i was in hawaii right before getting to ben's studio for the first time, at a yoga retreat. i met a guy named david who worked in the kitchen and when i was done with the retreat we decided to take off for the weekend and rent a car and drive across the big island, over the mountains. i hadn't brought any CDs with me, and the car had a CD player, so we stole two CDs from the cafe at the retreat center. one was a chemical brothers CD and one was a mysterious mix CD with no writing on it. and this song was on it. and i played it over and over and over again. it was a long drive, about 5 hours maybe. and this song probably got about 50+ spins. i had no idea who it was by or where it was from. which was good. and it was so stuck in my head that when i got to nashville, i asked joe one night to turn on the tape deck so i could record it. and i did. i played it in one or two takes, threw an extra vocal on top, and posted it to the internet a few days later. i like the future. and i love this song. the slowed-down rendition kind of reminds me of what iron and wine did with "such great heights." you can inject and infuse new meanings into covers however you want. faithful covers are the worst. they are useless unless you are a bar band.
My guitarist/synthist & horn arranger/conductor Chad Raines just put out an album. If you've seen us on tour, you know this: The sweet sounds of THE SIMPLE PLEASURE will make you dance your ass off!! Amanda Palmer
Kim and I go way back. She's played shows with me all over the world, and I was on a 7" record she Kickstarter'd a few years ago. Her new album is an electro-space-pop love letter to the cosmos. Amanda Palmer