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…

Song of the Day: “Lady Blues” by Lucky Tapes

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. Funky. Bouncy. Jazzy. Catchy. I could think of twenty adjectives to describe this song and none of them would do it justice. With a driving beat,…

Song of the Day: “Mitakunai mono” by KANA-BOON

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. KANA-BOON is a rock band out of Japan, probably most famous in the west for doing a couple of openings for the Naruto anime. I didn’t…

Song of the Day Themed Week: Japanese Songs (Guest Writer: Will)

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. April 9: “Nagareyuku sekai no naka de” – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra April 10: “Mitakunai mono” – KANA-BOON April 11: “Lady Blues” by Lucky Tapes April…

Song of the Day: “Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp

Will [5:50 PM]: is there a better song than goodbye stranger by supertramp? answer no no, there is not dan you should just stop your song of the day articles b/c the song of the day every day is goodbye stranger by supertramp Dan [6:37 PM]: My rule is one song per artist, so i…