"Style It Takes" - John Cale, Brussels, Belgium, 1992
I spent the morning listening to John Cale’s Fragments of a Rainy Season, a solo acoustic live album released in 1992. It is truly great — probably the best, all-in-one argument you can make for Cale as a genius songwriter. And it also contains the only version of Leonard Cohen’s now-ubiquitous “Hallelujah” that you need in your life. Inarguable! There’s a video companion to Fragments (that I think has only been on VHS?). Here’s Cale’s tender reading of “Style It Takes” from it, a perfect tribute from Songs For Drella. “I’ll put the Empire State Building on your wall …”
My new summertime jam? Possibly. That is a pretty sick beat. And am digging that lady’s moves! I would pay to see her dance with the Future Islands guy. Although I don’t believe the world is ready for that.
Electronic duo Sylvan Esso is a collaboration between vocalist Amelia Meath of folk trio Mountain Man, and producer Nick Sanborn, bassist from Megafaun. The project melds Amelia’s confident vocals with the sputtering synths, chopped up samples and hip hop grooves that Nick first explored with his solo project Made of Oak. The duo approach the stage as balanced parts of the equation, performing with such energy that you can be sure they are both having a great time. We invited the band to visit the Wilderness Bureau to record a live session for us, and all had a tough time sitting still during their electric set.