Song of the Day: Sylvan Esso Cover Gillian Welch “Everything is Free”


Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes remind you how much you love Gillian Welch

The A.V. Club’s Undercover series invites artists to perform from a list of songs the staff wants covered. Essentially, it’s a music nerds vision realized in the form of intimate, bare-bones covers, at least in the context of North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso. Amelia, along with Flock of Dimes a.k.a. Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, they sing Gillian Welch’s “Everything is Free” with Nick on guitar.

Welch’s song is a struggle with her artistic freedom sacrificed in a world that has cheapened the value of creative expression, but she’s gonna do it anyway, because it’s her life force. Anyone in pursuit of their passions can relate to “Never minded working hard, it’s who I’m working for.”

This song particularly grabs me this week, as I’m happy to say I’ve been promoted at my job at Do206 and will finally be able to give more of my time and attention to it. I’m passionate about the work we do ( I can say “we” now, right?!) and feel like anyone else who gets a job in the industry they love – relieved and ready to work harder. I’ll share my Do206 happenings via Twitter and if you have a Do206 account you can follow me and see what shows I’m going to in Seattle.

Bonus: here’s a video of Flock of Dimes and Sylvan Esso covering Crowded House. On top of all this, Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes are releasing both tracks on a split 7″ Nov. 27th, which you can preorder now. Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes are currently tour mates hitting the road for one month all across Canada and the U.S. – you can find tour dates belooohhh.


June 19 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
July 03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 17 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires
July 18 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires
July 24 – Oro-Medonte, Canada @ WayHome Music Festival
July 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
July 31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 01 – Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga 2015
August 02 – Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga 2015
August 14 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 21 – Hamburg, Germany @ Dockville
August 23 – Crickhowell, United Kingdom @ Green Man Festival
September 17 – 20 – Oakdale, CA @ Symbiosis Gathering
September 23 – 27 – Champaign, IL @ The Pygmalion Festival
September 25 – 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
October 2-4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 9-11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

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