Posted by: Brian | May 6, 2008

Put on the Playlist: Covers for the mix

Below are three covers that are currently on my playlist that you should def check out:

1. Feist and the Constantines – Islands in the Stream

This cover of Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton’s song is a really cool toned down version of the original. Feist‘s voice is one of my favorites – her ablum 07 The Reminder last year was my favorite of the entire year. The Constantines, who just dropped a new album a couple weeks ago (Kensington Heights) – lead singer Bryan Webb’s lightly rough voice is a good compliment to Feist’s soft and almost shy sound.

It’s been floating around the blogs for a month or so, but you can find the song streaming here on Arts & Crafts.

2. Fall Out Boy ft. John Mayer – Beat It

This one’s been hovering for a little while now, so I’m just going to let Wikipedia give you the background on this one:

“Before a show during the Honda Civic Tour in 2007, Fall Out Boy frontman, Patrick Stump played the riff during soundcheck and the band began playing the song with him, from then on, they began covering “Beat It” and performed the song during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. The band also played it for the 2008 New Year’s Party on the U.S. television network FOX. In February 2008, the band released a studio version of “Beat It” with John Mayer on guitar on their live album, ****: Live in Phoenix.[9][10]. It made its debut as a single in early April 2008. The track has been a moderate success hitting as high as #8 in Canada. A video was released in April 2008 on MTV, with director Shane Drake.[11] On TRL there is a live video available for voting but it does not include John Mayer’s solo.

The music video premiered on TRL on April 29, 2008. It features cameos from Tony Hale, Hal Sparks and Donald Faison.”

Check out the music video here:

3. Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright – Careless Whisper (live)

I absolutely love this song. Ben Folds’ piano is money at covering the sax from the original – and the two of them splitting the vocals is straight money. Its a couple years old now, but its still amazing every time and just as good if not better than the original.


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