Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold Covers ‘Corduroy’ on ‘Fallon’
Pearl Jam Week continued yesterday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon when Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold came on to perform a cover of “Corduroy” at the head of a stripped-down trio consisting of two guitars and drums.
Pecknold’s voice, airier than Eddie Vedder’s, glides over the knots of guitars and booming beat on his version of the song, which descends into a churning breakdown before Pecknold and the other guitar player, Daniel Rossen, relocate the riff. Pearl Jam recorded “Corduroy” for their 1994 album Vitalogy, and the song reached Number 13 on Billboard‘s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
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Pearl Jam last week released their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, and Fallon is helping the band celebrate by dedicating a week to their music. On Monday, Chris Cornell and the Avett Brothers covered “Footsteps,” while Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is set to perform tonight with Dierks Bentley and the Roots. Pearl Jam will play Thursday and Friday.
Fleet Foxes’ most recent album, Helplessness Blues, came out in 2011, though the band posted a photo on Facebook this past summer that could have been a hint that they’ve begun work on the follow-up.