By Jeremy D. Larson
(Photo courtesy HBO)

(Photo courtesy HBO)

The notorious Nucky Thompson returns to his bootlegging ways on September 8 for Season 4 of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. On September 3, ABKCO records will release Boardwalk Empire Volume 2, featuring a grip of contemporary artists singing songs written darn near a century ago.

The show, set in prohibition-era Atlantic City, has previously featured music from the 1890s to 1920s performed by Regina Spektor, Louden Wainwright III, Catherine Russell and more who all appeared on the show’s first soundtrack, the Grammy-winning Boardwalk Empire Volume 1.

The National‘s singer Matt Berninger is one of many who lent his baritone voice for one of the songs off the forthcoming Boardwalk Empire Volume 2, singing the 1924 standard “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” originally written by Isham Jones. Listen to Berninger’s lilting take on the tune below, featuring the NYC jazz ensemble Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

To score Nucky, Chalky, Eli and all of of their ill-dealings, Volume 2 will also feature performances by Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright, Karen Elson, and others. Elvis Costello will also be on the soundtrack, and you can hear his take on the the classic “It Had To Be You” — also written by Isham Jones — and check out the full tracklist below (via Pitchfork):


Boardwalk Empire Volume 2 tracklist:

01. David Johansen: “Strut Miss Lizzie”
02. Stephen DeRosa: “Old King Tut”
03. Elvis Costello: “It Had to Be You”
04. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks: “Everybody Loves My Baby”
05. Liza Minnelli: “You’ve Got To See Mama Ev’ry Night (Or You Can’t See Mama At All)”
06. Leon Redbone: “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”
07. St. Vincent: “Make Believe”
08. Pokey LaFarge: “Lovesick Blues”
09. Neko Case: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”
10. Karen Elson: “Who’s Sorry Now”
11. Stephan DeRosa: “You’d Be Surprised”
12. Margot Bingham: “I’m Going South”
13. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks: “Sugarfoot Stomp”
14. Rufus Wainwright: “Jimbo Jambo”
15. Kathy Brier: “There’ll Be Some Changes Made”
16. Margot Bingham: “Somebody Loves Me”
17. Chaim Tannenbaum: “All Alone”
18. Loudon Wainwright III: “The Prisoner’s Song”
19. Patti Smith: “I Ain’t Got Nobody”
20. Matt Berninger: “I’ll See You in My Dreams”


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