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Fiona Apple Gives a Taste of New Music at SXSW

It’s been a long time since Fiona Apple has released any new music—seven years, in fact—and almost as long since anyone outside L.A. has seen her perform live. So fans at this year’s SXSW in Austin got a double-whammy treat, not only in seeing a rare live performance by the eclectic singer-songwriter, but also in hearing three brand-new tunes from her upcoming release!

The new record, which should drop this June, has probably one of the longest titles in record album history. Ready? Here goes:

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do.

(Leaves you wondering if there will be room for a picture on the CD cover. Anyhow…)

The Internet has recently been abuzz with viral videos of the performance, and particularly of the new material. I’ve embedded YouTube vids for two of the three new tunes, “Anything We Want” and “Every Single Night” below. Enjoy!

About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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