Song of the Day: Rufus Wainwright – Going To A Town (live on KEXP)

Rufus Wainwright in the KEXP studio
Photo by Laura Musselman
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Going To A Town” by Rufus Wainwright, performed live on KEXP on 4/24/07. The original version of this song is found on Release The Stars, on Geffen.

Rufus Wainwright – Going To A Town [live @ KEXP 4/24/07] (MP3)

In January, Rufus Wainwright stated before a New York Times sponsored forum that Release the Stars would ask the world to be as brilliant as it could be. In an attempt to meet his own demands, Wainwright performed all production and arrangement duties this time around, a first in his short but busy career. To keep busy these days, Wainwright is penning Premadonna, an original opera written in French, as well as releasing his reenactment of Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall performance.

Here’s the live debut of “Going To A Town,” which Rufus performed at a benefit for Robert Redford’s eco-friendly program “The Green“:

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One Comment

  1. Buzz
    Posted May 23, 2007 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Dan B (no, not Bennett, think harder) said…
    Speaking of Judy Garland, there is an an exciting new group on Yahoo called The Judy Garland Experience. The group features ever changing and always amazing audio files. Currently, along with some of Judy’s 1950’s radio work we are featuring full length concerts of her with the original Rat Pack, her 1967 free concert on the Boston Common, songs and interviews from her aborted role in Valley Of The Dolls, and much more. The group also features rare photo’s, lively discussions, and the most eclectic and interesting gathering of Garland fans anywhere!
    The group features fans of all levels, new and hardcore, Garland family members, other celebrities, people who knew Judy, author’s historian’s, film maker’s, and more! The only thing missing is you! Please stop by our little Judyville and check it out, you may never want to leave!

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