Boston dream-folkster Marissa Nadler
definitely pumped an influence or two into her playlist for us; most notably the doube-dose of Neil Young (hope you like shaded eyes and warbly voices). She recently released her fifth LP (self-titled), and her veteran status shows in her generationally blind interests (from Tammy Wynette to Kurt Vile and Sharon Van Etten), perfect for melting into the weekend.
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1. "Jusqu' Ce Que La Force De T'aime" - Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes
I love Catherine Ribeiro's voice and the power behind it. I think I first heard this song when on tour. The progressive psychedelic music of the 70s meets something astral on the Alpes recordings. This band started in 1970 and I have been enjoying their recordings for a while now. This music makes you want to twirl around a candlelit room (or something).
2. "Till I Get It Right" - Tammy Wynette
I have been in love with Tammy's voice for a long time. There is so much pain and sadness and beauty in it. This is one of my favorite songs of hers. I'm reading a biography of her life right now and it is helping to understand her music even more.
3. "Motel Blues (Loudon Wainwright III Cover)" - Big Star
This is a great song about being lonely on the road and needing someone. Big Star also does a great version of it. Here is that version.
4. "Suzanne (Leonard Cohen Cover)" - Nina Simone
I have been obsessed with Leonard Cohen for a long time. I discovered him through Nina's version of Suzanne as well as the Nirvana song Pennyroyal Tea. This is a beautiful strange cover of this song.
5. "Baby's Arms" - Kurt Vile
I just got into him and I really love him. His guitar playing is gorgeous and the melody and groove of this song just sink right to the heart.
6. "Reckless Burning" - Jess Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
Jesse has one of the best voices around and the music is so earthy and lush. I toured with Jesse Sykes for a while in Europe and every night their band was so tight. Phil is also one of the most badass guitar players I have ever met. He was one of the founding members of whiskeytown before moving to Seattle. I love the duality of how strong her vocals are and also how strong the guitar parts are. The band is never background on her records.
7. "Sugar Mountain" - Neil Young
This is one of my favorite Neil Young songs. I think partially because he was so young when he wrote it and it is talking about childhood memories. The melody is so sweet and simple but I never tire of the song.
8. "Cortez The Killer" - Neil Young
This is one of the best eight minute jams in history. I love acoustic Neil but I really love electric Neil. He has a very unique way of playing the electric guitar. I saw him play this live and was completely floored. I
9. "Don't Do It" - Sharon Van Etten
I have immense respect for Sharon and think she is a fabulous songwriter. She recorded this record the same place with the same producer as I recorded my new record. We went on a tour together and she is lovely and super talented. EPIC is a great record and I can't wait to hear her next one.
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