Song of the Day #3,233: ‘Never Ending’ – Rihanna vs. Spoon

I can’t see much overlap between the Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna and the Austin-based indie rock band Spoon, making this one of the oddest decisions yet in the first round of Montauk Madness.

Rihanna is one of the most commercially successful musical artists in history (she recently passed Elvis as the top-selling solo act of all time) and has received quite a bit of critical acclaim as well, especially in recent years. Spoon is a critics’ darling without the sales and notoriety.

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Song of the Day #3,182: ‘Hot Thoughts’ – Spoon

I first encountered the Austin-based indie rock band Spoon after the release of their fifth studio album, 2005’s Gimme Fiction. Their spare, crisp sound and founder Britt Daniel’s raspy vocals made up one of my favorite releases of that year.

I’ve mostly kept up with the band since, missing out on just one of their releases in the past decade. Spoon is one of those bands whose work I always love when I play it, but whose music I seldom play.

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Song of the Day #2,692: ‘The Way We Get By’ – Spoon

spoon_kill_midnightOver the last two weeks I counted down my ten favorite albums of 2002. Over the next two, I’ll feature ten critically acclaimed albums from the same year that somehow escaped me.

Spoon is an Austin indie rock band that’s been recording since 1996. I first learned about them following the release of 2005’s Gimme Fiction, their fifth album. Since then I’ve picked up 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and 2014’s They Want Me Soul, somehow missing out on 2010’s Transference.

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Song of the Day #2,365: ‘Do You’ – Spoon

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Best Songs of 2014 – #13
‘Do You’ – Spoon

I’m a casual fan, at best, of Spoon, the alt-rock band hailing from Austin, Texas.

I first discovered them in 2005 after the release of Gimme Fiction, a brainy funk album that didn’t sound like anything else I’d heard. I bought their next record, 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (think I got the right number of Ga’s) and enjoyed it but didn’t return to it very often.

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Song of the Day #2,227: ‘Knock Knock Knock’ – Spoon

spoon_they_want_my_soulAnother great find from my recent musical shopping spree, Spoon’s They Want Me Soul is a tight, expertly crafted song cycle — which seems to be par for the course for these guys.

I own only three of the band’s eight albums, but all of them are similarly sparse and effective. Meaty, metronomic drums lay under stabbing electric guitars and front man Britt Daniel’s raspy vocals. It’s a simple sound but somehow one they’ve made their own.

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