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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: February 17, 2016

St. Vincent covers Rolling Stones classic “Emotional Rescue”

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
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Sometimes life delivers news that stops you in your tracks and forces you to stop what you’re doing and LISTEN TO A BRAND NEW ROLLING STONES COVER BY ST.VINCENT!!!

And so I listened and I’m beside myself because it’s SO GREAT and funky and different and magical. It’s from the soundtrack to an upcoming film called “A Bigger Splash” (which by the way seems like it’s going to be great for no other reason than Tilda Swinton is in it!)

ANYWAY…WOW. Listen to what our gal Annie Clark (St. Vincent) did with the song. Woah!

And while I’m at it, here are a few other times that Stones songs have been covered by women in incredible ways.

“You Got the Silver” by Susan Tedeschi (which btw, is my number one favorite Stones song)

“Angie” by Tori Amos. I can’t even begin to deal with how amazing this is.

“Miss You” by Etta James. Yep. This. All day long.

“Play With Fire” by First Aid Kit. These two continue to slay me nine ways to Sunday.

“As Tears Go By” by Marianne Faithful. My oh my.

And here’s a live version of Faithful’s take on “As Tears Go By” after a few years of booze and cigs. This one’s even better!

“Sympathy for the Devil” by Natalie Merchant. Love!

“Gimme Shelter” by Patti Smith. Transcends explanation of course.

“(I Can’t Get No)Satisfaction” by Aretha Franklin. It’s her world, we’re just living in it.

“Wild Horses” by The Sundays. I could listen to this one on repeat. Gorgeous!

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