Song of the Day: Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 [live]. Speaking as a child of the ’80s, if you told me the band Chicago rocked, I’d have punched you in the face (I mean, have you heard this shit?). But then this week I heard this live version of one of their better known early songs (read: not the ’80s pap), and it is INSANE. Starting at the 3-minute mark, Terry Kath absolutely shreds. So starting now, I will no longer automatically punch you in the face for liking Chicago. Peter Cetera solo, however…
RIYL CSNY, Joe Cocker, Ten Years After
Song of the Day: The Ponys - Glass Conversation. Celebration Castle may be the most underrated album of the 2000s (despite Steve Albini’s presence), but hopefully one day it will get its due. Hey, let’s start today!
RIYL The Walkmen, Modest Mouse, Richard Hell
Song of the Day: The Go-Betweens - Apology Accepted. Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express might be my favorite Go-Betweens album (I’m also a big Friends of Rachel Worth fan), and it’s book-ended by what are definitely two of my favorite songs - "Spring Rain" and this one.
RIYL The Trash Can Sinatras, The Dream Syndicate, R.E.M.
Song of the Day: Beck - Heart Is a Drum. I hadn’t yet picked a favorite track off of Morning Phase until I heard Beck play this song on Colbert last night (you can watch it here). I’ve listened enough to find the Sea Change comparisons to be apt, but the album hasn’t affected me in the same way. Yet.
RIYL Cat Power, Nick Drake, Bon Iver
Song of the Day: Fu Manchu - Hell on Wheels. This is the opening track from King of the Road, one of my favorite road trip albums.
RIYL Torche, Melvins, Kyuss
Song of the Day: Butterglory - When Her Brow Curls. An oldie from the great Merge Records.
RIYL Pavement, Galaxie 500, Elf Power
Song of the Day: Chris Bell - You and Your Sister. While I’m a huge Big Star fan, and I’ve owned Chris Bell’s I Am the Cosmos compilation for years, I hadn’t listened to it much. But this song, the B-side to the only release of his lifetime, is fantastic. It doesn’t hurt that it has Alex Chilton on backing vocals, of course, but it wasn’t until watching the Big Star documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me that I realized how great this is.
RIYL Big Star, The dB’s, Elliott Smith
Song of the Day: Strand of Oaks - Goshen ‘97. From this year’s Heal, this track features a certain J Mascis on guitar. Blazing solos ensue.
RIYL My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Dinosaur Jr.