Lost vinyl gems is an irregular column where I feature weird and wonderful songs that can only be found on vinyl records
[Note: this track is not technically vinyl only, but: 1) the CD it’s on is even more obscure than the vinyl it’s on and 2) I just couldn’t resist.]
The Mates of State are great live and they toured a ton. I was hooked on their live show. I saw them, by my count, five times between 2001 and 2003, so you’ll excuse me if I don’t remember the first time I heard them play this song. I remember telling a friend later that they had this great new song where Kori played keyboard and Jason stood and sang, taking a break from the drums. I didn’t know at the time that it was originally a Jackson Browne song.
The next time I saw them play it is clearer: it was at TT the Bear’s in Cambridge, MA. I gawked from the front row. They were, as usual, adorable and staring at each other the whole song. When I finally found the 7″ split with Dear Nora and realized that the song was on it, I bought it. When I managed to break it, I bought it again. It’s a fantastic version of a fantastic song.
I should also quickly note that the other side of the split is Dear Nora’s version of Bob Dylan’s “Girl from North Country”. It was the first time I’d heard that song (which I count among my favorite Dylan songs) and it’s still possibly my favorite version of it.