Call Me Maybe is a great pop song. It has midi strings, a ridiculously catchy chorus and it’s even possible to look past the average verses. but if you’re one of those people who are ashamed of liking pop music, here are some Call Me Maybe cover that it’s okay to like.
Firstly, here’s the version fun. did live on Dutch radio. It’s not a huge departure from the original, but as a big fan of The Format (their old band, do yourself a favour, they’re great) it’s been in high rotation. Also love that they used the midi strings, which is one of the best things about the original.
If you like your pop songs a little darker, Ben Howard did a a great folk version on Live Lounge. He managed to turn the cheesy pop song into something that extends beyond novelty value and it completely fits his style.
Ridiculously talented Swedish sisters, First Aid Kit will be returning to Australia in March.
The band will be down here for Golden Plains but will also play shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
If their history is anything to go by, this might be the last time we get to see them in such intimate venues. With a Fleet Foxes cover that has over 2,000,000 views on youtube (take that Bieber), an impressive debut album and the ability to move Patti Smith to tears, these girls have massive things ahead of them.
They will also be releasing their second album The Lion’s Roar on the 27th of January.
Their Australian dates are:
Wednesday 14th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Thursday 15th March – The Standard, Sydney
Friday 16th March – The Zoo, Brisbane
Pulp frontman and total DILF Jarvis Cocker has recorded a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Avalanche with Boyz Noize and Erol Alkan. The lyrics are taken straight from Cohen’s song and no one does spoken word quite like Jarvis, however the electronic beats get a bit repetitive. I can see die-hard Leonard Cohen fans hating this one with a passion.
Although I was born in the 90s, I missed out on most of the great music. So instead Pavement and Nirvana, I got Hanson and the Spice Girls. On of the other tracks I was heavily into was Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65. Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who aruged about whether the lyrics were “If I was green I would die.”
Yellow Ostrich have done an excellent cover of this song and have turned the trashy Europop into Animal Collective style indie. A bit of a novelty cover, sure, but it’s very well executed.
To say it’s been awhile since my last covers post is something of an understatement. But I’ll make it up to you. I promise.
The only Splendor Sideshow I’m going to this year will be Pulp. And there’s a 99% chance I’ll turn into a screaming fangirl at the mere sight of Jarvis Cocker. Seeing it’s the first time the band have come to Australia is almost 15 years, I thought I’d share a Nick Cave cover. It’s a little bit sleazy and a whole lot of amazing.
How good is the new Bon Iver album? Not that you need to me to tell you, because no doubt you’ve already heard it and swooned to your heart’s content. He’s also released some damn good covers over the years, including a version of Vashti Bunyan’s Train Song, which Feist and Ben Gibbard covered for Dark Was The Night. but really, I just have a soft spot for indie musicians who like cats.
It’s about time I started this covers thing again.
The Antlers recorded a cover of The Xx’s VCR quite a while ago, and like everything else they’ve recorded, it’s a tad depressing, but strangely addictive. Sometimes I seriously wonder about Peter Silberman’s mental health.
A few years ago a Finn Brothers tribute album She Will Have Her Way featured cover songs from female artists. Now a follow-up compilation, He Will Have His Way gives the blokes a go at covering New Zealand’s finest exports. While most of the album is a bit hit and miss, which is to be expected from this kind of thing, Boy and Bear’s cover of Fall At Your Feet is everything a cover should be. It retains the spirit of the original while distinctly being a Boy and Bear Song. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s a must listen.