Take Cover Tuesday // October 26

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MP3: Peter Gabriel: Heroes (David Bowie)

Peter Gabriel’s 2010 cover album Scratch My Back wasn’t as awesome as I had hoped it would be…but this Bowie cover is pretty epic.

MP3: The Tallest Man On Earth: Graceland (Paul Simon)

Given the electiveness of the rhythm and percussion on Graceland (not to mention the inclusion of Ladysmith Black Mombazo), I think people tend to forget how great the songwriting is on Paul Simon’s comeback album. The Tallest Man on Earth brings the lyrics to light in this bare bones rendition of the album’s title track.

And she said losing love is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow

Paul never said it much better than that.

MP3: The XX: Hot Like Fire (Aaliyah)

It’s not raining where I am, but I’m sure it is somewhere in the world. I think the XX are the perfect rainy day music. Aaliyah, on the other hand, is what I want to hear when I am in da club. What do you get when you combine the two?  A rainy dance club and an awesome song.

MP3: The Shins: Goodbye Girl (Squeeze)

The Shins have gone through some rather public line-up changes this past year. But if lead singer/songwriter James Mercer is happy then I’m happy. He says the band’s yet to be named 2011 release will be more “up-tempo and new wavish” than previous Shins albums. This cover of Squeeze’s “Goodbye Girl” is probably a good preview.

MP3: Her Space Holiday: I’ll Believe In Anything (Wolf Parade)

This song reminds me of my year abroad in Scotland…drinking cheap vodka and running around naked on the golf course where the game was invented. St. Andrews take me back.