VSL// Hear today’s great musicians remake yesterday’s classics

Rock ’n’ roll and faded jeans—they go together like…Nas and Slick Rick? How about the Shins and Squeeze? Check out Levi’s Pioneer Sessions 2010 Revival Recordings, where you can find some of today’s singers taking on hits of the past —and best of all, they’re all available for free downloading.

The site, which launched late last month, invited a dozen of its favorite artists to pick and then record a song that mattered to them in some special way. So far Nas has covered Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World”; She & Him has taken on Ricky Nelson’s “Fools Rush In”; and Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” was refurbished compliments of Dirty Projectors. But our favorite so far is The Shins’ take on Squeeze’s “Goodbye Girl,” an excellent close-to-the-original version with just enough of a melodic twist to be memorable. And stay tuned: Jason Mraz, Passion Pit and John Legend & the Roots are all slated as future song “re-crafters.” We just hope somebody picks David Bowie’s “Blue Jean.”

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