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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Passion Pit Takes on Smashing Pumpkins

I recently signed up for LEVI'S (yeah, LEVI'S as in the jean company) Pioneer Sessions email list. The clothing designer is teaming up with artists of all genres to record and release cover tracks of "classic songs that inspired their sound." The tracks are available for free download. I initially signed up to get the She & Him cover of "Fools Rush In". I love me some Zooey. And I love me some free shiz.
Since "Fools Rush In", I've received frequent emails encouraging me to download free tracks from artists including Dirty Projectors, Jason Mraz,The Kills and John Legend featuring The Roots. This morning I was invited to listen to Passion Pit's cover of the Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight". At first, I was hesitant to embark on a cover of such a classic song. Thankfully, the tune left my ears happy and satisfied.
Turns out Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos is the perfect voice to take on the Billy Corgan hit. In addition to his ideal pipes, I can't think of a better singer worthy enough to tackle the ballad. Passion Pit experienced monster success with their debut album Manners. Whether you've heard of the band or not, you've certainly heard their music. Tracks from the album have been featured in commercials, movie trailers and tv shows.
Angelakos version of "Tonight, Tonight" doesn't rock quite as hard as the Pumpkins', but his softer twist on the song offers a sweet, slow jam appreciative of Corgan's original. You can download your free version by clicking the link below. Let me know what you think.

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