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(All I Wanna Do Is) Stream

September 26, 2009

Some of ’em are abominations unto all that’s holy, it’s true, but I am of late being continually being surprised and entertained by the massive collection of cover versions at SomaFM’s Covers channel. Hit that main page, scroll down to the channel, and pick your preferred streaming type. I usually listen to the 128Kbps MP3 stream at home.

The only unifying principle is that the players aren’t the ones who wrote the song. You’ll hear classic, well-known versions (Manfred Mann’s “Blinded by the Light”, say, or Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Little Wing”) as well as eerie accuracy (Keane’s “With or Without You” or the Offspring’s “I Wanna Be Sedated”) and the occasional utter weirdness (Richard Thompson’s “Oops, I Did It Again”). Not to mention several stunning reinterpretations by Portland’s own Storm Large & the Balls (which I in fact failed to mention in the first iteration of this post—mea culpa!).

A list of recently played songs will show you what I mean.

SomaFM are ad-free and listener-supported, and they have many other dedicated channels, too.

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