Julien Baker’s piano cover of Jawbreaker’s “Accident Prone” is heartbreakingly gorgeous

Julien Baker’s piano cover of Jawbreaker’s “Accident Prone” is heartbreakingly gorgeous

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We at Substream adore Julien Baker—her debut album, Sprained Ankle, has been on heavy rotation here since its October 2015 release, and we recently sat down with her for a lengthy conversation about her accidental career. So it’s fitting that she recently chose to cover “Accident Prone” by Bay Area punk trio Jawbreaker off of their 1995 swan song Dear You at a gig in Brussels, Belgium, on May 22. (Conveniently, we at Substream adore Jawbreaker, too—especially considering they might be reuniting.)

For her cover, Baker strips the song down to its core, delivering a heartbreakingly gorgeous piano-and-vocals rendition of one of Blake Schwarzenbach & Co.’s most memorable, cathartic songs. It’s worth noting that the 20-year-old singer/songwriter wasn’t even born when this song was first released, yet she has completely made it her own. Watch it below and find yourself in awe.

Julien Baker’s European tour continues tonight in Paris; she will come back to the U.S. later this summer for some festival appearances as well as two dates with Daughter:

MAY 24 PARIS, FR SUPERSONIC
MAY 25 LONDON, UK ST. PANCRAS OLD CHURCH (SOLD-OUT)
MAY 26 LONDON, UK THE FORGE (SOLD-OUT)
MAY 28 GLASGOW, UK BROADCAST
MAY 29 NEWCASTLE, UK HEAD OF STEAM
MAY 30 LEEDS, UK THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
JUN. 1 BRIGHTON, UK GREEN DOOR STORE
JUN. 2-3 BARCELONA, ES PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL
JUN. 5 MANNHEIM, DE MAIFELD DERBY
JUN. 6 MUNICH, DE HAUSKONZERTE
JUN. 7 FRANKFURT, DE BROTFABRIK
JUN. 8 DORTMUND, DE HEJ STORE
JUN. 9 COLOGNE, DE KING GEORG
JUN. 11 NEUCHATEL, CH FESTINEUCH
JUN. 14 BERLIN, DE PRIVATCLUB
JUN. 15 STOCKHOLM, SE LILLA HOTELLBAREN
JUN. 17 HELSINKI, FI SIDEWAYS FESTIVAL
JUN. 18 HILVARENBEEK, NL BEST KEPT SECRET FESTIVAL
JUN. 20 REYKJAVIK, IS KEX HOSTEL
JUL. 24 NEWPORT, RI NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
JUL. 25 MILLVALE, PA MR. SMALL’S THEATRE (with Daughter)
JUL. 26 DETROIT, MI MAJESTIC THEATRE (with Daughter)
AUG. 5-7 SAN FRANCISCO, CA OUTSIDE LANDS
AUG. 28 LOS ANGELES, CA FYF FEST