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

[QUICKIE/COVER] Oberhofer – TIME CAPSULES II (w/ “I Could Go”) + “Runaway” (Kanye West cover)

and I don’t have a clue what that look on your face is all about

It’s redundant ’cause you know I love Oberhofer but this album is sunshine and fast cars. Big, fun, and catchy as hell. Listen all summer.

♫ Oberhofer – Runaway (Kanye West cover)

Plus this Kanye cover is just further evidence of the talent at work here.

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

[MP3] Oberhofer – “Heart”

i don’t know what you think while you’re sleeping, i hope soon i’ll dream with you

♫ Oberhofer – Heart

  • Who: Brad’s the name, Oberhofer’s the game. But its actually also his name.
  • What: Indie crooner rock, kinda like Local Natives, Throw Me The Statue
  • Where: NYC via Tacoma + Facebook / Amazon
  • When: Debut LP Timecapsules II is out 4/13/12.
  • Why: Oberhofer continues to release fantastic songs as the release date of his debut approaches. This one builds magically, with the kind of payoff I imagine Time Capsules II will feel like. All signs point to a pretty stellar album.

[MP3] Oberhofer – “Gotta Go”

i wish i could change what i can’t control

♫ Oberhofer – Gotta Go

You remember Oberhofer’s jam on the Snacky Tunes compilation from March – and you should – so get ahold of this new single featuring more of those epic vocals as throwback fuzz-pop rhythms. Oberhofer doesn’t want you to go and to be fair you really shouldn’t, not when a catchy heart-on-sleeve, future-mixtape-feature like this is going on!

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[LP] SNACKY TUNES drops tasty tracks from PIGEON JOHN and OBERHOFER

watch a young duke ellington make the place gellatin

♫ Pigeon John – I’m A Gangster (Snacky Tunes LIVE) (actually titled “So Gangster”)

Anyone who read about the awesome Punches yesterday already heard about Snacky Tunes Vol. 1 but for those of you that didn’t run out and grab the free compilation of live recordings let this serve as a clear endorsement. Come for stripped down versions from TBE fave’s like We Are Scientists, Surfer Blood, Freelance Whales, and Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and stay for the new jams ou didn’t know about. My ear was caught by this Pigeon John track that pops and bounces with tongue in check humor and an infectious chorus. Pigeon John has apparently been around forever and I’ll definitely be digging into his catalog. Hist latest LP, Dragon Slayer, has got some solid reviews.

♫ Oberhofer – ooOooOoo (Snacky Tunes LIVE) (actually titled “o0O0o0O0o”)

The other standout that caught my ear was a track from Oberhofer that I had actually shrugged off a long while back. Hearing it now in this bare-bones guitar and vocals version I am bummed I haven’t had it “ooooh ooo ooooh”-ing through my head all this time. Simple and straight forward jangle-pop that makes me realize I need to dig deeper into Brad Oberhofer and his quirky jams.

Pigeon John at MySpace /// eMusic /// Amazon too

Oberhofer at MySpace /// eMusic /// Amazon too