Daily Dose Pick: Pioneer Sessions


For its 2010 Revival Recordings project, Levi’s Pioneer Sessions roped in artists ranging from Dirty Projectors and Passion Pit to Bomba Estereo and the Roots to cover timeless tracks that influenced them.

It all kicked off with Nas’ take on Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World,” and has since seen She & Him, the Swell Season, the Shins, and others take on everyone from Rick Nelson to Smashing Pumpkins in a celebration of the lasting power of classic songs. There are still two more tracks to come, and all 13 covers are available to download for free.

The Pioneer Sessions site is supplemented with behind-the-scenes video footage of each act recording its exclusive track, along with photos, bios, and links to more music.

Check out the full archive of covers released so far, read more about the project, and sign up to be notified when new songs are available.