Tuesday, February 7, 2012

St. Vincent- Cheerleader

Friday, December 2, 2011

St. Vincent’s 4AD session is just crazy, crazy Annie Clark goodness.  It’s just so much guitar-fuzz, wispy, doe-eyed ferocity.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

St. Vincent- Tango Til They’re Sore (Tom Waits cover)

Ho hum.  Just another amazing cover from St. Vincent.  Her new album was released today.  There is no rational reason not to own it.  None.  Go buy it now.

Edit: Though I should say that although she looks glamorous and all, Spin may have overdone this shoot.

Monday, August 29, 2011

St. Vincent on Letterman tonight.

So check it out.  She’ll be playing “Cruel”, which should be fun.  And you can also join me in reminiscing about the 80s, when Letterman was… how to say this gently…  funny.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

St. Vincent- Cruel

Hey, it’s a fun new video from Annie Clark.  Her deadpan is a little alarming.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

St. Vincent- These Days

Honest, I do enjoy when she sings her own songs.  But here’s another cover.

St. Vincent- Dig a Pony

More cover fun with Annie Clark.

Friday, July 15, 2011

St. Vincent- Big Black Mariah (Tom Waits cover)

I don’t think I can say enough good about this Waits cover.  Waits covers are tricky things- they can almost never achieve the mastery of the originals, and the only ones that do (or come close) are the ones that are taken in whole and re-shaped by the cover artists.  Johnny Cash’s Down There By The Train stands out as especially brilliant, as does Cat Power’s Yesterday is Here.  There are even inspired, if imperfect, covers out there, like Springsteen’s Jersey Girl and the Scarlett Johannsen/Dave Sitek Anywhere I Lay My Head— I know I’m one of the few who actually enjoyed Johannsen’s debut album, and I’m content with that.

The pitfalls of a Waits cover is in adhering too close to the original arrangement and feel— you’re never going to beat Waits at his own balladry.  Particularly inglorious train wrecks have included the Rod Stewart Downtown Train and the 10,000 Maniacs I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You.  At their best, they’re banal, and at their worst…  well, it’s Rod Stewart.

This cover, though, is something else.  It’s sufficiently different from the album version, I guess.  But the presence and attitude on stage is very much Waits, maybe closer to live version on Big Time.  The stomping, the growling, the emotional outpouring: it’s as much a Waits performance as I can imagine.  I’m blown away by it.  Annie Clark is as devilishly badass as Waits here, and I love it.  If she follows this with a raconteur-ish warbling piano ballad, I would seriously investigate the possibility of metempsychosis.

Monday, May 23, 2011

This is nuts.

Friday, November 5, 2010
Too much awesomeness in one screen cap.

Too much awesomeness in one screen cap.

Friday, October 8, 2010

St. Vincent and the National- Sleep All Summer (Crooked Fingers cover)

This is another track from that Merge compilation.  It’s two of my favorite current artists covering one of my old favorites.  It’s as if they had me in mind— though if they really cared, they’d have sent me that really nice Gibson parlour guitar I’ve “visited” at Beat Street Music 3 times in the last month.  But about the song: Nick Hornby (no less) said that this was his favorite track from last year.  Not too shabby.