Cat Power sings the title track for Zach Braff’s new film, “Wish I Was Here.”
NPR has the story of how the song came together:
Here’s how it was made: Zach Braff, the creator of the film Wish I Was Here, gave an early version of the film to Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Braff told us via email that Martin got the band together to work on the song. “Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman. I thought that was a genius idea, because one of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson’s character) becoming the matriarch of her family. When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power.’ I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked. I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over.”
Earlier this week, while lunching at a steakhouse in Barstow, CA, Los Angeles artist and Station To Station mastermind Doug Aitken said his art project “is kind of a living organism… I like encounters; I like randomness and physicality.”
In a a strong feature in the New York Times today, writer Melena Ryzik does a great job of getting at the heart of what Station To Station is all about. The three week traveling art and music exhibit which ends today at Oakland’s 16th Station with, among other things, performances by No Age and Savages.
I’ve always dug Cat Power’s “Nude As The News,” which appeared on the artist’s 1996 album, What Would The Community Think. This past weekend at the BasilicaSoundScape Festival in Hudson, New York, Sky Ferreira and DIIV performed a killer version of the song. Thanks to Pitchfork for hipping me to this. Photographer Ryan McGinley was there and he shot a cell phone video of part of the performance. It’s cool.