January 6, 2014
Hey, just because I don’t really write about music anymore doesn’t mean I don’t still have opinions on music. See, here’s, like, 25 whole opinions. Plus I put them all in a handy-dandy Spotify playlist that is in no particular order. Now, in actually somewhat of a particular order, here’s 25 really good songs I heard in 2013, which was a year, but is no longer this year.
Ha Ha Tonka – Lessons
Ha Ha Tonka is such a great and underrated band, and they played perhaps the best show I saw all year at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern in October. “Lessons” grooves a hell of a lot more than you would expect from an alt-country band, and it’s catchy as hell.
Queens of the Stone Age – If I Had a Tail
Oh yeah, my favorite band released an album this year and it was the best album of the year and “If I Had a Tail” is a fantastic idea for a song so there you go.
Neko Case – Night Still Comes
In my opinion this was Neko’s strongest album yet vocally, and the chorus (aided by a who’s who of harmony singers, most recognizably Jim James) of “You never held it at the right angle” just gets right into my feel places.
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October 24, 2011
I hold a very special place in my heart for Arcade Fire. Earlier this year, my dad died. He had the habit of texting me indie rock song lyrics — everything from Midlake while I was at work to Ezra Furman when I was at the bar. The day he died, my dad texted me, “Do you understand why I want a daughter while I’m still young? I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty before this damage is done.” At the time it was heartwarming but a few hours later, after I got the call from my stepsister telling me that he’d stopped breathing, “The Suburbs” took on a sombering, ominous, and poignant meaning to me. Since that day, I’ve listened to Arcade Fire countless times, not only because it reminds me how hip my genes are but also because “The Suburbs” is a great record. Songs like “Sprawl II” and “We Used To Wait” have orchestrated countless memorable nights in my life but no song on the record means as much to me as “Deep Blue.”
Arcade Fire – Deep Blue
“Deep Blue” wasn’t my favorite song when I first heard “The Suburbs.” It wasn’t even my fifth favorite song. In fact, I didn’t really take note of “Deep Blue” until I was on vacation (a term I use here loosely) in northern Michigan late this summer. I was completely cut off from everyone — no cell phone, no computer, nothing. Well, except one of the most beautiful lakes in the country and my ipod. I spent a lot of time sitting on the dock, listening to “Deep Blue” on repeat, and looking out at this …
Seriously. This was my view.
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