Death Cab, Dept Of Eagles Do Starbucks Covers Comp

Refresher: Starbucks is a company that is in the business of selling $5 cups of coffee. Starbucks is also a company that is in the business of selling music. Basically the best business plan imaginable in 2009, good job guys. Starbucks will soon fill their diminishing inventory space with another Sweetheart compilation, asking some noteworthy artists to cover other noteworthy artists. So that makes this compilation a lot like that Heroes collection, only one benefits a “network of independent organisations, working across the world to help children affected by war” and the other benefits a corporate mandate to offset society’s waning appetite for overpriced lattes. Same thing, basically.

Balance sheet sniping aside, they’ve assembled a sweetheart of a tracklist here: Death Cab’s covering the Cure, Ms. Death Cab and M. Ward are doing “I Put A Spell On You,” Department Of Eagles reworks Elvis Presley, etc. A.C. Newman’s take on “Take On Me” should be fun times, too. Here’s a full tracklist for you to pore over:

01 Death Cab For Cutie – “Love Song” (Cure cover)
02 Katy Perry – “Black And Gold” (Sam Sparro cover)
03 DeVotchKa – “Hot Burrito #1 (I’m Your Toy)” (Flying Burrito Brothers cover)
04 Department Of Eagles – “Love Me” (Elvis Presley cover)
05 Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Words Of Love” (Buddy Holly cover)
06 Ben Bridwell – “Your Love Is Forever” (George Harrison cover)
07 Kate Tucker – “I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen cover)
08 Rogue Wave – “Maps” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
09 A.C. Newman – “Take On Me” (a-ha cover)
10 Jem – “Yellow” (Coldplay cover)
11 Richard Hawley – “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot cover)
12 Daniel Martin Moore – “I Hear Music” (Billie Holiday cover)
13 She & Him – “I Put A Spell On You” (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
14 Lila Downs – “My One And Only Love” (Frank Sinatra cover)

Tracklist via P4K. Looks nice. The collection’s out 1/30 via Starbucks.