and New, Improved Recording are proud to present the third installment of New, Improved, LIVE, our ongoing monthly series of live studio sessions with top indie bands, recorded at the New, Improved Recording studio in Oakland, California. This month’s session features Yoni Wolf of WHY? delivering exclusive solo vocal-and-piano renditions of songs from the band’s upcoming album as well as a terrific Pavement cover.

There’s a certain full circle feeling to inviting Yoni into the studio to perform solo, since WHY? began as a solo project before it evolved into the full band acclaimed for Elephant Eyelash and Alopecia. On September 22nd, WHY? returns with Eskimo Snow, recorded at the same time as Alopecia, but showcasing a darker side to the group’s sound. Earlier this year, as the band prepared for the new album’s release, Yoni performed some solo shows that showcased the vulnerable, moving core that underlies his band’s layered arrangements.

We’re pleased to provide the only studio recording you’re going to hear of these solo interpretations, including two songs from Eskimo Snow, one from Alopecia, and a cover of Pavement’s “Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)” (from 1992’s Watery, Domestic EP).

For even more, check out photos from the session and an interview with Yoni Wolf at our New, Improved, LIVE page! Videos from the session, courtesy of Pandora, will be published later this month!

New, Improved, LIVE, featuring: Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)

1. Yoni Wolf (of WHY?) – “Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)” (cover; originally by Pavement on 1992’s Watery, Domestic EP)

[audio:|artists=Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)|titles=Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)] Download: 160kbps mp3 / 320kbps mp3

2. Yoni Wolf (of WHY?) – “Brook & Waxing” (originally from Alopecia)[audio:|artists=Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)|titles=Brook & Waxing] Download: 160kbps mp3 / 320kbps mp3

3. Yoni Wolf (of WHY?) – “Against Me” (originally from Eskimo Snow)[audio:|artists=Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)|titles=Against Me] Download: 160kbps mp3 / 320kbps mp3

4. Yoni Wolf (of WHY?) – “Eskimo Snow” (originally from Eskimo Snow)[audio:|artists=Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)|titles=Eskimo Snow] Download: 160kbps mp3 / 320kbps mp3

We’d like to thank Yoni for the excellent session. WHY? will be performing at Great American Music Hall on Saturday, October 17th, with Mount Eerie, Au, and Serengeti & Polyphonic.

We’ve got plenty of great performances scheduled to come in future months, which will all be published at on a monthly basis. Acclaimed performers and a top notch studio means great free music that redefines the studio experience: New, Improved, LIVE.