Sunday, August 14th, 2011
"Modern Girl"/"Burn Baby Burn"
Emmy The Great covers Ash and Sleater-Kinney
FacebookI usually try to time these selections so as to have some relevance either on a local scale – ie a show or tour coming through the Toronto area – or a cosmic one – as in an album release or other artist-related news. This week’s is only relevant to me and to folks in Philadephia and New York as that’s where Emmy The Great will be starting and concluding an exhaustive two-night North American tour (I will be at the latter of these), though one can only hope that they’re part of a broader mission to get her excellent second album Virtue a North American release.
It’s enough pretence, however, to dust off a few covers that I’d probably not have opportunity to air out otherwise. The first, which is her and collaborator Euan Hinshelwood of Younghusband trading verses on Ash’s “Burn Baby Burn” with some gleeful cussing overtop, dates from prior to the release of First Love; Clash featured it back in Fall 2008 and I’m pretty sure it was pulled off her MySpace so… ancient.
For the second, we fast-forward to this past July when Ms Moss was promoting album number two via a radio session on Radio Ulster; another cover with vocal assistance from a male foil but this time it was Tim Wheeler of Ash – who wrote that last track – and is also now Emmy The Great’s boyfriend. How cute is that. Their selection was a take on one of Sleater-Kinney’s last singles off their final (so far) album, 2005’s The Woods, a somewhat unexpected choice but Emmy does a pretty fine job of emulating Carrie Brownstein’s distinctively vibratoed singing style.
Ash abandoned the conventional album release cycle following 2007’s Twilight of the Innocents, instead dedicating 2009-10 to their A-Z Series, a series of 26 singles released bi-weekly for a year. They will be doing things the old-fashioned way this Fall, though, with the release not only of The Best Of Ash come October 17 but a series of Free All Angels recital shows with departed guitarist Charlotte Hatherley back along for that short ride. Clash has some details on the release and Manchester Confidential an interview with Wheeler.
Sleater-Kinney have remained on hiatus for the past half-decade, but all the princpals are back at work – The Corin Tucker Band released their debut 1,000 Years last Fall while the Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein-powered Wild Flag release their self-titled debut on September 13 and play Lee’s Palace on October 11. Captain’s Dead has just posted MP3s of some of Sleater-Kinney’s BBC session recordings over the run of their career and Metro has a quick interview with Brownstein.
Emmy The Great plays The Studio at Webster Hall in Manhattan this Thursday night, August 18.