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  • Death with Neneh Cherry

I count myself very lucky not only to have seen Neneh Cherry perform live last month at the Pitchfork Music Festival, but also to have spent some time with her while she shopped for music with 20 bucks supplied by the Reader. I know she didn’t need my help browsing, but I was still flattered when she took my advice and picked up For the Whole World to See (Drag City), the great first album from Detroit protopunks Death. I felt confident that she would like it, but I couldn’t help myself, and I eventually checked in to see if my instincts were correct. Not only did Cherry love the record, but soon after playing Chicago, she ended up performing at a music festival in Copenhagen where Death was also playing. They shared some mutual appreciation, as you can see in the photo shot by the trio’s manager.

This past spring Drag City released Death III, the third and last in a series of archival releases, with music spanning from 1975, when the band was still in Detroit, to 1992, when guitarist David Hackney rejoined his brothers in Vermont for some final sessions. The nine tracks make it pretty clear that the group’s best material has already been released, and while there are certainly some strong moments (including some lovely Hendrix-style soul-rock), this more introspective offering lacks the snarling power of the Hackney brothers’ best stuff. Below you can check out the moving video for the album’s last track, “We’re Gonna Make It,” a kind of folk-rock tune, embroidered by David with sitar and trumpet instilled with a spirit of optimism served up by the title. It turned up previously in the documentary A Band Called Death.

For the sake of balance—and just because her latest record is so good—you can also watch the video for Cherry’s song “Everything.”

Today’s playlist:

Daníel Bjarnason, Processions (Bedroom Community)
Future Bible Heroes, Partygoing (Merge)
Sachiko M, Salon de Sachiko (Ftarri)
Diego Urcola Quartet, Appreciation (CAM Jazz)
Various artists, Brazuca! Samba Rock & Brazilian Groove From the Golden Years (1966-1978) (Kindred Spirts)