The Last Names, an offshoot of the Brooklyn based band Bishop Allen have decided to mark 2012 with a cover version a week--all of which are available to download for free on their site. While the source material ranges from muscular alt-rock (The Replacements' "Bastards of Young") to easy listening pop ("The Air That I Breathe" by The Hollies), The Last Names give it all a dreamy shimmer that makes everything have a unified vibe without sounding the same. [My only quibble is the selection of Dire Straits' terrible "So Far Away," which never should have been recorded in the first place, let alone covered.] "Needles in the Camel's Eye," the driving opening track from Eno's first album comes across as more of a lullaby (think the Velvets' "Sunday Morning") here. Very nice indeed.