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Listen to Talker's searing take on Foxing's "Heartbeats" from No Earbuds' new compilation series

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Last spring, rising L.A. rocker Talker flexed her muscular blend of guitar pop on The A.V. Club’s House Shows series. Now, the songwriter otherwise known as Celeste Tauchar returns with a whole host of exciting performers on Earbudz, the first volume in a new compilation series featuring artists from the West Coast-based No Earbuds roster covering each other’s songs.


Volume 1, which is due out on Friday, features DIY outfits like Into It. Over It, Future Teens, and Maggie Gently and covers of tracks by The Wonder Years, Dogleg, Bartees Strange, and Jeff Rosenstock. Talker’s contribution is a sweeping take on Foxing’s “Heartbeats,” a standout from the St. Louis band’s genre-bending 2018 offering, Nearer My God. Tauchar honors the original’s shadowy pop while also piercing it with searing licks of electric guitar. The escalating, undulating chorus, meanwhile, serves as the perfect complement to her wrecking-ball vocals.

Hear it ahead of the compilation’s release below:

EARBUDZ: Volume 1 arrives on February 5, the latest Friday in Bandcamp’s ongoing Bandcamp Fridays, when 100% of the site’s proceeds go to the artists. No Earbuds, meanwhile, will donate 100% of the compilation’s proceeds to The Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit dedicated to cannibis-related criminal justice reform.

Pre-order it here and check out the full tracklist below.

1. Roger Harvey & Anika Pyle - Voicemail (Antarctigo Vespucci)

2. talker - Heartbeats (Foxing)

3. Caracara - Mustang (Bartees Strange)

4. Proper. - Kokopelli Face Tattoo (AJJ)

5. Into it. Over it. - Get Lost (Queen of Jeans)

6. Joe Vann - Kawasaki Backflip (Dogleg)

7. Pkew Pkew Pkew - Domain Lapse (Chris Farren)

8. glass beach - Polar Bear of Africa (Jeff Rosenstock)

9. ahem - Purple Eclipse (Termination Dust)

10. Termination Dust - I Don’t Matter At All (Pkew Pkew Pkew)

11. Hit Like A Girl - Victorian Slumhouse (Ratboys)

12. Future Teens - 2010 Was A Bad Year” (Proper.)

13. Tree River - Brushstrokes (Into it. Over it.)

14. Church Girls - I Lost My Life (Prince Daddy & The Hyena)

15. Dollar Signs - White Worms (AJJ)

16. The Big Easy - 1015 (glass beach)

17. american poetry club - Happy New Year (Future Teens)

18. Maggie Gently - Guest In Your Life (Sinai Vessel)

19. Slingshot Dakota - When The Blue Finally Came (The Wonder Years)

20. Double Grave - Haunted (Jupiter Styles)

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.