In other music related news, I really need to make a cd of covers, because all the cool kids are doing it, baby!
Ruhee started it with her Air That Grooves podcast of January 26, when she played Sloan covering "Waterfalls" and, my personal favourite, the Weakerthans and Constantines covering "End of the Line". They played this song together as the closer for last spring's concert tour and it was just magical the night I saw them. They really sounded like they were just having a great time, a bunch of friends dragging out their instruments in someone's living room and whaling away on the songs everybody knew. And that's when covers are at their finest, I think.
GOB, guru of the cover song, also blew me away with his mix recently: Mudhoney doing "Pump It Up", Stone Temple Pilots on "Break on Through", They Might Be Giants with the greatest version of "Istanbul" ever were all winners, eclipsed only by "In the Mood" covered by Henhouse 5(+2), who just happen to actually be poultry (I'm assuming chickens, but I'm no expert).
Oh and of course I can't forget the killer cover of "Wish You Were Here" by Rasputina that the almighty Jen put on her mix. This will completely slay you.
The other day I took Eva's freshly-pressed cover mix with me to work, and I think I freaked out the other drivers on Memorial Drive when I was howling along with the Dresden Dolls doing Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy" or Rufus Wainwright covering "Chelsea Hotel", and, my favourite, Belle and Sebastian doing a really happy peppy version of one of the angstiest songs ever - the Smith's "Boy with the Thorn in his Side".
Now I am motivated. I don't want to give everything away, but here are a few hints:
- Constantines - Thank You for Sending Me an Angel
- Joe Strummer - Redemption Song
- Belle and Sebastian - Here Comes the Sun
- Indigo Girls - Clampdown
- Violent Femmes - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
- Futureheads - Hounds of Love
Okay, that's enough. A girl's got to keep a few secrets.