YO! MY SAINT - Karen O.

from the single YO! MY SAINT (2018)

Earlier this decade, a friend of mine with some connections at Paste Magazine scored me VIP seats for an exciting night of SXSW bands at Stubbs Bar-B-Q in Austin.

As the stage was being set for the headliner, it was interesting to gauge the excitement in the music industry muckity-mucks I was hobnobbing with; enough so that I surrendered my prime position at the bar for a stage-side spot along the balcony rail.

When theYeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage, their front woman - Karen O. - blew me away.  She was everything a rock and roll girl ought to be, and more.

Shortly after, I was in Santa Monica beach bummin', bicycle riding, and partying fairly hard.  Needing a break, I took in a matinee at movie theatre along the Third Street Promenade.  The film was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The big tune on the movie's soundtrack was a cover of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and - once again - Karen O.

She is truly remarkable.

He latest release is the single YO! MY SAINT, a duet with Michael Kiwanuka, the British soul singer who has twice scored the top spot in this 40 Watt Gigolo's annual list of Songs I Digged Most In 20XX.

The thought of these two artists singing together simply gives me chills.  The song - composed by Karen O. - sounds as if it could be featured on a future Quentin Tarrentino soundtrack.  Instead, it was written for a short promotional film for the French fashion company Kenzo.

I really dig the vocals and the vibe.  Listen to it loud, in headphones, for best results.

Click Here to listen to YO! MY SAINT by Karen O.

Click Here to watch the short film YO! MY SAINT by Ana Lily Amipour.

Click Here to read my April 2013 blog post on Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Click Here to read my October 2012 blog post on Rest by Michael Kiwanuka, "The Song I Digged Most" in 2012.

Click Here to read my July 2016 blog post on Black Man In a White World by Michael Kiwanuka, "The Song I Digged Most" in 2016.