Patti Smith & co. “I Will Be Seven” (Nico Cover)

Field recordings of Ibiza melt into an ambient, swirling melody layered beneath Patti Smith’s trippy spoken word vocal. Smith is joined by Soundwalk Collective and Jesse Paris Smith in this Nico cover, the last song Nico performed with sounds from the city in which she died. The result is mesmeric. The track is featured on the trio’s upcoming Nico tribute album, Killer Road.

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Cate Le Bon: New Mp3 & Tour

Cate Le Bon’s low key, French pop-folk style is similar to Nico, but with a modern indie-rock twist. Cate will join St. Vincent on their upcoming tour. You can download a free, legal mp3 of her new single, “Puts Me To Work,” and see her tour dates below. The song will be featured on Cate’s 2012 album, CYRK.

Cate Le Bon – Puts Me To Work (mp3)*

*mp3 hosted by label & posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep

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Cate Le Bon & St. Vincent Tour Dates:

10/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ McGuire Theatre (2 shows)
10/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
10/05 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/06 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
10/07 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
10/08 – Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/13 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/22 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
10/23 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
10/24 – Austin, TX @ Moody Theater at ACL Live
10/25 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
10/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Tiptina’s
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
11/01 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/03 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/04 – Boston, MA @ Royale

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Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 16

I’ll be honest, I haven’t yet listeneed to last week’s selection, The Velvet Underground & Nico. I intend to do so tonight, but wanted to get this week’s choice posted early enough in the week for you to participate. I can say my memories of listening to The Velvet Underground & Nico were all positive, mellow experiences and “Sunday Morning” is my personal favorite song on the album.

This week’s classic album is…Nirvana: In Utero

To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).

Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 15

I would say last week’s pick, Pulp’s Different Class, is not an album that most Americans have ever heard…with the possible exception of William Shatner’s cover of “Common People.” It’s a shame that great Britpop bands like Pulp, Cast and Suede haven’t received as much attention stateside as Blur and Oasis. The songs on Different Class – particularly the aforementioned “Common People,” “I Spy,” “Disco 2000,” and “Live Bed Show” – are dark, moody and sexy yet still quite catchy. If you still haven’t listened to the album, I can’t recommend it enough.

This week’s classic album is…The Velvet Underground & Nico

To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).