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[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. 

[Watch] Titus Andronicus Release Bootleg VHS-Style Clip for "Still Life With Hot Deuce And Silver Platter"

Titus Andronicus are a hell of a lot of fun live, and that's what is on show in their video for "Still Life With Hot Deuce And Silver Platter." The visuals for the Local Business highlight come in the style of an early '90s bootleg VHS, complete with fuzzy sheen, screen glitches and artifacting. All this overlays a performance by the band during a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium, with mosh pits and rowdiness galore from both the crowd and the band. That's some authentic shit.

The band also released a cover of Icona Pop's "I Love It" yesterday. Renaming it "I Don't Care," the cover is a mess of distorted guitars, enthusiastic percussion and energetic, raspy vocals. Simply put, it's fucking awesome. Check it out below.

[Listen] Chvrches - "Falling" (Haim Cover)

Chvrches are making all the right moves at the moment and they're leaving everyone in their trail pretty damn impressed. They recently stopped by BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge Late with Phil Taggart last night to lay down a great sounding cover of Haim's "Falling". I must say, I much prefer Chvrches performance to the one I witnessed from Haim at Glastonbury. Just my $0.02. Along with the cover, they performed their single "Gun" which you can check out via the BBC after the jump. The cover is below via Soundcloud and the Line of Best Fit.

[Watch] Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines and First Aid Kit Cover The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" at Glastonbury 2013

Sunday night saw Mumford & Sons return to the stage for the first time since bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency brain surgery. The band headlined the main stage during the final evening of Glastonbury 2013, and closed their performance with a cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." It wasn't just Mumford and co., though, as they were joined on stage by members of Vampire Weekend, First Aid Kit and The Vaccines. Closing out the festival with a little help from their friends. Appropriate.