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We’ve posted Birdy before, right?

“Skinny Love” cover methinks. Well here she blantely rips off poor Ben Gibbard.

Day 5, a song that reminds me of someone.

This was easy for me, as two songs basically both remind me of the same person. I won’t post both the original by the Kooks, but instead share the cover version by Lily Allen. I think I’ve said on here before that a certain song reminds me of my favourite semester, when I pledged, well this on takes me back to taking naps in Sowers hall after class and sharing a meaningful friendship that I’ve since lost for the most part.

For days 1 through 4 peep here, and come back tomorrow for a song that reminds me of somewhere.

Lily Allen-Naïve

I just heard this one while streaming WRNR, it’s one of those that reminds of home. So why not some random Van Morrison & maybe even some Counting Crows?

Van Morrsion-Caravan

Counting Crows-Caravan (Van Morrison Cover [obvi])

Counting Crows-A Murder Of One (Live)

Counting Crows Fun Fact: Adam Duritz (Lead Singer) was born in Baltimore (Go O’s).

It’s raining here in MD, I’m hoping the O’s will get their game in.

Enjoy an old song re-done a few months ago that I completely forgot about.

MGMT-This Must Be The Place (Talking Heads Cover)

Noah Fun Fact: This song always reminds me of the Outback Steakhouse in Annapolis, I’m not sure why.

I’ll be honest the only reason I listened to this track was because it was by some dude with the same name. Noah Shark is apparently from England and Canada… n0t sure how that one works since I own a map and know that those are two completely different countries separated by a rather large ocean.

Oh hey, my names King Noah Bear and I’m from both England and Maryland… I don’t think it works quite like that.

Sir Noah Shark-Judas (Lady Gaga Cover)

Freelance Whales are one of my favourite new bands, I can remember hearing “Generator ^ First Floor” & “Hannah” and instantly loved their sound (“Hannah” is still on my top 25 most played on iTunes). Over a year later they’re starting to earn some critical acclaim, and they even have one of their songs included in a Fortune 500 company’s commercial.

However, we’re not here to talk about the Starbucks’ Sue advert, today we have a newer track from the Queens five-piece, and guess what?! It’s a cover of a classic Devo song. Awesome.

Freelance Whales-Girl U Want (Devo Cover)


Get it? Birdy?

Well I though it was funny (Fun fact: The Baltimore Oriole is the state bird of Maryland, ya dig?). Anyway Birdy is a 14 year old from England, and did a pretty good job of capturing “Skinny Love” while still making it her own.

While this is a good version, I’ll stick to Bon Iver’s. That’s one of those songs that kinda helped me get through a rougher time, I could relate to Justin Vernon’s pain. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Birdy-Skinny Love

Wow, I just learned something. Paul Simon is one half of Simon & Garfunkel… Makes sense, right?

Anyway Ezra, the lead singer from Vampire Weekend, covered Paul’s 1972 song “Papa Hobo” for an upcoming indie movie Ceremony.

Ezra Koenig-Papa Hobo

I swear that was the only non-weird photo of the Knife I could find.

Nevertheless, I’m currently killing time before the puck drops at the Bell Centre and my Caps take on Les Trois Couleurs. After making my coffee and watching the thrilling conclusion of Major League II (worst movie ever), I was sucked in by one of my favourite shows now in syndication on Comedy Central, Scrubs.

Scrubs was a great show in it’s prime, prior to that writer’s strike that killed everything. In most episodes they wrapped the preceding 22 minutes up with a catchy song that left you fumbling for your Shazaam app… Not me. Not today. I recognized the lyrics I was hearing, I knew it was “Heartbeats” but I never heard the song ’til  three weeks ago and I never heard the original before today. Thanks to the Hype Machine.

The version in the end of the episode “My Hard Labor” wasn’t the original either. That was by José González, from his 2003 album Veneer.

The original came from Sweden in late 2002, and it was by The Knife. It was apparently well received by critics, I’m honestly surprised I’ve never heard either track… All it took was a British songstress covering the song on BBC’s Radio 1. Now I’m not sure which is better, but I know I’m not the biggest fan of the original.

The Knife-Heartbeats

José González-Heartbeats (The Knife Cover)

Dammit, I love Ellie Goulding… but you knew that. Right? Right.

Here’s the latest of her many covers (“Roscoe” is still my fav).

Ellie Goulding-Heartbeats (The Knife Cover)