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I used to gnaw on every word

What are you looking at, punk?
Cowboy Junkies‘ upcoming record is called Demons and it’s a tribute to the late Vic Chesnutt. It contains eleven cover songs including this one, “Wrong Piano.” It’s a classic country rocker, laden with fuzzed-out guitar leads and whirling organ. Equal parts joy and regret, it’s a fitting tribute to a friend.

Go to Exclaim! to read my list of the top ten most anticipated Canadian albums of the year. Demons comes in at number nine.

Chesnutt’s original version appears on the album Is the Actor Happy? from 1995.

MP3: “Wrong Piano”
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Hear them buzzing in the trees

Dude in the middle is clearly the Mo Tucker of the group
I’ve got a new idea for a Twitter trend: #eeyore. It’s pretty much the same as #FML, since all you need to do is complain about some lousy that’s going on in your life. It’s just like what Eeyore would do if he had Twitter and fingers with which to type and wasn’t a fictional character. Here, I’ll get you started:

Today I wore my Velvet Underground shirt and four people told me I looked like Maureen Tucker. #eeyore

Easy! And true, incidentally. I’ve had the shirt for almost a year and no one’s ever said that before. I guess I walked out the door looking especially Maureen Tucker-y. Was I carrying mallets?

Here comes the segue: check out the new song by Cowboy Junkies, who once did an awesome cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane.” It’s called “Cicadas” and it’s a barely-there ballad that’s overlaid with field recordings of chirping birds and buzzing insects. In the final two minutes it builds to a jaunty lite funk groove before petering out and ending with some more garden sounds.

MP3: “Cicadas”
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