Mac DeMarco covers Weezer
Jangle pop prince Mac DeMarco drops a smile-inducing performance of Weezer’s “Undone” thanks to the good people at The Onion‘s A.V. Club. DeMarco and his band don’t seem to ache over recreating every detail in the song perfectly. Instead, to go for a more raw energy, and emphasize the song’s chorus with hilariously goofy vocal harmonies. Enjoy!
Check a review for Mac DeMarco’s 2 below:
Yeah, I wasn’t that huge on Jessie Ware’s new album. So sue me! However, I do love this stellar cover Ware executes with the help of BenZel right here. The track was originally performed by Brownstone, which is a musical act I haven’t thought about in years, but that’s the mark of a great cover, isn’t it? Recontextualize, remember, re-enjoy!
Like so many great bands before them, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have always made sure to tip their hat to the great bands that preceded them. When you listen to a song from the affable shoegaze pop band, you feel both the band’s sincere emotions (typically about young love) and the project’s genuine admiration of indie pop’s venerable progenitors (e.g. the early bands on Sarah Records) and 90s alternative rock (e.g. Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins). On their latest single for Slumberland Records, the band has chosen to do a direct homage to a great American indie pop band, the Magnetic Fields. Electing to cover the song “Jeremy” off the Magnetic Fields’ sophomore release The Wayward Bus, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart infuse the song with an electrifying rock energy completely different to the orchestral style of the original which featured cello and tuba. The way the Pains’ ebullient rendition of the song combines with Stephen Merritt’s lyrics about foolish youth and the inevitability of aging (“Like a Galapagos turtle we grow old and stay that way”) is simply perfect.
One of indie pop’s best new bands covering one of the genre’s most celebrated elder statesman? This is a piece of wax you should definitely pick up. The single is slated for release on October 9th via Slumberland Records with “Jeremy” on the A-side and a yet to be revealed East River Pipe cover on the B-side.
BADBADNOTGOOD pulls together a pretty, uh, swag remix of Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag.” Dig it! Also, check my review of their last album here.
Hot off the release of their new album, the Lion’s Roar, here is a video of the Swedish folk duo performing a passionate, beautiful cover of Joan Baez’s “Diamonds and Rush.”
Until this year, noisy twee pop legends Black Tambourine had been defunct for over two decades. However, with this year bringing the arrival of the 20th anniversary of ’90s indie pop zine chickfactor, which vocalist Pam Berry co-founded, the band has decided to come out of hibernation for a handful of a shows and a new EP. Titled OneTwoThreeFour, the EP features no original material, but rather four covers of songs by The Ramones.
Above is a link to Black Tambourine’s take on the Ramones song “What’s Your Game,” featuring background vocal contributions from Rose Melberg of Tiger Trap/Go Sailor/The Softies, Kristin Gundred from Dum Dum Girls, Linda Smith, and Honeymoon Diary’s Jenny Robbins. The band runs the song through their characteristic filter of dreamy, girl group-influenced noise pop, and consequently makes the cover feel like a natural fit. It’s refreshing to hear them put their own spin on it instead of attempting to emulate the attitude of the original.
Listen to the track via the SoundCloud widget at the top of the post, and feel free to stop by Slumberland Records for both double 7″ vinyl and digital releases.
Oneohtrix Point Never, a.k.a. Dan Lopatin, has been making a bit of a splash recently. Here, he has covered the Harry Warren & Al Dubin track from 1934 “I Only Have Eyes For You.” This is an ethereal take on the track, with spliced vocals and delicate soundwaves being the focus of this cover. It’s a sleepy take on the track, and does a great job of mashing the past with the present. Oneohtrix Point Never is on a roll, and this cover will do nothing to disuade that.