...we've got the means to make amends. I am lost, I'm no guide, but I'm by your side. (Pearl Jam, Leash)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cold War Kids release free covers EP

Up-and-coming and hard to classify, the Cold War Kids are one of the more interesting acts to surface this year. I wrote about their Robbers & Cowards album back in October and today I am pleased to learn that they also like to try their pipes on varied cover songs, which we all know I can't resist.

Check out the free Benefit At The District EP with their versions of six wildly different songs. Here are three tunes from that EP, along with the original in two cases and some gratuitous Pearl Jam content. As usual.

As Fast As You Can - Cold War Kids (I think this is the most successful of the bunch, they pull off Fiona's borderline crazy-but-beautiful sound surprisingly well)
As Fast As You Can - Fiona Apple

The Littlest Birds - Cold War Kids (this one is not good, at least not compared to the original which I adore. I'm posting their cover just so I can post this original, which is one of the best kid songs ever that doesn't sound too hokey. Thanks Chris!)
The Littlest Birds - The Be Good Tanyas

Tonight You Belong To Me - Cold War Kids
Tonight You Belong To Me - Eddie Vedder and Janet Weiss (drummer from Sleater-Kinney) - Live 8/12/06 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. This is an old song from the '20s, covered by everyone, sweet and small and lovely.

Check out the Cold War Kids site for the other three covers (Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and Dr. Dog).

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At December 05, 2006 9:53 PM, Blogger Ledbelly said...

just in case you didn't see, you posted this twice

At December 05, 2006 10:58 PM, Blogger Frank said...

Hey there...it sounds interesting and definitely agree on "Littlest Birds"...btw have you heard the Tanyas new record? Check it out if only for the cover of Neil Youngs' "For the Turnstiles"...gorgeous stuff indeed.

At December 06, 2006 1:58 PM, Blogger Pinball said...

ditto on the new tanyas record. I never really thought of 'littlest birds' as a children's song before. innaresting

At December 06, 2006 4:09 PM, Blogger Jesse a.k.a. The Vicar said...

Holy fuck!

At December 06, 2006 6:15 PM, Blogger Ledbelly said...

from one pearl jam fan to another, here are some links in case you didn't know of them:






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