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A.V. Undercover

Courtney Barnett covers The Breeders
About This Episode

Australian singer-guitarist Courtney Barnett seemed to come out of nowhere last year with a pair of fantastic EPs that were collected in the States as The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas. Her laid-back delivery brought some Pavement comparisons, but that doesn’t tell the whole story—especially live, where Barnett and her trio rev things up considerably. The Breeders’ 1993 classic seemed like a perfect fit when Barnett chose it, and it turns out the song was a starting point for Barnett’s debut full-length, which will presumably be out later this year. Enjoy.

Here’s where we’ve been and where we’re going with this year’s Undercover:

Wye Oak covered Kate Bush

Wild Cub covered Beyonce

Lydia Loveless covered Echo & The Bunnymen

The Men covered Devo

Howler covered .38 Special

PUP covered Buzzcocks

Eagulls covered The Stone Roses

The Coathangers covered The Go-Go’s

Tokyo Police Club covered Wheatus

Andrew Jackson Jihad covered Stone Temple Pilots

Cheatahs covered Big Country

Hamilton Leithauser covered John Cougar

Ben Watt and Bernard Butler covered Wang Chung

Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls”

Arrested Development, “Tennessee”

The Jam, “A Town Called Malice”

Mountain Goats, “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton”

TV On The Radio, “Wolf Like Me”

Asia, “Heat Of The Moment”

Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”

Squeeze, “Tempted”

T’Pau, “Heart & Soul”

Elvis Costello, “Alison”

Pulp, “Babies”

Green Day, “When I Come Around”

Yes, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”

Rush, “Limelight”

PJ Harvey, “O Stella”

  • A.V. Undercover
  • 217 Episodes
  • Undercover: We invite 25 bands into our office to perform a cover song from an ever-dwindling list. The later a band comes in, the fewer songs they have to choose from.