Song of the Day: “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia / Ednaswap

Some of the most iconic pop and rock songs of the past half centuries have been covers. These two weeks, I will take a look at these classics and their overshadowed originals. I love “Torn.” It’s a gorgeous pop ballad with a a fundamental tension: The lyrics depict a woman broken and drained, no fight…

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…

Song of the Day: “Killer Ball” by Gesu No Kiwami Otome

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. Gesu No Kiwami Otome – “Girl at the Height of Rudeness” — is an odd little band that describes themselves as “Hip Hop/Progressive”. While I certainly…

Song of the Day: “Ikari Wo Kureyo” by Glim Spanky

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. The vocal performance in this song takes a good song and makes it great. Invoking the aesthetic of Janis Joplin in her vocals, Remi Matsuo’s husky…