[Download] Ryan Adams - "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Foreigner Cover)

Ryan Adams' new album is a throwback to the eighties and while I may have only been born in 1989, I grew up listening to my Dad's record collection from that era, and you know what, I like it. Sure, it's cheesy at times, and maybe even predictable, but it just sounds good to me. Maybe I'm looking at it with rose-tinted fondness, but Ryan's new self-titled album is equally brilliant and given it was released in 2014, maybe my kids will grow up and reach for it in my collection when they're growing up and the cycle of the 80s will begin again.

With his new album's sound in mind, he's offered up a true piece of memorabilia by covering "I Want To Know What Love Is" recently for NPR's World Cafe. Originally released in '84 by Foreigner, the result presented to us is a beautiful, stripped back version approaching nearly 7 minutes that remains smooth, emotional and damn right brilliant from start to finish. Whenever you may have been born, however old you may be, enjoy the download of the track below via Stereogum.

[Listen] Beck - "Love" (John Lennon Cover)

Gotta say, the internet, feeling pretty good that the first post of the new year is a Beck song! 

Even though this isn't from his upcoming album, Morning Phase, this is certainly help build the anticipation for me. The song is a John Lennon tune from the 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and will be on Starbucks' Sweetheart 2014 compilation, which you can grab on February 4th. Although the orginial is piano driven, the added depth and warmth from Beck's subtle guitar strums is really helping me fight of the bitter chill from the impending blizzard that's about to hit NYC. 

Although there isn't an official release date yet for Morning Phase, we know that his first album since 2008 is expected sometime to drop in February. 

So while you wait, here's something for you to "Love". Pun intended. You LOVE it. 

(via RollingStone)

[Watch] Franz Ferdinand Cover Grimes' "Oblivion"

For a band that doesn't veer too far from a sound that works (see: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action), Franz Ferdinand completely surprised us this morning. During a visit to French radio station Ouï FM, they took on Grimes' glistening, synth-laden track "Oblivion." With nought but two acoustic guitars and vocal chords, the Scottish quartet turned the song into a calming ballad complete with romantic harmonies. It sure came from out of the blue, but damn is it worth a listen.

[Listen] Toro Y Moi - "Slough" (Ricky Gervais Cover)

While many the world over may still be sad that the American version of The Office has sadly come to an end this year, many of us on the other side of the Atlantic have longed for the British version for nearly 10 years. Recently though, Ricky Gervais has brought back to life the idiot that made him so famous, David Brent. He's been doing a series of online guitar tutorials, which is funny enough. One of the tracks he plays in the videos is call "Slough", the place where the British series was set. Toro Y Moi has now taken on the track and made it his own with a reverb drenched cover that you can stream below.

[Watch] Passion Pit - "Carry On" (fun. Cover)

Taking on Vevo's "Unexpected Covers" series, Passion Pit offer up an intriguing take on fun.'s huge hit "Carry On". Lead singer, Michael Angelakos , takes it back to basics and turns the tune into a stripped down piano lead ballad. It's a very nice rendition that shows Michael's talents off nicely and is surely a nice break from the original which received a damn lot of radio play here in the UK. You can see for yourselves above.