Pentatonik pulls off a very interesting one here. The first word that comes to mind in reference to this arrangement is "experimental." Sometimes that's not a good word, but this time it definitely is. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Let's say you're a little edgy and you'd like to use a Cure song as the Recessional song at your wedding, but you don't want to shock your grandparents. This piano version of Friday I'm in Love will definitely do the trick. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
A pretty straightforward danceable-with-the-beat-on-2-and-4 version here. And though I would usually use that kind of phrase in a bad way, I actually like it with this version.
I've not tried meditating to this one (not that I do a whole lot of meditating anyway) but I really like the concept of this group whose tagline is "rock goes zen." Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
What list of covers would be complete without an a cappella version of one of your favorite tunes? Not a good list, I'll tell you that. And I really like this one, because the arrangement of the different voices is actually quite elaborate, as compared to the simple harmonizing of most a cappella groups. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
A simple broken-chord acoustic guitar part and doubled and delayed lead vocals make this one seem like something from a faraway time.
I make no secret of the fact that I'm not into country music, but just by virtue of "a different take" on a song, I kinda dig this version of a British song with a Southern twang. Can you picture Robert Smith in a cowboy hat? I'm not sure I can, so we've got this instead. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
For those who like a little Reggae in their Cure, this is definitely it.
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If you're on this site, you're obviously a fan of indie. Why not check out the novel written by a fellow indie fan?Author Neal A. Yeager has been indie for a long time. "There's that old saying 'write what you know,' and I've been bouncing around the indie scene for quite a few years now. In fact I have the domain nonhollywood.com," he says, "So I thought it would be fun to write a novel about the sorts of characters who inhabit the indie world. The four main characters are: an actor, an actress, an indie filmmaker and a musician all 'aspiring' in Los Angeles. Needless to say, I'm very empathetic."
It amazes me how many lounge-jazzy covers there are out there of rock/pop songs. This one, I think, works pretty darned well. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
I find this cover pretty interesting. A kind of haunting acoustic guitar part atop a straight-ahead drum loop, topped off with great female vocals gives this one a very unique feel. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Sometimes you just need a little garage rock, you know? And that's what you get with this cover by Fevertree. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Beautiful little version of this one here. Really nice harmony vocals.
I've always thought that Boys Don't Cry should be covered by girls (my vote was always for Suzanne Vega, but I digress) and this version by The Submarines works really well for me. Not only are there great female vocals on this one, but the sparse-but-hugely-echoey rhythm tracks are a fantastic touch. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
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How do you make an audiobook in the most indie way possible? The audiobook for the novel non-Hollywood has been made in true indie fashion. Author Neal A. Yeager recruited actors from across the US to read chapters of the book. It's a natural fit, as the subject of the novel is... actors and indie film and music types.
Really interesting string arrangement on this one (and I love interesting string arrangements). I particularly enjoy the little pizzicato part rolling along in the background. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
So here's a rockabilly version of Lovecats. And here's the thing... the way that it's done it almost convinced me that the original actually was rockabilly, but I just never noticed. Way cool.
Nice, straightforward and beautiful cover here with great female vocals. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Fantastic Spanish guitar cover of this one. No vocals but the stylings of Agustin keep you very much engaged. Maybe if I had actually practiced I could play guitar that well... or maybe not. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Slowed down and sparsified version of In Between Days, Helene makes you really feel the power of the line "yesterday I got so old I felt like I could die."
Fantastic piano-based version here. And what is it with me and weird accents? I don't know, but this weird accent surely does work well. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
This is a very interesting arrangement, tribal drums, trilling strings and an extremely emotional vocal delivery make this a good one from the Ellis Collective. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Okay, so I wasn't quite sure where to put this one, but I find it... compelling. A string quartet and operatic vocal rendition of Close to Me. Something tells me that if Robert Smith knows of this one, he digs it. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)