After part one, and part two, this list of covers of amazing songs I would like to hear performed by local artists past and present has no sign of slowing down. This is shaping up to be the best compilation my mind has ever had, according to my editor.
Here are my four picks for the week, with nudges toward Pretty Please, To Be Hated, and a few more. Remember, this is also a community effort, so if you have suggestions, tab 'em up in the comments section below!
Our friends in Pretty Please have undergone a lot in their short existence, but they have soldiered on and gotten better and recently did the SXSW thing. I am pretty sure of the fit of this track by Peru's psych-garage-punk masters Manganzoides. Yeah, I think they'd make this futuristic number more compelling with strings and female voices.
Manganzoides - "Estoy a Cinco años de Acá"
My boy Orion's been dropping science and his particular type of hip-hop, tempered by Latin rhythms, South Florida living, and a mean streak of intellectualism would be a devastating take on this delicious Cuban-influenced and cheeky Dizzy Gillespie number.
Dizzy Gillespie - "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac"
Recently I've been getting into the teen-angst-laden punk rock of To Be Hated, and while I initially thought of them more as something I would've been completely into in my younger days, whilst poring over their fairly extensive catalog, I realized what a great anti-aging cream punk rock is. So, in honor of my baldness, my Arabness, and a younger generation of South Florida punks waving the flag, I'd like to see them tackle this Balthasar Gerards Kommando track.
Balthasar Gerards Kommando - "Holiday in Lebanon"
Keeping it on the fantasy tip, I'd like to see the long-gone metal outfit Anti-Justice do a version of this Entombed track. But here is where fantasy and reality meet: I can already hear the machinations of Tim Den's brain whirring about coming up with excuses as to why this would never happen and why so and so (insert obscure metal band here) would be a much better idea and so forth. Fuck it, dude; these are my fantasies!
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Entombed - "Wolverine Blues"