Take Two: Arca, Cavanaugh, Martin Crane, more

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They gave me free reign to program the entire Tuesday Reviewsday segment this time. Tune in for new jams by Björk friend Arca, Cavanaugh (Serengeti + Open Mike Eagle), cool brainiac Martin Crane, and Shovels & Rope in tribute mode. Click through or stream here:

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Take Two: Open Mike Eagle and Destroyer

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I was joined by the estimable Nic Harcourt for the latest installment of Tuesday Reviewsday, which is now a podcast on iTunes. My picks for this week? An EP, The Catcher of the Fade, from the L.A.-centric squad anchored by Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, and Milo. And an album, Poison Season, by Destroyer. Listen up over at NPR member station KPCC, or right the heck here:

Covers: Aloe Blacc Does MJ, Velvets, Ed Sharpe on Bowie, Foreign Born Takes Television, more

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We’re getting caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound. These posts round up covers, versions and remixes (sometimes MP3, sometimes video) worth a good listen.

  1. FEATURED: Aloe Blacc covers MJ on Anniversary of Death*
  2. Busdriver Remixes Monsters of Folk Track, Raps All Over It
  3. Soul Man Aloe Blacc Covers the Velvets on ‘Femme Fatale’
  4. Foreign Born Covers Television for ‘Adventure’ Remake
  5. Magnetic Zeros Cover Bowie for Charity, Due on Manimal
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Blacc’s ’60s soul recreation of ‘Billie Jean’  lends significant gravity to the classic, slowing things down considerably and adding mournful horns to the mix.