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Wait No More: Undercover Vol 6 Lands Today

 

It’s been nearly 8 years since the last installment of the hugely popular Undercover series, but the wait is over kiddies. Those of you clambering for the latest installment can go hole up in your bedroom and feast on this rather long but tasty mix of 38 tracks. For those new to UC, Vols 1-6 compile cover versions of tracks by original artists both popular and obscure. Now, this idea is certainly not new. But maunet’s carefully curated, lovingly sequenced take on the notion is the best, Jerry, the best.

As with previous volumes, UCV6 presents versions both faithful and wildly divergent from their more well-known counterparts. The most satisfying efforts transform a previously douchy track into a sublime experience. Case in point, Erika Simonian’s beautifully spare acoustic take on Springsteen’s woefully over-produced “Dancing In The Dark” strips the track of it’s 80′s douchebaggery to reveal a gem of a song with lyrics that slay you dead. Likewise, with a deeply odd choice, Arab Strap manages to (almost) rid all irony from their version of a Van Hagar track, while Bon Iver joyfully brings back teenage memories with a radio staple from The Outfield. Townes Van Zandt might have recorded a better version of the original with an acoustic rendition of “Dead Flowers” featuring backing vocals by Guy Clark that make the hair on the back of your neck stand to attention. On the faithful side, The Donnas (an otherwise dismal band) do a kick ass job of replicating the fat bass line and snaking guitar licks of The Beatles’ “Drive My Car.” And we can’t omit mention of Patti Smith Group’s raucous, hilariously vulgar take on “My Generation,” complete with monster bass guitar by John Cale.

But no need to break this all down for you. Judge for yourself. Listen below, or

download the tracks here*.
*Now I usually do not condone the random distribution of purchased music, but in this case I’m making a very rare exception. Compensate by seeking out the artists on this list and give them some of your money!

For more of Undercover, check out Vols 1-5 in the right rail media player on this page.

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Complete Track List:

  1. Daniel Johnston: I Saw Her Standing There | The Beatles
  2. Ambulance Ltd: Fearless | Pink Floyd
  3. The Donnas: Drive My Car | The Beatles
  4. The Slits: I Heard It Through The Grapevine | Marvin Gaye
  5. Wilco: Any Major Dude Will Tell You | Steely Dan
  6. The Zombies: Summertime | Billie Holiday (Standard)
  7. Royal City: Is This It? | The Strokes
  8. Gary Jules: Mad World | Tears for Fears
  9. Arab Strap: Why Can’t This Be Love | Van Halen
  10. Nick Cave: I’m Your Man | Leonard Cohen
  11. Steve Malkmus + The Million Dollar Bash: Ballad of a Thin Man | Bob Dylan
  12. X: Soul Kitchen | The Doors
  13. Butthole Surfers: Hurdy Gurdy Man | Donovan
  14. Pink Mountain Tops: Atmosphere | Joy Division
  15. Iron & Wine: Love Vigelantes | New Order
  16. Billy Bragg: She Smiles Sweetly | The Rolling Stones
  17. Doveman: Dancing In The Sheets | Shalamar
  18. Erika Simonian: Dancing In The Dark | Bruce Springsteen
  19. Jim James + Calexico: Goin’ To Acapulco | Bob Dylan
  20. Townes Van Zandt: Dead Flowers | The Rolling Stones
  21. OK Go + Bonerama: Rock ‘n Roll Suicide | David Bowie
  22. The Muslims: Grinding Halt | The Cure
  23. Christian Death: Panic In Detroit | David Bowie
  24. Franz Ferdinand: All My Friends | LCD Sound System
  25. Queens of the Stone Age: Never Say Never | Romeo Void
  26. M. Ward: Let’s Dance | David Bowie
  27. This Mortal Coil: Holocaust | Big Star
  28. Catpower: Freebird | Lynard Skynard
  29. Magnetic Fields: Heroes | David Bowie
  30. The Detroit Cobras: Last Night | The Strokes
  31. The Jam: Batman Theme | Nelson Riddle
  32. Patti Smith Group: My Generation | The Who
  33. Lindsey Buckingham + Mathew Sweet: Magnet & Steel | Walter Eagan
  34. Robyn Hitchcock: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue | Bob Dylan
  35. José Gonzales: Love Will Tear Us Apart | Joy Division
  36. Bon Iver: Your Love | The Outfield
  37. Mark Eitzel: Move On Up | Curtis Mayfield
  38. Daniel Johnston + Yo La Tengo: Speeding Motorcycle | Daniel Johnston
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