News & Links – February 20

Lady GagaWith my feed reader at 1000+ unread posts (thanks a lot, busy work week and unexpected out-of-country trip), I might as well just claim defeat and start from scratch, but not before compiling some things that have caught my eye.

First up, Cover Me posted a bunch of covers of Lady Gaga songs.  And if there’s anything I love in music, it’s non-pop covers of pop songs.  The post kicks off with Corey TuT‘s awesome cover of “Bad Romance” — if you don’t want to download, check out a hilarious video of the song on Youtube.  Additional songs will be posted via Twitter later today.  I can’t wait!

In Pimping Friends’ Blogs news, my friend Chantaal’s started a music blog of her very own!  Check out Strong Pieces for daily posts highlighting songs she loves.  PS, she has awesome taste in music.

Soundtrack to My Day has a collection of links to videos of songs by the Muppets.  Having a bad day?  Go watch “Rainbow Connection” and be happy.

Dosh, frequent Andrew Bird collaborator and he of the awesome beard, has a new album out on April 13, and you can preview “Subtractions”, a track from the upcoming album. He hits the Empty Bottle on April 15.

St. Vincent
will be rolling through Chicago later this year for the Pitchfork festival, but for anyone who didn’t want to wait that long, her tour stopped in the city last week.  Muzzle of Bees, Consequence of Sound, and Spinner have reviews.

Stream video of the Decemberists‘ January performance in Sydney at Moshcam.

Tegan and Sara
have released their newest music video, for “Alligator”.  It’s surreal, with strange dancing and snow angels and confetti that suspiciously reminded me of Fruity Pebbles.

Peter Gabriel’s
new album, Scratch My Back, is reviewed at Consequence of Sound.  I wasn’t too impressed by my first listen, but maybe I’ll give it another shot.

Muzzle of Bees has a review and video from Phantogram’s recent show at Schubas, as does Gapers Block.  Check them out in April at Lincoln Hall, when they open for the Antlers.  I’ll be there!

Over at the Culturephiles, there’s a great post looking at Kate and Anna McGarrigle and their friends, family, and frequent collaborators.