German police called to a weekend traffic incident found Jedi master Yoda from Star Wars at the wheel, much the worse for wear after Halloween celebrations. The green-costumed driver had his licence confiscated. “In this case, the force was not with him,” police said.
Totally unrelated yet very enjoyable slice of coverage:
Just before our love got lost you said
“I am as constant as a northern star”
and I said “constantly in the darkness
where’s that at?
if you want me I’ll be in the bar…”
On the back of a cartoon coaster, in the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada, O Canada
with your face sketched on it twice
oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
you taste so bitter and so sweet
oh I could drink a case of you, darling
and I would still be on my feet
oh I would still be on my feet
And then — there’s the James Blake cover version. Wow. Just… wow. Adore it. I love the slightly fuzzy piano and that voice. Can’t get enough. What a gorgeous rendition.
I’m always searching for that elusive cover, the one that actually pulls it off and sounds even better than the original. I came across this Roxette cover by Crayon Fields recently and I can’t work out if I like it or not. It’s got this nice dreamy vibe going on, but I keep waiting for it to take off, and it just… doesn’t.
The Swell Season (lovely duo comprising Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) did their own version recently and oh, how I love it. Though I’ve always known the words to the song, I’ve never given them much thought before, always being caught up in the boppy dancy vibe and not focusing on the actual message of the song. In The Swell Season’s very capable hands it becomes a warning to young people, a tale of longing and regret.
It reminds me of when Glen Hansard teamed up with fellow Irishman Colm Mac Con Iomaire to perform Britney Spears’ ‘Everytime’ – a teenybopper pop song is instantly transformed into a beautiful lament. Lovely stuff.
The Swell Season’s take on ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ comes courtesy of Captain Obvious – check out his most recent Covers Mixtape for more outstanding coverage from artists such as Arcade Fire covering Magnetic Fields, Calexico covering Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket covering The Band, Yo La Tengo covering Daniel Johnston… the list goes on.
Two Door Cinema Club were in the country last week to play at Splendour In The Grass, and also managed to stop by the Triple J studios to do Like A Version. Triple J have been flogging their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Cecilia’ these past few days, and I can’t help but sing along every single time. Check out the video here.
I wish I had the mp3 version to share with you, but sadly I’ve not been able to track it down. I will leave you instead with this gorgeous version of the very same tune by LA’s Local Natives.
This video just makes me giggle. Got a fist of pure emotion… got a head of shattered dreams….
Anything Take That related makes me think of this day in Grade 6 when my friend ran wailing up the corridor, shouting about some band called Take That breaking up. “Who’s Take That?” I asked. Who, indeed.
This was meant to appear in my most recent coverage post, but for some reason I overlooked it.
I saw a gorgeous sight this morning, driving along a twisty-turny country road. I’d just crossed a rickety old bridge and after coasting around the bend I came across a grey kangaroo sitting in the middle of the road. Green grass on either side, shrouded in fog, it stared at me calmly before casually bounding away through the bush. It was a fantastic start to the day.
Here’s to unexpected views around the bend.
And here’s to the great pile of coverage I have languishing on my hard drive. Enjoy.