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Thursday, June 29, 2006

New Pete Yorn with Natalie Maines: "The Man" (suuuperb!!)

Easily one of the best songs so far this year for me, ranking up there with my favorite Pete Yorn songs ever, "The Man" is the title track off Pete's appropriately titled "twang-rock" Westerns EP. The six-song limited edition EP is available only at shows on his current acoustic tour, and I highly recommend getting your hands on it however possible.

From an earlier post, here is what Yorn says about the songs on the Westerns EP (crappy picture, I know, but it is the ONLY one I could find of the cover art):

1. "The Man" (featuring dixie chix)
2. "Never My Love" (studio version of association classic featuring FARMER DAVE scher of beachwood sparks fame on pedal steel)
3. "Don't Mean Nothing" (written for nancy sinatra, and recorded by her for her own record...had to do it myself..love the song too much....also featuring natalie from dixiechicks.)
4. "The Good Advice" (a ripper featuring leon russell on piano)
5. "Lions" (yesss)
6. "The Golden Road" (recorded in [the wallflowers'] rami jaffee's trailer in malibu...a vibe so strong i cant even explain)

"The Man" has some lovely lyrics ("Walk me out by the water's edge, oh my brother I'm comin' down. We are young, we are almost there . . .") which combine flawlessly with Natalie's bittersweet & evocative harmonies. How many times in a row can I listen to it? That remains to be seen. It has the sweet nostalgic feel of summers to me, with a nicely syncopated beat that Pete slips into his songs like a gift.

"The Man" - Pete Yorn with Natalie Maines

Yorn says, "I've been in this lonesome cowboy phase for a while. I've been really inspired by guys like Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. ['Westerns'] has a twang to it and is a real departure for me [but] 'Nightcrawler' is most definitely the rock record."

The release date for his new album Nightcrawler has been amended to August 29th instead of the 15th. If you'd like to hear a preview track from the new album ripped from his MySpace page, "Go With It," check out A Spacious Hole In The Ground. And thanks again to Phil Marino for the header photo.

As for me, I'm seein' him in Denver (at the Walnut Room, no less!) in just a few short weeks and looking forward to it.



At June 29, 2006 10:41 AM, Blogger c said...

very cool. i like his stuff a bit better when he rocks out, but they sound nice together. that's a good song for a lazy summer afternoon......

At June 30, 2006 9:57 AM, Anonymous MK said...

"The Man" has lyrics from "Dont Mean Nothin" in it. Did you notice that?

At June 30, 2006 11:37 AM, Anonymous kristen said...

can't wait to see him in july... i'm hitting both shows in denver & boulder!

At July 08, 2006 9:01 AM, Blogger Julio Enriquez said...

pete's playing at twist and shout on the 24th @ 6pm....his debut album was SOLID, but the second album left much to be desired, here's to hoping his next release is no stinker!!!

At July 14, 2006 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day I forgot is an awesome record in it's own right. it's like when people said casino wasn't as good as goodfellas. casino RULES!!

At July 17, 2006 4:57 PM, Anonymous Clint said...

Oh man, I first heard "The Man" two days ago and I haven't stopped listening since. I think it is the best song or maybe the second best song I've heard in a good year or two. Bravo, Pete!

At February 04, 2009 5:24 PM, Blogger Cate said...

I am listening to "The Man" right now. It's extraordinary! So beautiful. Funny, though. I am a big lyrics listener and decoder. But I can't figure out what The Man is talking about. What do you think it's about?


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