Song of the Day: Marissa Nadler – Silvia (Live @ KEXP)

Marissa Nadler with Kevin Cole and Jonas Haskins

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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Marissa Nadler‘s Silvia, which appears on her 2007 album Songs III: Birds on the Water on Kemado Records. This version was recorded live in the KEXP studio on 6/27/07.

Marissa Nadler – Silvia [Live @ KEXP] (MP3)

Nadler’s third full-length, Songs III: Birds on the Water, speaks of mortality, loss, and failed love the same as her previous albums. This time around, however, the sounds are bigger thanks to production and arrangement from Espers‘ Greg Weeks. While Nadler’s past efforts highlighted her twelve-string finger-picking and mezzo-soprano vocals exclusively, this album involves electric guitars, cello, and mandolin, just to name a few instrumentals provided by Weeks and other Espers bandmates. Deservedly, her attempts at other artist’s songs have become popular over the past year, including Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat, featured on this album. Her cover of No Surprises, available on her MySpace page, found its way onto Stereogum‘s OKX: A Tribute To OK Computer, available as streaming audio here.

In June, Marissa Nadler stopped by KEXP during her summer tour consisting mainly of record store appearances. You can hear the full performance as part of our Live Performance podcasts. This month, she wraps up the record store tour and kicks off a nationwide tour an 8/23 with a stop at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern on 9/1. Meanwhile, here’s an in-store performance of Mexican Summer at Other Music in NYC:

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One Comment

  1. valerieflames
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Marissa Nadler’s new album “Songs III: Bird On the Water” is out now on Kemado Records! Be sure to check her out on tour!

    Aug 23 2007- Spaceland- Los Angeles, California w/ Mountain Home and Friends of Dean Martinez
    Aug 24 2007- Che Cafe- San Diego, California w/ Mountain Home
    Aug 25 2007- Pappy & Harriets- Pioneertown, California w/ Mountain Home
    Aug 28 2007 -Crepe Place -Santa Cruz, California w/ Mariee Sioux and Sean Smith
    Aug 29 2007-Hemlock Tavern- San Francisco, California w/ Mariee Sioux and Mountain Home
    Aug 31 2007- The Artistery- Portland, Oregon w/ Tom Greenwood, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
    Sep 1 2007-Atlas- Seattle, Washington w/ Tom Greenwood of JOMF
    Sep 4 2007-311- Minneapolis, Minnesota w/ Paul Metzger
    Sep 5 2007-Ronny’s Bar -Chicago, Illinois w/ Picastro
    Sep 6 2007-DAAC- Grand Rapids, Michigan w/ Picastro
    Sep 7 2007-Sneaky Dee’s- Toronto, Ontario w/ Picastro
    Sep 9 2007 Bennington College – Bennington, Vermont
    Sep 10 2007 The Space Gallery – Portland, Maine
    Sep 11 2007-Middle East Club- Boston, Massachusetts w/ Circle and Endless Boogie
    Sep 13 2007 -Union Pool -Brooklyn, New York w/ Castanets
    Sep 14 2007 -Highline Ballroom -New York, New York w/ Micheal Gira
    Sept 15 2007 -Side Chapel- First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania w/ Castanets
    Sep 28 2007 – 6. Linja- Helsinki, Finland
    Sep 29 2007 – Klubi- Tampere, Finland
    Oct 1 2007 – Nefertiti Jazz Club- Goteburg, Sweden
    Oct 2 2007 – Debaser-Malmo, Sweden
    Oct 3 2007 -Cafe Mono-Oslo, Sweden

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