So, it's kind of a testament to the wonderfulness of Sasha Frere-Jones that his review of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Show Your Bones in this week's issue of The New Yorker brought a modicum of happiness to my morning. This is one of those days where I wish I could write that well. I'm really hung up on the YYYs lately, and I swear, it's not just because the new album is coming out; my renewed interest and the trickle of leaked tracks just happened to coinicide, which is kind of weird.
Anyway, I hate to post something so weird and gloomy when I'm not having the best day -- but here's some artists I like quite a bit doing some really brilliant Jandek covers from Down in a Mirror: A Second Tribute to Jandek. (Other artists featured include Jeff Tweedy, Brother JT, and Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple.) I'm not sure how I missed hearing about this album -- which was released last year and blogged to death -- but these things do happen. It's quite a strong collection for covers album, but it's odd to find I agree with a P-fork reviewer -- it would have been nice to have a female artist or two in the mix. Christine Fellows? Mia Doi Todd? Joanna Newsom? Barbara Manning? Seriously.
The Mountain Goats -- White Box
Six Organs of Admittance -- I'll Sit Alone And Think Alot About You
Okkervil River -- Your Other Man
(Buy Down in a Mirror: A Second Tribute to Jandek from Insound.)
Oh, and while the subject is on my mind, is anyone also less than impressed with Kelley Stoltz and Rocky Votolato? What the world needs now is another pablum-dishing confessional singer songwriter, like I need a hole in the head.