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Song-A-Day: February 8

We’re in Aquarius territory at the moment, my favorite Zodiak sign because it’s my own, though rather than turning this into a Horoscope I’d rather turn it into another accidentally day late Song-A-Day. This one comes off of one of the few electronic albums which really click for me in Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children. Today’s song is “Aquarius”.

Yeah that’s right

Orange

Yeah that’s right

Orange

One, (Orange, just fantasize), Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine (Orange, yeah that’s right), Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen (Orange), Eighteen, Nineteen , Twenty, Twenty-one, Twenty-two, Twenty-three, Twenty-four, Twenty-five, Orange, Twenty-six, Twenty-seven, Twenty-eight, Twenty-nine, Thirty, Thirty-one, Thirty-two, Thirty-three, Orange, Thirty-four, Thirty-five (yeah that’s right), Thirty-six, Thirty-four, Sixty-eight, Twenty-seven, Thirty-five, Forty-two, Orange, Fifty-eight, Forty-seven, Sixty-three, Eighty-five, Seventy-four, Sixty-seven, Sixty-six, Fifty-one (Orange), Seventy-nine, Forty-two, Twenty-four, Forty-five, Sixty-ten, Six, Seven, Fifty-six, Sixty-five (Orange), Forty-four, Fifty-three, Forty-four, Seventeen, Thirteen, Twenty-three

Yeah that’s right

Just fantasize!

Kyle’s Favorite 100 Songs: 70-61

Here are numbers 70-61 on my countdown of my 100 favorite songs.

70. The Flaming Lips- The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)

It’s a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want

“The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” brings up an excellent social point in my mind, in that we shouldn’t be able to critique those above us without first considering what we would actually do in that situation. No hypotheticals, if you were placed into a position where you actually did have power what would you do with it? The whole song is really an accusation that you would probably misuse the power you had too in some way, and that that’s just a natural part of being human and not something to hold against a person. Try to find the good things in those people and understand that they could be infinitely more cruel and inept than they currently are and we’re lucky to have them.

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69. Jeffrey Lewis- Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song

“If I was Leonard Cohen or some other song writing master/ I’d know to first get the oral sex then right the song after.”

One of my favorite things in music is when you fall in love with a song on the first listen. I listened to “Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song” for the first time a few months ago and Jeffrey Lewis’ story-telling ability amazed me alongside his openness about being a nervous male. There are so many things that get captured perfectly within the interaction, like how he slowly becomes more confident as everything in the conversation seems to progress perfectly, but then he lets you know ahead of time that the conversation only lasted for a few minutes and he never saw her again afterwards. After this, you learn that not only did the girl like him but she basically invited him to have sex with her, but he still couldn’t bring himself to suggest it. That interaction is tough for him to look back on in hindsight, but he reveals that that wasn’t the true motive he had in mind while writing the song. Rather, he realized that he wrote a love song for a girl that met him for two minutes and who he will likely never meet again, and realized that there could be people all around the world doing the same thing. There may even be people out there doing this for you and me, and that’s a beautiful thing to consider.

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68. The Mountain Goats- No Children

“I hope you die. I hope we both die.”

This was the Mountain Goats track that introduced me to the side of John Darnielle which is crazy. “No Children” is the story of the alpha couple which he wrote numerous song about, but stopped doing so after this track was made. That’s because Darnielle was becoming to depressed writing these songs, and after the chorus of “I hope you die. I hope we both die.” arrives you understand why. This couple has grown to despise each other so much that they want to see their pair die, but a fear still exists about what they would be if they had to exist alone.

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Essential Albums: Boards Of Canada- Music Has the Right to Children

Quick Band Bio: Boards of Canada is the moniker for two Scottish brothers, Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin, and it serves as a project for them to experiment with electronic music. Their discography is a confusing mix of official and unofficial albums, cassettes, and EPs, with the earliest known release being a cassette recording of Catalog 3 in 1987. Music Has The Right To Children was released 11 years later in 1998, and features samples from numerous sources of inspiration to the band, including The National Film Board of Canada which inspired the band’s name.

Music Has the Right to Children is very different from the other albums mentioned in this topic so far because of the genre difference alone. To classify it as electronic is a bit scary because my target audience for this article will read that and dismiss the album as outside of their tastes, but alternative rock kids will find fascinating experimental sounds with psychedelic and ambient qualities displaying themselves. It’s smooth electronic music that would work perfectly well as background music and even better if you decided to analyze it for every reference the duo creates.
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