Saturday, August 19, 2017

Song of the Day: "How We Met, The Long Version"

God damn this track from Jens Lekman is almost as good as his song of the summer.

If memorizing these lyrics helps someone pass a science class then I believe Lekman deserves sainthood.

Song: "How We Met, The Long Version"
Artist: Jens Lekman

Friday, August 18, 2017

Song of the Day: "Pa'lante"

God damn, there's no denying the Michelle Shocked-ness of Alynda Lee Segarra's vocals on this track from Hurray for the Riff Raff's Navigator (an album I am absolutely in love with).

But more than that, the song borrow's its structure from "A Day in the Life" and even with no Hispanic heritage, I find the world-weariness in the opening of the song utterly relatable. The song celebrates Segarra's Puetro Rican heritage and that community's struggles to find a place in America–including part of the poem "Puerto Rican Obituary"–before it transitions to an ass-kicking finale bursting with pride and empowerment and life.

If you have any musical curiosity these days, find a copy of Navigator to listen through a few times.

Song: "Pa'lente"
Artist: Hurray for the Riff Raff

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Song of the Day: "Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution"

God damn there is no denying the Elton John-ness of this track from Father John Misty. And while I doubt I'm going to show up to see him in a festival setting when he's in town later this month, this article, calling him the best kind of asshole, makes me want to see him live.

Song: "Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution"
Artist: Father John Misty

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Song of the Day: "Carin at the Liquor Store"

I love The National.

No, that's not right.

I find the music of The National to be rewarding.

Emotionally challenging? Sure. Rewarding? Definitely.

Make of that what you will.

Song: "Carin at the Liquor Store"
Artist: The National