Cover Me: Taken By Trees – “My Boys” + “Sweet Child ‘O Mine”

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Taken by Trees covering “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

Taken by Trees, My Boys” (covering Animal Collective’s “My Girls”)

Swedens’ Victoria Bergsman of Taken by Trees, former frontwoman of The Concretes, is an amazing interpreter of song. The band’s ethereal, ethnic infused music is something to be explored for sure, but Victoria’s interpretation of cover songs is something to be cherished. These two tracks are some of my favorite covers…ever.  Taken by Trees’ latest album, East of Eden, is out now.

A Good Day

Today was a good day. Not only did we get a new president but today launched a landslide of hot, fresh, highly anticipated albums from the likes of:

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A.C. Newman – Get Guilty

Featured Track: ‘Submarines of Stockholm’

 

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Andrew Bird – Noble Beast (& Useless Creatures)

Featured Track: Oh No 


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Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Featured Track: My Girls 

 

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Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP

Featured Track: ‘Blood Bank’

 

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J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blue

Featured Track: ‘James Blue’ 

 

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Robert Pollard The Crawling Distance

Featured Track: ‘Imaginary Queen Anne’

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Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

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Artist: Animal Collective
Album: Merriweather Post Pavillion
File Under: Experimental
Recommended if You Like: Grizzly Bear, Beach Boys, Yeasayer
Featured Track: My Girls’

Listen up boys and girls, this is important.  Animal Collective is releasing their much anticipated, acclaimed and uber-hyped Merriweather Post Pavillion next week on January 20th. (Well, technically it’s already out – make that sold out – on vinyl.  But if you’re like me, you’re not hip enough to own a turntable.) So mark your calendars and get ready.  Because if you want to be anyone in the music world, with any sort of indie music cred, you need to own this album and worship it like the second coming of Christ.  Animal Collective, deliver us from indie rock evil!

Okay, all kidding aside, this is a damn good album. And you should own it. It’s just a little hard to swallow all of this hype.  Pitchfork gave the album a 9.6 for christ sakes!  I didn’t know that was even possible.  Are they really reinventing rock?  Is their sound truly that innovative and unlike anything out there in the rock landscape? I don’t think so.  My best summary of their sound is classic prog rock syncopation mixed with a little techno and sprinkled with a heap of Beach Boys Pet Sounds all over it.  

Perhaps what’s most innovative and unique about them is that they don’t conform to one particular genre, which is refreshing and inspiring.  And their music has a joyful, playful and ecstatic quality that makes you want to grab your friends, drop some E, tune in and trip out. (Is that album art moving or is it just my imagination? Whoa.)

You’ve been given the kool-aid, now drink it. Then join the rest of the disciples for an exclusive stream of Merriweather Post Pavillion on Rhapsody. See you on the other side.

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