“You are the hole in my head
I am the pain in your neck
You are the lump in my throat
I am the aching in your heart

We are tangled
We are stolen
We are living where things are hidden.”

One of the things I truly enjoyed about Judd Apatow’s “Love” Netflix series was the closing credit soundtrack – each song was a cynical, desperate kiss-off to match the episode’s screwball relationship defeats. I have an extra reason to love it now, because it reminded me that this song exists – probably my favorite thing Eddie Vedder has ever recorded.

I’ve never been much of a Pearl Jam fan – I just wasn’t around at the right time!! And there’s only so much retrospective listening one can do!! – but any time I hear Vedder’s solo work and folk-acoustic tracks it leaves such a good impression on me. His voice will go down in history as one of the most recognizable of our generation, and one of the most unforgettable, too. This cover of John Doe’s (of the formative punk rock band X) “The Golden State” is probably one of my all-time surprise favorites – I rediscover this song every year in some form or fashion, via TV or Pandora or whatever, and fall in love with all over again.

The harmonies are so, so perfect, using this really open, obvious counterpoint that makes the two voices sound like they’re in different worlds but still meshing purposely. The result, and the sentiment, is really quite fitting. I ought to stop forgetting to put this on every playlist I ever make, learn to play it, and find out more of John Doe’s original work because I would love to hear more of this.

“We are luck
We are fate
We are the feeling you get in the golden state

We are love
We are hate
We are the feeling I get when you walk away.”
~The Golden State
John Doe feat. Kathleen Edwards, The Golden State, as covered by Eddie Vedder and Corin Tucker