Today, Something for the Ladies kicks off Covers Week. It’s pretty self-explanatory; we’ll be posting some of our personal favourite covers. To start, I’ve chosen Metric’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” because (1) Metric is one of my all-time favourite bands, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to post more of them despite the lack of new material (2) I think it illustrates what I believe a good cover is which is not a copycat of the original but a musician’s interpretation of the original artist and (3) damn, I love this track.
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (Bob Dylan cover)
Considering the fact that we’ve maintained a constant love affair with the music of Mr. Folds since day one, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that for me the proposition of “Covers Week” instantly brought to mind this song: a thoroughly Folds-ified version of Dr. Dre’s “Bitches Ain’t Shit.” I felt like such a gangster back when I jammed to this song in ninth grade on the way home from yet another shitty debate tournament. Actually scratch that: I was a gangster.
Bitches Ain't Shit (Dr. Dre cover)
Freelance Whales takes this classic, upbeat track by Devo and makes it their own, transforming it into something a little more dreamy. Their version is for slow dancing, for making mixtapes, and for lying awake late at night staring at your ceiling.
This track was suggested by my good pal Zach who has better taste than me and is frequently embarrassed by my company in public. Jazz Week was fun with our readers submitting their favourite jazz tunes, so submit your favourite covers!
Girl U Want (Devo cover)
Most people don’t know this, but the ninth track of Feist’s critically acclaimed second album is actually a cover of Toronto based singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith. This track is sixteen years years old now, and this cover is seven; both are still as lovely as ever. Expect to hear more from Feist as her latest album Metals is due on October 4th, and this blog is full of Broken Social Scene enthusiasts.
Secret Heart (Ron Sexsmith cover)
Being a physics major, I’m more than a little nerdy, so I dig it when bands prove that they’re a little nerdy, too. They Might Be Giants shattered all illusions about being too cool for school by releasing a series of children’s education CDs. “Why Does the Sun Shine?” was actually covered and released by the band back in 1993, but they re-recorded it for Here Comes Science in 2009 as well as another track “Why Does the Sun Really Shine?” to correct the mistakes on Tom Glazer’s 1959 original. I remember my eighth grade science teacher showing this song to us to prove that science can be cool. Listening to it brings me back to the days when The OC was still on TV and blink-182 was rad.
Covers Week continues until Saturday night. Get those submissions in.
They Might Be Giants
Why Does the Sun Shine? (Tom Glazer cover)
So when we decided to do Covers Week, I intended to stay away from YouTube covers because there’s a lot of people using it as an outlet to gain exposure these days and most of the time, the covers are not very good. This cover by Boyce Avenue and Kina Grannis arrived in our submissions box by way of my good friend Katie, and I have to say that it’s actually a pretty faithful take on the original track. Tracy Chapman performed this song alone, and this song in particular is instrumental to the female singer-songwriter movement. Boyce Avenue and Kina Grannis turn this into a really beautiful duet, and if you downloaded our Valentine’s Day 69 Love Songs mix, you’d know that I’m a sucker for a good duet.
This track was submitted by Katie, a girl I’ve known since I was eleven. She likes Tina Fey and has more creative bones in her hands than I have in my entire body. Get those submissions for Covers Week in!
Boyce Avenue & Kina Grannis
Fast Car (Tracy Chapman cover)