Joanna Newsom “Inflammatory Writ” Live in Washington, DC 3/22/2010
The version of “Inflammatory Writ” on the Milk-Eyed Mender sounds small and cheap compared to this arrangement performed by Newsom and her band at pretty much every show of their 2010 tour. Whereas the original recording is just vocal and piano, this version is lush and rambling, like a country folk song given a Disney makeover. Her voice is much better here too — less shrill, more sweet. Either way, “Inflammatory Writ” is a stunning piece of songcraft, from its impeccably crafted words to the gentle curves of its lovely, incredibly catchy melody. I think this is the definitive version.
“I decided that it is about just doing what you want, while you have gallons of mohawks and leather jackets telling you that they do what they want, I don’t believe them; I respect the person that says, “I don’t care for that” because there is no extreme, it’s pure sincerity. Punk is doing what you want despite the infiltrators, outside of the skateboards and shoes and hair and patches and the diets and the tattoos. I am Devon and I have 5 close friends, the rest of the world is divided into the helpers and the clueless.”—(via howlingforever)