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[Live MP3s] Stinson, Death Cab, & Roderick cover Big Star, VU, & NMH

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 10:25 am | 3 Comments

In the half-assed juggling act that is my life, the blogging-ball continues to hit the floor. Here’s where I pick it up for a second, sharing a trio of cover songs from shows I’ve seen over the past couple months.

Back on April 21st (aka Record Store Day, for us who mark it), ex-Replacements and current (Axl-free) Gn’R bassist Tommy Stinson rode in a family-filled van from his upstate NY home to the Norwood, MA location of Newbury Comics for an acoustic in-store. He treated an appreciative crowd to a short set, accompanied by his wife Emily Roberts on harmonies & tambourine and his uncle-in-law Sippy on slide, which included this Big Star cover…

[MP3] Tommy Stinson – “Nighttime
(Big Star cover)

My RSD haul was relatively small this year – the Richard Thompson 7-inch (I can’t resist a live version of “1952 Vincent Black Lightning“, one of the best songs ever written), the Now Now / The Lonely Forest split 7-inch, and the new (although non-RSD) double-album from The Figgs. Quality, not quantity, people. You can find more photos of Tommy’s appearance over here.

That same night, Death Cab For Cutie played Boston’s Wang/Citi Center, backed by the simply stunning sounds of San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra. I’ve always been a sucker for strings, and hearing some of DCFC’s best work (“Cath“, “What Sarah Said“, “Title & Registration“, “A Movie Script Ending“) with those gorgeous arrangements was at times transcendent. For a few songs after the main set, it was just the foursome, on acoustics and stripped-down drums, and they gave us a nice surprise – their take on a classic Velvet Underground & Nico number (which is, incidentally, the very first cover my very first band ever learned)…

[MP3] Death Cab For Cutie – “I’ll Be Your Mirror
(Velvet Underground cover)

The rest of my photos from the show, such as they are, right here.

Far more recently, I caught John Roderick‘s (inevitably) too-short opening set for Jonathan Coulton at the Paradise a couple weeks ago. It’s been 5 years since J Ro’s last visit (and, um, 6 years since the last Long Winters album… but let’s not get into that), but I’ll take what I can get. Even a small fix is a welcome fix. A handful of Long Winters‘ classics, a “new” song (which means it was written in the past, yeah, 6 YEARS), and this reverent Neutral Milk Hotel cover. If you’d asked me before if I ever needed to hear someone cover this song again, I’d have said no. Then I heard Sir Roderick do this

[MP3] John Roderick – “The King Of Carrot Flowers (Pt. 1)
(Neutral Milk Hotel cover)

More shots from his set can be found right over here.

(And I apologize retroactively for referring to him “J. Ro”. It’s totally KB’s fault.)

Comments

3 Responses to “[Live MP3s] Stinson, Death Cab, & Roderick cover Big Star, VU, & NMH”

  1. blureu
    June 11th, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Thanks. Sure wish we could hear the entire dcfc set. Maybe?

  2. Brad
    June 11th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Possible, but it can get a little tricky when it comes to recordings from major label bands. I also don’t know if they plan to officially release a live recording from the Magik*Magik tour (and if I were them, I sure would), so I wouldn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. I may try and find out…

  3. blureu
    June 15th, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    ok. Much appreciated.

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