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“Inside Out” by Justin Vernon // Originally by Spoon (2015)

This is certainly something nice and unexpected. In anticipation of the forthcoming Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, festival organizer and chairman, Justin Vernon has released this gorgeous promo video of himself covering Spoon’s excellent track, “Inside Out”. You can find all of the information that you need for the showcase at the festival’s homepage. In the meantime, let’s all hope that this isn’t a one and done sort of promo and that we’ll be getting more immaculately shot performances in the lead up to the festival. 

Spoon in the studio

Above: Spoon in their Austin studio, recording Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, photo by Jason Janik

The NYTimes today has a profile of Spoon and their next one, They Want My Soul. Since they’re not very good at “jamming,” here’s a description of a game Britt Daniel brought to the band, which, coincidentally, is not that unlike the card game I’ve played with my own band (I find jamming really boring):

Each member had to choose a song he loved, listen to it privately and then figure out how to describe it to the rest of the band in such a way that they could try to replicate its feeling together…. The goal of the game was to lead the band into putting together the ingredients of great songs without aping them directly. “O.K., the bass line is quarters in the verses and eighth notes in the chorus,” Daniel offered as an example. “The melody stays on the same note as the root chord.” Sometimes someone guessed a title — the bassist Rob Pope recognized Daniel’s choice of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” — and if so, the idea was discarded, because “as soon as somebody knows what the song is, you can no longer get past that.” An hour into considering how to describe his secret song, the keyboard player and guitarist Eric Harvey absently tapped out a pattern on a drum, and Eno immediately said, “Oh, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’?” (In Spoon, pretty much everyone plays multiple instruments.)

At one point, Jim Eno explains why they finance their own records (echoing Bill Cunningham):

If people give you money before a record is finished…then they have their hooks in you. They have their say.

And why a lot of times, subtraction is the best mixing strategy:

A lot of times, an interesting thing to do is to take out the first thing you recorded and see where it goes from there.

They Want My Soul is out Tuesday.

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I was just scrolling through XM channels and noticed Daniel Britt was talking on one of the Christian channels. My initial thought was why would the guy from Spoon be on a Christian station, but then I realized that his name is actually Britt Daniel. Took me a few though.

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La Blogothèque’s latest Take Away show with Spoon

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As we trudge through the final moments of Winter, we present to you two live albums born out of the sweaty and oppressive Tennessee Summer… DIVINE FITS, comprised of Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner, Gaunt/New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown and Alex Fischel, recorded an epic set in July of 2013, ending the performance by bringing a fan up on stage to destroy a piñata and litter the blue room with Snickers and Twix…  Rock ‘n’ roll at its sweetest. All-American grunge pioneers MUDHONEY joined us later in the Summer while touring in support of their ninth (ninth!) studio album, bringing a little piece of Seattle to our lathe room, and now to your turntables and earholes. Both Mudhoney and Divine Fits’ 12” LP’s are available for pre-order today. Official release date is next Tuesday, March 4th.