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This week’s 5 Best Songs cover a pretty big age range, career-wise. We’ve got the old guard still kicking ass and taking names (in a really pretty, gentle way), a relatively young band taking a step forward, and — perhaps most excitingly — the top three slots are all taken by artists who have yet… More »

Shakira first entered my consciousness around the turn of the millennium courtesy of my high school Spanish teacher, a friendly young white American woman married to a man from Colombia. She and her husband, she often informed us, were huge Shakira fans, as was all of Latin America. Sometimes, in an effort to expose u… More »

Writing is about myth making. Taking the true aspects of yourself and defining them so clearly that they become you. Marginal personality tics explode into full character traits, sadness becomes a vehicle for personal exploration, happiness, when you can pull it off, becomes euphoric.

Chan Marshall, as Cat Power, is great at thi… More »

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Cat Power Covers David Bowie To Sell Cars

Chan Marshall is really into covers. She, of course, has The Covers Record and its Starbucks-ready sidekick Jukebox as well as some Cat Stevens coverage for the love of diamonds and Nerves coverage for Cingular. Now, for another commercial, she’s put her imprint on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” for the new 2009 Lincoln MKS. The… More »

By: brandon / September 2, 2008 - 2:28 pm

All Points West: Saturday & Sunday In Photos

This is it, the final photo blowout from the inaugural All Points West fest. If you didn’t spend your weekend on the internet/in line for a ferry over to Liberty Park, you can see some photos from Friday, a new Grizzly song, a little bit on a band called Radiohead, and a reportMore »

By: Amrit Singh / August 11, 2008 - 1:43 pm

New Beck Video – “Orphans”

This second video from Modern Guilt doesn’t add much in the way of exciting visuals. It’s black and white, Beck and his rhythm section performing the heavy album opener in a lonely white room. No cameo from Miss Chan Marshall, who provides backing vocals. Still this tune is a fine choice to highlight the album’… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 21, 2008 - 5:10 pm

New Beck – “Orphans,” “Gamma Ray”

All signs point to Beck and Danger Mouse pulling a stealth release of Modern Guilt. All signs also point to Modern Guilt being the album to restore faith in Beck’s untouchable changeling abilities. Danger and Hansen have been talking psych and rock and electronic minimalism and the ’60s, and today’s new listens (alongside a full… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 24, 2008 - 10:58 am

Beck & Danger Mouse Create Modern Guilt, Bring Cat Power Along

From Black Keys to his own Gnarls B, Danger Mouse has been plenty busy. As previously suggested, his next high profile knob-turning job is Beck’s 10th album Modern Guilt. RockDaily has the details:

“It was the most intensive work I’ve ever done on anything,” Beck says.

Then he says more.

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By: brandon / May 12, 2008 - 12:48 pm

Newport Folk Festival Announces 2008 Lineup

Maybe some of the festivals we’ve been announcing are too loud for the folkier souls out there (Devendra). If that’s the case, the Newport Folk Festival just unveiled their ’08 lineup and new Dunkin’ Donuts-free name. The longstanding fest’s 49th year includes Jimmy Buffett, Cat Power, the Black Crowes, She & Him, Kaki King, Jim… More »

By: brandon / April 17, 2008 - 1:57 pm

Cat Power’s Jukebox Is Taking Money Out Of The Hands Of Blues Musicians

Jukebox isn’t our favorite album, no. We’ve mentioned that. And, recent Cat Power performance have been tepid enough that we find ourselves concentrating on the tightness of Chan’s band (and Letterman’s grip). But hey, this is interesting! Looks like Matador missed a credit for “Lord, Help The Poor And Needy,” which on the album’s listed… More »

By: brandon / April 11, 2008 - 4:34 pm

Cat Power Performs “Metal Heart” On Letterman

Maybe Chan’s been listening to folks who mention, rightly, that the covers on her prematurely snored Jukebox aren’t up to snuff with the included originals. As we said after her recent Leno performance:

…We aren’t the biggest fans of Jukebox, though it does have its moments. Namely when Chan’s doing her own songs. More »

By: brandon / April 2, 2008 - 2:49 pm

Cat Power Does “New York” With Leno Watching

As previously mentioned, we aren’t the biggest fans of Jukebox, though it does have its moments. Namely when Chan’s doing her own songs. We’re fans of “Song To Bobby“‘s meta-Dylanisms and the remake of Moon Pix’s “Metal Heart.” Mostly it’s the covers we find boring, but one we do dig is her “New York.” A… More »

By: brandon / February 29, 2008 - 9:18 am

Jack Johnson Joins Radiohead For APW, Jersey’s Summer Music Fest

As revealed yesterday, the inaugural APW Festival — AKA Jersey Coachella — will indeed feature two nights of Radiohead. And one of Jack Johnson, which we predicted. (JJ’s also playing Coachella and Bonnaroo; there is no escape, friends.). All Points West, which hits Liberty State Park 8/8-8/10, is touting its Radiohead coup as follows: “Thi… More »

By: Stereogum / February 21, 2008 - 8:47 pm

Radiohead, Cat Power, Feist, Robyn Hitchcock Help Jools Holland Celebrate 200

We tip our caps to Jools Holland regularly around here, for his musicianship whenever we blow the dust off our Squeeze records, but more frequently when he hosts musicians we love on that BBC show of his. A show which turned 200 episodes old Friday night with a very special lineup of musical well wishers. More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 4, 2008 - 12:07 pm

Premature Evaluation: Cat Power – Jukebox

The build up for this one seems sorta endless: We posted the cover art and an earlier track sequence a ways back, then “Song To Bobby” and some dark end of the studio footage of Chan in action (on a song that didn’t make the final cut), and Sasha Frere-Jones gave props in a lengthy… More »

By: Stereogum / January 4, 2008 - 2:32 pm

Cat Power In The Studio

She took fifth in our silly little indie pageant, but Chan Marshall’s surely number one when it comes to putting her indelible stamp on a cover tune. This isn’t a proper video, though with Jukebox a little more than a month away, it doesn’t look like we’ll see much else from a promo standpoint. We’ll… More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2007 - 9:34 am

New Cat Power – “Song To Bobby”

We already told you and showed you a bit about Chan Marshall’s Jukebox, but now we have some actual sounds as well as a finalized sequence for the track list. More »

By: Stereogum / November 7, 2007 - 3:51 pm

Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, And Jim James & Calexico Cover Dylan

You can stop watching the I’m Not There trailer now and get listening to some of the soundtrack for Todd Haynes’ mucho anticipated, shape-shifting Dylan flick. Check out the album art below — A Bobby double looming large. Sufjan, Chan, and Jim James & Calexico streams after the jump. More »

By: Stereogum / October 18, 2007 - 4:24 pm

Jukebox: New Cat Power Album Art & Tracklist

Recorded in Dallas, Miami, and New York with the Dirty Delta Blues and Stuart Sikes, Cat Power’s Jukebox — due out at the end of January — picks up where The Covers Record left off, with Chan Marshall lodging ten new interpretations of other folks’ music, along with a new version of her “Metal Heart”… More »

By: Stereogum / October 17, 2007 - 12:27 pm

Brian Williams On Interpol, Cat Power, Feist

Is Brian Williams’s iPod cooler than Anderson Cooper’s iPod? The NBC Nightly News anchor throws the gauntlet in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel (he doesn’t call-out AC, but we like making things into competitions) when he discusses the relative merits of Our Love To Admire (“I think the first three are the best cuts o… More »

By: Stereogum / July 19, 2007 - 9:32 am

Pitchfork Music Festival 2007 [Saturday; 7/14] Rating: 8.1

No classic albums played in their entirety, but any fest day during which your mind is blown thrice is indeed a good fest day. As noted, there’s a hipster agenda at play at Pitchfork Music Festival (duh), but the lineup is anything but hegemonic: Scottish shoegaze, coke rap, psych-folk, Yoko … Saturday’s bill… More »

By: Stereogum / July 16, 2007 - 12:30 am

Cat Power Reveals Her Covers

Papermag spent a few days with Chan in Brooklyn and her home of five years, Miami, weaving through the ups, downs, uppers and downers that have colored Cat Power’s extraordinary career to date. Between bits about kissing Jude Law in the forthcoming feature film My Blueberry Nights (also starring Norah Jones) and playing out Karl… More »

By: Stereogum / May 4, 2007 - 2:48 pm

Cat Power, Please Save Us From This Slow News Day

We got our IT issues sorted just in time to realize that today’s indie rock news cycle is soooosleeeepy, but maybe some live Chan will help alleviate our collective boredom. Head to Rolling Stone for four live clips of Ms. Marshall solo, including “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and “Love & Communication.” That oughta hold you ’til… More »

By: Stereogum / March 6, 2007 - 4:27 pm