Dave Eggers –known as the guy who inspired young writers to be all “meta”, much to the chagrin of English professors everywhere –has his fingers in a lot of delicious pies. Lately, he’s baked up Zeitoun, one of the best books of 2009, screenplay work on Away We Go and Where the Wild Things Are, oversight on McSweeny’s, and editing The Best Non-Required Reading series with the help of his philanthropic endeavor “The 826 Writing and Tutoring Centers”. The last is especially important for this post, because the kids at 826 LA have penned the lyrics to the new Fiona Apple song “So Sleepy” feat. The Punch Brothers, produced by none other than Jon Brion, long time co-conspirator with Apple (via TwentyFourBit).
The track, so effervescent and joyous, will certainly fill your need for new Fiona Apple material and as 24B postulates, perhaps will lead to a true Jon Brion/Fiona Apple collaboration, you know, one we could buy this time.
The song will be featured on the compilation Chickens In Love, which again features lyrics written by the kids at 826 LA and features Los Angeles recording artists She & Him, Fiona Apple, Cold War Kids, Tim and Eric, The Submarines, Summer Darling, The Happy Hollows, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dum Dum Girls, The Growlers, Crystal Antlers, and The Pity Party. I know, right? You can stream all of the tracks over at 826 LA’s Facebook page, and can purchase the album here. All album and merch proceeds go directly back into “The 826 Writing and Tutoring Centers”.