Digitalia: You Ain't No Picasso

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Not many people can appreciate the subtle brilliance of Kermit T. Frog's "The Rainbow Connection." Yes, that song from The Muppet Movie. Nor are there many outlets for people willing to listen to anyone who dares to cover Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing." But that's just some of the fun you'll find over on You Ain't No Picasso.

Though the site is primarily focused on covering bands, with featured acts like South African hip-hop group Playdoe, YANP proves it's open to covering other types of music as well. Still, rock is at its heart, and the site offers a bevy of music from bands old and new, indie and mainstream, and whatever falls in between.

YANP is also big on highlighting cover tunes. You'll find MP3s ranging from Of Montreal (above) taking on Tom Petty's "American Girl" (part of an entire archive devoted to the Athens freakshow) to David Bowie tackling the Velvet Underground, all the way to video of My Morning Jacket's rendition of the classic Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet "You're All I Need to Get By."

And though the holidays are over, definitely check out the blog's 12 Days of Mixmas - which features of a bunch of different bands the chance to guest-blog and share their favorite MP3s in a themed mix. - Michael Arceneaux

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