July 9, 2009

We’d go down to the river and into the river we’d dive


I’ve been falling into Crooked Fingers with a vengeance lately. Despite their Denver connections, I’d never listened to them before The National and St. Vincent teamed up to cover their glorious “Sleep All Summer” for the Merge Records SCORE! compilation several months back.

Since then, a friend put together a few of their tracks I needed to start with, and this was (wonderfully) one of them. The quiet plucking variation here makes me think of rain falling on the trees over our heads as we quietly inhabit the shore.

The River (Springsteen) – Crooked Fingers

That cover is from the Reservoir Songs EP (Merge Records 2002), and the current album from last year is called Forfeit/Fortune.


  • One of my favorite songs and this is a good version.

    Forfeit/Fortune really wormed its way into my head last fall and if I had done a Top Ten list, it would have definitely been on it.

    Justin — July 9, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

  • Crooked Fingers are one of my favourites. You might like the band’s cover of Mansion on the Hill from the Springsteen tribute to Nebraska from a few years back.


    Chris Yackoboski — July 9, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  • [...] Theory favorite I am Fuel You Are Friends has a great posting on Crooked Fingers version of Bruce’s (we have stopped referring to him [...]

    Blog Love « The De Mello Theory — July 9, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  • Hi Heather (and love love love your blog!)

    The Mountain Stage show featuring Neko Case and Crooked Fingers (among others) is available for downloading–and it’s well worth a listen. I really enjoyed the version of “Your Control” that they played–slower, mellower than the Forfeit/Fortune version.

    Laurie — July 10, 2009 @ 10:35 am

  • Very nice cover!

    Yair Yona — July 11, 2009 @ 1:36 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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