur Ros, but pretty stellar nonetheless.
We Are Scientists – Hoppipola (Sigur Ros cover) // download [mediafire]





Rockers gone rap

25 02 2009

You know what’s fun to listen to when you’re down and out in duckburg? Rock artists covering rap songs..such as this fine number by Jenny Owen Youngs. ‘Tis better than the original, says I. Best part starting 2:54 “I got a friend with a pole in the basement..” – love the delivery.

 

Jenny Owen Youngs – Hot in Here (Nelly Cover) // download [mediafire]





Hey cover, this is less than a crush

5 02 2009

As part of their elbo.ws project Ruby Isle have been covering the top song on Elbows with mixed results, though I have to give them credit for putting each one together in a week. Some other covers include The Rake’s Song (The Decemberists) and My Girls (Animal Collective).

I kinda like the “White Winter..” cover version better than the original, which says a lot about my musical taste I suppose. They really sucked the whole ‘warm & cozy ski lodge’ feeling right out of the song. But I was never a fan of that anyway (oh the blasphemy!).
Ruby Isle – White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes cover)
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

 

This one cracks me up though, I just don’t think it works..but at least we can go spinning to Bon Iver now.
Ruby Isle – Skinny Love (Bon Iver cover)
Bon Iver – Skinny Love

 

And unrelated, I really like the Hot Chip cover of Joy Division’s Transmission.
Hot Chip – Transmission (Joy Division cover)