The Walkmen cover Mazarin

You’ll see no shortage of posts about the Walkmen, especially because they’ll be in Tempe next Saturday. And I’m off of work. Oh, that is such good news.

So, I’m listening to the new album, A Hundred Miles Off, and I’m thinking that Another One Goes By sounds awfully familiar. … Oh, yes. Mazarin. Of course. Such a good song. So the Walkmen cover a song from an album that came out in 2005 and put it on their new album. What do you think about that?

There seems to be a lot of that going around: current indie band covering another indie band. At the least, it seems like a great idea for a B-side. That the Walkmen put this cover on their album, I think, shows a great respect to Mazarin. And all very well deserved because Mazarin’s We’re Already There is fantastic.

In a way, when the Walkmen cover it, Another One sounds like a song that should have been a Walkmen song from the get-go. Their rendition, all slow and groggy, falls right in line with the Walkmen’s catalog. It’s the same song – only after you’ve had a few beers and stumble out of the bar a little slow to the senses. I can’t decide which I like more.

Whatever the case, the Walkmen’s cover of the track seems to be the ultimate tribute to a band they admire. In either case, the chorus is immediate and emotional:

“I don’t know what to offer you /
I’m only broke and lonely”

Mazarin | Another One Goes By
The Walkmen | Another One Goes By

Related: The Walkmen, live on NPR Webcast, Part I and Part II.

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