First up, Stereogum have released an excellent tribute to the Strokes Is This It album featuring a whole host of buzzworthy bands and available completely free from their website. Just click here to grab it, or listen to Real Estate’s version of Barely Legal below.
Download Real Estate – Barely Legal mp3 (from Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It)
Also a tribute is BEAT L.A. a charity benefit album (the compilation’s proceeds to go benefit Doctors Without Borders’ Haiti relief efforts – details here) featuring current L.A. bands covering songs from the city’s past. For example, tracks by X, the Germs, and the Minutemen, as well as the Doors and Cheech & Chong. Here are a couple of tasters covering The Urinals and Black Randy & the Metrosquads that have been doing the rounds.
Download No Age – Male Masturbation mp3 (from L.A. Beat)
Download Crystal Antlers – I Slept In An Arcade mp3 (from L.A. Beat)
Elsewhere The Postelles have made an EP of cover versions available for the price of an e-mail address – called Summer Undercovers, you can get it here. This is their take on a Smiths classic.
Download The Postelles – Ask mp3 (from Summer Undercovers)
Two new (to us anyway) singer songwriters, AIVA and Jodie Marie have tackled Nick Drake and Joan Baez and offered up the results for free. See what you think.
Download AIVA – Pink Moon mp3 (Nick Drake cover)
Download Jodie Marie – Silver Dagger mp3 (Joan Baez cover)
The Kinks track Alcohol from 1972 album Everybody’s In Show-Biz is covered by Mr Lewis & The Funeral 5 on their new album Delirium Tremendous.
Download Mr Lewis & The Funeral 5 – Alcohol mp3 (from Delirium Tremendous)
And lastly, here is The Kills with their own take on Marilyn Monroe’s One Silver Dollar. It is from an in-studio acoustic session for Australian radio station Triple J.
Download The Kills – One Silver Dollar mp3 (Marilyn Monroe cover)Follow @madmackerel