This week... CITIES
LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
I absolutely love this song. When I first heard it, it stuck with me because of how much I wanted to go there, and because of how true the message in it is. James Murphy sings about how much New York has changed and grown as a city (not necessarily in a good way), and yet he can’t help but still love it there. The build up towards the end is fantastic, and it’s a great song about a great place. It gives you something to think about when it’s finished, and that’s always a good thing.
Damien Jurado - Kansas City
Phew! A real haunting tearjerker of a song. As soon as Damien starts his gentle vocal, shivers float down my spine and I can focus on nothing else but this beaut of a tune. It's delicate, sparse and utterly compelling. It conjurs up images of lost loves, missed opportunities and eternal regret. In there, somewhere, is the hope that it'll be okay.
The Clash - London Calling
This song is just brilliant. From the very beginning, the guitar plays a super catchy riff and draws you in, and from there it just gets better. It's memorable, well-loved, and best of all - it's British! I think we could all use a bit of 70's British punk rock in our lives.
The Decemberists - O Valencia!
The Decemberists are a band that can always put a smile on my face. This was the first song of theirs that I ever heard - I can remember hearing it on Jonathan Ross' Radio 2 show in the car with my parents when it came out - and I was hooked. It's not my favourite song of theirs, but it's special to me as it introduced me to one of my favourite bands. Plus, it's got some dead catchy hooks and a big sing-along chorus. Lovely.
Thursday are an American emo band. Paris in Flames is a song from their first major label album titled Full Collapse. I first listened to Thursday back in 2002 and Paris in Flames was the first song I heard. It is one of my favourite songs - classically EMOtional with some faster paced post hardcore moments without the aggression of hardcore or screamo.
The Chariot - Before There Was Atlanta, There Was Douglasville
The explosive opener to The Chariot's debut - Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead And Nothing Is Bleeding. This song marked Josh Scogin's departure from Norma Jean. As chaotic and crazy as this song sounds, it shows the differences between Scogin's current and former bands, Before There Was Atlanta... shows the very experimental and progressive side to Scogin in a better light, and paved the path for one of the most acclaimed bands of their genre.