By Alex HudsonJohn Doe and Exene Cervenka are best known as the voices of the classic Los Angeles punk band X. The longtime collaborators have also performed as a duo, and these stripped-down performances have spawned the duets album Singing & Playing, due out April 10 through Moonlight Graham Records.
Seven of these eight songs were recorded with producer Dave Way back in 2010 (the other is a live recording). That year, CD copies were available from the merch table at the pair's duo shows, and it's only now that it will be commercially available.
According to a press release, "The record showcases the duo's signature harmonic style and tradition of crafting thoughtful and socially conscious lyrics layered over a simple backdrop of folk-inspired acoustic and electric rhythm guitar."
See the tracklist below, and check out that live version of "See How We Are" at the bottom of the page.
Singing & Playing:
1. It Just Dawned on Me 2. The Sound of Coming Down 3. Never Enough 4. Lonesome War 5. Beyond You 6. Because I Do 7. See How We Are 8. See How We Are (Live at Moonlight Graham)