last night’s king’s of convenience show was an evening to remember. although i wasn’t too familiar with their work (with the exception of their first album which i love very much), their amiable onstage personalities encouraged me to relate to their songs more as old friends than new acquaintances. i got that feeling especially with erlend’s solo performance of big star’s “thirteen”, a tribute to the recently demised alex chilton. it’s a song that treads on the nostalgic path of idyllic adolescence which the norwegian duo has done so well in capturing through their minimalist ballads, and even though it was my first time hearing it, i felt perfectly comfortable sharing in those vicarious memories. i don’t have any recording of that cover, so i thought i’d share the song in its original form, as well as a comparably moving version by elliott smith, who recorded this live favorite of his in his basement for a radio show in 1996. – dan.
mp3: big star – thirteen