Song of the Day #2,759: ‘Here’ – Alessia Cara

alessia_caraI have some hope that I’ll finish out my Pazz & Jop series on a high note. I’ve heard of the artist at #18 on the list before, and in a promising context.

My younger daughter and I are at Moe’s Southwest Grill recently and were helped by a young woman we decided resembles Vanessa Hudgens. We returned a week or two later with my older daughter, who said no, she looks like Alessia Cara. “Who’s that?” I asked. A singer, my daughter told me, and a good one.

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Song of the Day #2,758: ‘Pretty Pimpin’ – Kurt Vile

kurt_vile_pretty_pimpinWe’re in the home stretch of my look at the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, and I will say that week two has proven far better than week one so far.

Will Kurt Vile, at #17 on the list of 2015’s best songs, buck that trend or extend it? I’d never heard of Vile, a Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter who has released six studio albums since 2008. But I like the lyrics to this track before hearing a note of it.

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Song of the Day #2,757: ‘Coffee’ – Miguel

miguel_coffee‘Coffee’ from Miguel might sound like an order at a Cuban restaurant, but it’s actually the 16th best song of 2015, according to Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll.

I’ve featured one other Miguel song on the blog, back in 2013 when counting down the 2012 Pazz & Jop poll. Guess he’s a favorite. I didn’t like him then… let’s see if anything has changed three years later.

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Song of the Day 2,756: ‘Let It Happen’ – Tame Impala

tame)impala_let_it_happenTies for #14 on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll is Tame Impala with ‘Let It Happen.’ I’ve read the name Tame Impala a lot lately but I have no idea what kind of music they play.

According to Wikipedia, they are an Australian rock band who have released three studio albums and a couple of EPs since 2008. Their latest album, Currents, was released last year.

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Song of the Day #2,755: ‘Sunday Candy’ – Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

donnie_trumpet_surfThere’s a certain thrill that comes with having no idea what to expect before firing up a song. Everything on the Pazz & Jop poll so far has been a known quantity, even if I’d never heard the song. I can pretty much guess what a Missy Elliott song is going to sound like before hitting play.

But tied for #14 on the 2015 poll (following Jack U and Justin Bieber, who fall at #13 with ‘Where Are U Now’) is a song called ‘Sunday Candy’ by a band called Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment.

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Song of the Day #2,754: ‘Live Till You Die’ – Tift Merritt

seeyouonthemoonI don’t know that any of my favorite artists have quite the effect on me that Tift Merritt does.

Maybe it’s the intelligence and humanity in all of our songs, the generosity of spirit, the earnestness and warmth. Maybe it’s her rich, welcoming vocals. Maybe it’s just the fact that she’s the only one of my favorites I’ve met in person, and I’ve met her twice.

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Song of the Day #2,753: ‘6’1″‘ – Liz Phair

liz_phair_exile_guyvilleThe Random iTunes Fairy seems eerily prescient lately.

Last week she served up a song from the Grease soundtrack the very day Fox aired its live performance of Grease. And this week, in the middle of my Pazz & Jop rundown, the Saturday selection is the opening track of Liz Phair’s 1993 album Exile in Guyville, which topped that year’s poll.

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