St. Vincent Covers Pearl Jam's "Black"

While Friday night’s Williamsburg incarnation of the Portlandia Tour featured the likes of Adam Horovitz and Hugh Cornwell (of the Stranglers), St. Vincent’s Annie Clark showed up at Saturday’s stop at the Bowery Ballroom, where she performed Pearl Jam’s “Black.” When Carrie and Fred said that every night’s show would be different, so they ain’t lyin’ bout that (BV Chicago reports that that city’s show featured Sam and Spencer Tweedy as well as Rookie editor/wunderkind Tavi Gevinson and the Mekons’ Sally Timms). Watch the cover below.

Related: Annie Clark is very good at covers.

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  2. lacking in the emotional impact department. whats up with the audience as well?

    • Sadly enough Pearl Jam, although original for the time, have become gentrified in the late 90s and early 00s, so they are sadly associated with bands like Nickelback and Creed (part of the reason the crowd was not so into it).

      Here is a Questionable Content comic on that problem:

      Also St. Vincent is extraordinarily good. I did not like the cover on the first, but it really grew on me quickly towards the end.

  3. I think it’s a beautiful cover…but she’s a beautiful lady so maybe I’m biased.

  4. Hehe.

    Playing a Pearl Jam cover in Brooklyn = Hipsters in headlights.

  5. “Wait, music was there before I was born? I can not react.”

  6. pretty embarrassing.

  7. “Keep fucking singing, it’s not that hard.” Sounds like someone is taking pages out of Lana’s playbook.

  8. “…shortly after posting this video online the man was arrested by the FBI for copyright infringement.”

  9. This is a really bad cover, what she did to the original song seems random and non musical to my ears. I don’t mind a lot of her stuff, but this is just


  10. It started off good but the joking around with the audience near the end was just plain sacrilegious.

  11. Black is a great song. Didn’t think it could ever sound this terrible.

  12. I really like her, but man this is some weak shit…

  13. Too bad she blabbers through the most powerful part of the song. A classic rock masterpiece ruined. Bummer.

  14. never heard of this song, but it sounded pretty awful hence the crowd lack of enthusiasm

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