For those of you who don’t know, the A.V. Club is host to a series where current indie rock artists take their pick from a set of given songs for a live cover performed in their office space’s round room. “AV Undercover” has had countless great bands giving new spins on some great songs, and other not-so-good songs that were then made great, (believe me, I never thought I could enjoy “Tubthumping” again until They Might Be Giants resurrected it there late last year.)
For this edition, indie folk songstress Sharon Van Etten takes the stage with touring buddies, Shearwater. With their forces combined as Shearon Van Ettenwater, the group do a pretty faithful cover of the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks duet, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Jonathon Meiburg does his best, but Van Etten really steals the show here, nailing the vocal part, with an expression that seems to convey a real desire for you stop dragging her heart around, or else.
At this point, the A.V. Club has released dozens of videos of covers, many of which are fantastic, like the Dum Dum Girls‘ doing a garagey “September Gurls,” Superchunk’s tight cover of “In Between Days,” and Wye Oak‘s gothic strip down of “Mother.” Seriously guys, a CD/DVD compilation please?
Check out Shearon Van Ettenwater doing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” below.
Shearon Van Ettenwater – “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”