Song of the Day #2,292: ‘Love in High Places’ – Kimbra

kimbraI’m guessing I’m not alone in having had no idea who Kimbra was until she showed up on a verse of Gotye’s smash hit ‘Somebody That I Used to Know.’

The New Zealand indie pop artist has released two solo albums: Vow in 2011 and The Golden Echo, which dropped this August. Today’s SOTD is a track from the new record.

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Song of the Day #2,291: ‘Break Free’ – Postmodern Jukebox

postmodern_jukebox_break_freeIt’s been awhile since I’ve featured Postmodern Jukebox on the blog. During that time, the band has gone from a clever low-budget project for founder Scott Bradlee to a full-on commercial success with a busy touring schedule and dozens of popular YouTube videos.

The production value of their clips has gone up as well. Check out those nifty monogrammed podiums in front of the horn section.

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Song of the Day #2,290: ‘True Love’ – Tobias Jesso Jr.

tobias_jessoI listen to a lot of “must hear” songs recommended by websites and magazines, and usually I shrug my shoulders, largely unimpressed.

Every once in awhile, though, I hear something that demands my attention. ‘True Love’ by Vancouver singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso, Jr., is a recent example.

Jesso hasn’t released a full-length album yet, just a couple of demos uploaded to his YouTube channel. The other one, a song to a newborn daughter, is even better than this one.

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Song of the Day #2,289: ‘Out of the Woods’ – Taylor Swift

taylor_swiftTaylor Swift has released a second track from her upcoming pop album, 1989, and it’s an improvement on first single ‘Shake It Off.’

‘Out of the Woods’ was co-written with Jack Antonoff of fun. and Bleachers, and you can definitely see his influence on the track’s structure and production. That’s a good thing.

Still, I’m not crazy about the repetition in the chorus, and it’s a bit concerning that both tracks from 1989 have gone to that well.

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Song of the Day #2,288: ‘Daughter’ – Loudon Wainwright III

loudon_wainwrightI went to a wedding a few weeks back and when the bride danced with her father, it was to this Loudon Wainwright III track.

Perhaps it was the emotion of the moment, coupled with the fact that I have two daughters of my own, but I instantly fell in love with the song.

‘Daughter’ was covered by Wainwright for the Knocked Up soundtrack. The original is by a man named Peter Blegvad.

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Song of the Day #2,287: ‘Proud Mary’ – Creedence Clearwater Revival

creedence_clearwater_revivialAwhile back, I was inspired by Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski to listen to some Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Creedence is The Dude’s favorite band, and their music is featured a few times in The Big Lebowski, most memorably in this scene.

CCR has a deep enough catalog that I made the rare decision to purchase a greatest hits compilation rather than go for a signature album. I know, I know, I still feel bad about it.

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Song of the Day #2,286: ‘Over it Over Again’ – She & Him

shehimI really enjoyed She & Him’s debut album, Volume One, but didn’t get into its follow-up (Volume Two, naturally). Hearing today’s random selection, I’m not sure why.

This is the same kind of retro-catchy ear candy that M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel perfected on their debut. Maybe it’s the sort of thing that quickly wears out its welcome. Maybe listening to too many She & Him albums would be like eating at Johnny Rockets every night.

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