Yes, Rock Turtleneck's 70th birthday tribute to Paul McCartney the other day was incredible, but it was nothing compared to Fiona Apple's.
The brilliant and eccentric Ms. Apple was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week to promote her new record The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.
She ended the show with a cover of my favorite post-Beatles Macca track "Let Me Roll It" (which appeared on 1975's Band on the Run), backed by Fallon's badass house band The Roots. At the end Fallon tells Fiona it was "phenomenal," and if anything that's an understatement.
(Rock Turtleneck's love of "Let Me Roll It" is well documented; we paid tribute to the tune on Paul's birthday way back in 2009 - you can read it here.)
Fiona's record just came out this week, her first since 2005's wonderful Extraordinary Machine. She takes her time between records, but they are always worth the wait. I haven't picked it up yet but you can be sure I will — and you should, too.
When the New York Times asked her why she named her record The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, her second long titled record (the first was 1999's When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right), she said “I put out another long title because that’s what the title’s supposed to be.” Good answer.
Here she is doing her new tune "Anything We Want" on Fallon.
And here's her interview on the show - Fiona is a goofy, charming Big Apple oddball (she now lives in LA), just like one might imagine, only with a less husky voice.
She reminds me of one of those people I've seen lining up at the vegan food truck that parks outside my office in NYC.
Buy The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do on iTunes here.