Monday, September 19, 2011

Music Monday: Matt Berninger and Annie Clark cover the Crooked Fingers

Having just celebrated the mid-Autumn festival and the Korean holiday, Chuseok, last Monday, we seem ready to bid adieu to summer and welcome in fall. But before we start thinking about daylight savings or unpacking that "autumn sweater" (sorry, I couldn't resist the obvious Yo La Tengo reference), I wanted to share one final summer-themed song.

Albeit more well known for their respective bands, Matt Berninger of The National and Annie Clark of St. Vincent, collaborate on an excellent rendition of the Crooked Fingers duet, "Sleep All Summer." Clark does a wonderful Lara Meyerratken impression, while Berninger's baritone vocals lend exceptionally to Eric Bachmann's sobering lyrics, resulting in a stunning cover. In other but closely related news, St. Vincent have just released their new album, Strange Mercy, while The National will be hitting the road shortly to embark on a new tour.

For posterity's sake, I've also included the original recording of the song. Happy Music Monday!

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