It's true: at a recent show in Oakland, Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold (lead singer of Fleet Foxes) continued the time-honored tradition of indie rockers covering mainstream pop hits by trotting out a rendition of that old Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow chestnut, "Picture." They, uh, sound pretty good, actually.
We're not above getting all hysterical and shit when anyone -- ANYONE -- covers a Neutral Milk Hotel song. Really, we're not. Which is why as soon as everyone started blogging their faces off about the dude from Fleet Foxes covering NMH during a solo show over the weekend, we zapped ourselves right over there and downloaded it, stat.
Saturday at Coachella brought Amanda Palmer to the WFNX house to chat up her high-school Neutral Milk Hotel musical and perform, as has become the custom, yet another Radiohead cover on ukulele. This time it was "Fake Plastic Trees." Plus Cage the Elephant play the hit, and Fleet Foxes speak into the microphone without spontaneously breaking into falsetto harmony -- a first, quite possibly.