Sharon Van Etten Covers R.E.M.

Sharon Van Etten is, according to Pitchfork, working on recording the followup to Epic with The National’s Aaron Dessner. That’s good news. The album sessions have to fit in between her tour for Epic, which included a stop at the Bowery Ballroom Saturday night. There she dedicated a cover of R.E.M.’s “Strange Currencies” to her sister, apologizing to her for playing music too loud when they were growing up. “Strange Currencies” was one of my favorite blast-in-my-room jams in middle school, but I can’t think of many covers of the track, which was somewhere between the second and the sixth single from Monster. There were so many great singles on Monster. Watch Van Etten’s cover below:

(via 24Bit)