New Karen O – “Highway 61 Revisited” (Stereogum Premiere)

Everything’s coming up Dylan. As mentioned, a lot of folks we like got together to cover the car salesman Mr. Zimmerman as part of the I’m Not There soundtrack. We pointed out streams for Dylan takes by Sufjan, Calexico with Jim James, and Cat Power and now we get a listen of Karen O’s bluesy, boozy revisitation of “Highway 61 Revisited.” Get howlin’, Karen!


[Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Webster Hall, NYC 8/7/07]

She’s backed by the so-called “Million Dollar Bashers,” that made-for-soundtrack band featuring Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Tom Verlaine, Nels Cline, Smokey Hormel, John Medeski and Dylan band bassist Tony Garnier. They also flesh-out Eddie Vedder and Steve Malkmus, among others, on the comp. Not sure if all of ‘em play on O’s ode, but the track sure has a full-band swing. In that spirit, check out some video footage of Dylan doing the tune with the Band way back in 1969. Right, Karen wasn’t even alive yet (and, come to think of it, neither were we).

The I’m Not There Soundtrack is out 10/30 on Columbia.