Monday, May 25, 2009

Some Cover Songs in Anticipation of Austinist Indieroke

Austinist IndierokeThe Austinist's legendary karaoke series Indieroke continues this Wednesday at the Mohawk. It got me thinking: We fans aren't the only ones who wish we could get up on stage and sing the songs we grew up with (or the ones currently in heavy rotation in our car stereos, for that matter). Musicians must have this impulse too, but unlike us they have the power to realize those fantasies. So I decided to dig into the 'NITES Youtube channel for some covers I've uploaded. Because what is a cover if not glorified karaoke? Sorry, bands, but it's true.

You need only look to 2004 for the source of our first cover. Space-rockers The Boxing Lesson put their own spacey touches on Devendra Banhart's "A Sight to Behold" while staying true to the minimalistic feel of the original. Surprisingly, there isn't any Devendra on the Indieroke playlist.

Quirky singer-songwriter Kari K and her new band covered the weird kid anthem "Blister In The Sun" by The Violent Femmes last year at The Parish. The theme of this Wednesday's Indieroke is smooth tunes from the 1970s, so I'm guessing this anything-but-smooth '80s song won't be on the list this go-round.

I was surprised to see Barrett Strong's 1959 classic "Money (That's What I Want)" on Indieroke's list, but Motown's first hit single is indeed on there. This song suits The Reaction (formerly known as Dans La Lune) since they've got a pretty straightforward R&B/garage-rock sound that is partly influenced by Motown and The Beatles, who covered the song themselves in 1963.

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