Song of the Day: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin / Otis Redding

Some of the most iconic pop and rock songs of the past half century have been covers. These two weeks, I will take a look at these classics and their overshadowed originals. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” is an all-time treasure. Rolling Stone ranked it one of the five greatest songs in rock history. Her rendition is so full…

Song of the Day: “Tranciever” by Itsue

This week, Dan’s brother Will is a guest host for the Song of the Day (or この日の歌). When you can’t understand the words, the voice just becomes another instrument. Itsue is probably the most obscure band of the seven I’ve spotlighted this week (with the possible exception of Shione Yukawa). For one thing, they don’t…