Hive Five: Record Store Day Edition

We hashed out a few of our picks for this year’s Record Store Day but there’s so much more to note – in particular, the bevy of covers being released this year. Here are five great cover-based selections coming this Saturday. Head to your local store to get in on the action.

1.  Ty Segall: Ty Rex (T. Rex covers, 10″)

San Francisco’s Ty Segall has done his share of covers on his dozens of releases, from Bob Seger to Captain Beefheart. On this 10″ it’s all Marc Bolan covers. Segall’s background as a one-man band and his affection for psych definitely work forglam classics like “The Slider” and “Elemental Child.”

2.  Mastodon: “Just Got Paid” (ZZ Top cover, 7″)

Here’s a 7″ from the bearded metal lords of Georgia paying homage to the bearded blues-rock legends of Texas.

3. Various Artists: Covers EP (Franz Ferdinand covers, 12″)

Debbie Harry, Peaches and the Magnetic Fields’ Stephen Merritt all contributed to Covers, an EP paying homage to Franz Ferdinand. But it’s LCD Soundsystem’s seven-minute version of “Live Alone” that’s making this one the must-own releases this year.

4. Jenny & Johnny: “Love Hurts” (Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris cover, 7″)

“Love Hurts” has had plenty of iconic versions, from Roy Orbison to … er … Nazarath, but Jenny & Johnny’s Record Store Day cover is clearly a tribute to the Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris version. No offense, Naz.

5.  Various Artists - Sing For Your Meat: Tribute to Guided By Voices (LP)

The indie rock godfathers get the covers treatment here from seasoned veterans like Thurston Moore, the Flaming Lips and Lou Barlow, as well as a few fairly new faces, like Cymbals Eat Guitars, La Sera and Blitzen Trapper.

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