Everyday Albums of 2010, Mates of State, Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)

Everyday Albums is a series of album reviews wherein the album could be listened to everyday. This series will examine the best of those from 2010.

Mates of State are a fun band that I fell in love with about 5 years ago when I saw them at ACL 2005. Cover tunes have been a staple to Mates’ live set with songs like Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” being spliced into “Like U Crazy”, Bowie’s “Starman”, or the Nico/Jackson Browne tune “These Days.”
Crushes, a whole album full of covers was a refreshing entry into 2010’s albums. The first song that came out was “Laura” originally from Girls. Other great tracks that are must hear covers are The Mars Volta’s “Son Et Lumiere”, Death Cab for Cutie’s “Technicolor Girls”, and Fleetwood Mac’s “Second Hand News”.
A highlight of the 10-track album is the closing track, Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End” (video: embedding disabled.)
Crushes is only $6.99 on Amazon right now, so well worth the money to add it to your collection.

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