Song of the Day #2,107: ‘Sugar Moon’ – k.d. lang

kd_lang_shadowlandk.d. lang is one of those performers who elevates any material she works on. Her voice is reason enough to listen, no matter the song.

My favorite album of hers remains Absolute Torch and Twang, lang’s wonderfully titled 1989 release. As the title suggests, that record is a perfect blend of her country and crooner sides.

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Song of the Day #2,106: ‘Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow’ – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

nick_caveJack Antonoff’s final Rolling Stone Guest List selection is a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

I must confess to a complete ignorance of Cave’s work. I feel like I’ve heard the name more times than I can count, often cited as an influence by artists I admire, but I’ve never taken the time to explore the man’s music.

I’m grateful to Antonoff for giving me that opportunity.

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Song of the Day #2,104: ‘Scenes From an Italian Restaurant’ – Mike Stein

thestrangerThe third song Jack Antonoff mentions in his Rolling Stone list is Billy Joel’s epic ‘Scenes From an Italian Restautant.’

Now I know what a great song this is, and how great Billy Joel is, and I suspect most of my regular readers share that opinion… but the man does not get much respect in the “cool” circles. So I’m heartened to see Antonoff unabashedly express his appreciation for a great songwriter.

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Song of the Day #2,103: ‘Be a Body’ – Grimes

grimesContinuing my week of songs recommended by Jack Antonoff, of fun. and Bleachers, we arrive at ‘Be a Body’ by Grimes.

I’m somewhat familiar with Grimes because she showed up on a bunch of top ten lists a year back, but I’ve never really paid her much attention. I’ve featured one of her tracks on the blog but wasn’t very impressed by it.

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Song of the Day #2,102: ‘Only You’ – Yaz

yazoo_only_youEvery issue of Rolling Stone features a ‘Guest List’ column, wherein a popular artist names five songs that he or she loves and/or views as an influence. It’s a nice look at musicians as fans.

This week I’m going to feature the five songs named by Jack Antonoff, guitarist for fun. and leader of new band Bleachers (which landed a SOTD mention a few weeks back).

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Song of the Day #2,101: ‘Papa Jack’ – Morrissey

morrissey_maladjustedWell, I guess the Random iTunes Fairy is on a Smiths kick, or at least a Morrissey kick. ‘Papa Jack’ is a cut from the mopey crooner’s 1997 solo album Maladjusted.

This song appeared on only the early releases of that album, making it a bit of a collector’s item. Perhaps I’ll sell my copy one day and retire on the proceeds, as I might have done with my childhood Star Wars toys had my mother not given them away to a neighbor’s kid. (Just checking to see if you’re reading, mom!)

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