top 5 new and not-so-new music faves

this week, cover songs. sometimes, they’re the worst idea ever–horrid, awful, embarrassing attempts to recreate something that should never be touched again. (kinda like when spielberg thought it would be a great idea to release that tom cruise disaster remake of war of the worlds.) but then, there are times when genius strikes and the remake is, dare i say, very nearly better than the original. these songs, in my humble opinion, fall in the latter category.

justin townes earle feat. dawn landes :: do i ever cross your mind

i played this literally 6 or 7 times at the end of my workday yesterday. and my ears don’t regret it. unfortunately, i can’t find a video, so you’ll have to link elsewhere to hear it, but its upbeat tempo and smooth sound will not leave you disappointed. (and…i’m listening to it again.)

listen here. *jazz hands*

the only one to ever come close to topping that version is the always lovely, never superfluous dolly parton. (that was for you, cody.)

pomplamoose music :: september

i would be remiss if i didn’t include the incredibly adorable duo of pomplamoose music. remember their version of single ladies? amazeballs.

constantines feat. feist :: islands in the stream

i’m a fanatical dolly parton admirer, what can i say? plus, it’s just a damn good song, and you know you like it, too.

joe cocker :: with a little help from my friends

sorry, folks, but cocker blows this beatles original out of the water–all day, every day.

sarah mclachlan :: river

i didn’t even realize this version existed until KFO’H shared it with me (where would i be without her? lost, obvy.). i don’t necessarily think it’s better than joni mitchell’s, but mchlachlan’s rendition is so beautiful, i couldn’t resist including it.

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6 responses to “top 5 new and not-so-new music faves

  1. corksandcaftans

    dude. the muppet on the bass drum is killing me. great tunes!

  2. One cover that I LOVE is Roxy Music covering John Lennon’s Jealous Guy

    (awesome suits and hair in the video)

  3. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    Not that you care, but I’d started a list of great covers. (Song/Artist/Orig Artist)

    Heroes-Wallflowers-Bowie

    Bang a Gong-Power Station-T Rex

    Knockin on Heaven’s Door-Guns N Roses-Bob Dylan

    All along the Watchtower-Jimi Hendrix-Bob Dylan

    It Ain’t Me Babe-The Turtles-Bob Dylan

    It Ain’t Me Babe-Johnny Cash-Bob Dylan

    You Were on My Mind-Pet Shop Boys-Willie Nelson

    Can’t Explain-Scorpions-The Who

    You Really Got Me-Van Halen-The Kinks

    Sea of Love-The Honey Drippers-Phil Phillips

    Buckets of Rain-Stillwell Sisters-Bob Dylan

    Ain’t That a Shame-Cheap Trick-Buddy Holly

    Here. There, Everywhere-Emmylou Harris-Beatles

  4. going to see JTE next saturday…so excited!

  5. I want to be Dolly Parton when I grow up… my closet would rock.

  6. PS: and having an exact replica of the outfit shown in this clip is necessary for my future happiness. That is all.

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