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Monday, March 30, 2009

Score! 20 years of Merge Records: The Covers!

Ah, surely there is no better combination than your favourite artists and bands covering your favourite artists and bands, AND for the proceeds of said album going to your favourite charities! Merge have created something truly special here, so go out and buy buy buy it!

01 Quasi: "Beautiful Things" (3Ds cover)
02 Les Savy Fav: "Precision Auto" (Superchunk cover)
03 The Shins: "Plenty Is Never Enough" (Tenement Halls cover)
04 St. Vincent and the National: "Sleep All Summer" (Crooked Fingers cover)
05 Broken Social Scene: "Complications" (The Clean cover)
06 Ryan Adams: "Like a Fool" (Superchunk cover)
07 Bright Eyes: "Papa Was a Rodeo" (The Magnetic Fields cover)
08 Lavender Diamond: "New Ways of Living" (Destroyer cover)
09 The Apples in stereo: "King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3" (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)
10 Laura Cantrell: "Cowboy on the Moon" (Lambchop cover)
11 Bill Callahan: "Santa Maria" (Versus cover)
12 Barbara Manning: "Through With People" (Portastatic cover)
13 The Mountain Goats: "Drug Life" (East River Pipe cover)
14 The New Pornographers: "Don't Destroy This Night" (The Rock*A*Teens cover)
15 Tracey Thorn and Jens Lekman: "Yeah! Oh, Yeah!" (The Magnetic Fields cover)
16 The Hive Dwellers: "My Noise" (Superchunk cover)
17 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: "The Numbered Head" (Robert Pollard cover)
18 Okkervil River: "All You Little Suckers" (East River Pipe cover)
19 Death Cab for Cutie: "Kicked In" (Superchunk cover)
20 Times New Viking: "Neighborhood #1" (Arcade Fire cover)

Songs removed upon request. Listen to the whole album here!.

Oh, and BUY it, it's great!


Clicky Overload said...

Yeah, Oh Yeah! is pretty nice. Jens Lekman is really able to sing Stephin Merritt songs. Conor Oberst is not. I like Bright Eyes a lot, but the cover ain't good. Well, maybe I just don't wanna hear my favorite song in the world covered.

Steven B. said...

I agree. I'm definitely not a huge fan of the Bright Eyes cover... but you have a point, THAT song of all songs (perhaps my favourite all-time MF song), well, it's just really easy to fuck it up.
Conor Oberst 2.0 is also maybe not the ideal person to attempt it.

Jens, well, he clearly owns a few MF albums himself :) And his voice could sing any MF song, and it'd probably be great.

Tom said...

Loving the shins cover. Amazing song!