Exitmusic stopped by NPR headquarters recently to take part in the Tiny Desk series. What occurred was yet another beautiful performance. Playing songs from their recently released album, Passage, Exitmusic demonstrates that regardless the setting, their live show is a powerful and moving force. Watch above!
“The songs of Exitmusic are so romantically rich, they could envelop a cavernous hall. Luckily, the band didn’t defang that cinematic power and anguish in the intimate confines of the NPR Music offices. Here, Exitmusic plays a beautifully buzzing set, marked by vocal nuance and stirring melodies.”-Michael Katzif at NPR
Accompanied by percussionist and singer Addison Rogers, Lekman played three luminous, stripped-down songs – “I Want a Pair of Cowboy Boots,” “The End of the World is Bigger Than Love,” and new live favorite “Waiting for Kirsten.”
What’s next? Well, a new record at some point. But the end of the world is bigger than waiting for a new Jens Lekman LP, so we’ll all just have to sit tight.
When Damien Jurado was on tour this past fall with Shearwater, he stopped by the Washington, DC NPR Headquarters to perform a magnificent Tiny Desk concert, including Saint Bartlett stand outs “Cloudy Shoes,” “Arkansas” and “Beacon Hill” and the unreleased tune “Newspaper Gown.”
The All Songs Considered crew (who we found out are longtime Damien fans!) have always been able to capture the essence of a musician through this ongoing series, given the pure intimacy and simplicity. Stephen Thompson writes:
This one is special: Jurado has spent the last decade churning out albums of raw, time-worn, authentically graceful music, and he’s always possessed a seemingly innate gift for capturing the intricacies of human behavior.
We recently gave you the heads up on Damien’s forthcoming 10th LP and working with Richard Swift again. Damien Begins touring in March with Viva Voce, then supports John Vanderslice in May. All info on those dates and new recording can be found here.
We also have one more Damien news item we’d like to fill you in on: tonight’s episode of House will feature “Everything Trying.” We are told this is going to be a particularly heart-wrenching scene, as you could imagine if you’re familiar with the song.
NPR’s Mike Katzif recently recorded Damien Jurado playing one of their Tiny Desk Concerts. National Public Radio generously gives artists the chance to interrupt the work-flow of anyone near Bob Boilen’s desk, and Damien bowled them over. You can watch or download the session here at NPR.