Monday, February 19, 2007

Upcoming Release: Sounds Eclectic: The Cover Project

KCRW and Starbucks Entertainment will team up to co-release a cover compilation called Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project on March 13, at select Starbucks locations (Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Boston, and Washington, D.C.), and online (at this website)

All acoustic performances were originally recorded live in the KCRW studio for Nic Harcourt's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program, except for The Flaming Lips, who took on Radiohead's "Knives Out" in their tour bus on the way to the studio.

Proceeds from album sales will assist the station in digitizing its huge (60,000+ albums) music library. So it's all for a good cause.

Since Starbucks is involved, no surprise looking at the tracklist, where they try to jam in as many big names as they can, names whom the average Starbucks customer would recognize. And the overall mood is, of course, coffee-house-friendly.

A neat collection, though. Tracklist below.

01 Girls in Hawaii: "Out on the Weekend" (Neil Young)
02 Sia: "I Go to Sleep" (the Kinks)
03 The Magic Numbers: "Crazy in Love" (Beyoncé)
04 Damien Rice: "Creep" (Radiohead)
05 Nikka Costa: "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl" (Nina Simone)
06 Dido: "Fire and Rain" (James Taylor)
07 Paul Weller: "Wishing on a Star" (Rose Royce)
08 Rufus Wainwright and Chris Stills: "Harvest" (Neil Young)
09 R.E.M.: "Gentle on My Mind" (John Hartford)
10 Gary Jules: "Mad World" (Tears for Fears)
11 The Flaming Lips: "Knives Out" (Radiohead)
12 Robert Plant: "Black Dog" (Led Zeppelin)
13 Missy Higgins: "Moses" (Patty Griffin)
14 M. Ward: "Let's Dance" (David Bowie)
15 K.D. Lang: "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen)

And here are a few choice cuts for previewing. If you like what you hear, pick up a copy the next time you stop by the local Starbucks. After all, it's a cool radio station you'd be helping here.

Sia - I Go To Sleep (The Kinks Cover)
Dido - Fire and Rain (James Taylor Cover)
Paul Weller - Wishing On A Star (Rose Royce Cover)
Rufus Wainwright & Chris Stills - Harvest (Neil Young Cover)
Missy Higgins - Moses (Patty Griffin Cover)

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