Last week I shared an iPhone-recorded version of James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games.” Now, for your listening/download pleasure is fantastic version of the the song as performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland.
Grab/stream the track below, and if you haven’t purchased James’ album Early In The Morning, you can do so here. Additionally, check out his Tiny Desk Show and remaining tour dates.
He emerged onstage with his band-members, quietly and stoically, and silently picked up his guitar and began to play. No fanfare. No introduction. Because none was needed. Just the music, the harmonies, and the performance. Continue reading →
Based on the enormous success that last year’s 10 Plagues In Song post was, I figured I’d do it all again. This is not an easy task. Finding one song about the death of livestock was hard enough. Searching for a second took some serious digging. But here you have it – the 10 Plauges in Song, Part II.
Update: My blogging protege Aaron has come up with his own indie version of the 10 plagues over at the Sound Co-Op. Check it out. And then check mine below.
Blood: The Black Angels – River Of Blood
Frogs: Flaming Lips – I Can Be A Frog
Lice: Mogwai – Killing All The Flies
Wild Animals: James Vincent McMorrow – The Sparrow And The Wolf
Livestock Death: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – That Fierce Cow Is Common Sense In A Country Dress
Boils: Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
Hail: Mastodon – Hail To Fire
Locusts: The Avett Brothers – Pretty Girl From Locust
Posted onJanuary 20, 2011|Comments Off on James Vincent McMorrow – Early In The Morning
Photo courtesy of Vagrant Records
I love music. I guess that was obvious, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of that fact. Hearing a new album by an artist you’ve never heard before – one who sounds eerily familiar and surprisingly fresh at the same time – is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal. Continue reading →