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Grandaddy covers Metric, EMA covers Modest Mouse for Under The Radar’s ‘Covers of Covers’ album

Under the Radar has announced their 20th anniversary Covers of Covers compilation. Today, they’ve previewed the collection with Grandaddy’s rendition of Metric’s “Blindness” and EMA’s rendition of Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash.”

The compilation comes alongside Under the Radar’s 20th anniversary print issue. It features some of their favourite musicians recording songs from artists that have been on the cover of Under the Radar over the last 20 years. In fact, Grandaddy was on the cover of Under the Radar‘s first issue.

“Apparently my band Grandaddy was on the cover of issue #1 of Under the Radar and continued to have a cozy relationship with the mag, so it seemed a no brainer to be involved with the Covers of Covers project,” Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle says. “I’m a big Metric fan. One time I drove from Bozeman to Salt Lake City (a 9hr. drive) to see them play live. I don’t even like going to shows. That says a lot. I chose ‘Blindness as it has been one of my favourite songs of theirs since I first heard it in 2009. I recorded and mixed it all in my garage, and enjoyed treading that line of trying to emulate some of the original sounds and ‘feels’ but also making it mine for a bit, and having a little fun.”

Listen to Grandaddy’s rendition of “Blindness” below.

EMA on her rendition of Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash”:

“This song reminds me of a person I used to be in love with,” EMA says of her Modest Mouse cover. “We were teenage robo-buddies. We drove around on gravel roads, pulling over at abandoned barns and country cemeteries. We weren’t very physical, except once when I started crying, gave them a kiss and then ran out of the car. Very dramatic. People used to say we were going to end up married and living like the ‘trailer trash’ couple in this song. It didn’t happen.”

Listen to EMA’s rendition of “Trailer Trash” below.

More about the compilation:

“When hatching plans to celebrate our 20th anniversary I knew I wanted to go beyong just producing a special issue,” Under The Radar co-founder and senior editor Mark Redfern says. “Despite two decades of writing about albums, one thing we’d never done is actually put one out ourselves. Thus I came upon the idea for Cover of Covers. The concept was so perfect and simple that I’m suprsised we hadn’t thought of it before. We approached some of our favorite musicians and asked them to cover any song by any artist who had been on the front or back cover of our print issue over the years. I sent each musician a list of the cover artists to choose from, and let it go from there.”

The compilation features Kevin Drew covering Stars, Peter Bjorn and John covering The Divine Comedy, Hatchie covering HAIM, and more.

The album will be available on CD and digitally, with cassette tape and vinyl releases in the works. They’ll be donating $1.00 from every physical album sold and full digital download purchased to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund “provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems,” Redfern adds.

Pre-order the compilation here or check out the tracklist below.

Covers of Covers Tracklist:

01 – Grandaddy – “Blindness (Metric)”
02 – Piroshka – “The Crystal Lake (Grandaddy)”
03 – Peter Bjorn and John – “Songs of Love (The Divine Comedy)”
04 – Cults – “Bourgeois (Phoenix)”
05 – Nation of Language – “Stars and Sons (Broken Social Scene)”
06 – Kevin Drew – “The Loose Ends Will Make Knots (Stars)”
07 – Hatchie – “FUBT (HAIM)”
08 – Sondre Lerche – “Townie (Mitski)”
09 – C Duncan – “Acrobat (Angel Olsen)”
10 – Cassandra Jenkins – “It’s You (Animal Collective)”
11 – NZCA LINES – “Debra (Beck)”
12 – Oceanator – “The Biggest Lie (Elliot Smith)”
13 – Black Belt Eagle Scout – “Calculation Theme (Metric)”
14 – Strand of Oaks – “’81 (Joanna Newsom)”
15 – Ora the Molecule – “The Fox in the Snow (Belle and Sebastian)”
16 – Girl Ray – Another Try (HAIM)”
17 – James Yorkston – “Smoke Signals (Phoebe Bridgers)”
18 – EMA – “Trailer Trash (Modest Mouse)”
19 – Alex Lahey – “New York (St. Vincent)”
20 – Water From Your Eyes – “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (R.E.M.)

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