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Robin Pecknold

Saturday night was the closing to a week of benefits in support of the Vera Project, a “music and arts center run by and for youth,” dubbed A Drink For The Kids and featuring Grand Hallway, Throw Me The Statue, and a special “solo” headlining set from Robin Pecknold. The lead Fleet Fox delivered a set of his own band’s tunes, traditional songs, and some well-chosen covers — from Neutral Milk Hotel to the Mag Fields to Fleetwood Mac — joined at times by two of his day job co-workers (J. Tillman and Skyler Skeljet) and later his sister, Aja. Pecknold was quick to tell the crowd the Vera Project benefit wasn’t exactly his kind of crowd (“I don’t really drink, and I hate kids”), setting the tone for what everybody’s called a fun and funny night of charitable good times. Our photographer Laura Musselman distilled the evening like so: “The more you drink at these bars/venues during ADftK, the more money gets donated to them; despite the encouragement to get wasted, the vast majority of the crowd was sweet, quiet, and respectful,” and that the few drunk-shouters were “pretty tame and funny.” Jackson Barnes captured the whole thing in MP3 form. Here are two worth grabbing: have the entire show for download and deliver the night’s setlist:

01 “Katie Cruel” (trad)
02 “False Knight On The Road” (trad)
03 “Silver Dagger” (trad)
04 “He Doesn’t Know Why”
05 “Oliver James”
06 “Two-Headed Boy” (Neutral Milk Hotel)
07 “Albatross” (Fleetwood Mac)
08 “Oh Sister” (Bob Dylan)
09 “Early In the Morning” (B.B. King)
10 “The Book Of Love” (The Magnetic Fields)
11 “Icicle Tusk”
12 “Mykonos”
13 “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”
14 “Blue Spotted Tail”
15 “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)

Some videos:

Comments (14)
  1. What do you know, a NMH cover that doesn’t make me want to stab my eardrums with a rusty screwdriver.

  2. I think the audio was taped by Jackson Barnes.

  3. One Inch Rock  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0


    • Peter Green  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

      my thoughts exactly, guess that isn’t a Fleetwood Mac song, if only people listened to that Fleetwood Mac and not the crap version with those lame chicks

  4. Alan Knut  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    I’d give my left nut for that cover of Oh Sister.

  5. Ride my Llama  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    “Tolstoy was right…”

  6. megaindiedouche  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    Re: THB I felt a wave of melancholy when he got to “…hands across her faaaaa-e-aaaaa-e-aaaa-aaaace” and it didn’t sound like Jeff Mangum. Very nice rendition, though.

  7. KM  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    I was there! It was a magical experience. I was even thinking that I wish I had brought my voice recorder to catch some of this cover magic. I’m glad someone did!

  8. jackson barnes is the shit.

  9. angie  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0

    I’m hittin’ that.

  10. Wow, what a great setlist! This Robin feller is fast becoming one of my favorites.

  11. The fact that this is as good as it is doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  12. Leah  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0

    Loveliest voice ever.

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