Tuesday, May 24, 2011

AV Undercover 2011 - handpicked bands test their cover limits

AV Undercover asks readers to suggest a list of 25 songs and then invites underground bands into the office to cover them. Some covers are inspired. Some are pretty anemic. That's how it goes with would-be innovative covering techniques. As the list shrinks, the question lingers: who will get stuck covering The Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News?

Of Montreal covers White Stripes' Fell In Love With A Girl. I can't help but opine that some Of Montreal members may eventually regret their stylistic tendencies in the near future. Is it possible to pre-date your dated look? Because I think that's kind of going on here. No matter! My standard blogging uniform also needs work. Enjoy Of Montreal gettin' gnarly for a couple minutes.

Dum Dum Girls cover Big Star's September Gurls in dreamy, surf-rock fashion.

Wye Oak covers Danzig's Mother. Sure, why not? Nice job. Is that a flugelhorn?

For last year's series, Wye Oak covered The Kinks' Strangers. Niiiice.

The Low Anthem covers Wilco's A Shot In The Arm. I've never been as ape-shit about Wilco as most music-writer types but this is a perfectly fine cover featuring a clarinet and enough scruffiness for a room-full of bloggers.

If you start craving a Starbuck's frappuccino after this, please blame our current rock & roll culture of advertising.

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