Sunday, March 29th, 2009
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover Sonic Youth
iTunesThe Yeah Yeah Yeahs made their name with abrasive yet addictive dance-punk, but have never been ones to allow themselves to be pigeonholed. For example, their latest album It’s Blitz!, out on Tuesday, finds them embracing sleek synth-rock and in the process, turning out maybe the best record of their career.
But they also excel when they go in the other direction and strip down acoustically, allowing Karen O’s voice to really shine. Case in point, this Sonic Youth cover recorded for an iTunes EP where they tackle one of Sonic Youth’s straighter and lovelier tunes and for my money, knock it out of the park. Deluxe editions of It’s Blitz! come with a bonus EP with four Blitz tracks rendered acoustically – needless to say, I think it’s worth picking up the fancy version.
Sonic Youth’s The Eternal is out June 9 and I realize this is the second Sonic Youth cover I’ve posted in three weeks – who’d have thought they’d be that coverable?
MP3: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “The Diamond Sea”
Video: Sonic Youth – “The Diamond Sea”