This is the version of “Fish” by Throwing Muses from the Lonely Is An Eyesore (1987) compilation. The video is from a different version of the same song (which kinda sounds like a demo, actually). Brilliant and original song. “The feeling describes itself” indeed.
The originally released version of the Smiths’ “Back to the Old House” was on the b-side of “What Difference Does it Make?” available in record stores in January 1984. There’s another sadder version of the song they recorded for the BBC (featured on Hatful of Hollow) but I’m fond of the electric version. Like many Smiths songs, especially the early ones, it perfectly captures the ennui, loss, and confusion of teenage yearning.
Deerhunter playing a fantastic live version of “Nothing Ever Happened” at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2011 in Chicago. The original is on the album Microcastle (2008). I saw them a couple of nights ago (September 19, 2013) at Webster Hall in New York. Definitely one of the best shows of the year. About half way through the song singer/guitarist Bradford Cox begins to scream/chant the lyrics to Patti Smith’s immortal “Land” (originally from the album Horses). More on them here.
"Why," the opening track from Yoko Ono’s first solo album, Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band (1970). The guitar is by John Lennon. He fucking shreds. This is basically Sonic Youth, more than a decade before Sonic Youth existed.
Ulrich Schnauss’ fantastic “On My Own” from the album A Strangely Isolated Place (2003). I just saw him last night at the Bowery Ballroom and he was incredible. Awesome.
I’m not a terribly big fan of Bon Iver. But this song, “Holocene,” is beautiful, and reminds me of E. It’s from the album Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011).
Kurt Vile and the Violators performing “On Tour.” The song is originally from the album Smoke Ring for My Halo (2011), one of my favorite albums of that year. The performance, on some rooftop, was part of Pitchfork’s Don’t Look Down series. The chilly weather really suits the song.
"Space" from Thurston Moore’s recent solo album Demolished Thoughts (2011).
Kevin Shields doing “Are You Awake?,” featured on the soundtrack to Lost in Translation (2003).
Fiona Apple doing a cover of the Beatles’ “Across the Universe,” featured on the soundtrack to the movie Pleasantville (1998).