Okkervil River surprised the internet yesterday, with the sudden release of Golden Opportunities 2, a five-song EP of covers. Available for free download on the band’s website (in LOSSLESS format no less), it’s the follow-up to the first installment from back 2007, and in the time that’s passed, frontman and main songwriter Will Sheff has apparently gone a little deeper into the world of crate-digging. The first time out, we got covers of artists like John Cale, Randy Newman, John Phillips and Serge Gainsbourg, but this time, we see lesser known artists Ted Lucas, Jim Sullivan, David McComb and Bill Fay represented. Take some time to read up on Ted Lucas and Jim Sullivan in particular—both have flown very much under the radar of even the most dedicated fans of rock music, and both are very much worth knowing. Sheff’s versions, across the board, are stellar. After the jump, the originals, for comparison.
Ted Lucas — “It’s So Nice to Get Stoned”
Jim Sullivan — “U.F.O.”
David McComb (The Triffids) — “One Soul Less on Your Fiery List”
BIll Fay — “Plan D”
Delta Rhythm Bones — “Dry Bones” (Traditional)