Something (somewhat slightly) Old (Sharon Van Etten) & Something New (Sharon Van Etten & Philly’s Hezekiah Jones)

Happy Day to you fellow music lovers! Bruce from Some Velvet Blog here with another edition of Something Old & Something New. Today I’m taking some editorial liberties and calling “Something Old” something that actually came out in January of 2010 by Sharon Van Etten. The Brooklyn songstress cut a session for a non-profit new music project I am involved with here in Philly with the radio station I work at (WXPN called Shaking Through. Shaking Through is a collaboration between XPN and Weathervane Music. Since January 2010 (like ten years ago in internet time) we launched the program as a way to showcase new and emerging musicians. Sharon was the perfect inaugural artist for the project and we all knew then – way before her album Epic was released – what the hype was going to be all about. In fact, Epic came out about 8 months after she cut this song at Miner Street Studios in Philly. It’s the song “Love More” that wound up being on Epic.

Of course I think that Sharon’s recording of this song and work with the project was a pivotal moment in her career which led to Epic and which begat the well deserved praise she so deserves particularly coming out of SXSW three months after she did this session. And then some. So, while we are all amazed and exciting by her continued success we look forward to hearing Something New from her work with Aaron Dessner of The National.

While we wait for that though, the last few days saw Sharon’s cover of the Glass Ghost song “Like A Diamond” from their Idol Omen album hit the interwebs.

Here ya go:
Download: Like A Diamond – Sharon Van Etten

Finally, speaking of Shaking Through, you can go here to listen to music recorded for the project from bands like Twin Sister, Reading Rainbow, Ben & Vesper, A Classic Education, La Big Vic, and more. Some of these sessions were curated by Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, Mark from YVYNYL and Peter Silberman of the Antlers who curated a session with Port St. Willow. The latest episode of Shaking Through is from Philly’s Hezekiah Jones, the indie-folk-singer-songwriter collective fronted by Raphael Cutrufello that I (full disclosure here) had the pleasure of curating. Check out the song below, but make sure you watch the video of how Raph is working on the score to The Bride of Frankenstein, of which this song was written and recorded for.

Until next week, to quote the Geator With The Heator: remember to “keep on rockin’ cause you only rock once.”

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