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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

Essential Albums: Death Cab for Cutie- Transatlantacism

Death Cab for Cutie is one of the best examples of an alternative band that successfully marketed themselves to a mainstream audience after their 2005 release Plans, an album containing the popular tracks “Crooked Teeth”, “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”. A ton of new attention came to the band with this release as Benjamin Gibbard’s soft voice and high range alongside the band’s energy and clever lyrics provided an easy sound to like; but the truth is that Plans was and still is a singles-heavy album that was less cohesive than other albums the band had already released. We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes┬áin 2000 and The Photo Album were both great albums cover to cover, with the latter containing possibly the best Death Cab song ever in “Steadier Footing”.

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