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Song of the Day: “What You Do To Me” by Teenage Fanclub

Teenage Fanclub, the terribly named but wonderful band with the terribly titled and covered but wonderful album Bandwagonesque. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time, a slightly grungy blend of power pop and off-kilter indie sensibility highlighted by fuzzy guitars and hooky, simple tunes with great vocal harmonies. They’re basically a Scottish evolution…

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Song of the Day: “Oblivion” by Grimes

Grimes caught my eye following Pitchfork’s glowing reviews, particularly of this track: At the end of 2014, they called it the best song of the first half of the decade, with a very thoughtful analysis of the song’s and its music video’s politics and resonance. I agree with their take, but I won’t bother recapping…

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Song of the Day: “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who

There are songs in a category I call STATMYALTIYCHBBITGSOAT (song that, at the moment you are listening to it, you can’t help but believe it’s the greatest song of all time). It’s a classification reserved for the most rousing, epic tracks, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” definitely falls into the category, even post-memeification. From the opening chord…

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Song of the Day: “Gold Trans Am” by Kesha

The saga of Kesha’s repeated abuse by her producer and mentor, Dr. Luke, is heartbreaking on numerous levels. That such horrific things could happen to women who should ostensibly have the most agency of anyone — wealthy and revered — is terrifying, and it’s harrowing and awful to hear the stories. Thank goodness she’s finally…

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Song of the Day: “I Don’t Care” by Fall Out Boy

I’m as baffled as anyone that Fall Out Boy has endured for more than a decade. Was there any band that seemed trendier in 2006, more destined to be a bullet point in a “Rememba the Early 2000’s?” listicle in 2018, than Fall Out Boy? That’s certainly what I expected. Yet they had a Top…

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Song of the Day 2018

Hey friends: In 2018, I’m planning to occasionally spotlight a “song of the day.” Here are all the postings. Overview For each song I spotlight, I will write a brief description of the song and my reaction to it. The songs will not necessarily be my favorite songs, but they will generally be songs that…