Song Of The Day Archive

  • I first heard Kongos a few months back at a show where they were less than happy with their sound. At first, I must admit, I wasn’t sure of what to make of them, yet, sound flaws and all I couldn’t shake the song “It’s A Good Life” out of my head for a few days. I had picked up a copy of their 2007 disc at the show and I was thrilled to discover you could download what was then their three new singles. One of them was “It’s A Good Life” which I played relentlessly, another was this...

    Song Of The Day: “I’m Only Joking” by Kongos

    I first heard Kongos a few months back at a show where they were less than happy with their sound. At first, I must admit, I wasn’t sure of what to make of them, yet, sound flaws and all I couldn’t shake the song “It’s A Good Life” out of my head for a few days. I had picked up a copy of their 2007 disc at the show and I was thrilled to discover you could download what was then their three new singles. One of them was “It’s A Good Life” which I played relentlessly, another was this...

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  • One of the things that strikes me when I listen to this song over and over again is the overwhelming optimism that just explodes from the headphones or speakers that pours this music into my mind. There’s simply not enough music out there that is drenched in this kind of enthusiastic happiness. It also strikes me that it is one of David Jackman’s greatest moments on the EP, which is something that shouldn’t be overlooked (seriously, he makes this song what it is). It’s a solid dance hit, a high energy number and it’s the kind of song that can turn your...

    Song Of The Day: “You Matter” by Peachcake

    One of the things that strikes me when I listen to this song over and over again is the overwhelming optimism that just explodes from the headphones or speakers that pours this music into my mind. There’s simply not enough music out there that is drenched in this kind of enthusiastic happiness. It also strikes me that it is one of David Jackman’s greatest moments on the EP, which is something that shouldn’t be overlooked (seriously, he makes this song what it is). It’s a solid dance hit, a high energy number and it’s the kind of song that can turn your...

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  • What can I say, I’m in a shoegazing mood today and the first thing I had to listen to today was KNESSET’s Coming Of Age. Then I remembered they had a video floating about for “Bitter Hearts” that I never checked out. Here it is in all it’s glory, one of my favorite songs from their amazing album. In the May 2011 issue of JAVA  I wrote: “The bands choice for the first single is “Bitter Hearts” and it turns out it is also the first time Evan Fox tried singing—this is a great curious case of beginners luck, because the...

    Song Of The Day: “Bitter Hearts” by KNESSET

    What can I say, I’m in a shoegazing mood today and the first thing I had to listen to today was KNESSET’s Coming Of Age. Then I remembered they had a video floating about for “Bitter Hearts” that I never checked out. Here it is in all it’s glory, one of my favorite songs from their amazing album. In the May 2011 issue of JAVA  I wrote: “The bands choice for the first single is “Bitter Hearts” and it turns out it is also the first time Evan Fox tried singing—this is a great curious case of beginners luck, because the...

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  • This is, unapologetically, one of my favorite songs of all time. Seriously, this makes me smile: anytime of day or night it will turn my mood around. Whether it’s spinning on the stereo, blowing my mind live or as I watch the video for the 1000th time, I love this song and the guys making it. Add to it that the video is absolutely hilarious and as fun as the song itself is and you have a win/win situation. Combining the talents of Billy and Dale Goodman from The Necronauts with Mike Upsahl from Stereotyperider, the results are an amazing...

    Song Of The Day: “Shitty Things” by High Horse

    This is, unapologetically, one of my favorite songs of all time. Seriously, this makes me smile: anytime of day or night it will turn my mood around. Whether it’s spinning on the stereo, blowing my mind live or as I watch the video for the 1000th time, I love this song and the guys making it. Add to it that the video is absolutely hilarious and as fun as the song itself is and you have a win/win situation. Combining the talents of Billy and Dale Goodman from The Necronauts with Mike Upsahl from Stereotyperider, the results are an amazing...

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  • If last weekend had a vibe demanding you to rock out, I get the sense this weekend is all about chilling out and taking it easy. There is no better song for that purpose than “Oh, My Neighbor” from the brand new TALK ep by What Laura Says. This dreamy little number is probably the most beautiful thing they’ve ever released. The video shows them in the recording studio while the music of the song hypnotizes you into a smile. I had this to say in the May issue of JAVA Magazine: “Oh, My Neighbor” closes the EP with breathy...

    Song Of The Day: “Oh, My Neighbor” by What Laura Says

    If last weekend had a vibe demanding you to rock out, I get the sense this weekend is all about chilling out and taking it easy. There is no better song for that purpose than “Oh, My Neighbor” from the brand new TALK ep by What Laura Says. This dreamy little number is probably the most beautiful thing they’ve ever released. The video shows them in the recording studio while the music of the song hypnotizes you into a smile. I had this to say in the May issue of JAVA Magazine: “Oh, My Neighbor” closes the EP with breathy...

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  • I think this might be the perfect anthem for Independence Day. A great song by what is, in fact a great American band–yes Mergence has provided the soundtrack for my weekend, because it’s that kind of album–Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead is just pure and simply great rock’n'roll from “Dynamite & Kerosene” to “At The Salt” all of it is essential and amazing. “Me & My Family Vs. The Robots” is something of a centrally located masterpiece within the first half of the album, brilliantly contoured, composed, and in truth it stands out, in the long run, as one...

    Song Of The Day: “Me & My Family Vs. The Robots” by Mergence

    I think this might be the perfect anthem for Independence Day. A great song by what is, in fact a great American band–yes Mergence has provided the soundtrack for my weekend, because it’s that kind of album–Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead is just pure and simply great rock’n'roll from “Dynamite & Kerosene” to “At The Salt” all of it is essential and amazing. “Me & My Family Vs. The Robots” is something of a centrally located masterpiece within the first half of the album, brilliantly contoured, composed, and in truth it stands out, in the long run, as one...

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  • It seems to me the best way to kick of a four day Holiday weekend is with a little “Dynamite & Kerosene” by Mergence to get things rocking. It strikes me, that no matter how many times I hear this song it still sounds fresh and new, it still get’s my heart racing and my mind spinning. The lead off track from one of the best albums of the year Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead, still gets many spins a week from this fan, because so far it just it doesn’t get old. So I’m starting off the second...

    Song Of The Day: “Dynamite & Kerosene” by Mergence

    It seems to me the best way to kick of a four day Holiday weekend is with a little “Dynamite & Kerosene” by Mergence to get things rocking. It strikes me, that no matter how many times I hear this song it still sounds fresh and new, it still get’s my heart racing and my mind spinning. The lead off track from one of the best albums of the year Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead, still gets many spins a week from this fan, because so far it just it doesn’t get old. So I’m starting off the second...

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  • Tonight’s the night! The Whisperlights will hold their CD release party downtown at The Duce with accomplices Underground Cities, Dry River Yacht Club, Sweetbleeders, Black Carl, Wooden Indian and There Is Danger. Of course, The Whisperlights are much on my mind–and after listening to the album dozens of times in the last few weeks, my mind is much on them. And so it is that the song of the day is the album opener “Ditch The Watch”, because it is absolutely amazing (along with the rest of the songs)–the video was shot by Ben Braman at the Rhythm Room when...

    Song Of The Day: “Ditch The Watch” by The Whisperlights

    Tonight’s the night! The Whisperlights will hold their CD release party downtown at The Duce with accomplices Underground Cities, Dry River Yacht Club, Sweetbleeders, Black Carl, Wooden Indian and There Is Danger. Of course, The Whisperlights are much on my mind–and after listening to the album dozens of times in the last few weeks, my mind is much on them. And so it is that the song of the day is the album opener “Ditch The Watch”, because it is absolutely amazing (along with the rest of the songs)–the video was shot by Ben Braman at the Rhythm Room when...

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  • This is meant to be played loud. Per the video description by the band, this is the 1961 government/propaganda film “Challenge of Ideas” repurposed into a music video for “Appalachacha Pts. 1&2″ from the self-titled Lisa Savidge album released earlier this year on Black Cactus Records. The Lisa Savidge album ends with the sprawling epic “Appalachacha (Pts. 1 & 2), a perfect bookend to a very nearly perfect album—as much of a summary of the entire work as “HAM Radio” was an introduction.  It is lyrically intense and musically inspired—the album ends positively, somehow, with two sides of a coin shown. On one...

    Song Of The Day: “Appalachacha” by Lisa Savidge

    This is meant to be played loud. Per the video description by the band, this is the 1961 government/propaganda film “Challenge of Ideas” repurposed into a music video for “Appalachacha Pts. 1&2″ from the self-titled Lisa Savidge album released earlier this year on Black Cactus Records. The Lisa Savidge album ends with the sprawling epic “Appalachacha (Pts. 1 & 2), a perfect bookend to a very nearly perfect album—as much of a summary of the entire work as “HAM Radio” was an introduction.  It is lyrically intense and musically inspired—the album ends positively, somehow, with two sides of a coin shown. On one...

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  • Dearspeak’s forthcoming new EP Oh, For Freedom, opens with perhaps the most unlikely titled hook heavy pop song in their catalog, “Cadavers.” Only Ree Boado could write a seemingly carefree sing along song with such a morbid topic and pull it off sounding simply sweet as pie, while she performs a caustic analysis of the skeletons in someone’s closet, or in this case, the “cadavers in your backyard.” It’s difficult to tell if this is a look at someone else or a look at herself—Boado takes intellectual approaches to her songwriting well beyond her peers and influences so it’s difficult to say....

    Song Of The Day: “Cadavers” by Dearspeak

    Dearspeak’s forthcoming new EP Oh, For Freedom, opens with perhaps the most unlikely titled hook heavy pop song in their catalog, “Cadavers.” Only Ree Boado could write a seemingly carefree sing along song with such a morbid topic and pull it off sounding simply sweet as pie, while she performs a caustic analysis of the skeletons in someone’s closet, or in this case, the “cadavers in your backyard.” It’s difficult to tell if this is a look at someone else or a look at herself—Boado takes intellectual approaches to her songwriting well beyond her peers and influences so it’s difficult to say....

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