May 19, 2010

he found the bandages inside the pen and the stitches on the radio


Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem stopped by KEXP studios last week to record acoustic versions of three songs from the band’s newest album American Slang (out June 15th on SideOneDummy Records). The new songs keep speaking to the same themes from 2008′s The ’59 Sound – the grit and callousness of everyday life, the redemption through the songs (the ones we heard as our guard came down).

American Slang
Antonia Jane (Lightning Dust cover)
Queen of Lower Chelsea

JAG139That second song is a cover of something originally by Canadian band Lightning Dust, a cousin band to Black Mountain. Originally woven in Amber Webber’s delicate croon on 2009′s Infinite Light (Jagjaguwar), Fallon reinvents it here as his own sad dirge of Americana. When I met him last year, Fallon told me he was thinking of recording a solo album. Since I love these acoustic sets, I’d be very interested in hearing that effort.

Antonia Jane – Lightning Dust

Did you ever come close to home?
riding the tide of the silver line
maybe dress them up in ribbon and bows
never fall back into the one you love

But I would give it all to you…

[image credit Eric Nowles]


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