Spoon Cover The Damned

Spoon do a smooth down-tempo and echoing take on the British proto-goth punks 1979 Machine Gun Etiquette opener/all-around beloved anthem “Love Song” for Starbucks’ newest Sweetheart compilation. It’s the third volume of the series and also finds Jose Gonzalez handling Kylie Minogue, Yo La Tengo imprinting the Zombies, and James Mercer and his brother Robert doing Bob Dylan’s “Spanish Harlem Incident.” For folks who’ve been saying Transference wanders without enough payoff, but never step foot in Starbucks, here’s Brit digging into an immediate (and now balladic) hook. Listen at HypeM.