Wednesday, March 14, 2012

SXSW - NPR Live Stream

The annual SXSW festival is this week in Austin, and while the city and the conference can only hold so many, the rest of us can still get in on the action and check out the great music online, thanks to the folks at NPR Music.  They are streaming their whole showcase, which you can check out via video (or via an audio only feed if the video gets jumpy) HERE.  Fiona Apple already performed (yesterday) at NPR Music's showcase, where she previewed a new song, "Anything We Want", check it out HERE (via Pitchfork).  The rest of the schedule is below.

NPR Music Live Webcast Schedule:
Weds. 3/14:
- Dan Deacon - 10pm CT
- Alabama Shakes - 11:15pm CT
- Andrew Bird - 12:30am CT

Thurs. 3/15:
- Bruce Springsteen - noon CT (keynote address)

Fri. 3/16:
- La Vida Boheme - 1pm CT
- Sugar Tongue Slim - 1:45pm CT
- Polica - 2:30pm CT
- Lower Dens - 3:15pm CT
- The Magnetic Fields - 4pm CT

Monday, March 5, 2012

Counting Crows Covers

Counting Crows are releasing a new album on April 10th, but fans looking for new new material will have to wait- the new album, Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation), is entirely an album of covers.  A band notorious for covering others, including Adam Duritz's late night covers session from last February, this album is a natural extension of their live shows and their propensity for intertwining bits of others' songs into their own.  While we await Underwater Sunshine (track list below) here are some Counting Crows covers to whet your appetite.

Underwater Sunshine Track Listing (pre order HERE):
1. Untitled (Love Song)
2. Start Again
3. Hospital
4. Mercy
5. Meet on the Ledge
6. Like Teenage Gravity
7. Amie
8. Coming Around
9. Ohh La La
10. All My Failures
11. Return of the Grievous Angels
12. Four White Stallions
13. Jumping Jesus
14. You Ain't Goin Nowhere
15. The Ballad of El Goodo

Amie - Pure Prairie League

Caravan - Van Morrison

Blues Run the Game - Jackson Frank (this is an Adam Duritz cover from his Soundcloud page, which is full of gems; Nick Drake also covered this)

This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie

Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel

Live Forever - Oasis (into "A Long December")

"Rain King" into "Thunder Road" - Bruce Springsteen:

With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles

Abbey Road medley:

The Ghost In You - Psychedelic Furs:

Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead (live on Howard Stern):

Rain King/Oh Susannah (starts at 3:00):

Dashboard Confessional covering "Angels of the Silences":

Sara Bareilles covering "Sullivan Street" in a goosebump worthy performance:

You can pre-listen to some of the tracks off Underwater Sunshine by entering your email address through their website (its simple and painless). Check it out.