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Doves – “Kingdom of Rust”

by on May.16, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

I really try to avoid jumping on bandwagons, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided. Case in point: “Kingdom Of Rust“, the latest single off Dovesnew album of the same name. It’s the indie rock darling of the moment, and for good reason. These English lads sure know how to rock the American cowboy style. Once again, I’m reminded of a more palatable Chris Isaak. Is it just me, or is this some sort of weird trend I’ve uncovered?

Anyway, back on topic… if you’re looking for a mood-heavy, slow-paced song to chill out to, this would be a good choice. Surprisingly, my young son also liked the song, which I take as a good sign. He usually only likes more danceable stuff, so for him to like it means it has a pretty good cross-market appeal.

The video is also very well done.


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Say Hi – “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh”

by on May.14, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Today’s Song of the Day is “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh” by Say Hi. For some reason, the vocals on this song keep reminding me of Chris Isaak – a less whiny and nasaly one, which is a Good Thing.

It opens strongly with a catchy synthesized horn riff, then gets right to the drums and twangy guitar goodness. I dare you to listen without bobbing your head. The only negative part about this track is that it does get a little repetitive, but overall an excellent tune. Look to be hearing this one more as time passes.

Make sure to pick this song up, along with all the others, on the excellent Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler while it’s still available! It’s an amazingly good sampler, free or not.

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Deerhunter – “Nothing Ever Happened”

by on May.13, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

It’s always weird to like something without knowing it. If you would have asked me a year ago if I liked “jam bands”, I would have said no and looked at you like you were crazy. I’m not much into classic rock or psychedelia, which is how I used to think of jam bands (Phish and the Grateful Dead, for example).

Deerhunter changed all that. I heard their songs on XMU and fell in love. Only after I was a fan did I hear that they’re a jam band. Two of their songs are on my list of all-time favorites, and of those two, today’s Song of the Day “Nothing Ever Happened” is the best. It’s close, though. (The other will have its own SotD in the future.)


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Band of Skulls – “I Know What I Am”

by on May.12, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

The first thing people usually say when they hear “I Know What I Am” by Band Of Skulls is that they sound a lot like The White Stripes, which isn’t surprising given that they are of similar composition. They have a guitarist and a drummer and a male and a female vocalist. The only extra instrument is a bass, which is played by the female vocalist.  I also think they sound like 80′s Camaro rock. If you’re in the mood to bob your head to some good ol’ American guitars and drums, you’ll like this band.

You can preview the full track of “I Know What I Am” over at

If you like this song, you’ll probably like the whole album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey. It’s all pretty consistent, which sounds bad but I think is a very good quality to have. At the time of this writing, Amazon has it on special for five bucks, so definitely make a point to pick it up asap if you’re interested. If you don’t want the whole album, another good song off of it is “Patterns“. also has a full-track preview of this song.

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Cold War Kids – “We Used to Vacation”

by on May.10, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Cold War Kids is one of those bands that you hear a lot about, but don’t know their songs. At least, that was the case for me, up until recently. My wife and I caught them as an opening act for Death Cab For Cutie (along with the excellent up-and-coming band Ra Ra Riot) and they blew us away. The best I can describe their music is a male Alicia Keys on the piano and a kick-butt indie rock band backing him up. Oh, and they REALLY like maracas.

They have a popular song out right now called “Hang Me Up To Dry“, but I’ve chosen the first song off their new album Robbers & Cowards for this Song of the Day. That song is called “We Used to Vacation” and it’s a great representative of the rest of the album.

You can take my word for it, or listen to the full song for free over at Enjoy!

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Happy Mother’s Day! The Bird and the Bee – “Love Letter to Japan”

by on May.10, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d make my wife’s current favorite song the Song of the Day. “Love Letter To Japan” by The Bird And The Bee is four minutes of sugar-pop fun. It has a great video too. If you’re looking for some upbeat, lightweight listening, this should do the job.

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Dan Deacon – “Of the Mountains”

by on May.08, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Dan Deacon has produced a nice little song in Of The Mountains. It’s a little bit Carol Of The Bells and a little bit techno. At over seven minutes, you really get your money’s worth out of this one!

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Late of the Pier – “Broken”

by on May.07, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Today’s song of the day is “Broken [Explicit]” by Late Of The Pier. This song has one of the best intros I’ve ever heard. The rest of the song is pretty good as well, but it’s pretty different from the rockin jam at the start. This song often gets lodged in my head, which isn’t a bad thing.

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White Rabbits – “Percussion Gun”

by on May.06, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

As my friends over at Prefix wrote, “There probably hasn’t been a more fitting song title in recent memory than White Rabbits‘ ‘Percussion Gun,’ which sounds exactly like its name suggests.” I’ve been in a bit of a tribal-beat phase lately, and this song has been on my mind a lot. You gotta love a band that has, among others, a pianist and two drummers.

Check out the video for a full preview of the song. It’s pretty well done.

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Phoenix – “Lisztomania”

by on May.06, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

One of my most recent purchases is Lisztomania by Phoenix. This song has quickly become my latest obsession. It’s extremely catchy and appeals to a broad audience – both my toddler son and wife love it. One of the things that’s particularly amazing to me is that Phoenix is from France. They write English lyrics better than most native speakers! I can’t wait to see these guys live someday. Their new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is scheduled for release on May 26, 2009. I’m very much looking forward to it!

Here’s a link to the video so you can hear the full song. I don’t think the video is that great, but the song is good enough to overcome that.

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