…I’m back at my Mom’s house in the suburbs for a few days to help her pack up everything as she gets ready to move to a new house. I don’t have any of my instruments or recording gear here except for a 20 dollar guitar and the first electric guitar I ever owned; some half-destroyed three-stringed Washburn electric guitar that I played acoustically. Using both of them I decided to throw together this quick cover of one of my favourite songs by Coma Cinema (who I had the pleasure of meeting recently and as a result I’ve fallen in love with his entire catalog again). I didn’t leave my bed while recording it and the only means I had to record was with the microphone built into my computer so it’s considerably lo-fi. Regardless, I hope you enjoy it, I’ll probably record a better version once I get home to Toronto. Love you all, good things coming soon.
As with all Xiu Xiu covers, Jamie Stewart manages to deconstruct the song down it’s melody and then reconstruct a whole new vibe around that. With this cover of Rihanna’s hit jam, Xiu Xiu builds sharp synth and string lines into a something of a nightmare dance beat. It’s pretty wild to hear.
There have been many covers of this track by everyone from Johnny Cash (a personal favorite) to R.E.M. This particular version, takes a fairly straight forward approach to covering the classic, but adds a dreamy electro production to the proceedings, resulting in a lovely synth-pop take. Definitely treat your ears to this goodness and then grab it for free at the Housekeeping Bandcamp page.
I have always been a big fan of Au Revoir Simone. I mean what isn’t there to love about a band that based their band name on well Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (that is the origin of the band name right?!). And these lovely ladies also make some pretty damn dreamy gorgeous music. Having said that I’m torn about this Don Henley cover. I fucking love the original and I don’t hate this ARS cover but it’s lacking in some way. It’s definitely a fun time but I know these girls have it in them to do a much better job. So it gets like a 6 out of 10 instead of like an 8 out of 10 which I know they are capable of. It’s still for sure worth a listen!