California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera dropped in on NPR as guest DJ last week, and you can listen to the full thirty-minute radio show, as well as five of the tracks he played.
In his new book, The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music, Dylan Jones devotes an entry to “Cover Versions: 75 of the Best,” from Rufus Wainwright’s popular take on the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah,” to Hendrix doing “All Along the Watch Tower.” It’s a very fine and noble list, of which you can listen to the top fifteen on the Huffington Post. (See also two great excerpts at Salon and the Daily Beast.)
In that spirit I’d like to present my own list of “Favorite Covered Songs!” I warn you though, if you can’t make it through this video of Sid Vicious singing Frank Sinatra’s standard “My Way” then this Spotify playlist is not for you!:
1. “Love Goes On” (The Go-Betweens) by Nada Surf
2. “Video Killed the Radio Star” (The Buggles) by Joyce Manor
3. “Black Diamond” (Kiss) by The Replacements
4. “Many Rivers to Cross” (Jimmy Cliff) by Harry Nilsson and John Lennon
5. “What’cha Gonna Do About It” (The Small Faces) by Condof****
6. “My Generation” (The Who) by Patti Smith
7. “Can’t Hardly Wait” (The Replacements) by Justin Townes Earle
8. “Speeding Motorcycle” (Daniel Johnston) by Mary Lou Lord
9. “Thirteen” (Big Star) by Elliott Smith
10. “After Hours” (The Velvet Underground) by Rilo Kiley
11. “Benny and the Jets” (Elton John) by The Beastie Boys featuring Biz Markie
12. “Attitude” (The Misfits) by Guns N’ Roses
13. “Hey Jealously” (Gin Blossoms) by The Ergs
14. “Louie Louie” (The Kingsmen) by Black Flag
15. “Wendy” (The Beach Boys) by Descendents
16. “Mercury Blues” (Douglas/Geddins) by David Lindley
17. “I Gotsta Get Paid” (Fat Pat) by ZZ Top
18. “Strangers” (The Kinks) by Wye Oak
19. “If You Want Blood” (AC/DC) by Mark Kozelek
20. “Sea of Love” (Phil Phillips) by Cat Power
Picador’s playlist game is A+ at the moment.
The Mountain Goats, “Transcendental Youth”
Just some smooth, smooth tunes for your Saturday night pleasure. You’re listening to Millions FM.
A little goodness for your morning, courtesy of Danny Brown.
& Other goodies available at Picador’s awesome new Tumblr.
Van Morrison, aka The Belfast Cowboy, slays this song.