Category: Songs du Jour

Song du Jour Nr. 151: The Bee Gees – Spicks and Specks

Why? Because it popped up on shuffle and reminds me of my childhood. Also, because the world needs to know that The Bee Gees did some great stuff before the…
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Song du Jour Nr. 150: Lifesavas – And the Soul Goes On

Since we featured Vursatyl's new solo record earlier this week, how about some unreleased goodness from group he came from, the Lifesavas. I wish the group was still active. This…
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Song du Jour Nr. 149: The Walkmen – We Can’t be Beat

I love how this song builds and builds. I also like artists that are will to build a song on the strength of the singer's vocals. There isn't a lot…
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Song du Jour Nr. 148: J. Tillman – Crosswinds

Sigh. I know he is getting all kinds of accolades as his schmaltzy 70s lounge rock singer alter ego Father John Misty, but sure liked his music a lot better…
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Song du Jour Nr. 143: Bright Eyes – Four Winds

When Conor Oberst tacked towards alt-country on his 2007 Cassadaga album, and again with his two Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band records, I cringed at times. However, a lot…
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Song du Jour Nr. 141: The Weakerthans – Exiles Among You

Along with Craig Finn of the Hold Steady, and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, John K. Samson of the Weakerthans is one of my favorite lyricists Why? Because he…
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Song du Jour Nr. 140: Dear and the Headlights – I Know

Dear and the Headlights was a great Arizona band, that is no more. They were raucous. The vocals were always on the edge of being out of control Wildly fun…
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Song du Jour Nr. 138: Shad – The Single

Some one needs to annotate the lyrics to this one - explaining the gazillion pop culture references. One of these days I'll do a full post explaining why Shad is…
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Song du Jour Nr. 137: TV on the Radio – Happy Idiot

1. This album is going to rank high on my year-end list. 2. This is not the best song off the album 3. But the video stars Paul Reubens of…
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Song du Jour Nr. 135: Dent May – Pierce Avenue

Back when Dent May was still just a 50s-esque doowap-ish crooner with a ukulele (pre-electro-pop Dent May). He put out a little EP - A Brush of Velvet - before…
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Song du Jour Nr. 134: S. Carey – Fire-Scene

Lately while running in the mountains, I have been listening to S. Carey. I used to listen to fast paced music, and when running pavement in town I still do.…
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Song du Jour Nr. 133: The Mighty Underdogs – Monster

Its Halloween, so how about a campy Monster track from hip-hop super-group The Mighty Underdogs. (Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Headnotic). From their 2008 album Droppin' Science…
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Song du Jour Nr. 132: Four Tet – Angel Echoes

Why? Because sometimes you need ambient electronica in the morning to get the creative writing-juices flowing. Four Tet - Angel Echoes. From There is Love In You [2010]
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Song du Jour Nr. 131: Greylag – Another

Greylag. New Band. New album. Folksy, in the vein of Fleet Foxes. Can't decide if I like this album or if it will end up feeling empty and shallow like…
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Song du Jour Nr. 130: A. A. Bondy – How You Will Meet Your End

If I hit play on my iPod or iTunes library, this is the first song. Obviously. A.A. Bondy is alphabetically first on probably anyone's library who has him in it.…
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Song du Jour Nr. 129: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr – If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dance Floor)

Something to get you moving as you clean the house this Saturday morning. I dare you to not start moving to this song. Also, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is one…
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Song du Jour Nr. 128: Blue Scholars – Cinemetropolis

Great opening track for an album all inspired by film - Blue Scholars' 2011 Cinemetropolis. Speaking of which - 2011?! Come on boys - we need a new album. "If…
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Song du Jour Nr. 125: GOASTT – Too Deep

This is the opening track from Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger album "Midnight Sun." This album will definitely be in my top 5 this year. Pop, psychedelic,…
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Song du Jour Nr. 124: The National – Think You Can Wait

The National is sometimes hit and miss, but one-off b-side singles like this (from the movie soundtrack to Win Win) prove their talent is pretty deep. A slow burner, the…
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Song du Jour Nr. 123: The Hold Steady – Modesto is not that Sweet

I always appreciate bands with good b-sides. Their studio sessions are so good, that there is just too much to include on the full length LPs. THe Hold Steady is…
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Song du Jour Nr. 122: Pinback – Proceed to Memory

This song was on heavy rotation back in 2012 when the album came out. Those who listened to our radio show back in 2012-2013 will recognize this one.
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Song du Jour Nr. 121: Mogwai – Simon Ferocious

One of the better tracks from Mogwai's newest LP, Rave Tapes. I like the grinding electric drone repeating throughout.  A slow burner.
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SNAKES!!! Also, Lateef & the Chief: Best of Me (ft. Gift of Gab)

I went trail running this afternoon. You know - it was about 85 degrees, there was zero shade on the trails I planned on exploring, and everyone has been reporting…
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Song du Jour Nr. 119: Dear and the Headlights – Run in the Front

Another now-defunct obscure Arizona band?  Yup. Sorry kids. I mean, your welcome.  Buy it here, or anywhere. Their other album, Drunk Like Bible Times, is great too. 
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Song du Jour Nr. 118: Nick Drake – Saturday Sun

Because: 1. Everybody needs more Nick Drake in their life. 2. No other reason needed. 3. Oh, and vibraphone. Its the final track on this, his best, album.
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New Zookeeper Album – Pink Chalk! Whoa!

Just a few days ago, I posted an OLD track from the band Mineral. The band put out a couple great albums and 7"'s, but then broke up. The singer,…
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Song du Jour Nr. 117: The Letterpress – Falling Away

Here's one you've never heard of. Mid-2000s band from Arizona. 2 basses + drums. No guitars.  Good stuff.You should buy it. Or here.
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