Song of the Day #2,190: ‘Washington D.C.’ – The Magnetic Fields

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My annual tradition of taking a couple of weeks off from the blog each summer continues. This year my family is taking a road trip to Washington, D.C., so the next ten weekday selections will all relate to our nation’s capital. Random Weekends will proceed as usual.

Let me make it clear that I chose these songs strictly based on their mention of Washington, D.C., either in the title or the lyrics. I do not vouch for the quality of any of these songs. In fact, many of them are downright awful.

You’ve been warned. See you in a couple of weeks!

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Song of the Day #2,189: ‘The Blessings’ – Dar Williams

mortalcityEnjoy ‘The Blessings,’ another great songs from Dar Williams’ greatest album, 1996’s Mortal City.

That record falls into the rare genre of albums that are close to perfect but for one glaring, horrible misstep. In this case, it’s the title track, a 7-plus minute half-spoken, half-sung short story about a couple that meets during a power failure.

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Song of the Day #2,188: ‘Neglekted’ – The Afghan Whigs

1965The Afghan Whigs’ 1965 is one of the sexiest albums I own, not just because its overall sound and feel is sexy (which it is, in spades) but because many of its songs are actively about sex.

Take today’s Random SOTD, ‘Neglekted,’ which to my untrained literary eye appears to be about a woman requesting a specific sex act.

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Song of the Day #2,187: ‘*** Flawless’ – Beyoncé

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Well, I’ve run out of new albums to review this week, and next week I start a two-week vacation. So what better way to see myself off than with a Beyoncé video?

Here’s ‘*** Flawless’ from her surprise self-titled album. This song is all over the damn place and I love it.

It’s the only feminist anthem I know of containing the phrase “Bow down, bitches.”

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Song of the Day #2,186: ‘Little Red Wagon’ – Miranda Lambert

miranda_lambert_platinumI can’t call it a surprise when Miranda Lambert puts out an excellent album. This year’s Platinum is her seventh in a row, counting her work with Pistol Annies, and they just keep getting better.

What I love about Lambert is the confidence she has exuded right from the beginning.

It first manifested itself in tough-girl anthems written in defense of the battered women who shared her home when she was growing up. Now it shows up in the laid-back soulful groove of a song like ‘Smokin’ and Drinkin’,’ the sort of thing you’d never expect to hear on country radio.

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