Song of the Day

SXSW Song of the Day: Tennis – Petition

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Tennis recently released their new album Young and Old off Fat Possum Records and it is absolutely fantastic. Produced by Black Keys member Patrick Carney, the Denver duo has built on their debut Cape Dory by delivering a sunny sophomore album with even catchier tracks than the first album. It’s a bit of a time machine, taking you back to the 60’s where everything was presumably sunny and free (only your parents can attest to this speculation). This track is a perfect example of what this band has to offer. Expect big things.

Canada Flag Day Song of the Day: Housemartins – Flag Day

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Today is Canadian Flag Day. A mere 47 years ago, the flag of Canada was officially inaugurated. Why isn’t this a national holiday? Our flag is important, and quite pretty. Most people didn’t even know it was flag day! Let’s get this movement going.

Here are some facts about our flag:

- it’s red
– it’s white
– it has a maple leaf on it
– The government gave away a million flags after the Quebec referendum to promote national unity, costed the government $15-million.
– The Americans think our flags look like this:

Sadly, there are no Canadian bands that made a song called Flag Day. Fear not, my Canuck friends, for the English do have a song titled Flag Day It’s by political 80s jangle pop band The Housemartins and also happens to be a track I really enjoy. For those who don’t know these guys, one of the members of the band happen to become Fat Boy Slim a mere decade later while another founded similar sounding band The Beautiful South. You’ve learned a lot today!

Check out the song and then do something patriotic. But not tooooo patriotic.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Diamond Rugs – Gimme A Beer

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“Gimme a beer.” 

That’s probably a phrase that you’re likely to hear at some point this March during SXSW.  After all, with the countless parties going on during the day, there will certainly be no lack of beer.  “Gimme A Beer” is also the name of a song by “supergroup” Diamond Rugs, featuring members of Deer Tick, Dead Confederate, Black Lips, Six Finger Satellite and Los Lobos.  It’s a pretty good song, though considering the pedigree of the band members, that’s hardly a surprise.   

And most importantly, this track features a lyrical reference to the Geto Boys’ classic “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta.” The Office Space fan in me approves.

SXSW Song of the Day: He’s My brother She’s My Sister – Can’t See The Stars

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He’s My Brother She’s My Sister are an LA band whose bluesy-folk laid back sound makes it sound like they’re from the Midwest. If you are wondering about the band’s name, it is because the lead vocalists are a brother/sister duo. I’ve always wondered about brother/sister dynamics in the band. Are they under the ‘whatever happens on the road, stays on the road’ rule? What if little sister picks up a heroin habit and sleeps around with random AR people on the tour? Is bigger brother cool with that, or is that a phone call to mom? Similarly, what if big brother starts fancying high end prostitutes and betting on dog fights during the tour? What does little sister do?

These things can destroy bands. Luckily, He’s My Brother/She’s My Sister aren’t nearly popular enough to pick up high end prostitutes just yet, so they can concentrate on things like making good music. One of the places they’ll be at to promote their craft is Austin, Texas. They’ll be at SXSW and based on a few of these tracks, I am tempted to check them out.