State of the Year in Songs Part II
Yup, this is Part II, (Part I is here). It's a collection of my most-played songs over the past few weeks. Some of them I’ve posted before, a few I have not.
1. The Gaskets – Hold Steady Hot Weather
It’s no secret I like the Gaskets. I’ve been rapaciously listening to the album these last few weeks, and are the soundtrack to my weekends. They are a party that refuses to die. At times it reminds me of the year 1989, and I’m not quite sure why (you’ll have to hear the other tracks). Every day is Friday with the Gaskets. This song is fun, and the very end makes me want to freak out. (previously)
2. The Mugs – Frank (2005)
This apparently average pop song is deceptively catchy. I’d say it’s in the same sub-genre as Voxtrot, but they have their own flavour. When they seamlessly slip into French halfway through, it adds a unique dynamic. I love it. (previously)
3. Kid Theodore – I Am a Moth
It’s a love song, believe it or not. I am not sure what the title means. Moths? I drew my own conclusions, you can too. Mmmmmm wool. (previously)
4. Shady Bard – Torch Song (mp3)
Can a song be simpler than this? Strum downbeats. Whole notes on the keyboards and vocals. Why is this so good? I’ve heard this all before, but not exactly this. The harmonies are what finally trap me into repeated listens. (previously)
5. Dave Deporis – At the End of the Tunnel (mp3)
“Who Who Who’s that knocking?” Dave Deporis has few equals to match his tonality and stylistic qualities. (previously)
6. Two Gallants – Waves of Grain (mp3)
I can’t help but imagine breaking this out in a pub, and having all the locals join in on the chorus, “Oh no no, I see them falling. Let’s all pray for rain, let’s all pray for rain. And your children are reared by panick and fear. But what, when all your fields are rotting, you’re waves of grain, amber waves of grain. And your word is yet done, and breed us until we’re all the same..."
Except the words change the every time it comes around. The only solution is to learn all the lyrics of this nine and a half minute opus. (previously)
7. Bound Stems – Risking Life and Limb For the Coupon
I think I’m addicted to these whispery weak voices. Add staccato phrasing within an interesting rhythm, and a few feminine harmonies for color, and we have an indie hit. (previously)
8. The M’s – Plan of the Man
Undeniably catchy. Catchy times infinity. (previously)
9. Destroyer – Painter In your Pocket
A lot of people love this song. Who am I to tell them otherwise? So far it's my favorite off the album.
10. Eef Barzelay – Ballad of Bitter Honey
Off a recommendation from Dodge. Goofy lyrics almost distract from everything else that this song does so well. Yet, I don’t mind so much. Every once in a while, someone comes along and renews my love for Alt-Country. This time it’s brought to me by the letter Eef.