Elliott Smith's heart wrenching song that was featured in a Wes Anderson movie has new life
This is one of my favorite songs period. Elliott was a great poet and the metaphors in this lyric split me open. This song is a juxtaposition because the song is about excruciating pain and the brutal moments of an addiction spiral and yet it's formed in this drone-y meditative manner. Such restraint makes the listener have to move in closer. And then it breaks you. I hope I did him justice. He deserves the best. - Vanessa Carlton
Nashville, TN - July 20, 2018 - Vanessa Carlton unveils the fifth of six cover songs that she plans to release over the coming months with a cover of Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay," which she premiered on Variety yesterday. The video directed by Patrick McPheron, showcases what Variety calls a "haunting cover," and compliments the song's ethereal qualities with an eclectic montage of archival footage including couples dancing, a cross, a city skyline, waves crashing to shore, and flashing lights. PRESS HERE to watch and to purchase.
"Vanessa Carlton is a formidable artist." - Variety
"Carlton's version is as gentle as the original, with ephemeral harmonies that layer a gauzy romanticism over Carlton's starry-eyed vocals." - Consequence of Sound
"Vanessa Carlton keeps slaying the cover game with a gorgeous take on Fleetwood Mac" -Fuse
"The artist behind the track that has inspired an endless list of pop culture references has covered a song as coverable as her own: Robyn's 'Call Your Girlfriend.'" - Stereogum
"Vanessa Carlton has refined her voice as a songwriter." - Rolling Stone
"Carlton's voice is the key attraction on songs that register between low-key pop, rock, and folk." - Pitchfork
"...she's back, she's dreamy, there's some sort of arty thing going on here, she's moved to Nashville, had a baby girl with Deer Tick's John McCauley, and simply sounds better than ever." - Yahoo
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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