Sunday, February 21st, 2010
"Baby's On Fire"
Shearwater covers Brian Eno
Frank YangMaking the decision to start buying vinyl again late last year – for reasons of artifact fetishism, audio quality and just wanting to go buy stuff in record stores again – has been tougher than expected to follow through on than expected because, well, people keep sending me CDs. Yeah yeah, hard life. Acts like Shearwater, however, make it easier to enjoy both as the shiny plastic and vinyl versions of their new record The Golden Archipelago are different – the vinyl has two extra tracks and a different running order – and both worth owning.
Easier to accomplish is my mission to fill in some of the holes in my ’70s and ’80s-era musical education via used LP crate digging. Some recent acquisitions are the first couple of Roxy Music albums (though those were bought new, on sale), which go nicely with my oft-spun copy of Brian Eno’s first solo record Here Come The Warm Jets. Which is relevant because this week’s cover selection is of Shearwater reinterpreting “Baby’s On Fire” (side A track 3), live in Bruges, Belgium circa Fall 2006. See how it all comes together?
Shearwater’s The Golden Archipelago is out on Tuesday, February 23, and they play Lee’s Palace on April 1. Brian Eno continues to be a prolific musician, producer and collaborator and even contributed a couple of tracks to the much-rumoured new Roxy Music album. Last Fall, however, Brian Ferry told The Times that the album would now be coming out as a Brian Ferry album and not as Roxy Music. Which, really, is the only sensible thing to do.
MP3: Shearwater – “Baby’s On Fire”
Stream: Brian Eno – “Baby’s On Fire”