Saturday, January 17, 2009

We've Got to Carry Each Other--Covers, Covers Everywhere

Regular readers (hi, both of you!) might remember the flurry of cover version CDs that the cool gang at If I Ran the Zoo and I got to do a while back. I wrote about mine, in a usually wordy way, and then Tom at IIRTZ listed everyone's play lists at his blog, too. So that's a lot of folks doing very interesting versions of other folk's music pointed to by a bunch of keen-eared obsessives.

But now everywhere I look there's a cover I forgot. Life's like that, an endless wittiness in endless staircases that endlessly descend.

So that means, I've got a third cover CD. Guys at IIRTZ, let me know if you want a copy. And I have to admit I didn't even make it fit--2 songs have to get burned onto a 2nd CD. And that's partially because of finding covers while doing this mix, Why have people been hiding Chica and the Folder from me?


Rachid Taha "Rock el Casbah" Tekitoi (orig. The Clash)
Red Elvises "Telephone Call from Istanbul" Your Favorite Band "Live" at the Great American Music Hall ( orig. Tom Waits)
David Lindley "Mercury Blues" El Rayo-X (orig. K.C. Douglas)
Sister Carol "Wild Thing" Reggae on the River #2 (since iTunes can't bother to have the wonderful soundtrack to Something Wild) (orig. The Troggs)
Pixies "Winterlong" Dig for Fire ep (orig. Neil Young)
Yo La Tengo "Somebody's Baby" Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo (orig. Jackson Browne)
Lambchop "Beyond Belief" Loose: New Sounds of theOld West Vol. 2 (orig. Elvis Costello)
Placebo "Running Up that Hill" Meds (orig. Kate Bush)
Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin "Levi Stubbs' Tears" The Big Idea (orig. Billy Bragg)
Reptile Palace Orchestra "Sombre Reptiles" Iguana Iguana (orig. Brian Eno)
Dump "Everlasting Love" A Plea for Tenderness (orig. Robert Knight)
Chica and the Folder "I'll Come Running" 42 Madchen (orig. Brian Eno)
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoff "Sunday Morning" Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (orig. Velvet Underground)
Johnny Cash "I See a Darkness" American III: Solitary Man (orig. Bonnie "Prince" Billy)
Young @ Heart "One" Mostly Live (orig. U2)
David Byrne "Rockin' in the Free World" Hanging Upside Down ep (orig. Neil Young)
Calexico "Alone Again Or" Convict Pool (orig. Love)
Yung Wu "Big Day" Shore Leave (orig. Phil Manzanera/801)
Toots and the Maytalls "(Take Me Home) Country Roads" Funky Kingston (orig. John Denver)
Doc Watson and Dave Grisman "Summertime" Doc and Dawg (orig. you decide--it's Gershwin, of course)
Luna "Indian Summer" Slide ep (orig. Beat Happening)

And yes, it has been an Indian summer in Santa Barbara. In January. While most of the country is freezing.

Now, the rest of you DO NOT want to live here.

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Blogger George said...

And speaking of the lameness of iTunes--no Yukihiro Takahashi? no Lightning Seeds?

11:47 PM  
Blogger E-6 said...

Hey, can I play, too? (I'm gonna play two.)

A bunch of these songs were already classics, but I like the covers, too. I'm not suggesting that all of them surpass the originals, but no one embarrasses themselves, either.

Disc 1
1. " Let's Spend the Night Together" David Bowie Aladdin Sane (Rolling Stones)
2. "No Fun" The Black Keys The Big Come Up (Stooges)
3. "Older Guys" Teenage Fanclub Thirteen (Phil Ochs)
4. "Hard To Handle" The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker (Otis Redding)
5. "I See The Rain" Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs Under The Covers Vol. 1 (The Marmalade)
6. "Effigy" Uncle Tupelo No Alternative (CCR)
7. "Season of the Witch" Richard Thompson Crossing Jordan (Donovan)
8. "Venus In Furs" Devotchka Curse Your Little Heart ( Velvet Underground)
9. "Mr Blue Sky" The Delgados Peel Sessions (ELO)
10. "Roll On Down The Highway" The Donnas Herbie Fully Loaded OST (BTO)
11. "Rich Kid Blues" The Raconteurs Consolers Of The Lonely (Terry Reid)
12. "The Needle And The Damage Done" The Pretenders Pirate Radio (Neil Young)
13. "Many Rivers To Cross" Harry Nilsson Pussy Cats (Jimmy Cliff)
14. "My World Is Empty Without You" Diamanda Galas Malediction & Prayer (Holland-Dozier-Holland/Diana Ross)

Disc 2
1. "Song To The Siren" This Mortal Coil It'll End In Tears (Tim Buckley)
2. "Rain" Ed Harcourt Mojo - Revolver Reloaded (Beatles)
3. "Rocket Man" Kate Bush Women Talking Dirty (Elton John)
4. "Zaz Turned Blue" PJ Harvey & Eric Drew Feldman Lounge-A-Palooza (Mel Torme)
5. "You Tore Me Down " Yo La Tengo Fakebook (Flamin' Groovies)
6. "Isn't it a Pity" Galaxie 500 On Fire (George Harrison)
7. "Guns Of Brixton" Nouvelle Vague Nouvelle Vague (Clash)
8. "The Look Of Love" Zombies BBC (Burt Bacharach)
9. "I'm a Believer" Robert Wyatt Peel Sessions (The Monkees/Neil Diamond)
10. "Days" Kirsty MacColl Kite (Kinks)
11. "Strawberry Fields Forever" Ben Harper I Am Sam OST (duh)
12. "Thunder Road" Badly Drawn Boy Bruce Springsteen: UNCUT CD 1 (Boss)
13." Lucinda Williams Sweet Old World (Nick Drake)
14. "Secret Heart" Feist Live at Park West (Ron Sexsmith)
15. "Don't Forget Me" Marianne Faithfull 20th Century Blues (Harry Nilsson)

4:06 AM  
Blogger E-6 said...

Whoops. That was "Which Will" by Lucinda on Disc 2, Track 13.

4:10 AM  
Blogger E-6 said...

Since I just noticed George had The Yo La Tengo/Flamin' Groovies cover on one of his originals comps, I'll swap that out for "Speeding Motorcycle", also from Fakebook. (Daniel Johnston)

8:28 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

I guess Amy's absence explains the rare weekend posts. No time to come up with a complete list (because I'd have to do research), but given Neil Young's multiple cuts on your list, George, I'd like to plug Built to Spill's version of "Cortez the Killer," which, live, was a highlight in a great show. Yo La Tengo does so many excellent covers you could fill up 2 cds easy, but, again live, their cover of "Little Honda" backed by the horn section of the Sun Ra Arkestra was revelatory, as Ira looped the horns through his guitar extending that pop gem to well over ten minutes (And of course you know they played "Nuclear War"). But any list of mine would include Califone's cover of Psychic TV's "Orchids" and The Wedding Present's cover of Pavement's "Box Elder."

2:28 PM  
Blogger E-6 said...

Must. Stop. Compiling.

One more...

1. "What Goes On" Bryan Ferry The Bride Stripped Bare (Velvet Underground)
2. "Chelsea Hotel" Regina Spektor Live on BBC Radio One (Leonard Cohen)
3. "Some Candy Talking" Richard Hawley Q Covered - Best Of 86/06 (Jesus & Mary Chain)
4. "Wichita Lineman" Freedy Johnston Unlucky (Glen Campbell, though Jimmy Webb wrote it)
5. "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis" Neko Case New Coat of Paint: Songs of Tom Waits
6. "Old Shoes" Drugstore Step Right Up (Tom Waits)
7. "Let's Do It" Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg Tank Girl OST (Cole Porter)
8. "Naked If I Want To" Cat Power Jukebox (Moby Grape)
9. "Maybe I'm Amazed" Jem MUSIC FROM THE OC MIX 2 (Paul McCartney)
10. "Downed" Guided By Voices The Best Of Jill Hives (Cheap Trick)
11. "The Weight" Travis Coming Around (The Band)
12. "Fearless" Low A Lifetime Of Temporary Relief: 10 Years Of B-Sides & Rarities (Pink Floyd)
13. "Stolen Car" Patty Griffin 1000 Kisses (Bruce Springsteen)
14. "By The Time It Gets Dark" Yo La Tengo Prisoners of Love (Sandy Denny)

Sorry, George. I'm done. Maybe.

Agree with the Yo La Tengo assessment, Marty. Too many to choose from. (Their version of The Kinks "Fancy" is another real gem.) Same for Cat Power and Bryan Ferry.

3:25 PM  
Blogger George said...

Ah, covers seen live is a whole different ball of non-wax, as it were--I was trying to keep this to stuff I have available to make a playlist out of. So even my vinyl is out. I would have had Kate Bush's "Rocket Man" on one of these if I had it on something other than cassette.

I also like that "Cortez the Killer." Matthew Sweet does a great one live on hte bonus material for the Girlfriend re-issue. It's just a tricky song to put in a mix as it's so long.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Trekking Left said...

How could you bring up covers of "Rocket Man" without mentioning Shatner? I mean, really.

1:07 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

I have to ask for a copy?

Puh-leeze! Please?

1:29 PM  
Blogger George said...

I figured I should just send them to the three of you but then worried you might worry that I would keep cranking one of these out every few months and you wouldn't know how to make it stop.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a podcast that does nothing but cover songs, and has played many of these. It's free, and there are more htan 600 back episodes you can download (also free). That's where I found out about "Under the Covers, Vol. 1," which I promptly bought. (Vol. 2 is also out now.)

11:38 AM  

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