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Marissa Nadler tells us what she’s listening to ahead of tour

Marissa Nadler
photo by Cara Robbins

Marissa Nadler‘s anticipated new album For My Crimes finally comes out this week (9/28) via Sacred Bones/Bella Union (pre-order). Ahead of its release, Marissa shared the title track (ft. Angel Olsen), “Blue Vapor” (ft. Kristin Kontrol), and “I Can’t Listen To Gene Clark Anymore” (ft. Sharon Van Etten). She also put out a solo acoustic live session for the title track and, more recently, she and Sharon Van Etten released a collaborative acoustic live session for “I Can’t Listen To Gene Clark Anymore.” You can watch that video below and stay tuned for the full album to drop later this week.

After the album is out, Marissa begins a tour supporting it, including shows opening for The Decemberists, shows opening for Mercury Rev playing Deserter’s Songs, and headlining shows with Johanna Warren opening. The run with Johanna Warren includes Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on December 6 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Ahead of Marissa’s album release and tour, we asked her about the music she’s been listening to, and she sent us ten songs with commentary on each. Read on for her picks…

Sonny Sharrock – “Who Does She Hope To Be?”

I think this melody and the interplay between the instruments is just stunning. It’s warm and textural and truly does quantum leap me into a different world when I listen to it.

Album: Ask the Ages
Musicians:
Sonny Sharrock — electric guitar
Pharoah Sanders — tenor & soprano saxophones
Elvin Jones — drums
Charnett Moffett — double bass

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Harold Budd & Brian Eno – “Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror”

Liquid heaven ASMR. Eerie and sad and very relaxing. Sometimes I just don’t want to hear words.

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Ry Cooder – “Paris, Texas”

All time favorite road trip driving music. From the Wim Wenders movie, Paris, Texas. This song blends so well with endless stretches of highway and strip malls and billboards. It especially reminds me of tumbleweeds and cracked earth and makes everything else disappear. Makes me want to hop on into an El Camino and disappear into a dust cloud.

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Catherine ribeiro + Alpes – “Jusqu’ ce que la force de t’aime”

This song is from Paix, which was released in 1972. I put it on every mix that I make. It’s a love song and a powerful document of an astounding vocal performance. The band is also awesome.

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Sammi Smith – “Jimmy’s in Georgia”

One of my closest friends introduced me to this Sammi Smith song about 10 years ago while unearthing a slew of other amazing unsung country balladeers. Having grown up in the grunge era in suburban Massachusetts, I didn’t really know much about this kind of country music until my late 20s and it really connected with me and helped me to find my own voice.

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Nina Simone – “I Get Along Without You Very Well”

Her interpretation of this song breaks my heart. I can’t really put into words what I feel about Nina so I’ll just talk about the song. This is a song that really cuts to the bone of loss and memory. Through lyrical devices, the enormity of the pain of missing someone is expressed through the motions of everyday life and the haunted inanimate objects that serve as reminders of days past. I think this the ultimate version of this classic song.

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Abner Jay – “I’m So Depressed”

❤️❤️ I think this song is pretty self explanatory.

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Fleetwood Mac – “Sara”

“Sara” reminds me of my mother, who also loves Stevie Nicks. It played a lot in the car during the car rides of my childhood and brings me back like some of the best songs do.

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Santo & Johnny – “Teardrop”

I want to slow dance to this on an endless loop for all of eternity. This and “Sleepwalk.” These two play so gorgeously together and their music is utterly timeless.

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King Crimson – “Moonchild”

This is the scene from Buffalo 66 in the bowling alley.

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Marissa Nadler — 2018 Tour Dates
Thu. Oct. 4 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA (w/ The Decemberists)
Fri. Oct. 5 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre (w/ The Decemberists)
Mon. Oct. 8 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre (w/ The Decemberists)
Sun. Oct. 14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (w/ Johanna Warren)
Mon. Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan (w/ Johanna Warren)
Tue. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel (w/ Mercury Rev)
Wed. Oct. 18 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (w/ Mercury Rev)
Thu. Oct. 19 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern (w/ Mercury Rev)
Tue. Oct. 23 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Autumn Falls) (w/ Lawrence Rothman)
Wed. Oct. 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet (w/ Lawrence Rothman)
Thu. Oct. 25 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR (w/ Lawrence Rothman)
Fri. Oct. 26 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden (w/ Lawrence Rothman)
Sat. Oct. 27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen (w/ Lawrence Rothman)
Mon. Oct. 29 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers (w/ Lawrence Rothman)
Tue. Oct. 30 – London, UK @ St Mattias Church (Dalston) (w/ Lawrence Rothman)
Fri. Nov. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
Sat. Dec. 1 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
Mon. Dec. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s (w/ Johanna Warren)
Wed. Dec. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (w/ Johanna Warren)
Thu. Dec. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (w/ Johanna Warren)
Fri. Dec. 7 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd (w/ Johanna Warren)

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