There are many words and adjectives that can be used to describe the unique and eccentric Devendra Banhart; however, remixer is one that does not often (or ever, that I know of) come to mind. In a surprising move, Devendra turned on his inner DJ and remixed “Rome” from Phoenix’s 2009 materpiece Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix saying,
“We LOVE and have LOVED Phoenix since Alphabetical, and have wanted to do more than just ogle at their awesomeness for quite some time. With the release of their luminary Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix we got the chance to un-floccinaucinihilipilificate our dreams and with awesome, oceanic glee, we took Rome for a ride…”
Having heard Banhart cover a number of songs in the past, I had thought that this would be a classic Devendra rendition; but don’t be fooled, it is very much a remix and not a cover song. So without further ado, here is a link to download the “Neighbors with Devendra Banhart” remix of Phoenix’s Rome (courtesy of p’fork, courtesy of g vs. b).
On another note, Devendra has a new song “Baby” from his upcoming album What Will We Be (out October 27 on Warner Bros) streaming off his myspace page and Phoenix are still relentlessly touring up the world until December at this point (don’t miss them if they come to your city!).