Between this Monday’s release of the latest covers-stuffed War Child charity album—which includes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ take on “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and Lily Allen‘s drowsy reworking of “Straight To Hell”—and the “what are your favorite cover songs” meme going around Facebook lately, I figured it would be fun to have us all share some of our favorite reworkings of popular songs. A few of mine after the jump, presented with minimal comment because after a week of scandals and Grammys and people not being dead I am wiped out. Feel free to share yours! The newer the better!
OK, so N.A.S.A. actually stands for North America/South America, and the project from Squeak E. Clean (Spike Jonze’s brother; you may also remember him as the guy who created the Karen O song for that Adidas ad) and DJ Zegon certainly has transcontinental goals. Its track listing reads like a lineup card for the Hype Machine Vs. Elbo.ws All-Star Internet Music Blog-Off (Tom Waits! The RZA! Lykke Li!), and the latest song to leak from the album, “Whachadoin,” is more proof of that, what with it featuring M.I.A. and Santogold and Spank Rock and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner. So you have a “banger” beat and M.I.A. shouting, and Spank Rock being filthy, and Santogold… in there somewhere. If anything, it brings to mind the Converse ad where Santogold, Julian Casablancas, and Pharrell do their own schtick without ever cohering. I guess the endless remix culture perpetuated by blogs (LIKE THIS ONE) had to come to a point where the songs were already pre-chewed-up-and-spit-out for people, right? Anyway, another track from the album—with David Byrne! and Chuck D! so eclectic!—is after the jump.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs released a holiday track via… More »
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O has been recording what she calls “a body of love songs” under the name Native Korean Rock over the past two years, and now she’s ready to show them off to the world; four of them are on her MySpace page, and they’re stark, spare affairs with deliberate vocals that… More »
A few years back, my pal Kate Silver played me a record I loved pretty immediately. The group was the Thing, a skronk-jazz trio featuring reeds player Mats Gustafsson (from Sweden), bassist Ingebrigt H. More »
The AP has an interview with Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O today, and in addition to alluding to the fact that she’s kind of terrified of Playboy’s audience, she gets the chance to talk about the time she was stared down by an Emily The Strange lookalike at a radio festival a while back: AP:… More »
ARTIST: Yeah Yeah YeahsTITLE: Is IsWEB DEBUT: June 14, 2007RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2007SOUND QUALITY: 320kbpsBEST TRACK: “10×10,” which is up at DREAMS OF HORSES.ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: Is Is is a five-song EP featuring songs that were recorded back in 2004, and we’re guessing most die-hard fans have… More »
Yesterday, we put out a call for a high-quality MP3 of “Sealings,” the latest single from Yeah Yeah Yeahs; our thanks to the numerous readers who pointed out that Merry Swankster and Hate Something Beautiful both had the tune up earlier. More »
Compiling a year-end Top 10 list means making plenty of painful nips, tucks, and tweaks. So, through the end of 2006, we present “Stuck At Eleven,” a daily look at the songs that came thisclose to making our year-end lists’ final cut. More »