Listen to new Cults and Nation of Language tracks from our album “Covers of Covers”
Cults Cover “Bourgeois” by Phoenix and Nation of Language Cover “Stars and Sons” by Broken Social Scene; blankets of blankets Expected release this Friday via American Laundromat
February 27, 2022
Photography by Andreia Lemos (Nation of Language) and Maxwell Kamin (Cults)
blankets of blankets, our debut album, is due out this Friday via American Laundromat (pre-order it here). Today, we’re sharing two latest preview singles: Cults’ cover of Phoenix’s “Bourgeois” and Nation of Language’s cover of Broken Social Scene’s “Stars and Sons”. Listen to both below.
In honor of our 20th anniversary, we approached some of our favorite musicians and asked them to cover any song by any artist that had appeared on the front or back cover of our print issue over the years. years. In December, we announced that the album shared its first two singles: Metric’s cover of “Blindness” by Grandaddy and Modest Mouse’s cover of “Trailer Trash” by EMA. Then in January, we shared two more singles: Cassandra Jenkins’ cover of Animal Collective’s “It’s You” and Peter Bjorn and John’s cover of The Divine Comedy’s “Songs of Love”.
The album also features Alex Lahey, Hatchie, Kevin Drew, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Sondre Lerche, Girl Ray, Piroshka, Strand of Oaks, Oceanator, C Duncan, NZCA LINES, Ora the Molecule, James Yorkston and Water From Your Eyes.
blankets of blankets will be available on CD and digitally, with cassette and vinyl releases also in the works. We also donate $1.00 from every physical album sold and every full album download purchased to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund (www.sweetrelief.org), which “provides financial assistance to all types of musicians from careers and music industry workers struggling to make ends meet. encounter in the face of illness, disability or age-related problems.
Cults are releasing a 10th anniversary reissue of their self-titled debut album and recently shared bonus track “Valentine” (appropriately released on Valentine’s Day). Phoenix was on the cover of issue #45 in 2013, in honor of their album Bankrupt! (which featured “Bourgeois”).
Cults’ Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion collectively had this to say about their cover in a statement to under the radar: “We are very happy to be included in the celebration under the radar magazine because we’ve been huge fans for over a decade now. I look back, UTR It was maybe the first time our music was printed in a magazine, which was an incredible and bizarre out-of-body moment.
“When we saw the list of bands that had made the covers over the years, our first thought was, ‘Wow, there are a lot of great bands.’ Our second thought was, ‘Let’s do this Phoenix song.’
“We’ve had ‘Bourgeois’ on our touring playlist for two album cycles now, which means we’ve heard it in clubs hundreds of times. It still stands out among all the other tracks with its extended intro, its sweet verses, and its bright, punchy instrumentation.We also love its lyrics as a critique of social structures that the French do better than anyone else.
“We tried different ways to approach the cover before giving up and diving in, playing the song like we would if it was a Cults song. We hope you enjoy!”
Nation of Language is a Brooklyn-based synth-pop trio consisting of Ian Devaney (vocals, guitar and percussion), Aidan Noell (synth and vocals) and Michael Sue-Poi (bass). Their second album, A way forward, was released last November via PIAS. Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene was one of many musicians to appear on the fold-out cover of our 2005 issue of O Canada (Issue 11), alongside members of other artists north of the border, Metric , Tegan and Sara, The Dears, The New Pornographers, stars and others. Drew is also on blankets of blanketscovering “The Loose Ends Will Make Knots” from Stars.
Devaney had this to say about their coverage in a statement to under the radar: “It was difficult to choose who to cover in the list – so many of these bands have been very important to us over the years. Once we settled on Broken Social Scene and this song, we realized that in loving ‘Stars and Sons’ so much, if we didn’t fundamentally transform it, we’d end up copying it straight in. Not wanting to do that, we decided to change the beat to make it a shuffle (think ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ by Tears for Fears, ‘Reelin’ in the Years’ by Steely Dan, ‘Higher Ground’ by Stevie Merveille) Once we made this change, it was easier to detach from the structure and have fun with. We worked with Nick Millhiser (of Holy Ghost!), who also produced half of our album A way forward. We have a song on the record called “Former Self” which is also a shuffle but in a much more reserved way, so we wanted to do everything here and make it a weird dance song.
Read our new interview with Nation of Language on A way forward.
When hatching plans to celebrate under the radar‘s 20th anniversary, I knew I wanted to go beyond just producing a special 20th anniversary issue. Despite two decades of writing albums, one thing we never did was release one ourselves. That’s how I got the idea blankets of blankets.
To pull this off, we teamed up with Joe Spadaro and his American Connecticut label, American Laundromat. In addition to releasing albums by Juliana Hatfield and Tanya Donelly, American Laundromat has a long history of producing incredible cover albums, including their tributes to Elliott Smith, The Cure, Neil Young, The Smiths and music from the films of Wes Anderson. They even composed a piece-by-piece tribute to the soundtrack to the cult 1984 Alex Cox film. The man from the depot. Without Joe’s help, blankets of blankets would still be just an idea in my head. He has the know how to get an album mastered and crafted, not to mention how to handle all the legal stuff. My co-editor/wife Wendy Lynch Redfern then photographed and designed the album cover, which features a tower of all our printed issues.
Buy a copy of our 20th anniversary issue, our new double-printed issue, for an article on creating blankets of blankets, including quotes from all 20 artists who recorded tracks for the album. The issue’s downloadable MP3 sampler also includes Piroshka’s cover of Grandaddy’s “The Crystal Lake”.
And again, you can pre-order blankets of blankets here from American Laundromat and here from Bandcamp.
blankets of blankets List of tracks:
1. Grandfather: “Blindness” (metric)
2. Piroshka: “Crystal Lake” (grandfather)
3. Peter Bjorn and John: “Songs of Love” (The Divine Comedy)
4. Cults: “Bourgeois” (Phoenix)
5. Nation of Language: “Stars and Sons” (Shattered Social Scene)
6. Kevin Drew: “Loose details will tie knots” (Stars)
7. Hatchie: “FUBT” (HAIM)
8. Sondre Lerche: “Townie” (Mitsky)
9. C Duncan: “Acrobat” (Angel Olsen)
10. Cassandra Jenkins: “It’s You” (Animal Collective)
11. NZCA LINES: “Debra” (Beck)
12. Oceanator: “The Biggest Lie” (Elliott Smith)
13. Black Belt Eagle Scout: “Theme Calculation” (Metric)
14. Strand of Oaks: “’81” (Joanna Newsom)
15. Ora la Molécule: “The Fox in the Snow” (Belle and Sébastien)
16. Girl Ray: “Another Try” (HAIM)
17. James Yorkston: “Smoke Signals” (Phoebe Bridgers)
18. EMA: “Trailer Trash” (modest mouse)
19. Alex Lahey: “New York” (St. Vincent)
20. Watering Your Eyes: “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel good)” (REM)
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