St Vincent mic

St Vincent (aka Annie Clark) stopped by MBE this morning to play some of her favorite songs and debut a new one from her self-titled record called “Prince Johnny”.

She kicked off the set with Turkish folk singer Selda, and her funky, psychedelic version of a traditional song, followed by Marvin Pontiac – a fictional character created by Lounge Lizards’ founder John Lurie.

She played a track from UK phenom King Krule, followed by one of her favorite bands, Swans.

She recalled an experience recording with them that totally changed her relationship to music. Their music has a “tremendous amount of repetition and drone” and she had to sing a note for what amounted to 30 minutes. She said it was “like holding on for dear life” and she completely lost herself in it, calling it a “massive endurance test that became like a meditation.”

Annie also talked about her new album, set for release later this month, describing it as a “party record you can play at a funeral” and very much inspired by her tour with David Byrne.

She wanted to bring a “groove sensibility” with a “wink of melancholy.”

In talking about pop influences in her music, the artist says she strives to “live at the intersection of accessible and lunatic.” I love that and I think it’s represented well in her song picks!

See her full set list below and listen here!

St. Vincent Guest DJ Set on KCRW – Set List

Selda – “Yaylalar”
Marvin Pontiac – “No Kids”
King Krule – “Easy Easy”
Swans – “Lunacy”
Loretta Lynn – “Wine, Women and Song”
George Strait – “Amarillo by Morning”
Solex – “Pick Up”
Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”

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