Neutral Milk Hotel Covers are Often, But Not Always, Terrible

07/14/2009 2:27 PM |

As Stereogum reported yesterday, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes covered Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two-Headed Boy” at a show this past Saturday. It’s ok, I guess, if nothing to write home about. It’s strange how the song seems less powerful when there’s any instrumentation beyond guitar and vocals. Here, listen:

And now watch this video of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison doing NMH’s “Song Against Sex.” It’s super good…

Now watch this, which I can’t even describe.

Ok, fine, now this.

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  • I have a crummy bootleg mp3 of Rilo Kiley doing “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” which I cherish.

  • Two Headed Boy, Amanda Palmer version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_rAbrfRleY
    It’s always a highlight when Dresden Dolls play this live…

    I like this Robin Pecknold version though, for me mallets on drums always add drama. It’s a trick that pulls the trigger in the brain, most of the time. His voice sounds great too, I think he nailed it.