Jack Antonoff Debuts Bleachers’ Zadie Smith Collaboration on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’ Series: Watch

    Jack Antonoff reunited with his Bleachers bandmates for NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’ series, performing a handful of songs from their upcoming album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night outside Electric Lady Studios, where the LP was recorded. Backed by Mikey Freedom Hart on keys and Zem Audu and Evan Smith on saxophone, Antonoff kicked things off with an unreleased song, ’91’, which has a songwriting credit from the novelist and essayist Zadie Smith. Check out the full performance below.

    In a recent interview for Rolling Stone, Antonoff called ’91’ “my favorite piece of writing on the record,” adding that “Zadie Smith, who I really love, kind of helped me frame it.” He continued: “I think last time I saw her, I ran into her on the street… And then she came by and [I] was playing her stuff in the studio. There was even a melody thing she had a note on, which she was 100 percent right about.”

    Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night is set for release on July 30. It includes the previously unveiled songs ‘Stop Making This Hurt’, ‘Chinatown’, and ‘How Dare You Want More’. Last week, Antonoff teamed up with Jason Isbell for a benefit 7″, in which they covered each other’s songs.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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