Exclusive Download: The Mekons' Woozy, Unpredictable 'Geeshie'

Preview a cut from the veteran band's 26th album, 'Ancient and Modern'

September 12, 2011 10:45 AM ET
Francesca Allen

Click to listen to The Mekons' 'Geeshie'

"Geeshie," a woozy number from the Mekons' latest album Ancient and Modern,  was inspired by an obscure song recorded by 1930s blues singer Geeshie Wiley. "When [Wilco frontman] Jeff Tweedy came on my WXRT radio show the Eclectic Company a few years ago, he brought along a track I'd never heard by Geeshie Wiley called 'Last Kind Words,'" says guitarist Jon Langford. "I played it to Lu Edmonds, and we spent a long time trying to predict when she was going to change chords, then gave up and wrote 'Geeshie,' which, while retaining the original groove, changes chords in even less likely places."

Ancient and Modern will hit stores on September 27th, but you can stream or download the song for free now.

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