Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “We Are the Tide”

Blind Pilot

If you’re interested in new music, you can do worse than getting a free app for your iDevice called “Band of the Day”. It lets you hear several songs in their entirety from each band it features, and has reviews, discographies and links to videos. Within a few weeks I have found eight to ten new bands. This is the first one I clicked on.

Blind Pilot is from Portland, Oregon, and is fronted by singer Israel Nebeker. He’s surrounded himself with talented musicians who can play everything from the trumpet to the banjo. Check it out!

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Statue of Liberty”

Laurie Anderson

Freedom is a scary thing
Not many people really want it

Laurie Anderson achieved what small amount of fame she has by singing quirky songs about satellites and the sun coming up like a big bald head and how when force is gone, there’s always mom.

Here’s a lovely song from 2001’s Life on a String about one of her favorite subjects, what it means to live in these United States.

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XTC

Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding have a much more straightforward love song to the tall lady in the harbor.

Song of the Day – “Oxford Comma” – Vampire Weekend

As the school week begins, let’s discuss the merits of “Oxford Comma”. Not the actual punctuation, but the song by Vampire Weekend. The narrator shows some disdain for the punctuation mark, and the lyrics make no use of it. But it’s a catchy song, and the video is a one-take wonder.

Song of the Day – “I Got a Name” – Jim Croce

It’s a tragedy when talented artists leave when they still have more to give. Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse, like Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison decades ago, hurried their departure through drugs. But how much more tragic is it when an accident takes them, as it did with Buddy Holly, Harry Chapin, and Jim Croce?

But would Croce have had the same route as James Taylor, celebrated for his output during the 1970s, but mostly reduced to nostalgia and guest-shots today? Maybe, but we’ll never know.

Song of the Day – “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

One of the major groups of the swing revival in the nineties, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy came out of the lounge scene in Los Angeles.

It’s been nine years since they’ve come out with any new music. In the meantime, they’ve released a live album, a holiday album and a cover album of Cab Calloway. Kind of treading water, if you ask me.

Song of the Day – “Travelin’ Man” – Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson was a travelin’ man. He made a lot of stops, all over the world. He started out on TV, playing a version of himself in his parents’ show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He became a teen heartthrob through this song and others in the early sixties. He had a comeback of sorts in the early seventies with “Garden Party”, shortly after producing twin sons Matthew and Gunnar, who named their heavy metal band after themselves in the nineties. But he didn’t live to see his sons’ fame, dying in a plane crash in 1985.

Song of the Day – “People Got a Lotta Nerve” – Neko Case

Alt-country, alt-folk – whatever genre you want to try to fit Neko Case into, it would definitely use the “alternative” modifier. This video could also beautifully, if somewhat alarmingly, be considered alternative.

From 2009’s Middle Cyclone.