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Watch: Broken Social Scene reworks Modest Mouse’s “The World at Large”

on May 19, 2011, 3:20pm

Not to get all karmic on a Thursday afternoon, but what goes around, comes around (and that applies for non-threatening life situations as well.) Just a couple weeks after covering Buddy Holly, Modest Mouse receive the same treatment from fellow indie lords Broken Social Scene. Check out the video above, courtesy of TwentyFourBit, of BSS reworking “The World at Large”. As he’s friends with the Modest Mouse boys, BSS singer/co-founder Kevin Drew said he had “no desire to cover this song and make it the same”; thankfully, Drew’s a man of his word and reworks the song to be powerful on its own without forgetting where the track itself came from.

It’s not the first time these bands have covered the other’s tunes. Back in 2008, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock joined BSS on stage to perform two MM songs: another version of “The World at Large” and “The Good Times Are Killing Me”. This new version, though, is just one of the latest done by a slew of artists for The Voice Project, which helps raise money for women who have been victims of abuse and rape in Northern Uganda. Browse through the rest of their site to see Peter Gabriel cover Tom Waits, Billy Bragg cover Joanna Newsom, and other reimaginings by Andrew Bird, Steel Train, The Low Anthem, and many others.

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