November 16, 2012

Dinosaur Jr - What Else Is New?

Today's featured song is "What Else Is New" by seminal alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. Vocalist/songwriter/guitarist J Mascis has explained the concept behind his band as "ear-bleeding country", and it is an apt description for their mix of melodic noise rock with a quiet-loud contrasting dynamic, and mellow vocals. "What Else Is New" opens with one of Dinosaur Jr's characteristic emotive, squealing guitar solos, before J Mascis's trademark weary singing begins: "I'd like to see you / In the morning / In the evening / But you need a warning".

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November 2, 2012

The Seahorses - The Boy In The Picture

If you could have a conversation with yourself from the past, what would you say and what would he/she ask you? This is the subject of "The Boy In The Picture", by 90's English alt-rock band, The Seahorses, formed by John Squire, from their only album, "Do It Yourself", released in 1997. It is a dreamy and melodic rock song with emphathic guitars and drums, and wistful lyrics: "I asked the boy in the picture what could he see? / He said it's been twenty long years but you still look like me".

October 26, 2012

Eugene Kelly - Older Faster

"Older Faster" is a song by The Vaselines founder, Eugene Kelly, on his 2003 solo album, "Man Alive". Opening with a wistful harmonica and slide guitar intro, "Older Faster" is a mellow song about settling into middle age, with a hint of lingering discontent: "Oh love has lost me now / Do you really need to know / And days fly past me now / Do you really need to know".

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October 19, 2012

Okkervil River - Song About A Star

"Song About A Star" is a track on indie rock band Okkervil River's 2003 album, "Down the River of Golden Dreams". It is an angst-driven rock song with bitter lyrics about being forsaken for a glitzy celebrity life: "He cut your strings so that he could float / Lit by lights, lifted by alcohol / Over acres of loving coast / Far away from your lonely ghost". Blending in strings, accordion and drums, "Song About A Star" offers a good sampling of Okkervil River's distinctive style of literate, folk-influenced indie rock.

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October 9, 2012

Nada Surf - Are You Lightning?

Today's song recommendation is "Are You Lightning?", a track on New York indie rock band Nada Surf's 2008 album, "Lucky". Lead vocalist Matthew Caws sings of a protagonist falling terrifyingly in love: "I see you in my sheets, I see you in my sleep / I see you with something that's funny I hear you I almost weep / I see you from my steps, you're walking up my street / But just look at the size of you". "Are You Lightning?" is a mellow yet dynamic indie rock song, with slide guitar flourishes. In the last third of the song, "Are You Lightning?" builds up to a heavier rock sound, with ghostly coos entering into its haunting soundscape.

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October 3, 2012

Lambchop - The Distance From Her To There

"The Distance From Her To There" is a song by alt-country band Lambchop, on their breakthrough 2000 album, "Nixon". Mellow and dreamy, the song lulls the listener into its languid atmosphere created by pedal steel, horns and vibraphone.

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