Popjustice record the definitive version of Leonard Cohen's/JohnCale's/Jeff Buckley's/Rufus Wainwright's/Alexandra Burke's "Hallelujah"

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Oh Popjustice. Yesterday they said this:
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And then, within a couple of hours, they said this on MySpace (click to enlarge):
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So, now you can go here and listen to their version. It will make you weep tears of something or other, and so on.
Do you know what all this “Hallelujah” nonsense really means? It means that at this time of year MUSIC DIES and we are left with nothing interesting to talk about. Srsly.

Peter Gabriel and Hot Chip cover Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"

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hot_chip.gifYou know that song on the Vampire Weekend album that namechecks Peter Gabriel? Well, in a development that was almost inevitable once the Brooklyn prepsters became popular, Mr WOMAD has gone and covered the song, with the help of Hot Chip. They are such kindly laddies, helping out an old man.
Mr Gabriel makes reference to the weirdness of singing his own name in the song, and as you’d expect the track has a more expansive sound than the original. But is it better? Hmmm, not in my opinion. But don’t take MY word for it – listen yourself below. What think you?


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Built To Spill cover M.I.A's "Paper Planes"

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mia.gifI’ve been attempting to get people into baldybeardy indie heroes Built To Spill for approximately eight years now, with not a whole lotta successa. You know what people are like.
Anyway, I’m on a bit of a Built To Spill tip at the mo because next week I’ll be going to see them perform their ‘mazin’ album Perfect From Now On at London’s KOKO.
So I was intruigedamundo to see that on stage in Italy last week they did a wee cover of M.I.A’s “Paper Planes”. Now, admittedly this particular track, while splendid, has been overexposed recently. So I promise that this is the last time I will write anything to do with it. No promises, though.
See the vidisnippet after the jump… Wonder if they’ll tackle it again in London?

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Crooked Fingers remove funk, add tears to Prince's "When You Were Mine"

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crooked_fingers.jpg“When You Were Mine” is one of my favourite Prince songs. It’s one of those tunes that you can dance to, but which has sad lyrics. I love that dichotomy, even if it does mean I tend to end up shaking my thang while bawling my stupid eyes out. Bouncers rarely allow me to explain.
When Crooked Fingers covered the track, they stripped the track back to some plucked banjo, a wounded voice and not much else. If you have a heart, it will probably be a big melted goo of bloody muscle lying in your stomach by the time you’ve listened to this. In a good way!
See what I mean over the page.

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Korn's Jonathan Davis covers Lil Wayne's "Got Money"

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jonathan_davis_lil_wayne.jpgYou’re nobody in the rap game these days until some rock type has covered your ass. Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and his friends The SFA (that’s The Simply Fucking Amazings, not Super Furry Animals, unfortch) have tackled Lil Wayne’s “Got Money”, and made the elemental mistake of pronouncing the “t” in “Got”. Schoolboy error from Davis there – for future ref Jonno, it should be croak-slurred “gah”. Welcome.
Check out the cover version for yourself over the page.

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Nouvelle Vague producer rearranges 80s movie themes to Nouvelle Vague-ish effect

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hollywood_mon_amour.jpgIf you enjoyed Nouvelle Vague‘s covers of new wave classics rendered in a bossanova style, you are going to love the shit out the album Hollywood, Mon Amour. It’s been put together by the same chap, Marc Collin, and features vocalists such as creamy-larynxed ex-Morcheeba singer Skye and “New Soul” chanteuse Yael Naim.
Hollywood, Mon Amour basically takes songs made famous by 1980s movies and gives them the Nouvelle Vague treatment. So it opens with a version of Blondie’s “Call Me” – from American Gigolo – and then goes onto “Eye Of The Tiger” from Rocky III.
Using maths, we can therefore work out that this album contains more goodness in its opening two salvos than the entire recorded output of, say, The Enemy.

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Under the covers: Saint Etienne – "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

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I love this version of Neil Young’s song, to the extent that the original just makes me impatient for the plinky-plink-plink-plinky of Saint Etienne’s cover. I’d never seen the video until just now, and-
Oh my God. Sarah Cracknell in the shower.

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Bon Iver and Bowerbirds cover Sarah Siskind's "Lovin's For Fools"

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Bon Iver have received a decent amount of coverage round these parts, but this is a Toilet debut for Bowerbirds, who have been a favourite of Shiny Shiny‘s Susi for quite a while now. See what you reckon – there’s a whole lot of high-pitched crooning in the house…

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Wiley joins Hot Chip for their "Wearing My Rolex" cover at Glastonbury

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hot_chip_wiley.gifDid you hear Hot Chip’s cover of Wiley’s massive summer chooon “Wearing My Rolex”, which they performed at Radio 1 recently?
Well, if not, here they are doing it at Glasto with the man himself – who decides to pep things up with a few “Oggy Oggy Oggy”s. And they never fail to go down well, as you shall see ‘pon clicking below.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood cover Portishead's "The Rip" backstage in St. Louis

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radiohead-cover-portishead.gifThe new Portishead album has had pretty much across-the-board five star reviews, but went down worse than any album ever when I played it in the office. I’m not going to judge it on that though. Portishead don’t really do “whistle while you work” material.
Radiohead (or Thom and Jonny, at least) covered one of the stand-out tracks from Third, “The Rip” while in St Louis. It’s just Thom, Jonny and a couple of acoustic guitars. Be-a-utiful. See it over the page.

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