Category Archives: Song-A-Day

Song-A-Day: January 5th

The NFL playoffs started yesterday in dramatic fashion as The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a historic collapse to the Indianapolis Colts thanks to unfortunate luck with injuries and inspired play by Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, while the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints on the last play of the game on a field goal by Shayne Graham to give them a 26-24 win.

The good news for the Chiefs and Eagles is that although what happened to them is extremely unfortunate, things could be much worse for them as there are definitely more cursed franchises in sports. Today’s Song-A-Day goes to The Mountain Goats with “Cubs in Five” where John Darnielle sings about how he’s going to find a way to love his lover again, how the Tampa Bay Bucs are going to make it to January, and how the Chicago Cubs are going to win it all in 5.

 

They’re gonna find intelligent life up there on the moon
And the Canterbury Tales will shoot up to the top of the best seller list
And stay there for 27 weeks

And the Chicago Cubs
Will beat every team in the league
And the Tampa Bay Bucs
Will make it all the way to January
And I will love you again
I will love you,
Like I used to
I will love you again
I will love you,
Like i used to

The stars are gonna spell out the answers to tommorow’s crosswords
And the Phillips Corporation will admit that they’ve made an awful mistake
And Bill Gates will single handedly spearhead
The Heaven Seventeen Revival

And the Chicago Cubs
Will beat every team in the league
And the Tampa Bay Bucs
Will take it all the way to the top
And I will love you again
I will love you,
Like I used to
I will love you again
I will love you,
Like i used to

Song-A-Day: January 4th

For January 4th we’d like to wish a happy birthday to Michael Stipe, lead singer and lyricist of the influential alternative rock band R.E.M. which formed way back in 1980 and only split-up recently in 2011. In celebration of Stipe’s birthday, our Song-A-Day is going to go to an R.E.M. song off of their 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction entitled “Life and How to Live It”.

Burn bright through the night, two pockets lead the way
Two doors to go between the wall was raised today
Two doors remain before your others and your own
Keep these books well stocked away and take your happy home

My carpenter’s out and running about, talking to the street
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

Burn bright through the night, two pockets lead the way
Two doors to go between the wall was raised today
Raise the walls and shout its flaws, a carpenter should rest
So that when you tire of one side the other serves you best

My carpenter’s out and running about, talking to the street
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

The hills ringing hear the words in time
Listen to the holler, listen to my walls within my tongue
Can’t you see you made my ears go tin?
The air quicken tension building inference suddenly
Life and how to live it

Raise the walls and shout its flaws, a carpenter should rest
So that when you tire of one side the other serves you best
Read about the wisdom lost, a knock, a knock, a knock
A secret knock one hammer’s locked the other wisdom lost

My carpenter’s out and running about, talking to the street
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

My carpenter’s out and running about, barking in the, listen to the holler
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

Listen, listen to the holler,
If I write a book it will be called “Life and How to Live It”

Song-A-Day: January 3rd

January 3rd is the birthday of former The War on Drugs member and current solo artist Kurt Vile who released the fantastic album Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze last year. Here’s the semi-title track off of that album “Wakin on a Pretty Day”, and here’s to hoping you all get to experience something nearly as calming as this song you start your collective day.

Wakin’ in the dawn of day
I gotta think about what i wanna say
Phone ringin off the shelf
I guess he wanted to kill himself
Wakin on a pretty day
Don’t know why i ever go away
It’s hard to explain
My love in this daze

You can say i’ve been most all around
But honey i ain’t goin nowhere
Don’t worry bout a thing
It’s only dying
I love along a straight line
Nothin always comes to mind
To be frank, im fried
But i don’t mind

Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah

Been diggin
Layin low, low, low
I’m diggin
Layin low, low, low
Dig, dig in
To these lives that we are livin
Livin low
Lackadaisically so

Risin at the crack of dawn
I gotta think about what wisecrack
I’m gonna drop along the way today
Phone ringin off the shelf
I guess somebody got somethin they
Really wanna prove to us today

Wakin on a pretty day
For any place
No use sayin nothin
To explain it
To my loved ones today

Song-A-Day: January 2nd

January 2nd means that we’re in the clear from Holiday season, so it’s officially time to follow the advice of Ugly Casanova and say “So Long to the Holidays”. Ugly Casanova is the side project in a lot of ways for Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock, who tried to not attach his name to it so that he could release the album Sharpen Your Teeth on the record label Sub Pop without violating a record contract, and also so that people wouldn’t immediately associate it with his other work.

So long to the holidays
So long…

So long to the holidays,
So long…

So long to the Saturdays,
So long…

So long…

So long…
(saturdays)
(they’re all gone away)
(they’re all gone away)

So long to the Saturdays,
So long

So long to the holidays,
So long…

So long to the Saturdays
So long…

So long…
So long…
To the Saturdays

(they’re all gone away)
(they’re all gone away)

So long to the holidays
So long…

So long to the Holidays
So long…

So long to the Saturdays
So long…
So long…
So long…

Song-A-Day: January 1st

Happy New Year everybody, congratulations all around for surviving until 2014. A new blog project for this year is going to be the Song-A-Day project, where I’ll find some reason to tell you about the significance of that day in terms of our music scene. Maybe a classic album was released on this day 13 years ago, maybe it’s Bono’s birthday (It’s not), or maybe I’ll have to find a much more ridiculous reason to say that a song is relevant (I’m sure a few days will be interesting choices).

For today the choice was easy, By Death Cab For Cutie, “New Year” starts off my personal favorite Death Cab album in Transatlantacism and describes the feelings of being disappointed by the regularness that sets in once the spectacular of New Year’s Eve fades away. It’s a sad song about a thought which I’d describe as surprisingly common, and I’d like everybody to know that it’s an okay one to have. January 1 is a lot like December 31, they’re just going to end differently, but if you can find a way to improve yourself in the New Year then you’ll stop your disappointments from clouding your motivation.

So this is the new year
And I don’t feel any different
The clanking of crystal
Explosions off in the distance
In the distance

So this is the new year
And I have no resolutions
For self-assigned penance
For problems with easy solutions

So everybody put your best suit or dress on
Let’s make believe that we are wealthy for just this once
Lighting firecrackers off on the front lawn
As thirty dialogues bleed into one

I wish the world was flat like the old days
Then I could travel just by folding a map
No more airplanes, or speed trains, or freeways
There’d be no distance that can hold us back.

There’d be no distance that could hold us back
There’d be no distance that could hold us back

So this is the new year

So this is the new year

So this is the new year

So this is the new year