It’s been ages since I’ve done a covers post. One thing you will notice this year is that I’m going to be even worse with my self-imposed deadlines thanks to the wonders of VCE. So let’s just pretend that it’s a Tuesday and that I have some kind of time management skills.
I have two covers for you today. Neither of them are all that recent but they’re both very good.
The other day I found out that they’re going to release a documentary about Stephin Merrit from the Magnetic Fields called Strange Powers. He is one of the few songwriters who can write songs that are bitter, funny, sad and happy all at the same time. The trailer looks pretty good although I don’t know when the film will be released in Australia.
The Shins were one of the first “indie” bands that I really got into. I think it has something to do with really good pop songs, something which they have delivered on numerous occasions. Although it may not be cool anymore, I still really like them and thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to share their cover of Strange Powers, the best love song to mention Thai prostitutes. No, I’m not joking.
It’s no secret that I love The Decemberists and the guys over at You Ain’t No Picasso have posted a Decemberists cover archive with 56 songs and counting. It’s amazing. I thought I would post one of my favourite covers from the list, a cover of Joanna Newsom’s Bridges and Balloons. I can’t stand Joanna Newsom’s voice however I might have to give her another listen after hearing this version, which almost sounds like it could be a Decemberists original.