This week, there were a number of great covers and remixes from well-known and more underground acts including Hop Along's take on Rage Against The Machine, Strand of Oaks covering Ryan Adams and a spacy remix of Carly Rae Jepsen's E•MO•TION track.
Hop Along has always been a fairly heavy band, but who knew they had the rage inside of them. The group's take on "Bombtrack" is as heavy as Tom Morello's original version but somehow the strain of Frances Quinlan's vocals makes this song all the more powerful. With all that's happened this year, we could all use a little outlet for the rage in us, and yelling "burn, burn yes you're gonna burn," at the top of your lungs seems as good a way as any to let it out.
Strand of Oaks was all the buzz last year with his critically acclaimed release of Heal, and he's been on tour ever since in promotion of it. Earlier this week, he was back in his hometown of Philadelphia covering The Smashing Pumpkins and Ryan Adams. According to Stereogum, he tackled "Tonight Tonight" off the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, before moving straight into "This House Is Not For Sale" off Adam's Love Is Hell.
Video from November's Royal Variety Show was released this week including Kacey Musgraves covering Coldplay's "Yellow" off of Parachutes. Prince Harry was even in attendance to watch her along with the all-star cast of Elton John, One Direction, Brandon Flowers and Kylie Minogue.
Two pretty fantastic remixes also surfaced this week. Carly Rae Jepsen's next single, "Your Type," got a funky, spacy remix by Skylar Spence, who was tapped by the songwriters team to do an official redub that strips away a lot of the synth that populates the original track.
Neon Indian's "Annie," off his genius electronic funk album VEGA INTL. Night School, also got a remix from Suicide's Martin Rev after recently sitting down for a discussion on the Talkhouse Music Podcast.