One of the things we’re most proud of this year is The ‘Gum Bowl, our inaugural celebrity charity bowling tournament and concert. (You can still watch all the videos, which, you should.) One of our finest participants on a long list of fine participants was Mr. Sondre Lerche. Not just because his name rhymes with “can’t play” (which, it does), but also for the easy charm he exuded on camera and in helping his team (Team Please Don’t Tell) win all the money (that was then donated in their name to the Adirondack Council). It’s the same sort of effortless affability that comes through his croon, and why we are happy to further another burgeoning Stereogum holiday tradition: the premiere of Lerche covering one of the year’s most popular tracks, on the last shopping day of the holiday season. In 2009 he repackaged Animal Collective’s “Bluish.” Here, Sondre explains why he chose this cut from one of our favorite records of 2010, Heartland by Owen Pallett:
First I tried taking on Tightrope (Janelle Monae) but it sorta felt like covering Beat It or God Only Knows or something. Useless. Then I did a basement version of What’s My Name (Rihanna) but I drowned in a bucket of Julegløgg before seeing it through. (Also, while it is probably not entirely unreasonable for me to claim that “not everybody knows how to work my body”, it’s a tall order for a guy to pull off singing it. In the end, I returned to a song from what is probably my favorite record of the year, Owen Pallett’s Heartland, which means most of my friends know what they’re getting from me this year. And now you know too.
Happy holidays. Do stick around for 2011.
In further testament to the power of Pallett’s shirtless “Lewis,” here’s that propulsive percussive remix by Dan Deacon from earlier this year:
A nice present from Sondre (and Dan), and a nice reminder that Owen had a wonderful 2010, for Heartland, and also for that high profile soundtrack work he did for the New York Times’ occasionally mesmerizing “14 Actors Acting” package, featuring James Franco making out with himself and the black swan playing musical chairs with herself. He capped it all off last week with a tweet announcing a free download of what he’s titled the Export EP, a package of eight tracks, demos and the like. (“It’s all instrumental, except for a star turn by best-voice-ever Shara Worden.”) The whole bit is here for streaming and/or the taking via Soundcloud. Enjoy, compliments of Mr. Pallett: