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Jun
12

 

 

Today’s Song of the Day:

The Church – “Happenstance”

Sounding rather Bowie-esque, The Church comes off just bizarre enough to crack SOTD.  While some might recognize the group’s style from the inclusion of their hit “Under the Milky Way” in the movie Donnie Darko, the band is anything but new.  The band was formed way back in 1980 in the capital of Australia, which, for all of SOTD’s geography whizzes – in other words, none of you – is Canberra, Australia’s largest inland city. 

“Happenstance” has a modest amount of comeback potential for the group.  Included on the group’s latest album, released exactly one month ago and titled, or rather, untitled, Untitled #23.  Upon first listen, the images that appear in the SOTD team’s head are of some sort of Halloween-themed wedding band gone wrong.  However, after hanging around for a minute or two, the team began to get into the song.  We didn’t get into the song because the images went away…we just got into the idea of a halloween-themed wedding band gone wrong.  We hope that you can too.

Australian band The Church Australian band The Church

 “Close your eyes in the dark, and open up a door,
You feel the energy arc, you’re not here anymore.”

 

 The pyschadelic sound of The Church is something to be avoided when sober, and imbibed cautiously when not.  While this may not seem like a rousing endorsement, SOTD deems the song worth a listen.

SOTD says, The Church sounds like: “An impresonation of the Flight of the Conchords impersonating David Bowie.”

 

For a mind-freak, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts-Jiik2bac.

About Song of the Day: 

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

Enjoy!
SOTD

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Jun
11
  Today’s Song of the Day: 

Richard Cheese – “Baby Got Back”

Richard Cheese does not remake music – he deforms, warps, and reconfigures it until it has become something nearly unrecognizable.  With the help of his band, Lounge Against the Machine, Cheese makes it his business to mold hits of all genres, vocal styles, and time periods into sweet, sweet lounge music that is so good, you almost want to take him seriously. 

“Baby Got Back” is just one more notch on Cheese’s musical belt.  In the same vein that Weird Al Yankovic‘s “Amish Paradise” forever altered the emotional connotations of Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Cheese has forever destroyed a piece of the meaning in Sir Mix-a-Lot‘s classic hit.  Sweeping piano strokes and Sinatra-like singing dominate the song, and one is left feeling like they’re enjoying champagne in a 1950’s lounge.  “Baby Got Back” comes off of Cheese’s 2002 album Tuxicity; clearly, Richard Cheese is not a man who is afraid of wearing a tiger print tuxedo. 

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine

 With a smile that says “I come from a long family line of used car salesmen,” and a sound that communicates that “If Sinatra was alive, he’d probably punch me in the face,” Richard Cheese has won the hearts and minds of the SOTD team.  Let’s jus thope he has an exit strategy.

SOTD says, Richard Cheese sounds like: “How Frank Sinatra would have turned out had he been Weird Al’s college roommate.” 

For a counterexample, check out what can go terribly, terribly wrong in a remake, and check out this Youtube version of “Baby Got Back” at the following address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0LkE7V2xTk.

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About Song of the Day:

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

 

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
10

Today’s Song of the Day:

Daniel Merriweather feat. Wale – “Change”

Keeping with the theme of change, today, SOTD would like to proudly introduce the Australian-born R&B singer Daniel Merriweather, a mate from down under who is preparing to infiltrate that new 3rd-generation iPhone you just bought. Singing with a voice as smooth as Gnarls Barkley’s, and supported by the rapping of Wale, Merriweather has put forth an instantly catchy new single based on some strong piano backing. Although not quite so successful in the States, Merriweather’s brand new album, Love and War, already has skyrocketed to a #2 position in the UK charts.

“Change” is a song not about change, but about the lack thereof. Merriweather laments that societal change is not occuring fast enough, and he seems more than anything to resent the fact he sees that one person alone cannot make a difference. While it may be collectively logical to make the change, Merriweather begs the question – “what’s the point?” – if no one else is going to do their part. Disappointed and frustrated, the lyrics speak to change coming down from the top, which appears to be what Merriweather believes he will have to wait for.

 
“Ain’t shit changin’ but diapers on babies.” – “Change”

This song has such a catchy beat, that SOTD might even recommend it if the song lyrics were a biography on Kenny G. Thankfully, we have not yet been faced with said moral dilemma, and can pass along a solid new track with haste and confidence.

 SOTD says, Daniel Merriweather sounds like: “An English version of Jamiroquai dishing out an added dose of hip hop; not able to dance perhaps, but able to move the crowd.”

 Let Merriweather change your world by checking out his video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F5hFana8JA.

About Song of the Day:

 The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are. The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration. Have some feedback for SOTD? Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at? Let us know by simply replying to this post. If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at http://www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience. In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com.

Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
09

Today’s Song of the Day:

The New Pornographers – “The Laws Have Changed”

In 1997, two powerful nations – well, one powerful nation and its northernly neighbor – decided to delegate the task of creating an international indie rock band to its citizens. Storms raged and lightning flashed, but when it was all over…the indie supergroup The New Pornographers remained.  True, it wasn’t quite that magical, and maybe SOTD can’t help but to perceive the group as a bit nerdy, but the team really does hope you enjoy this song.

“The Laws Have Changed” was released on the 2003 The New Pornographers album titled Electric Version. The song’s sound seems oddly paradoxical, as it manages to sound happy-go-lucky while subtly offering a sound critique of America’s foreign policy around the beginning of George W. Bush’s second presidential term. In addition to attacking the U.S.’s adoption of unilateral, preemptive warfare to invade Iraq (“It was crime at the time, so the laws, we changed them”), the song also goes on to mock the population for defensively attaching patriotism to whatever then-president Bush decided to do, sarcastically singing “All hail…what will be revealed today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though not quite fit for a textbook, The New Pornographers  may be the first group to use the power of song to contrast America’s foreign policy of the 1990’s with the 2003 issuance of former President Bush’s new National Security Report. Regardless of your political persuasion, SOTD thinks that the light, offbeat indie pop of The New Pornographers is worth a listen.

SOTD says, The New Pornographers sounds like: “Mates of State – but with more angst and purpose.”

“The Laws Have Changed” doesn’t quite so much have a video, but you can check out The New Pornographers’ 2007 video for a soft tune titled “Challengers” at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHWWWa8EvzI

About Song of the Day:

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day administrator thinks they actually are. The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

Have some feedback for SOTD? Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at? Let us know by simply replying to this email. If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com: SOTD has bought its own domain name! We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site. Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at http://www.songofthedayteam.com. The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.

Enjoy!
SOTD