Friday, November 20, 2009

The Acorn do Gowan. Seriously.

photo from here

Weirdest cover I've heard in a while? Stereogum informed me about The Acorn doing Gowan's Strange Animal. Not that it's a weird version (it's pretty faithful), just a weird choice of song to record. It's part of Paper Bag Records' 7 year anniversary celebration, and you can download 12 covers of artists such as Nirvana, OMC, Beck Dylan, Bats for Lashes, and Outkast done by PaperBag artists at their site. Stereogum explains:

"In 2002, Toronto's Paper Bag Records had an auspicious first year by releasing a new millennial indie rock touchstone in Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It In People, one of the decade's most acclaimed albums, and one that helped shape thoughts and expectations of what indie rock could look and sound like in the '00s: sentimental and anthemic but still rooted in the raucous guitar rock of the '90s, all while featuring more members than an intramural softball team. Years later, the label still earns plaudits for curating a solid roster -- most recently given NOW magazine's award for Best Toronto label ..."

The Acorn - Strange Animal

What's next for covers of Canuck '80s artists? Platinum Blonde? Helix? Honeymoon Suite? Corey Hart? Hopefully Boys Brigade and The Box get their due soon. The Hold Steady already did Bryan Adams Run to You with Malcolm Middleton, you can get that at Stereogum if you really must. Here's some goofy videos (the Pukka Orchestra is a cover already, but maybe we'll get cover of a cover, it wouldn't be the first time).

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