September 18, 2008

I'll cover you.

Like most girls who once attended high school, I have a soft spot for acoustic covers – really any cover: Hey, I know this song! But it sounds…different. Ooooh, neat. It’s like that dreamboat of a lead singer actually understands ME!

I was completely guilty of falling for the New Found Glory trick.

As I’ve grown and my music taste has matured oh-so-much, that affinity for acoustic covers has also. It's not just about cute boys and their guitars anymore - sometimes they have pianos instead. I kid. My cover love has translated into an adoration of all-unusual-versions-of-songs-I-know (Think John Mayer doing 'Kid A' or Ben Folds and 'Tiny Dancer'. And I'm pretty sure everyone in the world can agree on Johnny Cash doing Nine Inch Nail’s 'Hurt'.)

The latest incarnation that I’ve discovered and am completely in love with is the Black Cab Sessions. This is an awesome initiative that’s filmed in London – they recruit some of the hippest bands/singers around and put them in the backseat of a London cab and record them – one song, one take.

Now, the roster is full of musical acts that I’m in no way hip enough to know [yet], but there are also awesome ones with: The New Pornographers, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Okkervil River, Spoon,
Death Cab for Cutie and My Morning Jacket. Remember how before I had all those issues talking about my favorite music because I have a new obsession every week? Well, I’m currently way obsessed with The National, and lo and behold: