Cover songs are still my favorite way for emerging bands to put their own sound on a hit song and get easy attention. However 2012 was for some reason a slow year for cover songs. Luckily a handful of bands did them well and left us with flipped and twisted takes on old classics and net hits alike. Here are my 10 favorites (#1 at the bottom). What did I miss? Read more

[COVER/STREAM] I Am Noxious – “I Gotta Feeling” (Black Eyed Peas cover) & “Stranded On Love”

i don’t mind if they hear us, i just don’t want to miss out on you

♫ I Am Noxious – I Gotta Feeling (cover)

  • Who: He goes by “T”
  • What: Genre, like XX
  • Where: Copenhagen + Facebook / Soundcloud / Amazon
  • When: Release dates?
  • Why: If you hadn’t read the word cover above I bet it would take you a moment (or 4) to orient your ears to the tenderly catchy sounds you are hearing in relation to the context of the original. And that, my friends, is what makes a great cover. I love feeling turned upside down by a cover. New life is breathed into stale bread. But enough about what I Am Noxious does with other people’s songs.

The man from Copenhagen has got some serious chops of his own. “Stranded On Love” is a sultry call to to the bedroom that weaves a deftly growing beat with distant bongoes and gentle moans to make the kind of jam that can dim lights just as easily as it can start congo lines. Radical. Once you are decent again check out his older jam “Flashback Tears.” What a sing-along!