Coverville

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Coverville
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A 30-minute music podcast featuring cover songs, usually published three times a week. Licensed with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.
Presentation
Hosted by Brian Ibbott
Genre Cover songs
Language English
Updates Once a week
Length Varies, but at usually longer than an hour
Publication
Debut September 2004
Website http://www.coverville.com/

Coverville is a podcast featuring cover versions of pop, rock and country songs by new and established performers. The show is produced and hosted by Brian Ibbott out of his home in Arvada, Colorado.[1][2]

Coverville is also part of the programming of the KYCY-AM "open source radio" station in San Francisco.

History[edit]

Ibbott, who wanted to be a disc jockey as a child,[3] began his DJ career at weddings, though was bored with the music selection such venues permitted.[4] A TechTV story he saw in August 2004 got him interested in podcasting.[4] The first Coverville podcast was launched on September 28, 2004. Coverville passed episode #300 on March 4, 2007 [5] and episode #500 on August 26, 2008,[6] which was celebrated with a "gala" in Las Vegas where fans could meet with artists featured on the show.[7]

Coverville "paved the way" for the legal podcasting of copyrighted music: early in Coverville's history, Ibbott contacted major performance rights organisations (initially ASCAP and BMI) to license music for his podcast. In October 2004, Brian met with ASCAP and BMI to explain the technology and delivery methods behind podcasting, and they adapted their non-interactive license to include podcast licensing.[3][8] Ibbott was active in publicizing this information among other podcasters.[9]

Coverville has been discussed in articles appearing in print and online publications such as Rolling Stone[10] and BusinessWeek Online,[3] and recommended by the BBC.[2] In 2005,[11] 2011, 2012,[12] and 2013,[13] Coverville won Podcast Connect's People's Choice Podcast Award in the "Podcast Safe Music" category.

In 2005, Ibbott estimated 5000 subscribers for Coverville,[14] which grew by 2007 to an estimated 35,000 listeners.[15]

Features[edit]

A typical episode of Coverville has about six cover songs, and they are generally released on a three-per-week schedule.[1] Weekly features typically include a Sunday all-request show, trivia challenges (where Brian, with help from his wife, try to solve various name-that-tune type challenges), and the Uncovered Gem Of The Week, a track that isn't a cover, but that the host likes. It is common for an episode of Coverville to have a theme. Frequent themes include:

  • Cover Story - An episode devoted to a single prominent artist, with a number of different covers of songs all originally by the same artist, sometimes also including the artist covering someone else in return. For example, the Depeche Mode Cover Story included six other artists covering Depeche Mode, but also included Depeche Mode lead singer David Gahan covering Roxy Music.
  • Originalville - An episode dedicated to playing the original versions of songs whose covers became famous, but whose original versions are relatively poorly known.
  • A Cappella - An entire show dedicated to a cappella cover songs.
  • Lost In Translation - An entire episode based on cover songs performed in a different language than the original.
  • Cover To Cover Interview - A show-length interview with someone, interspersed with their favourite covers or cover songs they've performed.
  • Coverville Idol - Much like American Idol, a contest wherein contestants create and submit cover tracks based on a given theme. For 2006, the winner was "Walk Like an Egyptian" covered by the a cappella group No Strings Attached.
  • Degrees of Coveration - connections between various musicians. Where musician A does a song by musician B, then musician B does a song by musician C, etc...

Countdown[edit]

At the end of the year, Coverville does a countdown of listeners' favorite cover versions. The following is a list of the top five from recent years:

2011[16]
  1. "Village Green Preservation Society", covered by Kate Rusby, originally by The Kinks
  2. "Hotel California", covered by Gipsy Kings, originally by The Eagles
  3. "Disappointed", covered by State Shirt, originally by Electronic
  4. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", covered by Pomplamoose, originally by Beyoncé
  5. "All Along the Watchtower (from 'Crossroads, Part 2')", covered by Bt4, originally by Bob Dylan
2010[17]
  1. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World", covered by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, originally by Judy Garland/Wizard of Oz
  2. "The Mercy Seat", covered by Johnny Cash, originally by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  3. "God Only Knows", covered by Petra Haden, originally by The Beach Boys
  4. "Village Green Preservation Society", covered by Kate Rusby, originally by The Kinks
  5. "Oops!... I Did It Again", covered by Richard Thompson, originally by Britney Spears
2009[18]
  1. "Village Green Preservation Society", covered by Kate Rusby, originally by Kinks
  2. "All Along The Watchtower", covered by BT4/Bear McCreary, originally by Bob Dylan
  3. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", covered by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, originally by Judy Garland
  4. "Billie Jean", covered by Chris Cornell, originally by Michael Jackson
  5. "Don't Stop Believin'", covered by Petra Haden, originally by Journey
2008[19]
  1. "I Kissed A Girl", covered by Max Vernon, originally by Katy Perry
  2. "Hurt", covered by Johnny Cash, originally by Nine Inch Nails
  3. "All That She Wants", covered by Max Vernon, originally by Ace of Base
  4. "Hallelujah", covered by Jeff Buckley, originally by Leonard Cohen
  5. "Fields Of Gold", covered by Eva Cassidy, originally by Sting
2007[20]
  1. "Romeo and Juliet", covered by Monte Montgomery, originally by Dire Straits
  2. "Baby Got Back", covered by Jonathan Coulton, originally by Sir Mix A Lot
  3. "Common People", covered by William Shatner, originally by Pulp
  4. "Hurt", covered by Johnny Cash, originally by Nine Inch Nails
  5. "Hot in Herre", covered by Jenny Owen Youngs, originally by Nelly
2006[21]
  1. "Hurt", covered by Johnny Cash, originally by Nine Inch Nails
  2. "Toxic", covered by Nickel Creek, originally by Britney Spears
  3. "Hallelujah", covered by Jeff Buckley, originally by Leonard Cohen
  4. "Lithium", covered by The Polyphonic Spree, originally by Nirvana
  5. "Baby Got Back", covered by Jonathan Coulton, originally by Sir Mix-A-Lot
2005[22]
  1. "Hurt", covered by Johnny Cash, originally by Nine Inch Nails
  2. "Baby Got Back", covered by Jonathan Coulton, originally by Sir Mix-A-Lot
  3. "Common People", covered by William Shatner, originally by Pulp
  4. "Hallelujah", covered by Jeff Buckley, originally by Leonard Cohen
  5. "I Will Survive", covered by Cake, originally by Gloria Gaynor


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About Coverville coverville.com. Archived March 8, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Waters, Darren (2005-07-19). "Pick of the podcasts: Coverville". BBC News. Archived 5 December 2013 at WebCite
  3. ^ a b c Green, Heather (2005-03-03). "Radio Days for Everyman". BusinessWeek Online (McGraw-Hill Companies). Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Rise of the Pod People", Dallas Observer. June 23, 2005. Archived 5 December 2013 at WebCite
  5. ^ Coverville's 300th episode coverville.com. Archived April 13, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Coverville's 500th episode coverville.com. Archived July 27, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Schwartz, Brian (2011). "Brian Ibbott of Coverville (interview excerpt)". 50interviews.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
    Schwartz, Brian (2009). "18 "Just Jump In"". 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs. 50 Interviews Inc. pp. 89–91. (Full interview)
  8. ^ Borland, John (2005-06-16). "Hopes for Legal Music Podcasts Rise". CNET News.com. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  9. ^ Ibbott, Brian (December 23, 2004). "Getting legal with your licensed-music podcasts". Podcast Alley forum. Archived from the original on 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  10. ^ Greene, Andy (2006-04-20). "Download Now". Rolling Stone (#998): 68. 
  11. ^ "2005 People's Choice Podcast Awards". Podcast Connect. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  12. ^ "Past Winners". Podcast Awards. Podcast Connect Inc. Archived 7 December 2013 at WebCite
  13. ^ "2013 Winners and Nominees". Podcastawards.com. One Technologies, LLC. Archived from the original on 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  14. ^ Robert Smith (February 1, 2005). "'PodCasting' to Music, Talk Fans Online" (streaming audio, MP3). Day to Day. NPR News.
    Robert Smith (February 1, 2005). "Profile: Rising popularity of podcasts" (transcript of above story).  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  15. ^ Kirsner, Scott (May 27, 2007). "On the Web, Audience Size Matters - In the Web 2.0 Era, Almost Everyone's Got A MySpace Page, a Blog, or a Podcast -- And with that comes an obsession: How Many Am I Reaching?". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-12-04. Brian Ibbott, who produces about 10 podcasts every week from his home near Denver, [...] says his most popular podcast, Coverville, reaches about 35,000 people. "I used to check my stats constantly," Ibbott says. "These days, I have less time."  – via Newsbank (subscription required)
  16. ^ "Coverville 830: The 2011 Coverville Countdown part 4" coverville.com Archived January 24, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Coverville 734: The 2010 Coverville Countdown part 4" coverville.com. Archived March 8, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Coverville 639: The 2009 Coverville Countdown part 4" coverville.com. Archived February 4, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Coverville 541: The 2008 Coverville Countdown part 5 coverville.com. Archived January 20, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Coverville 405: The 2007 Coverville Countdown part 5 coverville.com. Archived March 19, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Coverville 280: The 2006 Coverville Countdown part 5 coverville.com. Archived March 18, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Coverville 163: The 2005 Coverville Countdown part 5 coverville.com. Archived November 21, 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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