Saturday, April 7, 2012

Song of the Day: "Back of the Neck"

Howler ranks #3 on NME's Best New Band for 2011 list. I'm trying to find the actual list, because I'd like to see how [WORD] the [WORD]* fared relative to them. Or The Vaccines who I may or may not have thought this was the last 12 times I heard the song. I can't find the full list and, let's be honest, 3rd place is good enough for my readers, so we'll let it go.

Also the drummer is not Prince's son, which is probably a good thing because, and I can't stress this enough: FUCK PRINCE.

Anyway, enjoy Minneapolis' latest and, possibly greatest/possibly third greatest [need to see the list] export!

UPDATE: #5 Nike & the Dove, #4 Reptar (so obvious), #2 Jai Paul, #1 Suuns. CUE RAINBOW: The more you know!

Song: "Back of the Neck"
Artist: Howler

* Young the Giant OR Said the Whale OR Jukebox the Ghost

Friday, April 6, 2012

Song of the Day: "You as You Were"

I don't know much about Austin band Sheerwater. The band and this track come to my attention via You Ain't No Picasso (here). But don't go look because then you'll see how weak this blog is comparatively.

I can't explain all the song's charms, but one of them kicks in at 0:45. I do love my complicated percussion.

As for the band, with 8 albums, 2 EPs and a split album with Okkervil River, changes are you know all about them. And if not, then phew, it isn't just me.

Song: "You as You Were"
Artist: Sheerwater

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Song of the Day: "Cruise Night"

Recently I wondered if John K. Samson was the Sting of The Weakerthans.

Deep in this song is a chord progression that reminds me a lot of "Can't Hardly Wait" which gives me a much more satisfying thought: Samson is the Paul Westerberg of The Weakerthans.

I missed him on Monday night this week, but am loving Provincial, his recent solo album. So here's another track.

Song: "Cruise Night"
Artist: John K. Samson

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Song of the Day: "In Time"

This is not Shawn Colvin, despite what your ears are telling you.

Or Clark.

Rosie Thomas from With Love, her sixth album... I'm sure the Shawn Colvin references NEVER get old for her.


Song: "In Time"
Artist: Shawn Colvin Rosie Thomas

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It's poopless!

Song of the Day: "Do the Trick"

PhD in French Literature
Dr. Dog... they are totally rocking my world these days, and I'm not quite sure why.

Even this song, which if reviewed objectively, has some pretty weak writing and sloppy production--and it's fucking awesome!

OMG, am I starting to like jam bands?

Oh noes.

Ah, well, at least it's not Dave Matthews Band*.

Song: "Do the Trick"
Artist: Dr. Dog

* I like at least 3 Dave Matthews Band songs, they're just an easy target for jam band intolerance references. And it's not that I dislike jam bands, I'm just too impatient to see them live.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Song of the Day: "Blood for Poppies"

When I first heard a DJ talking about the song, I thought it was "Blood for Puppies" and I was outraged.

It's not.

In the words of Ms. Emily Littela, "never mind."

New Garbage!

Song: "Blood for Poppies"
Artist: Garbage

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Song of the Day: "Home Tonight"

Today's song comes via Leland and his swanky new smoking jacket (wait, if he's not smoking is it still a smoking jacket? I think this may actually be a drinking jacket?).

The band: Eux Autres.

It's French for "them others" the way Bon Iver is French for "good night" which is to say someone had to tell me they were French words and what they meant.

Per the band: We realize most people don’t how to pronounce “Eux Autres.” Yet for some reason, this didn’t occur to us when we chose a band name. Frankly, we thought the words Eux Autres looked cool. And since, among ourselves, we call it only “the band”, we overlooked the tongue twister we were inflicting on everyone else.
Sure, we thought about renaming the band, but what fun would that be? Then people would actually be able to tell their friends about this band they discovered. We figure that naming your band Eux Autres is akin to naming your child Myron. He’s probably going to suffer, but it’ll make him stronger in the end.
The best phonetic spelling we’ve come up with is “OOZ-OH-TRA,” but really you can say it however you want. Some people call us Ooze Ah Trays. Others call us Ox Oaters or even Oaks O’Trays. Some refer to us as Them Others (the literal translation). One person calls us Ex-Otters.
I plan to call them Myron.

Song: "Home Tonight"
Artist: Myron (Eux Autres)

Blood for Baʿal

One learns a myriad of things by watching The Simpsons, today we learn the history of April Fool's Day.

Now who's laughing?