“National Talk Like a Pirate Day” - Lambchop
(Words/music: Kurt Wagner / Lambchop, available on OH (Ohio), Merge Records 2008)
So today is (Inter)National Talk Like a Pirate Day, which means very little to me but might mean more to the more youthful / youthful at heart readers. The kind folks at Merge shared up the Lambchop song by this name on their SoundCloud page (and put a whole bunch of Lambchop’s back catalog on sale, an opportunity I encourage you to pursue), so I thought I’d pass it on to all of you. It’s one of my favorite Lambchop songs, particularly for the way the jangly guitar and piano mix toward the end. The live version from the Merge 20th anniversary concerts two summers ago accentuates the things I really like about this track - Wagner’s gentle treatment of the melody and the playfulness of the guitar and piano lines. It also began the final five song run of their set at XX Merge, turning a relatively quiet beginning into one of the most spontaneously wonderful performances I’ve ever seen. (Even on record, which Merge has on sale as well, Lambchop’s set still floors me).
So, happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, or at least happy Appreciate Lambchop Day, which I hope for you happens far, far more often than once a year.