Joanna Newsom performs on Letterman

The lovely and unique harp-playing Joanna Newsom is still out and about promoting her latest album, Have One on Me. While in New York City a few nights ago (December 14), she performed “On a Good Day” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Watch below or save it (mp4 & mp3) for archival purposes. In case you missed it, watch Joanna’s performance of “Soft as Chalk” from Jimmy Fallon’s show back on March 5, 2010, here.

“On a Good Day” lyrics by Joanna Newsom

Hey hey hey, the end is near!
On a good day,
you can see the end from here.
But I won’t turn back, now,
though the way is clear;
I will stay for the remainder.

I saw a life, and I called it mine.
I saw it, drawn so sweet and fine,
and I had begun to fill in all the lines,
right down to what we’d name her.

Our nature does not change by will.
In the winter, ’round the ruined mill,
the creek is lying, flat and still;
it is water,
though it’s frozen.

So, ‘cross the years,
and miles, and through,
on a good day,
you can feel my love for you.
Will you leave me be,
so that we can stay true
to the path that you have chosen?

Imogen Heap at Glastonbury

Imogen Heap performed at the Glastonbury Festival recently, and the set included an a capella version of her song “Earth” (one of my favorites) which you can see below. Or download the show (.avi format) here.

“Earth” lyrics by Imogen Heap

You’re not golden
I’m getting tired
Act like you own the place
When really you’ve only just arrived

I caught first glimmers
In hides and skins
Look who’s all grown up
Black swanning about the solar winds

You’re gonna lose it all
And find yourself on your knees
So, get a grip and you might
Flow, reverse the great, slow bleed

I’ve tried patience, but
You always want a war
This house won’t tolerate any more

Stop this right away
Put that down and clean this mess up
End of conversation
Put your back in it and
Make it up to me now

The cold shoulder
Folded arms and looking up
You’ve never listened
And carry on careless, regardless

This is not a fire drill and
If we hold any hope
It’s harmonic connection
And stereos in biosis

These Legoland empires
Choking out mine now
You’re everywhere, everywhere
Multiplying around me, child

A strain on my heart
This rock can’t tolerate any more

Stop this right away
Put that down and clean this mess up
End of conversation
Put your back in it and
Make it up to me now

Baby, behave, we’ll make it work…

You’re only what you give back…

Dave Matthews says open up your head!

Dave Matthews wrote some amazing songs for his latest album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. It seems he was particularly inspired this time. Here are a few of my favorites, performed live at the Beacon Theater in New York City on June 1, 2009. You can watch the complete show at

Squirm [lyrics]

Alligator Pie [lyrics]

Seven [lyrics]

Time Bomb [lyrics]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero”

I didn’t think much about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs until I heard this song. Karen O has an amazing voice reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper and Bjork. Good stuff. This is their latest single, “Zero.”

“Zero” lyrics

Shake it like a ladder to the sun
Makes me feel like a madman on the run
Find me never never far gone
So get your leather, leather
leather on

Your zero
What’s your name?
No one’s gonna ask you
Better find out where they want you to go
Try and hit the spot
Get to know it in the dark
Get to know it whether you’re
Crying, crying, crying oh oh
Can you climb, climb, climb higher

Was it the cure? Shellshock!
Was it the cure? Hope not!
Was it the cure? Shellshock!
Was it the cure?
What’s your name?