Take Cover

ms mr

I’m sort of ambivalent on MS MR‘s original material, but I sure do seem to like what they do with other people’s stuff.  So it’s not surprising that I’m digging this cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean” that they recently posted.

Or maybe it’s just my recent nostalgia for all things LCD Soundsystem, given that Sound of Silver has been on repeat the last few weeks.  Either way, worth some time as you prep for the weekend:


“Hola, amigos. What’s up? I know it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya, but I been stressin’ like a Hessian over the amount of shit going on.”

Channeling a little Jim Anchower over here as I try to recover from the repeated assaults on my uterus by the Texas legislature. Seriously. It’s exhausting trying to keep these laws off my body.

And perhaps the worst part of it?  The music of the anti-choice opposition seems to be Christian soft rock, which I’m going to assume is intended to be a direct assault on pro-choice music lovers like myself.

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jessie ware

The other day, I’d had a bad day at work and come home in a bad mood.  This prompted Dan, as it always goes, to sing the only words he knows from Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”.

Yes, that means he just sings “You had a bad day” over and over because those are the only words anyone knows to that song.  I pulled up the song on YouTube hoping Dan might learn another part of the song to sing on repeat, and ended up going down a Daniel Powter themed Internet black hole.

This yielded some important findings, such as the fact that there is a Chipmunks version of “Bad Day”, and it’s just as awful as you’d expect.  But mostly it just made me sad, because major portions of Powter’s wikipedia page are dedicated to the fact that he is a one hit wonder.

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the xx liveOver the past week, there’s been a sudden glut of covers come from some of 70/day/wknd’s favorite bands, including the xx, Purity Ring, and MS MR. Rather than separate them out into individual take cover posts, I’ve put all three songs into one mega-post (assuming three constitutes ‘mega,’ which it does).  Get ready to hear some songs you’ve probably already heard before. But different.

First up is the cover likely getting the most press, which is the xx covering the Beyonce/Frank Ocean track “Miss You.”  And this one was actually shot close to 70/day/wknd headquarters at ACL Live in Austin – the venue where the xx played back-to-back shows last week.

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joyful noise kishi bashi

This post combines two things I’ve been crushing on pretty hard lately: indie virtuoso Kishi Bashi and record label Joyful Noise.  Joyful Noise has been putting out all sorts of alternative media goodness, from the Deerhoof flexi-book to a plethora of cassette recordings.

Now, they’re releasing a 7″ box set from Kishi Bashi – available April 2nd – featuring 3 A-sides from 2012’s 151a along with covers of Beruit, ELO, and Talking Heads on the B-sides.

And because it’s Joyful Noise, they’re keeping an eye out for the aesthetics.  Each record features two-color vinyl in a limited-edition wooden frame box set.  Each 7″ has it’s own album art, which forms “a complete triptych landscape image when all three are placed side by side.” Oh, and they’re all personally signed by Kishi Bashi.

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aluna george

If you’re not already familiar, AlunaGeorge is definitely One to Watch in 2013.  The London-based duo generated a ton of buzz from their first single, “Your Drums, Your Love,” released in November of last year, winning fans with their minimalist electropop.

They also came in second in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, which Frank Ocean came in second last year.  So it makes sense that AlunaGeorge covered Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” on Radio One earlier this week.

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Kicking off “Best of 2012″ week a little early with my top five cover songs from this year.  Next week, I’ll post my favorite EPs, songs, and albums, along with some of Dan’s favorites (and least favorites) of the year.

As I’ve ranted about before, covers can be a tricky thing, particularly if you’re a fan of the original song.  Too close to the original, and its karaoke.  Too far from the original, and it’s blasphemy. Here are a few I thought hit that sweet spot. Read More


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