May 27, 2010

New Reservoir Songs Vol. 2 EP from Crooked Fingers

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Formerly the frontman of ’90s rock band Archers of Loaf, Eric Bachmann has been crafting music with his band Crooked Fingers for over a decade. He writes incisive, pitch-perfect songs (remember “Sleep All Summer” that The National and St. Vincent covered last year? It was one of my favorite finds of those warm months, and Nick Hornby’s as well).

Sleep All Summer – Crooked Fingers

Sleep All Summer – The National & St. Vincent
[from the Merge SCORE! comp]



The first Reservoir Songs EP in 2002 had an old-time baptism depicted on the cover, and the gentle, warm arrangements of songs therein knocked me flat. I loved his version of Springsteen’s “The River” — somehow he makes the original even more heartbreaking, the disillusionment of forgotten dreams gentle but thorough [listen here].

Bachmann is currently harnessing the power of the internets to kickstart funding support behind his next Reservoir Songs Vol. 2 EP (due out on July 6). There will be six new covers on the second incarnation, with a vinyl-only pressing on the tiny indie label Foreign Leisure. His songwriting fodder this time around is Merle Haggard, Moby Grape, Thin Lizzy, Billie Jo Shaver, The Kinks, and this late ’60s easy rambler from John Hartford:

Gentle On My Mind (John Hartford) – Crooked Fingers



To pledge to this project through Kickstarter just means you commit ahead, buying ahead to show the financial backing for the endeavor. I think it might be the future of music for indie musicians. Bachmann’s already raised more than the $5000 needed to initiate, but look – for just $15 now, you get a limited, numbered edition of the EP on vinyl with screenprinted cover art, and a download. What is raised now, in excess of the set goal, goes towards a new Crooked Fingers full-length album, after 2008′s Forfeit/Fortune, which is just fine by me.

5 Comments »

  • Have you heard the original Reservoir Songs? The oddest and most awesome cover of “Solitary Man” is on there. Tuba + banjo!

    I first heard Bachmann (solo/ doing Crooked Finger material–I knew Archers from way long ago) in 2005 at a Tsunami benefit show. Are you ready for this line up? Ben Gibbard, Mark Kozelek, Jonathan Richman and Eric Bachmann. That has to still be the most consistently awesome line up that I’ve seen.

    Adrian — May 27, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  • I always thought Bachmann sounded a bit like Neil Diamond got into Lou Reed’s heroin.

    Krëg — May 27, 2010 @ 9:30 am

  • Did you know Eric predated the current foodie cart craze and sold Cuban sandwiches in Denver for a while a few years ago?

    http://www.westword.com/2007-08-02/news/after-the-loaf/

    Sean Porter — May 27, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  • a) i did not know that but that’s fabulous and b) that might explain why elin palmer played in his band on his recent tour? oh, and c) that one cuban sandwich shop in chicago still has my vote.

    browneheather — May 27, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  • Have you heard the original Reservoir Songs? The oddest and most awesome cover of “Solitary Man” is on there. Tuba + banjo!

    I first heard Bachmann (solo/ doing Crooked Finger material–I knew Archers from way long ago) in 2005 at a Tsunami benefit show. Are you ready for this line up? Ben Gibbard, Mark Kozelek, Jonathan Richman and Eric Bachmann. That has to still be the most consistently awesome line up that I’ve seen.

    Emily — May 31, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

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