Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Strokes Post #23



yeah.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Strokes Post #22



the Brasilians sure love them some Strokes.

new video: Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls

goodness. that's a lot of leg-age. but what else did I expect? it's Franz.

Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pete Doherty supplied The Strokes with acid

read the story HERE
oh the glory that is NME...

Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - A Children's Crusade on Acid [mp3]

new music from Jack White: The Dead Weather


Jack White is a musical G-d.
seriously.

he's one of the hardest working musicians in the industry right now.
he's JUST come up with ANOTHER delicious musical side project.

to answer your question, no, he doesn't sleep. he's a sexy zombie guitarist who puts everyone else to shame.

the new supergroup is called The Dead Weather, consisting of:

Jack Lawrence on bass
from The Raconteurs

Dean Fertita on guitar
from Queens of the Stone Age

Alison Mosshart on vocals
from The Kills

and, of course, Mr. Jack White himself!

the lead single is mindblowingly awesome:

The Dead Weather - Hang You from the Heavens [mp3]


The Dead Weather- Are Friends Electric (Gary Numan cover) [mp3]


the album, entitled Horehound, will drop in June.

thedeadweather.com

Thom Yorke follows up on Miley Cirus' ridiculousness


haha weird, I was JUST telling some friends about THIS last night...

this was Radiohead's lead singer's response:

"wish us all a safe journey if you still like us and you're not one of those people i have managed to offend by doing nothing xx Thom"

nicely done, sir.

(thanks to Jackie at Cartoon Music for Superheroes for the scoop!)

Thom Yorke - Black Swan [mp3]
from his solo album, The Eraser

Marcel Proust loves my blog.

well, not exactly.
seeing as how my favourite French novelist has been dead for nearly a decade, that wouldn't be physically feasible...

but, yesterday, as I was studying for my midterm, I looked over the synopses for the first time (the novel is so bloody long and complicated that the editors felt compelled to summarize each volume). this is what I found:



cool, huh?

The Strokes Post #21



one of my favourite bits from In Transit. I nearly cried the first time I saw it.

Doves PRESALE PASSWORD for Fillmore show


you can buy your presale tickets HERE on Saturday between 10AM and 10PM

the password is: strings

I've only recently begun listening to them, but I really like what I've heard so far

are you artistic? do you like Kings of Leon?


Kings of Leon are hosting a t-shirt designing contest

Submit your design and it could be chosen to be the next official piece of Kings of Leon merchandise.

Design Contest Prizes:

* 1st Place - $1,500 Cash, 2 Autographed Lithographs, 2 KOL Concert Tickets
* 2nd Place - $750 cash and $250 DBH Store Credit
* 3rd Place - $500 cash and $150 DBH Store Credit

The Virgins to headline GAMH!

I was super excited this morning when I opened up my email, because my GAMH newsletter told me that The Virgins are headlining on Wednesday May 20th. tix go on sale Sunday, buy them HERE

now, I've been meaning to scan and post this awesome photo shoot from Rolling Stone (the issue with Taylor Swift on the cover...ugh) but I just kept forgetting. and if I had read the article properly the first time, I would have known ages ago that they are on a headlining tour! anyhow, my scanner is on drugs and decided not to work. I took photos of the pictures instead, enjoy them below.

just for the record, Erik is not in these photos, because apparently he's not their drummer anymore. this greatly troubled me when I read it online, and I am curious to see if their new guy (they don't even have one listed, their MYSPACE only names Wade, Donald and Nick) can measure up to Erik's greatness. probably not.

here are the rest of the tour dates. go see the Virgins. that's an order. they are AMAZING. when I was browsing the world wide web for info on Erik's departure (which I couldn't find, sadly), I stumbled upon THIS REVIEW of the first time I saw them, and the author totally mentioned me without knowing it:

"The band got the crowd dancing and Cumming was strutting around on the stage, engaging at least the female portion of the audience. At one point an audience member was having so much fun that she felt the need to yell, "TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS!" But as you can see from the grainy cell phone picture I took, he stayed true to the name of the band and kept them on."

hahaha! I TOTALLY remember doing that. and, I spotted myself in the "grainy photo", I'm the figure to the right of the blonde ponytail. I can recognize my hair from a mile away.

The Virgins - Hey Hey Girl[mp3]








dates:
Mar 27 Club NME @ KOKO London, UK
Mar 28 Elysée Montmartre Paris, France
Mar 31 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
Apr 1 Nikasi Kao Lyon, France
Apr 2 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
Apr 3 London Loves @ Club Plastic Milan, Italy
Apr 5 Flex Vienna, Austria
Apr 6 Atomic Cafe Munich, Germany
Apr 7 Gebaude 9 Cologne, Germany
Apr 8 Molotow Hamburg, Germany
Apr 9 Festsaal Kreuberg Berlin, Germany
Apr 11 Paradiso Amsterdam, Holland
Apr 12 Rotown Rotterdam, Holland
Apr 14 Digital Brighton, UK
Apr 15 Thekla Bristol, UK
Apr 16 Ruby Lounge Manchester, UK
Apr 17 Cabaret Voltaire Edinburgh, UK
Apr 18 King Tuts Glasgow, UK
Apr 20 The Cluny Newcastle, UK
Apr 21 Rainbow Birmingham, UK
Apr 22 Cockpit Leeds, UK
Apr 23 Heaven London, UK
Apr 25 Academy 2 Dublin, Ireland
Apr 26 Speakeasy Belfast, Ireland
May 11 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
May 12 Kilby Court Gallery Salt Lake City, Utah
May 14 Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
May 15 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, British Columbia
May 16 The Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
May 18 Beatnik Studios Sacramento, California
May 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
May 21 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, California
May 22 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, California
May 23 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, Nevada
May 26 The Loft Dallas, Texas
May 27 Emo’s Alternative Lounge Austin, Texas
May 28 Rudyards Houston, Texas
May 30 Alabama Music Box Mobile, Alabama
Jun 1 The Social Orlando, Florida

THE VIRGINS ON AMAZON

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ben Folds PRESALE PASSWORD


for his show at Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA on Sunday, May 17th

password: 510

presale starts at 10AM, goes until Saturday night. tix go on sale to the general public on Sunday. click here to get yours!

Ben Folds - Lost in the Supermarket (The Clash cover) [mp3]

I adore this version of a classic Clash song. how he manages to make it sound cute is beyond me.

BEN FOLDS ON AMAZON

Interpol: new sound, new songs, 'new band'


the last bit is their own contention:

"All kidding aside, we feel like a new band. Once again, we have no concept to this batch of songwriting. There is rarely any intention to this process. We just make the music." read more at NME.

they're currently working on their fourth studio album. this probably won't be released until next year, but we can be optimistic and hope for a release late into 2009.

needless to say, I am excited about new music from Interpol. I have this theory, that all of the world's best bands come from NY and the UK.

Interpol - Evil [mp3, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!]
I feel like the band She Wants Revenge listened to Antics. A LOT. good call guys.

INTERPOL ON AMAZON

The Strokes Post #20

The Strokes - Clampdown (The Clash cover) [mp3]

need I say more? I think not.

artist to watch: Darrin Kohavi


Critics call Elliott Smith "the depressed Beatle"

Darrin Kohavi sounds like Elliott Smith, minus the despair, plus jazz sensibility. He definitely draws from John Lennon's music, but with a modern twist. Specifically, the cadence in his singing evokes the Beatles' music, especially their slower songs.

He's been playing piano since he was eight years old, and studied music in college. The five songs on his Please Believe Me EP are varied and interesting, mostly sounding like good lounge music.

Darrin has a really solid singing voice and his lyrics strike a good balance between smart and self-aware. The simplicity of his accompanying piano is refreshing in an age when everything has layers and layers of synth. Not that I'm complaining, I like electronica just as much as the next person, but it's nice to have some artists return to form.

Darrin is based in LA, drop him a line on MYSPACE and bother him about playing some shows!

for fans of: John Lennon, Jamie Cullum, Maroon 5, Keane

Darrin Kohavi - Please Believe Me [mp3]
my first taste of his music, upbeat and fun.

Darrin Kohavi - Operator (Jim Croce cover)[mp3]

final song on the EP, touching but not tacky. good wrap up to a solid EP.

DARRIN KOHAVI ON AMAZON

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

my shameless vinyl addiction

I was in the library today, reading The Fall of the House of Usher, and realized that I was really tired. and really in dire need of new records. so, I did what I always do, and headed down Telegraph to spend unspeakable amounts of cash on records. and two cds.

the guy at Amoeba gave me ANOTHER free tote bag for spending more than 200.

here are photos of what I bought today; because I bought mostly new vinyl, I didn't get as many as I usually do, so I could actually catalogue it haha

the shiny white one in the second photo is The Beatles' White album. if you click on the pictures, you'll get a much clearer image.






Adolf Hitler: a personal hero of John Lennon?

according to this NME post, the crazy Nazi had quite an effect on John Lennon

I'm assuming that John, an acclaimed peace activist, admired Hitler's eloquence, and not his racist ways.

the post is about beautiful album covers, and the one featured above is Sgt Pepper's:

"The figures on the sleeve are all personal heroes of the band (John Lennon wanted to include Adolf Hitler but was talked out of it)."

Bruce Springsteen is the only artist to be featured twice, for Born in the USA and Born to Run

my personal favourite explanation of an album cover is this one:



The Doors, 'Morrison Hotel' (1970). The cover photo of The Doors' fifth album was taken at the actual Morrison Hotel in Los Angeles. After the owners of the hotel declined the authorisation of the photo, the band decided a little underhand photography was needed and took the photo when the coast was clear.

The Strokes Posts #18 and #19




sorry guys, I couldn't get a hold of a computer yesterday. well, no, that's not true, seeing as how I own one but I was too busy reading up on virgin saints who get eaten by dragons to post



so, anyhow, here is one post in lieu of two, because it's kind of long.

what you are about to read is the funniest piece of fan fiction that I've ever read. a little bit of context, Nikolai is The Strokes' incredible bassist, shy and soft spoken as can be and Julian is their dreamy and obnoxiously loud lead singer. the two were best friends growing up.

I found the piece on The Strokes' fan forum

enjoy!

Are you there God? It's me, Nikolai.

Wow. I feel kind of dumb. I never tried talking to you before. But I need some help, divine intervention maybe. So here goes... OK, it's harder to ask than I thought. Maybe I should give you some background about myself, remind you of who I am. I hang out with my best buds, Fab and Albert. Fab's kind of hyper and Albert ... well he's Albert! Dresses cool and boasts a whole lot! There's this boy Julian. Words can't even describe him. I have this huge crush on him but he doesn't even know I exist. And why would he? See, Nick's also got a kind of crush on him - Nick is prettier than me and slimmer, with nice hair. What wouldn't I give to cut my hair in the same way but it's too thick. I'd look like I was wearing some kind of helmet, godammit! Shit...sorry. Didn't mean to use your name. Anyways, I'm tired so I'll speak to you more tomorrow night.

Are you there God? Hi, yeah, its Nikolai again, remember?

I can't believe I'm praying before bedtime again, I guess I must be desperate! Anyways, today Fab and Bert and I all went to the mall. We looked in the music store - Fab always makes us look under S to check we're in there - before going to get some food. I couldn't believe when Fab said he'd invited Julian - maybe I'd get the courage to talk to him today. I got a Happy Meal (chicken nuggets and coke) with some shitty dog toy. We just sat down at the table when Julian walked in and went to the counter. His hair was messy, his shirt was open where a button had fallen off and his pants were dirty and torn. He was beautiful. He came and sat next to me. Bert starting kicking me under the table and Fab kept winking. I wish I'd never told them now.

Julian opened his Happy Meal container. "Oh fuck". He threw his hamburger on the floor. I wanted to ask what was wrong, to put my arm around those firm shoulders and comfort him. But I couldn't. "What's up?" Fab asked. "I have every single `animal in my pocket' except the motherfucking dog. I just got the cat. I ALREADY HAVE THE SHITTY CAT" he yelled. Oh my god (sorry). I clutched the dog in my palm, feeling gratitude towards McDonalds I'd never felt before - not even when I won a competition colouring in Ronald McDonald when I was 6. If I gave Julian this dog, he would thank me. He would NOTICE me. Suddenly a dog dropped onto the table. It wasn't mine. "Hey Jules, you want this?" a voice asked. I looked up. Nick.

"Oh man. MAN!" Julian jumped up and hugged him. "It was nothing" Nick said modestly, batting his eyes. I don't know what I hated more, the round blue innocence of Nick's eyes or the mocking stare of the dog peering up at me from the table. God, tonight I ask one small favour - please, please may you cause every one of Nick Valensi's super long eyelashes to fall out. Thank you.

Are you there God? Hey, how you doing?

Today I had other things on my mind besides my love life (or lack of). Albert came into my room today wearing BOXER SHORTS. He said he was big enough, you know, down there, to wear boxer shorts now and that Y front underpants were too restricting for his manly body. Shit God, I know Albert is a total boaster and show off, and probably making it up but I still feel like a baby. Please make me grow so I can buy a real man's underwear.
Are you there God? Its Nikolai again.

I don't really have much to say today. I slept in late, kept my pyjamas on all day and watched TV. I did go to the shops at some point to get some Fondant Fancies before Oprah came on, and I'd forgotten to get dressed. This woman looked at me weird. I wanted to yell HEY LADY, HAVEN'T YOU EVER SEEN A GUY IN FUSHIA THERMALS BEFORE? But I didn't. I stood closely against the shelf of tinned beetroot hoping to blend in. Why wasn't I blessed with the power of invisibility? I almost talked in public today. When the guy on the checkout gave me back my change I mouthed "Thank you". All I need now is some volume. And anyways, at least I made eye contact (for a full two seconds!) Take it slowly.

I learned from Oprah that the best way to disguise the fuller figure is to wear shirts just above the waist (so material doesn't strain over hips, ass and waist) and to avoid brightly coloured belts. I think maybe I could share some of this advice with Julian - he has curves in all the right places. But then I think he might get offended and hate me.

By the way, Oprah didn't say anything about how skinny whores should dress, Nick! (haha)

Ps I didn't notice any change down there yet. Any help would be appreciated.

Pps As far as I know, Nick still has eyelashes. Come on, just pull out a couple?

God? Hey.

Sometimes I think I should keep a diary since I don't think what I'm saying is of any interest to you. But then if I need any help, I guess you'll be up to date. AND THE BEST THING HAPPENED TODAY!

We had a rehearsal today. I wore a blue shirt which just skimmed my hips and a black belt (no, not something I got for martial arts). I fancied a change, so I combed my hair and, get this, parted it slightly to the left. I usually part it centrally, or for special occasions to the right.

So we rehearsed blahblah. And at the end Julian was like "Nicely played today Nikolai" YEAH!!!! "By the way, your hair looks different" Different? Good or bad different? I wanted to know! I NEEDED to know! "Nice". Then he walked off by himself.

No compliments for Nick (who was SO obviously wearing mascara) and no expletives for me! ONLY COMPLIMENTS! THANKYOU!
GOD??

Praying really does work!! Fab just rang me to say that Nick was wearing false eyelashes today!!! He and Fab were having a conversation about something shitty (hey, it's Nick. It isn't exactly going to be anything stimulating) when the eyelashes on his left eyelid just fell off! They were FAKE! Apparently he got some eye infection a couple of days ago and all his eyelashes fell out last night!

THANKYOU!

ARGH! Today on the bus Nick was all "Julian, come and sat near me, the seats near Nikolai are dirty". So I was like "HEY, AT LEAST MY EYELASHES ARE NATURAL". Well. I didn't say it. I thought it. But it's still pretty macho and manly of me.

Today the phone in my hotel room rang. When I answered it, the man on the other end of the line told me that he was a priest (Father Finty McHat) and that I was a very dirty boy for not going to confession for such a long, long while. I felt a bit guilty at first (aren't thinking bad thoughts a sin?), but when I looked at the call monitor, it was the number to Fab's room. HAHA. Since I was feeling bold I decided to use the phone again. I rang my mom and asked if she would PLEASE buy me some boxer shorts. She said when I was old enough to buy my own underwear I could get whatever kind I liked, but until then I wear whatever she buys. Since she thinks underpants are more respectable if I ever get hit by a bus and the nurse has to look at my underwear in hospital ("nothing will pop out"), looks like I'm wearing them for a while. Thank you God, for fate was indeed on my side today!!

It was a sort of press crazy day. Firstly we did a photo shoot. In some kind of park. I dressed in brown and stood by a tree trunk. Hopefully I won't show up in the final pictures. Fab and Albert did some magazine interview. Nick had volunteered to do MTV2 - any excuse to be on TV. He loves being asked questions coz he always pretends to ponder his answer and then pouts a lot. The bastard. So I was left to go on a radio station with....yes, you guessed it, JULIAN!! (Nick was so jealous. That'll teach you to be such a TV whore!) I decided to try and impress him by answering questions cleverly. After answering "what instrument do you play?" I got a bit worn out. And scared. Julian must have recognised the fear on my face and said it was cool for me to go and have a rest in the bus for a while. Blessed not only with the looks of an angel, the talent of a genius but also the caring nature of Mother Theresa.

Then in the evening we all went down to the MTV studios and met up with Nick for a live performance. Yet again, under the studio lights, Albert got everyone really pysched up by shuddering to the beat of the music again. He always looks really cool, and sometimes we laugh at how he lies down on the floor afterwards. (We later found out the lights were causing epileptic fits - sorry Bert!)

Are you there God? Hi, it's Nikolai.

I need to ask a favour. I think it's only a small favour, at least relative to some prayers you must get. See, Ryan says that tomorrow we can have an after show party (normally he makes us go to bed early) so I was wondering, if it's possible, that I may dance with Julian. Just one or two times. Please? He's a very good dancer (I guess I have you to thank for that). Very fluid hip motions. Sometimes I imagine that I'm Olivia Newton John and that he is John Travolta and we're singing "You're the one that I want" at the fairground. Maybe I shouldn't have told you that.

Hmm. What else? Oh yeah, is there any tiny chance you could punish Albert in some way? Like make his hair go frizzy or something. See, this evening Albert said he and Fab were starting up the "Secret Sexy Society". The rules are: you have to wear boxer shorts and you have to have a secret sexy name and occupation. Albert's secret sexy name is Romeo (pronounced Ro-may-o) the fireman and Fab is Enrique the suave doctor. Albert said I couldn't be a real member until I got boxer shorts. Than when I wanted my super sexy name to be Julio (Julian seemed a little too obvious) Albert said no, I could either be Mervin or Harold, the erotic dancer. Then he called me "flat pants" coz he says my buldge isn't as big as his. Fab just laughed. ARGH! I really hate them sometimes.

Hi God, It's me Nikolai.

Today we have to fly to England to play some festivals. I love all the male air stewards (they are so friendly). Anyway we have the tickets and my seat is beside Julian. I'll be sat beside him for 10 hours. I need you to give me the confidence to talk to him. Perhaps I could compliment him on his new haircut. He did after all, mention mine at rehearsal. He looks so hot! Nick had his cut and it looks like a lampshade! Haahaa! Fab and Albert are still teasing me about my underwear, but I have a surprise in store for them. I was out at a club with Ryan and there were these guys dancing on like little round stages. Ryan said he had been there loads of times so I guessed it would be cool. I got really drunk on Coors light (I was so bad, I had four) and ended up in a seat beside one of the dancin' guys. He had on this tiny pair of briefs with like a shirt and tie design. He was so nice, he took them off and handed me them. He wasn't even embarrassed about anyone seeing him naked. I washed them this morning and put them on and they look great. And they're not boxer shorts so Mom will be cool, but they are cooler than regular briefs. Albert is gonna be so jealous coz he only has a shirt and tie on his body. They'll surely let me in their Secret Sexy Society now. I'd really like to tell Jules about my new underwear on the flight so please God. Help me out.

Our Father who art in heaven Julian be thy name. Sorry God I meant hallo be thy name. Honest.

It's me Nikolai, you remember, don't you?

God the flight to England was great. We got on the plane and into our seats, and I was sat right next to Julian, in the seat by the aisle. When we first sat down it was fine, me and Jules were laughing together at Albert and Fab trying to recline in their chairs. They were stuck and the guys leaned back too hard and Fab crushed poor Ryan and Alby crushed Nick. Was that you God? Did you arrange for Nick to be crushed? Thank you. Julian was actually laughing at Nick being in pain! Shortly after, the movie started. I was so excited, it was Legally Blonde! Wow for a white girl Reese Witherspoon sure has attitude! After the movie I ran over telling Jules about my shirt'n'tie underwear in my head. He had one of those inflatable little cushions under his head; he looked so peaceful so I felt I shouldn't interrupt.

The next thing I know is Jules is shouting at me! AAAGGHH! What have I done I thought to myself. He was being so mean saying that I was evil for letting his cushion down and waking him up. "I didn't do anything I swear." I said to him

God I need your help.

Albert and Fab finally agreed to let me in their Secret Sexy Society on one condition. I have to sing 'Lets Get It On' by Marvin Gaye at a karaoke. They said they'd let me in if I do this in front of all our friends and that means Julian too. Oooo I'm so scared God but I have to do it. If I'm in a Secret Sexy Society Julian will be really impressed. Like the time when I played the Pink Panther tune on my bass at rehearsal. But more impressed. I hope. So anyway I've practiced in front of my mirror at home and I kind of feel Sexy when I do it. Like when I wash my self slowly in the shower. I have the screaming in excitement parts down. Mom shouted up the stairs at me to turn down the Motown, which rhymed Gosh Mom is so cool at times, for a Russian. So anyways I can practice in front of the mirror ok but I need the confidence to do it at the karaoke bar. Fab and Albert sang a duet 'I Got You Babe' by Sonny and Cher which I thought was cheating by the way. Also they said I have to swivel my hips when I do it. Whatever that is. I feel a little more confident when I wear my Shirt'n'Tie underwear. Albert is so jealous and has offered me his little black book for them. But the underwear isn't enough God. So I need some confidence please. I'd love to be more outgoing but I feel embarrassed sometimes and I don't know why. The Gigs at Reading and Leeds were great. I purchased a hazy escape at the alcohol place for some Dutch courage but it turned out to be Non alcoholic wine or something. I silently swayed calmly and collected onstage. Some fans were chanting "Nik!Nik!Nik!Nik!" during Nicks solo. Was that you God? Thanks anyhow. All the guys were drinking beers onstage but I felt I had consumed enough in my little airplane bottle of Jack Daniels. The little bottle was so cute. I could give that to Jules as a gift. Gig on the Green in Glasgow was amazing too. Those guys are so loud. Thank goodness I had my earplugs in. When Matt was onstage before we went on some fans were shouting on Fab. What's with Matt looking like Fab so much? Maybe he likes him. Wow! We could double date Julian and Fab! That would be too much fun.

Oh God I need this confidence so much! Please help! Maybe you could help Matt out too. If he needs some. Also God, I keep having this bad dream and I'd like for you to make it stop. In the dream I'm sharing a bag of nuts with Julian on the couch and we're watching Sleepless in Seattle. I'm cuddling into him then, next minute I'm running down an empty freeway from One of Nicks Eyelashes. I hate his Eyelashes! They're so big and shiny. The Eyelash chasing me is about 7feet and it's all black and shiny (probably because of all the mascara). He is such a girl. I always wake up in a cold sweat sucking my thumb. So please God could you make that stop too. I know you're good for it. And Thanks for the free Squirrel toy with my Corn Flakes. Fab really envies it.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

NME reveals the stories behind 25 bands names


it's an interesting read. I knew a lot of these stories already

my favourite, by far, is the first one

"The Clash's name came to bassist Paul Simonon when he was reading the paper and kept noticing the word 'clash' cropping up in news reports. Prior to that, the band had considered calling themselves either The Weak Heartdrops or The Psychotic Negatives."

thank goodness for newspapers!

The Clash - What's My Name [mp3]

The Strokes Post #17

the video for "You Only Live Once". they're drowning in sewage.



specifically, my favourite part of the video is Fab at 2:13 right after Jules sings "I guess I've tried and I refuse": my favourite drummer assertively pounds his kit, refusing to let the fact that it is submerged stop him from playing.

oh, and the song itself is the perfect start to an innovative and powerful record. just hear those guitars go.

Sunday Morning Covers

Gavin Degraw - Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) [mp3]
I tried to get tickets to see Leonard Cohen as soon as I saw my ticketmaster email. it was maybe 5 hours after the tix had gone on sale (Friday). they were all bloody expensive. they were all bloody sold out.

Beirut - Shiki Shiki Baba (Kocani Orchestra Cover) [mp3]
I wonder what Zach Condon's childhood was like that compels him to be so worldly. he was probably either raised by an anthropologist or a racist.

Rogue Wave - Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover) [mp3]
this one is superior to the very popular Arcade Fire version.

Built to Spill - Imagine (John Lennon cover) [mp3]

they treated the song with respect and did the deed properly. Built to Spill do the best covers, d'accord?

Built to Spill - Someday (The Strokes cover) [mp3]

this warms my soul.

Devendra Banhart - Fistful of Love (Antony and the Johnsons cover) [mp3]
you expect one thing when you read the title, and get something completely different.

of Montreal - Rocks off (Rolling Stones cover) [mp3]
yet another of Montreal cover from the vault. I have an endless supply of these, really, and they are all top notch.

Franz Ferdinand - What You Waiting For (Gwen Stefani cover) [mp3]
oh what fun this song is.

Audrye Sessions - Waltz #2 (Elliott Smith cover) [mp3]
never ceases to amaze me.

BONUS:

The Beatles - Baby It's You [mp3]

originally written by Burt Bacharach (music); Luther Dixon and Mack David (lyrics)

BONUS x2:
The Fray - Heartless (Kanye West cover) [mp3]
please don't let your preconcieved notions of either artist sway you from downloading this song. it is incredible. I haven't met anyone who has listened to this song and not liked it. it's really really really good so I just HAD to repost it.