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Double Dylan today… Here’s one of his best songs, more often and better performed by The Band, this time covered by the main man Jerry Garcia himself, in 1986 in Passaic, N.J. Awesome jams, Jer…

“Someday everything is gonna sound like a rhapsody…When I Paint My Masterpiece.”


Good songwriters flock to each other. One generation inspires the next. While many of today’s musicians can claim Bob Dylan as an influence, only Dave Longstreth and the other members of Dirty Projectors are wearing that loving allegiance so proudly and boldly on their sleeves. The band has covered Dylan multiple times– and not just in raucous live settings but in studios, too. (And once for Levi’s.)

On the new Bitte Orca extended release the somewhat obscure Dylan tune “As I Went Out One Morning,” which Dylan only performed live once, is featured. It’s a perfect DP’s cover because they truly make it their own, which actually isn’t too hard at this point because the vocals from the sirens in the band are so firmly entrenched in any indie fans head as typical Dirty Projectors. Those voices are unmistakeable.

This coupling of contemporary and ancient genius is, for many, a match made in heaven. Bob Projectors. Dirty Dylan.

Dirty Projectors: As I Went Out One Morning (Bob Dylan cover) (STREAMING ONLY, I SAW ONE SITE HAD TO TAKE IT DOWN PER DOMINO’S REQUEST)

(via We All Want Someone)

Dirty Projectors: Dark Eyes (Bob Dylan cover)

(via Stereogum)

Gorgeous and beautiful and enchanting.

Goddamn I love this song. First time I heard it was in college, my friend Carl used to play it. And he played it so good I thought it was his.

Thanks to Naturalismo for this mother f-‘in gem.

Another great Dylan cover, this time coming from Jamaica Plain big-band The Points North. (See previous post).

“Girl From the North Country” is one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs.  Off The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, it’s just such a beautiful song filled with longing. With the addition of the constant and dedicated single chord strum, The Points North give the song a fervent feeling. I think there’s some accordian in there too.

“In the brightness of my night. In the darkness of my day.”

The Points North is a hell of a band. I can’t wait to see them live.

The Points North: Girl From the North Country

thnx Salad Fork.

I can’t believe I only just heard Phoenix do “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” today. This is a perfect cover. Thomas Mars makes his voice just like Bob’s– and he basically delivers the song with the same cadence as the genius songwriter himself. The difference lies only in the fact that Mars’ actual voice is prettier in tone, which for some people will make this song 100 times better. For me, it doesn’t make the song better, but it does give me a new perspective and way to enjoy a song i’ve heard countless times.

Especially great is when Mars sings the chorus…he slows it down so he can rest his pretty tenor on the words, “Saaaad Eyeed Laaaady of the Looooowlaaaands.” Fucking magical, Frenchies.

Phoenix: Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

This song was recorded live for German magazine Musikexpress.

Jason Segal is so cute. Remember him in Freaks and Geeks? He was a terrible drummer… but he was so sensitive and emotional! Lindsay liked him and didn’t like him for both of those facts. Anyway– his appearance last night at The Swell Season show helped me remember what a cutie he is. Here you go– i’m sure the number has been changed by now…

The Swell Season is Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard. I remember them best not for their original music-making or the movie they made together, but for their breathtaking contribution to the “I’m Not There” soundtrack. They sang, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” which is one of my favorite songs in the world. I hope I don’t get in trouble for sharing…

Marketa Irglova & Glen Hansard: You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

Thanks to my homies at Weekly Tape Deck for both taping this and posting this. Crystal Antlers covering Bob Dylan lo-fi style with Texas behind them is just what i needed and wanted to hear today. Perfect and magical. The tambourine, might i add, is played perfectly. Thanks to Sexual Chocolate. Oh yes. This feels right. Get the mp3 over at WTD.


Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue“, posted with vodpod


The internet copyright police came for me today, which is why I couldn’t post anything for you all. Sorry!! The Woodstock post from a couple of days ago included an mp3 for the track “I Shall Be Released.” BIG mistake. Anyway, they (finally) released my blog and i’m back. It’s kinda fucked up that WordPress held me hostage ALL DAY. I deleted the damn post! Anyway…Of course there was tons of news today. A highlight:

My main men Tony Stark 1 and Tony Stark 2 over at Stark Online have an interview with Esau Mwamwaya from The Very Best. It’s great. Here’s a quote: ” ‘Julia’ Mwamaway notes, is about “falling in love…you know love is so precious…like an egg, it is easy to break…you need to be careful and handle [gently].’ “


I will resume full responsibilities tomorrow. LUV.


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