song o’ the day

February 1, 2007

John D. Loudermilk – “More Than He’ll Have To Give”

I’m in the middle of digitizing this album Encores at work, and this first song on the album made my jaw drop. God, it’s good – like country music meets the Beach Boys. Or Donovan. Or something. Wow.

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song o’ the day

January 29, 2007

Neutral Milk Hotel – “The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1”

And your mom would drink until she was no longer speaking,
And dad would dream of all the different ways to die –
Each one a little more than he could dare to try.

No, I really don’t stop loving this album.

song o’ the day

January 26, 2007

It’s been a few weeks since the last song o’ the day, hasn’t it? Well, these are the songs that I would have posted if I’d been more proactive about communicating with the world. Two dancey tracks, and two introspective head music sort of tracks:

Of Montreal – “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse”

C’mon chemicals!

This is, I think, the most catchy song on this catchiest of albums. I’m dying to see them play a show again, I can’t wait. This song has the perfect head-bopping-from-side-to-side sound in it.

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(OK, that’s not a record cover, but it’s a really cute poster, and I want it.)

The Skatalites – “Lucky Seven”

I love the mouth noises (huh! hee! hee-bop!) and the clacking, choo choo train sound in this song, not to mention the horns that make me want to jump up and down with my knees held high like those boys in the club did near Stanford U. back in the day.

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The Radio Dept. – “The City Limit”

Don’t drop me off just yet, it’s too safe.
… just drive, the city limit’s fine.

This is the final track on the “Pulling Our Weight” EP, and it sounds EXACTLY like driving in a car with someone, and it’s somewhat sad, and you don’t want the night to end, but it’s going to end, and you feel a little panicky, and you can’t talk anymore, but you just bliss out on the music playing on the stereo. Like being in high school, I guess….
Well, more accurately, it’s a very fuzzed out shoegazey sort of song.

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The Microphones – “The Moon”

We just lied on the roof and watched the moon, the moon,
the blue light of the moon.
We didn’t talk, and silently we both felt powerful.

This album sounds incredible on headphones. I’ve been listening to it while walking home from work. This song is my favorite – it starts off with three (?) acoustic guitars playing different things all at once, and then shortly after the one minute mark, BOOM! lyrics and drums and more fuzzy shoegazey (yes, more of that stuff) kicks in. It’s frantic and gorgeous.

song o’ the day

December 22, 2006

The Decemberists – “The Crane Wife, Pt. 3”

And I will hang my head, hang my head low.

song o’ the day

December 18, 2006

Okkervil River – “For Real”

And there’s nothing quite like the blinding light
when that curtain’s cast aside,
and no attempt is made to explain away
the things that really, really, really, really are behind.

song o’ the day

December 8, 2006

the Pink Mountaintops – “Cold Criminals”

Hey Robin – how’d you get into stoner rock?

Hell if I know. All I can figure is it’s some combination of influences from Jason and Amanda. We’ll get back to handclaps and la la las soon enough, I’m sure.

song o’ the day

December 4, 2006

Serena Maneesh – “Sapphire Eyes”

– solid, pounding drumbeat
– unintelligible, breathy vocals
– tambourine!
– crescendos galore

This is a year of long, rambling songs, and it’s been fun.