Joanna Newsom “Inflammatory Writ” Live in Washington, DC 3/22/2010
The version of “Inflammatory Writ” on the Milk-Eyed Mender sounds small and cheap compared to this arrangement performed by Newsom and her band at pretty much every show of their 2010 tour. Whereas the original recording is just vocal and piano, this version is lush and rambling, like a country folk song given a Disney makeover. Her voice is much better here too — less shrill, more sweet. Either way, “Inflammatory Writ” is a stunning piece of songcraft, from its impeccably crafted words to the gentle curves of its lovely, incredibly catchy melody. I think this is the definitive version.
“You’re not a kid anymore. You have the right to choose your own life. You can start again. If you want a cat, all you have to do is choose a life in which you can have a cat. It’s simple. It’s your right.”—Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (via kari-shma)
“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”— David Benioff (City of Thieves)