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Plead Not Guilty 

Wednesday, Aug 29 2007
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Listening to a cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," however skilled, can really give you the karaoke willies. Just as most sing-along nights have a "no Grease" rule, we feel it won't be long before Journey gets 86'ed from the stage as well. It's just … been done. New York's Guilt by Association is a compilation CD featuring indie-rock kids covering their favorite gross pop hits, and it leads off with Petra Hayden doing "Don't Stop Believin'." Her version is a deep dish of layered a capella harmonies, and it's fine, but with the other tracks available, it seems an odd choice. Devendra Banhart's "Don't Look Back in Anger," for example, is no less homage-y, but he turns the familiar song inside out, belting out the who-knows-them lyrics and swallowing the chorus. Will Oldham does Mariah Carey, Geoff Farina does Eddie Money, and possibly best of all, the Mooney Suzuki does Cher. At the Guilt by Association Listening Party, decide whether the producers should have included Peggy Honeywell's incredibly weird and brilliant "All Shook Up." The listening party starts at 7 p.m. (and the "Fecal Face Dot Com 7.5 Year Anniversary Artistic Exhibition" closing reception follows).
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