Phoebe Bridgers has dropped an updated rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “7 O’clock News / Silent Night” featuring Fiona Apple and The National frontman Matt Berninger—continuing a Christmas tradition that started in 2017 with her release of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Last year, she teamed up with Jackson Browne for a cover of “Christmas Song.”
In this song, Berninger takes on the role of the newscaster who reads relevant news articles on Trump, abortion and Amber Guyger’s murder of Botham Jean while Bridgers and Apple harmonize the “Silent Night” parts. All profits from the recording are being donated to Planned Parenthood, as inspired by the Berninger-co-founded 7-inches For Planned Parenthood project. The Box Set is available here.
A short note by Bridgers accompanied the track’s release: “Happy Holidays to everyone whose family has been literally or figuratively torn apart by Donald Trump. And to my racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical family members, fuck you. Thanks Fiona, Matt, Simon, and Garfunkel.”
This is Bridgers’ second collaboration with Berninger. She sang with Berninger on his first solo single, “Walking On A String,” which was released on Dead Oceans in October and featured in the Netflix film Between Two Ferns: The Movie.
Bridgers recently performed to a sold out crowd at London’s iconic Roundhouse and is headed to Japan and Australia in Spring 2020 to tour with The National. Listen to “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night below, followed by Bridgers’ 2017 Paste Studio session. Further down, check out her 2020 tour dates.
Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates:
26 – New York, New York @ Carnegie Hall (Tibet House US Benefit Concert)
17 – Tokyo, Japan @ Zepp DiverCity*
18 – Tokyo, Japan @ Zepp DiverCity*
21 – Perth, Australia @ Fremantle Arts Centre* (sold out)
22 – Perth, Australia @ Fremantle Arts Centre*
24 – Sydney, Australia @ ICC*
25 – Sydney, Australia @ ICC*
27 – Brisbane, Australia @ Fortitude Music Hall* (sold out)
28 – Brisbane, Australia @ Fortitude Music Hall*
30 – Melbourne, Australia @ Palais Theatre*
31 – Melbourne, Australia @ Palais Theatre*
01 – Melbourne, Australia @ Palais Theatre*
03 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Aotea Centre* (sold out)
04 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Aotea Centre* (sold out)
1-3 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
09 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival
*Supporting The National