The Decemberists stopped by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic to do some songs yesterday, and one of those songs was “Cuyahoga” from R.E.M.’s Life’s Rich Pageant. The original is positively stunning, and one of my all-time favorite songs…so, naturally, I feel somewhat protective of it. Happily, despite this cover’s looser, more casual feel, it definitely sounds at home with The Decemberists.
Here, have a listen and judge for yourself. (Thanks to Stereogum!)
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