Skip to content

Three Interesting Covers By Shamir, Tune-Yards And Beck

three interesting covers

Shamir covers Sharon Van Etten


Artists often cover other artists, and this week, I stumbled on three interesting covers, two by Shamir and Beck featured on upcoming reimagined albums and one by Tune-Yards performed live just for the fun of it. So here are three compelling versions of already-heard songs, three interesting covers.

Shamir covers Sharon Van Etten’s ‘DsharpG’: A poignant and vulnerable version sang with a strong conviction and a luminous orchestration. His vocals soar to incredible heights, in a very haunting manner and the song truly becomes something else, probably more passionate than the original, and flying high in the sky. Sharon Van Etten released ‘Epic’ 10 years ago and the reissue ‘Epic Ten’ comes with an album of covers of all songs by diverse artists from Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, to IDLES, Lucinda Williams, Big Red Machine, Courtney Barnett, St Panther and Fiona Apple. ‘I was drawn to Shamir’s music by the immediate authenticity & originality of his voice and instrumentation choices,’ Sharon writes. ‘It felt simultaneously throwback and very here & now. So many genres melting into one another, I couldn’t peg it and I loved every minute of the wild ride. Not to mention his vocal range is from another universe and his arrangements are dark and stormy. Self admittedly, I have a hard time keeping up with ‘music today’ because they all blend into each other and sound so homogenized I can’t tell one from another (even if I like it…). But Shamir’s music is truly original and a force to be reckoned with in his reimagining of a time where I grew up fondly angsty & dreaming…’

Tune-Yards covers Radiohead’s ‘Idioteque’: This is a live recording from SiriusXMU and this sounds so exciting, as Merrill Garbus has obviously a lot of fun reinterpreting the famous song. It’s very stripped down, almost executed a cappella with a polyphony of voices and beats, and once again, this is a very personal take on a tune that is very probably extremely difficult to cover in the first place. This may not please everyone, and not satisfy Radiohead purists, but Tune-Yards is original, inventive, and playful, plus it was a live unrehearsed performance, and this is even more surprising. Tune-Yards will also release their fifth album ‘sketchy’ tomorrow.

Beck covers Paul McCartney’s ‘Find My Way’: We know that ‘McCartney III Imagined,’ a personally curated collection of covers and remixes of the songs from McCartney’s latest album, will be released in April, and Beck’s reimagined version of ‘Find My Way’ was shared today. It is just a remix, so technically not a cover, but the song is transformed enough to bring a funky club dancefloor right in the middle of a Beatles’ tunes. More beats have been added, and if I am not a fan of remixes, this one is a cool machine, while I already thought that the ‘Oh yeah’ in the original song came straight from the Midnight Vultures universe. Plus, the comment that Beck wrote about the entire experience is heartwarming, to say the least: ‘I remember hanging out with Paul and his wife Nancy several years ago and Nancy mentioned that she wanted to go out dancing before calling it a night. We ended up at some club in West Hollywood and I remember noticing that Paul and Nancy were TEARING IT UP—really enjoying themselves more than anyone else on the dance floor. Last year when he asked me to remix this track, I remembered that night and wanted to try to recapture that amazing spirit I felt while watching him on the dance floor… sort of my little tribute to Paul “in his groove.” When I then heard the falsetto vocal in Paul’s original track I wanted to lean further into something really loose and funky—I pulled out my Hofner (because of course) and put down a few bass lines… and everything came to life from there. The best part of the entire experience, though, came a week after I’d turned in the remix when Paul called to tell me he’d been dancing in his kitchen to the track all week.’

Leave a Comment


Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top