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.
Song of the Day: The Beach Boys - Slip on Through. The first track off the 1970 album Sunflower.
RIYL Todd Rundgren, Harry Nilsson, The Lovin’ Spoonful
Song of the Day: Donald Byrd - The Dude. After reading Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue, I want to check out as many of the songs and albums referenced as I can (this is helpful). I’m off to a good start, as not only is this jazz-funk album completely awesome, but this song is titled “The Dude.” I’ll abide.
RIYL Miles Davis, The Beastie Boys' instrumentals, Return to Forever
Song of the Day: The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual. This article about the Smiths’ greatest songs as chosen by artists and fans put me in quite a mood. I’ve already listened to The Queen Is Dead this morning, but since I’ve posted a couple songs from it before, here’s the killer first track off of Meat Is Murder.
RIYL The Cure, R.E.M., Echo & The Bunnymen
Song of the Day: Galaxie 500 - Tugboat. I worked my way backwards through their short discography, finally buying Today a few months ago. I’m late to the party, but all three of Galaxie 500’s records have been reissued on vinyl, and they are all recommended.
RIYL The Feelies, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate
Song of the Day: The Libertines - Up the Bracket. I was watching my Jools Holland Britannia DVD (yes, DVD) last night and this blew me away. There are a ton of great performances on the disc, but I don’t think any of them had the energy of this.
RIYL The Strokes, Buzzcocks, Supergrass
Song of the Day: Protomartyr - Come & See. After a few days of listening to Under Colour of Official Right, I’m hooked. Love the guitar sound (unless that’s keyboards?) in this.
RIYL Nick Cave, Japandroids, Interpol