Starbucks On Your iPod

Thanks for the tip about Calexico’s cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” It appears on a Starbucks comp that escaped my attention ’cause I never go to Starbucks (too bitter … I’m a Dunkin’ Donuts guy).

With its own XM radio station, in-store CD burning stations (er, “media bars”), and 8 new Grammys, the much-maligned coffee chain’s Hear Music label has become a serious playa in the music industry. (And though they’ll never be cool, some of the Artist’s Choice compilations are surprisingly inspired — Joni Mitchell put New Radicals on hers, for example).

On this latest compilation, a bunch of Stereogum-approved artists perform their favorite love songs.

Sweetheart: Love Songs
Rufus Wainwright “My Funny Valentine”
M. Ward “Let My Love Open The Door”
Neko Case “Buckets of Rain”
Calexico “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Old 97’s “She?s Got Everything”
Gary Jules “How Can I Tell You”
Madeleine Peyroux “Give Your Mama One Smile”
Sondre Lerche “The More I See You”
Martina Topley-Bird “I Only Have Eyes For You”
Jim White “Use Me”
Joseph Arthur “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
Dean and Britta “Forever”
Milton Mapes “Your Sweet Voice”
Vinicius Cantuaria “Inutil Pasagem”
Mindy Smith “Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square”

When Joseph Arthur did that Smiths tune at CMJ, I was floored. Nice to hear a studio version. Neko Case doesn’t disappoint either.

You can listen to clips from the CD here; if you like it, find one of these “Starbucks” and buy it. And if you’re feeling thirsty, please make sure to order a medium. We’re looking at you Mary-Kate.


Tags: Calexico