It's a treat to see the fantastically theatrical Dresden Dolls stripped down to their component parts, and we were delighted that Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione made Holiday Undercover part of their brief reunion tour. They chose a song that you might recognize from the original Undercover series: Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two Headed Boy," which was performed earlier this year by Swell Season. The Dresden Dolls' version, as you'll see, is massively different, with Palmer bringing an entirely new energy to this great, great song. What does it have to do with the holidays, you ask? The answer: "The world that you need is wrapped in gold silver sleeves / Left beneath Christmas trees in the snow." Enjoy.
Cheap Girls cover Counting Crows' "A Long December"
Wild Beasts cover Madonna's "Frozen"
Shonen Knife covers "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
Drive-By Truckers cover Greg Lake
Ashley Monroe covers Joni Mitchell
Laura Stevenson covers Elliott Smith
Craig Finn and Esmé Patterson cover Low
Into It. Over It. covers “Assassination On X-Mas Eve”
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen cover Spinal Tap’s “Christmas With The Devil”
Gruff Rhys covers “If I Had The World To Give”
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets cover “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”
The World Is… covers “What Child Is This?”