I have a lot to do today, including finishing up a few last minute things for an overnight trip to Canada later in the week and writing my review of last night's New York Dolls show. Yet, I just found out about Black Cab Sessions (via Stereogum) and I can't pull myself away from my laptop.
From the website, as BBC Radio 1 puts it:
"A CHALLENGE HAS BEEN LAID DOWN. FORGET CHART POSITIONS, FORGET TICKET SALES, OR BRAND-EXTENDING TOILETRIES OR MYSPACE FRIENDS OR ANY OTHER MEASURE OF SUCCESS. FROM HERE ON IN, IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW WELL YOU CAN ROCK THE BACK OF A CAB."
This is a uniquely British idea: get rock stars to play songs acoustically while being driven around in a taxi cab. So far I've watched Spoon's Britt Daniel play "I Summon You" and the Raveonettes performing "Dead Sound" (off their brand new and excellent Lust Lust Lust record – review forthcoming when I pull my ass away from easy distractions on the internets), but there are other sessions with Okkervil River, St. Vincent, and many others. Daniel was the latest at volume 31, so there are plenty more.
Here are Britt Daniel's and the Raveonettes' sessions: