It has to be said, I do have a bit of a fetish for a good Beatles cover. The trick to any good cover is to stick relatively close to the structure of the original, yet do it in a completely different style. Well, that’s how I like ‘em anyway. Desmond Dekker’s take on the Beatles timeless classic “Come Together”, really brings out the laid back rolling grove of the original.
So I’m listening to some of the new material off the forthcoming album Voyager from Jenny Lewis and flipping burgers in the new found Dublin sun. Lewis formerly of Rilo Kiley and The Lucy Show has had a 6 year hiatus and is now returning with a body of work co-produced by Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Beck and her husband Jonathan Rice. Voyager is out on July 29th and sounds great. With upcoming releases from Tom Petty and Ryan Adams himself this is shaping up to be a great summer for Americana.
“Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life,” Lewis said in a statement. “After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.”
I last caught Lewis live at the Electric Picnic in 2008 when she was touring with Rilo Kiley. I also went to one of her gigs in 2006 with The Watson Twins in Dublin’s old Village venue on Wexford Street in support of her great Americana classic Rabbit Fur Coat. Lewis commands a real presence on stage and puts in a great live performance. Rilo Kiley folded up just after Lewis’ father passed away in 2010. She started touring on and off but then settled into creating Voyager in Adams’ Pax Am studios in California. Below are two tracks taken from the album. The Ryan Adams & Mike Viola produced “She’s Not Me” and the Beck produced “Just One of the Guys”. A great bit of California heartbreak in the Dublin evening sun.
The first trailer for Nick Cave’s forthcoming semi-biographical, semi-fictional docudrama has been released. Directed by Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard, 20,000 Days On Earth has already won directing and editing awards for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie combines drama and reality as an intimate insight into one of the most enigmatic spirits in the music and film world. All based over a fictitious 24 hours in a life of the man himself, the movie also features appearances from Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue and Cave’s partner in crime Warren Ellis.
“Nick would have never gone for a straightforward rock-doc,” co-director Iain Forsyth told the New York Times in a recent interview. “We decided to go in a direction that combined reality with fantasy as seamlessly as possible – which, if you think about it, isn’t too far from the transaction between a rock star and his fans. People want desperately to enter the world Nick creates in his songs.”
Get excited. Hopefully released in these parts for the end of August.
I last caught Matthew Houck with his band Phosphorescent in Whelans back in March of last year. Already a fan of his albums to date, in particular Here’s To Taking It Easy and Muchacho, the gig was a near religious experience. As well as being a consummate musician and songwriter, Houck pours his soul into his live performances. Tonight he plays The Workman’s Club on Dublin’s Wellington Quay as a warm up to his support gig for The National on Friday night. Tonight has been billed as an intimate show and at €20 a ticket is not to be missed.
I was hoping to get this post out earlier in the day but life conspired against me. If you’re one of the lucky ones at Cat Power in the Olympia tonight then my jealousy knows no bounds. A lady after my own Screw heart with a love of a good cover version but with the bonus talent of crafting a fine song of her very own. Hopefully you’re reading this returning home from the gig. Perhaps you’re not. Regardless, here’s three of the best from The Greatest.