City and Colour - “Settle Down” (Kimbra cover)
City and Colour’s Dallas Green takes a softer, but no less soulful approach to Kimbra’s bouncy original for Triple J’s Like a Version.
Gotye may have bumped fun. off the top of the charts, but they clearly don’t mind. We also don’t mind mentioning that Paramore played the Mainstage back in 2008, and that’s where Gotye will be this year. Full circle!
Kickass Cover of the Day: If you listen to one cover of Gotye’s chart-topper “Somebody That I Used To Know” today (other than this one, this one, this one, this one, or this one), make it fun.’s lovely rendition of the song for BBC Radio One, with Paramore’s Hayley Williams singing the Kimbra part.
Ironically, all these covers of “Somebody” have elevated the song to the number one spot on the iTunes charts, displacing fun.’s big hit, “We Are Young.”
Reignwolf - The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Armed with nothing more than two guitars (one of which he doesn’t even play!) and a kick drum, the one-man wrecking crew known as Reignwolf reinvents a Fleetwood Mac classic live on KEXP. Love that smoke machine, too.
In 1982 Hall & Oates topped the charts with “Maneater”, check out The Wooden Birds put their indie spin on “Maneater” and then see Hall & Oates perform the original at Bumbershoot 2011.
Hall & Oates aren’t the only Bumbershoot artists inspiring covers! Get your peepers on Broken Social Scene reworking Modest Mouse’s “The World at Large”. Modest Mouse has made several Bumbershoot appearances the first of which was in 1998. Broken Social Scene will be carrying the indie rock torch when they take the stage this year at Bumbershoot 2011!
If you Like SPIN on Facebook, you can download the cover compilation Newermind, featuring covers by Bumbershoot artists past (Surfer Blood, Meat Puppets), and present (Jessica Lea Mayfield, Charles Bradley), all celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s groundbreaking major label debut.
Yet another installment in the AV Undercover series—we told you they loved Bumbershoot artists—this time we’ve got British rockers The Clientele going, in their words, “outside our comfort zone,” with “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. The result is much less jarring and explosive than the original, but just as mesmerizing.
Bomba Estéreo Pumps Up the Jam
As part of Levi’s Pioneer Sessions, Columbian electronic artists Bomba Estéreo revisit the classic Technotronic dance cut “Pump Up the Jam.” Watch the video above for a preview, then download the track.
Also check out Colbie Caillat covering 2006 album Blondie, and Dirty Projectors covering “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” by 2010 headliner Bob Dylan.