Song of the Day #2,376: ‘The Next Time You Say Forever’ – Neko Case

cycloneHere’s a quick song from Neko Case’s 2009 album Middle Cyclone.

Not much to this one other than the rustic, majestic sound she captured on this record and its predecessor, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, but I do find a lot to like in the lyrics.

Lines like “I’ve been away for so long I’ve lost my taste for home” and “that’s a dirty, fallow feeling to be the dangling ceiling from when the roof came crashing down” are evocative and sad in the best way.

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Song of the Day #2,375: ‘Only Happy When It Rains’ – Garbage

garbage_debutWhen this track from Garbage’s 1985 debut popped up as today’s Random iTunes Selection, I was positive I’d featured it on the blog before. I almost skipped to the next track without checking.

Turns out I was half right. I did feature the song, but not the studio version. Rather, I blogged about the live MTV Video Awards performance during a week on singers I find sexy. Having watched that performance again just now, I can confirm that I still find Shirley Manson sexy.

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Song of the Day #2,374: ‘Fucked My Way Up to the Top’ – Lana Del Rey

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Best Songs of 2014 – #6
‘Fucked My Way Up to the Top’ – Lana Del Rey

2014 was the year I suddenly understood Lana Del Rey. I had observed her from afar, largely through the prism of controversy (the ridiculed SNL performance, attacks over her “invented” persona), but I’d never taken the time to listen to her music.

When her new album, Ultraviolence, was released to lavish critical acclaim, I figured it was time to dive in. And what I discovered — both on that record and her debut, Born to Die — is a complex, challenging performer with razor-sharp artistic instincts.

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Song of the Day #2,373: ‘Chandelier (Live)’ – Sia

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Best Songs of 2014 – #7
‘Chandelier’ – Sia

I’d never heard of Sia before discovering the provocative video for ‘Chandelier,’ in which 12-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler performs an avant garde routine wearing a flesh-colored leotard.

Some called the video a pedophile’s dream come true, but most people were just impressed by the kid’s dance moves.

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Song of the Day #2,372: ‘Take Me to Church’ – Hozier

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Best Songs of 2014 – #8
‘Take Me to Church’ – Hozier

Hozier is the second artist, and ‘Take Me to Church’ the second song, to arrive on this list courtesy of The Voice.

This compelling song was performed by Matt McAndrew, the contestant who should have won but came in second to country he-man Craig Wayne Boyd.

It’s probably some sort of commentary on American culture that the guy who sang this dark indictment of religion lost to the guy who sang ‘The Old Rugged Cross.’

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Song of the Day #2,371: ‘Riptide’ – Vance Joy

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Best Songs of 2014 – #9
‘Riptide’ – Vance Joy

Two songs in my top ten found me not through the Billboard charts but another mainstream musical source — The Voice.

Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ had enjoyed moderate success since its release on an EP but a performance by Team Gwen on the popular vocal competition brought it wide exposure.

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Song of the Day #2,370: ‘High Life’ – Brad Paisley

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Best Songs of 2014 – #10
‘High Life’ – Brad Paisley

After the disastrous ‘Accidental Racist’ derailed his ambitious album Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley retreated to lick his wounds and came back this year with a good-old country record, Moonshine in the Trunk.

It’s a fun album but not an entirely memorable one, especially when compared to the excellent stretch of records that culminated in American Saturday Night.

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