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Stereogum's OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer



Stereogum is one of my favorite blogs and I'm not alone in that adoration. They recently unveiled a grandiose and ballsy project any blogger would have killed to accomplish: A covers tribute to Radiohead's OK Computer, created to order by some of the blog's favorite artists (My Brightest Diamond, Cold War Kids, The Twilight Sad, Melissa Nadler, etc). It's cool enough that everyone should go check it out and read the story about how it all came together. OK Computer is my #2 favorite record of all time (If you're keeping score, Jellyfish's Spilt Milk is #1). The compilation itself is hit or miss, not so much for the lack of skills associated, but because we're talking about a very sacred album here. Re-interpretations of Radiohead will always be hit or miss. The hits are pleasant or at the least interesting. David Bazan's (of Pedro the Lion) "Let Down", Vanderslice's "Karma Police", Nadler's safe but beautiful version of "No Surprises", and even Cold War Kids' naked drums-and-vox "Electioneering" are the highlights in my opinion, but if you're the least bit intrigued, head over to Stereogum and download the whole thing for frizzle.

Listen:
David Bazan - Let Down
John Vanderslice - Karma Police
[from OKX: a tribute to OK Computer|download]

3 Comments:

Anonymous Rob said...

another blog essentially did the same thing this week, however they included the brutally beautiful "Exit Music (For A Film)" that Glen Phillips recorded. which may I say nearly nails the radiohead version to the wall. they used a live recording on the blog however there's a studio version floating around as well.

5:48 PM  
Blogger drewcif said...

Yeah I got that one too actually. Someone from that other blog claimed Stereogum stole their idea, even though obviously Stereogum's was in the works for all this time and "recorded to order" so to speak. The other blog's version had multiple tracks from Exit Music(a previous radiohead covers compilation) which I felt was a major copout. Glen's "Exit Music (for a film)" is indeed amazing.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Spiro said...

i love david bazan's rendition of let down. i can't find it anywhere else. could someone e-mail it to me? jamiespiro @ gmail dot com

7:34 PM  

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