Sharon Van Etten releases video w/ Josh Homme, playing debut LP on benefit livestream
Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme have released a video for their recent cover of "(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?" (written and released by Nick Lowe in 1974 and also made famous by Elvis Costello in 1978). The video was shot separately of Sharon and Josh quarantined in their homes with their families, and directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin via iMessage and telephone.
Josh Homme says:
I went to a Courtney Barnett Valentine's Day concert that Sharon Van Etten was playing as one of a veritable buffet of musicians. She opened her mouth and my mind exploded—that voice, like fresh cream... with a hint of fine grit. When a week later the opportunity arose to sing with her, I jumped at it. This was of course before we had any idea that the world would be going into hiding for months. Recording this song had nothing to do with what we’d be going through... until we started going through it. In these times, it’s a blessing to feel lucky even for a moment... and I feel lucky to have been able to work with Sharon, Zach Dawes, Michael Shuman, Matthew Siskin and our families.
When you’re shooting at home you start out shooting only what you love. Then you get tired and stop. This video doesn’t deal with anything outside of what’s happening within its own little world we created -- only what’s happening inside two households connected by what they love the most, nothing more.
Sharon has also announced a livestreamed concert to celebrate the 11th anniversary of her 2009 debut album because i was in love (which got a deluxe reissue in 2017). She'll perform the album in its entirety from her home in LA on Friday, May 29 at 5 PM ET and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Sharon’s band and crew as well as the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), "which is working to secure financial support to preserve the national ecosystem of independent venues and promoters." Tickets are on sale now.
"I wrote my debut album, because i was in love, in a sort of self imposed quarantine- alone with an acoustic guitar in my parents basement," Sharon says. "With the album’s anniversary approaching and most of us still in a stay at home mode, I thought it would be meaningful to play the entire album live, from start to finish, in the way it was conceived- solo, with only my acoustic guitar."
Stream the deluxe edition of because i was in love and watch the new video: