Spoon - "Don't You Evah" (The Natural History)Again, the key factor here is that all these songs are functional contributors to an original LP. No gimmickry, just a means to an end.
Local Natives - "Warning Sign" (Talking Heads)
M. Ward - "To Go Home" (Daniel Johnston)
Uncle Tupelo - "Atomic Power" (Louvin Brothers)
Middle Brother - "Portland" (Replacements)
George Harrison - "If Not For You" (Bob Dylan)
The Low Anthem - "Home I'll Never Be" (Tom Waits/Jack Kerouac)
Red House Painters - "I Am a Rock" (Simon and Garfunkel)
The Pogues - "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (Eric Bogle)
The White Stripes - "Conquest" (Patti Page)
Ryan Adams - "Wonderwall" (Oasis)
This months wild card is brought to you by balls. Namely, the balls it takes to cover yourself. I can think of a few instances of this--Wilco and Sun Kil Moon, for example--but I'd like to turn your attention to Bob Dylan. First, there was "Girl From the North Country." One of the most celebrated of his early folks songs, Bob decided to call his pal Johnny Cash and throw together a new version for Nashville Skyline. (I'm not a huge fan of that latter version, but it's still cool in principle.) A few years later, Bob not only covered himself again, but the cover was the very next song on the album after the original. The inspiring ballad version of "Forever Young" is immediately followed by a springy, upbeat version. Technically, the latter version is called "Forever Young (continued)", but it stands on its own.
Here are the two self covers:
(God damnit, it pains me to do this but the only youtube I could find is the Super Bowl commercial that used the song, so it's abbreviated and remixed by that douchebag Will.I.Am. *shudder*)