The Rhythms del Mundo compilations fuse and reinterpret popular western artists and songs with Afro-Cuban sounds and international musicians. All proceeds from this project benefit Artists Project Earth, an organization to aid victims suffering from natural disasters, particularly in Haiti, Chile and the Tibetan Plateau. The 3rd such collaboration is entitled Rhythms del Mundo Revival. Artists include Green Day, Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Gorillaz, and Dizzee Rascal among others. Spanish musician and actress Bebe rearranges “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which becomes the Song of the Day.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Bebe
The Los Angeles trio called Best Coast, fronted by singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino, evokes the Girl pop sound of the 60’s. From their just released debut album Crazy For You, “Boyfriend” is available as a free download and is the Song of the Day.
“Boyfriend” by Best Coast
4 women from Tokyo known as The Suzan offer an irresistible single from their forthcoming debut album Golden Week for the Poco Poco Beat. Produced by Bjorn of the Swedish band Peter, Bjorn and John, “Home” is the Song of the Day.
“Home” by The Suzan
Pete Yorn will be releasing his 5th solo album in September. Produced by Frank Black of the Pixies, it is simply entitled Pete Yorn. This self-title gives us pause to re-appreciate and to rediscover this unique artist. His career has taken some unusually interesting turns, from recording with actress Scarlett Johansson to his haunting version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. (I personally had the privilege of a live Pete Yorn performance in my home with other music aficionados a number of year back.) His generous spirit extends to us all with a free download of “Precious Stone” from his forthcoming album and is the Song of the Day.
“Precious Stone” by Pete Yorn
Before I leave this place
Y’all will remember this face
The good, the bad, the happy, the sad
Y’all will remember this face.
“Before I Leave This Place” is the Song of the Day.
“Before I Leave This Place” by Big B featuring Everlast
As we have previously discussed, cover songs continue to gush forth in the internet age. Earlier this week we heard Amanda Palmer playing Radiohead. Today we return to She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) whose album, Volume Two, was previewed here a few months ago and has proven to be one of the delights of the year. With a free download we now hear their version of a classic. Originally written in 1940, Frank Sinatra sang it as did Elvis Presley. Brook Benton, Etta James and Rick Nelson all had hits with it, the latter in 1963 when it reached #12 on the Billboard charts. Bow Wow Wow covered it in 1980 and here we have She & Him’s interpretation of “Fools Rush In” as the Song of the Day.
“Fools Rush In” by She & Him
This song came out last fall but it’s perfect for this time of year. Neon Indian is primarily one guy, Alan Palomo, but becomes a four-piece band when he performs live. From the debut album Psychic Chasms, “Deadbeat Summer” is the Song of the Day.
“Deadbeat Summer” by Neon Indian
In my first Podcast “Dear God 2.0” by Monsters of Folk was included as one of the best of 2010 thus far. (Monsters of Folk is a modern-day supergroup consisting of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes and M. Ward.) The Roots, one of the great American hip hop bands (and currently the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) brilliantly use the song as a basis for their own commentary on the current crisis of contemporary life. From The Roots new album How I Got Over, “Dear God 2.0” is the Song of the Day.
“Dear God 2.0 (featuring Monsters of Folk)” by The Roots
Amanda Palmer has always been one of my favorite artists. You never know quite what she will do next, from the Dresden Dolls to her solo projects, from the conjoined twins of Evelyn Evelyn to her various theatre performances. She’s profound and facetious, dramatic and silly. Always exotically charming and entertaining, she’s unique until herself and today we enter Amanda World once again with the release of Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. She’s offering this 7-song EP for a minimum of a mere 84 cents. (54 cents must go to Radiohead for the rights and the other 30 cents to PayPal.) You can hear it here, download it here and support Amanda with some extra ducats. From the EP, “Idioteque” is the Song of the Day.
The primary duo (Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner) of the band Wolf Parade out of Montreal also front their own bands and are involved in numerous side projects. Yet they have found time to release their 3rd album, Expo 86, with one of the catchiest songs of the summer. “Ghost Pressure” is the Song of the Day.
“Ghost Pressure” by Wolf Parade
The web has not only made it possible for artists to present their music quickly and efficiently without the necessity of middle men (record labels, physical distribution channels, etc.) but also to share their interpretations of some of their favorite songs by other artists that they admire. There have been so many wonderful cover songs of late that we may have to have a separate category for cover song of the week. Passion Pit, Mates of State, Smashing Pumpkins and The Pixies have covers elsewhere on this site. “Goodbye Girl” originally appeared on Cool for Cats, the album from Squeeze in 1978. We present this delicious version by The Shins as the Song of the Day.
“Goodbye Girl” by The Shins
“It’s Working” is the current featured track off of Congratulations by MGMT. (Both “Flash Delirium” and “Siberian Breaks” from the same album can be heard on earlier posts.) The song has also been completely remixed by the French band Air. Both versions are here as the Song of the Day.
(P.S. See the video on the YouTube tab in the upper right.)
“It’s Working” by MGMT
“It’s Working (Air Remix)” by MGMT
Interpol, the band that formed in New York in the late 90’s, has changed some personnel over the years and this once 4 member group is now officially a trio. Their 4th album will be released in September and oddly enough it is simply entitled Interpol. We have two songs from the disc. “Lights” is a free video from the band’s website and “Barricade” is the Song of the Day.
“Barricade” by Interpol
A charming summer song incongruously from this Brooklyn band. It’s doubtful that The Drums do much surfing, but this song is perfect for this time of year (and with a whistle no less!). From their self-titled debut album, “Let’s Go Surfing” is the Song of the Day.
(And if you want to see the band running down the beach to their song, click on the YouTube button in the upper right.)
“Let’s Go Surfing” by The Drums
Wavves, the band with two “v”s, is a trio out of San Diego led by brain-child Nathan Williams. Post-punk with a lo-fi feel, “Post Acid” is a free download from their current King of the Beach disc and is the Song of the Day.
“Post Acid” by The Wavves