Watch: Baths Covers LCD Soundsystem, Joins Tradition of "All My Friends" Reinterpretations

Baths cover LCD Soundsystem

Let's face it: "All My Friends" is a nearly flawless song that could stand alone as the best track from LCD Soundsystem's three studio albums. That fact, however, has not stopped about a thousand different cover versions from hitting the internet, from professionals and common-folk alike. The latest to join this group is the quiet-electronics solo artist Baths, whose cover of the song is featured on The A.V Club's "AV Undercover Series 2." The Baths cover borrows the piano from the original, and not much else, as Will Wiesenfield turns the song into even more of a ballad, filling the sonic spaces that previously housed guitars and drums with silence and drumming-on-legs (courtesy of Dexter Tortoriello from Houses). Not satisfied with just one cover version of "All My Friends"? Here are a couple of the more famous versions, along with the best of the best from YouTube archives.

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Live: Baths and Braids Fight Through Their Debilitating Illnesses At The Knitting Factory

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Don't let the Baths guy breathe on you, though. Pics by Priya Vij.
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The Knitting Factory
Saturday, February 12

Better than: Staying in sick with Cerulean and Native Speaker as the soundtrack.

"I just fucked up really badly." Thus spoke Will Wiesenfield, a/k/a Baths, acknowledging a momentary blip during his set of solo electronic music Saturday night at the Knitting Factory, filled with a variety of "unique" dance moves and lots of crowd interaction. The thing that's so curiously fascinating about Baths is his aw-shucks onstage charm, as if he's just playing for a few of his close friends, and trying not to infect them: He also made sure to point out that nearly everyone involved with this tour was under the weather. "We're all sick, all six of us," he said, suppressing a cough. "Especially Raph [from Braids] -- she's just a trooper right now."

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Rob Harvilla's Top 10 Albums Of 2010

Naturally, this dude is involved
Distilling a full year of furtive, easily distracted, constantly overwhelmed listening down to a mere 10 albums is a ridiculous, agonizing, thoroughly loathsome undertaking, and yet here we all are, pulling nine fully formed sonic universes together and capping it off with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, because that's what we all did in 2010. Try Warpaint's morose "Undertow" when you want to feel sorry for yourself, Sleigh Bells' spectacularly violent "Straight A's" when you want to feel sorry for whoever you're about to punch in the face, and the morosely spectacular "Runaway" when you want to feel sorry for, well, Kanye. This was my year, with all the distractions finally, mercifully filtered out.

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Q&A: Baths Is Super-Excited about CMJ, Marnie Stern, Anderson Cooper

You can make this young boy's dream come true by introducing him to Anderson Cooper

Thus far, Baths is most famous for his publicity shots, a stunningly fragile array of goofy portraits in which the electronic solo musician stands in old man's underwear, looking lost, sometimes accompanied by a gay Pomeranian named Guiseppe. (We ushered Baths' press-photo pooch into the Indie Pet Hall of Fame on Friday.) But you will be seeing the name Baths--who does, in fact, take baths on tour, we ate the corny bait and asked--listed a lot this week. The 21-year-old (as of April!) Anticon artist is playing six shows over the course of this year's CMJ, from the I Guess I'm Floating Showcase tomorrow 6pm at Piano's to the PopGun showcase on Saturday night at Glasslands.

But this afternoon is actually the show he's most excited about--he plays the Terrorbird Showcase today at the Cake Shop, 5pm right before Marnie Stern. And he is super-excited! Seriously, we talked to him last week, and it's fucking adorable how excited he is to be introduced to the vagina monologuer "in a legit way." Also, Anderson Cooper!

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The Year of Indie Pets: The Gay Pomeranian in Baths' Press Shots

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Will will not have Giuseppe with him next week for his six CMJ shows.

In the press shots for Baths' Cerulean, the first Anticon full-length from 21-year-old Will Wiesenfeld, the solo electronic artist is posed among tree trunks and lush grass, staring off into sulking oblivion, wearing your grandfather's cotton underwear. The photos are ridiculous. This is deliberate. "I hate head-on shots and intentionally not smiling and all that type of thing," Wiesenfeld told us earlier this week, over the phone from a van he's sharing with tourmates El Ten Eleven. "So I wanted it to be cutesy." Cutesy is one way to put it; uncomfortably precious is another. To make things even weirder, Wiesenfeld incorporated his friend Jane's freshly shorn pomeranian, Giuseppe. "The dog was just sort of, 'Oh my God that's next level.'"

And that is how the seventh entrant into our "Year of Indie Pets" series came to be.

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