Vetiver does covers CD, ‘Thing of the Past’: Let’s face it: Lots of indie-rock acts have made less-than-riveting covers albums in recent years. But with “A Thing of the Past,” San Francisco’s Vetiver may potentially have one to eclipse the rest, combining the band’s languid folk rock with a compelling cross section of source material from songwriters including Townes Van Zandt, Hawkwind, Loudon Wainwright III, Iain Matthews and Norman “Spirit in the Sky” Greenbaum. It’s probably because the band never intended to make a covers album in the first place. “After the last record I did, I put a band together to tour,” Vetiver front man Andy Cabic says. “Since we had never recorded together, and I didn’t have anything ready to go, I just thought doing something like this would be a good way to get something out this year.” Continue reading.