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Daily Song Thread 2

Since the first thread is starting to take a moment to load, I'm gonna start a second thread. Maybe with fewer (of my) replies to go through some discussion might be possible this time Wink

Day 36!

News of the World - The Jam - News of the World (single) (1978)
Nothing quite beats the sound of a Rickenbacker through a Vox Smile The guitar tone in News of the World is simply one of my favourites, and Wellerís chord choice simply accentuates the bright chimey quality of both aspects of the combo.
News of the World was released only as a single, doesnít appear on any of the Jamís albums, and was written and sung by bassist Bruce Foxton. The combo makes it a little bit of an oddity in the Jam discography, but itís a killer tune. The theme is a take on tabloid media and blind media consumptionÖ more or less standard classic punk fare, really; think about what youíre being fed, and donít believe everything you are told.

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Day 37!

Jolene - The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights Live 2007 - Under Nova Scotian Lights
The White Stripes produced an album recording of a cover of Dolly Partonís Jolene that was released as a B-side to De Stijlís Hello Operator singleÖ it was one of those cover songs that eclipses the original. Somehow Jack White singing a womanís insecurities comes off as more heartfelt and genuine than DollyísÖ not sure how he manages it, but there it is. Thereís a vulnerable intensity to Jackís delivery of the lyrics that Dolly never really manages; perhaps it has something to do with her classic status as a sex symbol that somewhat downplays the message. The warble in Jackís wails, and the sparse and heavy guitar dynamics just seem to drive the message home.

This version of the song was shot/recorded about 25minutes up the road from me at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, NS. Unfortunately, I was not able to get tickets to the quickly sold out showÖ and it was to be one of the last for the band, who didnít complete their cross-Canada tour before heading home. They chose venue for their 10th anniversary show partially because itís painted with an iconic red/white scheme and is an awesome piece of local history, but also because Jackís family roots trace back through the area. The whole show was filmed, and is available as part of the Under Great White Northern Lights box set.
I really wish I could have seen the show :/
Ankhanu on Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:10 am
Day 38!

The Staircase (Mystery) - Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Staircase (Single) (1979)
The Staircase, like The Jamís News of the World, was a single release and didnít appear on an album. This was Siouxsieís second single, and though it made it into the top 40, is kind of a forgotten gem in their discography. The song has a lot going for it, in my opinion, however. The atmosphere is a mixture of darkness and discordant whimsy, the bass makes some interesting octave choices, the guitars are very present and aggressive, with just the right sort of overdrive for the song, the drums are throbbing and push the whole thing forward, and Siouxsieís vocals move playfully through the musicÖ there really isnít a weak point in the composition. Additionally, Nils Stevenson (and the band) made some great mixing choices, and I love the stereo separation of the guitar parts, and some of the panning choices made throughout. The separation helps the guitar jump out of the mix and into your ears in a rather delightful way.
Ankhanu on Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:32 pm
Day 39!

Obstacle I - Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)
Turn on the Bright Lights was one of the most important albums of the early 2000s from my perspective, and Obstacle I is one of the main reasons for this. Interpol were part of a bit of a post-punk revival at the time, and their rich, atmospheric and interestingly layered songs put them as an instant favourite.
Obstacle I has an open, but somewhat manic atmosphere, with each instrument playing different melodies/harmonies with interweaving rhythmsÖ itís a little complex, but builds a fantastic full picture that disguises the influence of the individual elements that build it. As much fun as the guitar parts are, the drumming and bass choices leave me in a very happy head space.

I actually got to see Interpol in 2004 in Toronto as part of the Curiosa tour, along with The Rapture, Melissa Auf der Maur, and, of course, The Cure. It was my first, and so far only, big act concert Iíve gone to. It was fantastic to see/hear the band liveÖ and I definitely suggest seeing them if you can.
Ankhanu on Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:35 am
There's some interesting songs here. I just saw your first daily song thread a couple of days ago, and I haven't listened to any of those yet, but I'm planning on it, because I like hearing "new" music, in the sense of songs I haven't heard yet. I think I'm inspired by your "daily song" blog to start a music blog soon. Smile

I think my favorite one here was the cover by the White Stripes (the Interpol one was removed by the time I tried to watch it).
SpaceInvader75 on Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:44 pm
SpaceInvader75 wrote:
... I think I'm inspired by your "daily song" blog to start a music blog soon. Smile

I think my favorite one here was the cover by the White Stripes (the Interpol one was removed by the time I tried to watch it).

I look forward to your blog; likewise, I enjoy encountering new to me music Smile
Huh, interesting that it disappeared so quick; I changed the link to a lower quality video, so it should work now.
Ankhanu on Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:55 pm
Day 40!

Ultimatum - Static in Action - Live at Caper Radio (2013)
A band made up of a couple of my favourite people in the local music scene making some solid music. I donít think Static in Action has this song released on an album yet, but here it is recorded live at Caper Radio.
Itís late and Iím going to bed without further commentary.
Ankhanu on Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:24 am
Day 41!

Paroxysm - Antoine Dufour - Convergences (2010)
Antoine Dufour is a French-Canadian guitarist I discovered through Candy Rat Records. Most of his work is solo guitar instrumental; his skill and taste are tremendousÖ not a rarity for an artist with Candy Rat. Iíve quite enjoyed pretty much all of his material Iíve heard; most of his material is played on a standard 6-string, but, as you can see, this oneís played on a harp-guitar. Harp guitars are an interesting extended-range instrument, a standard 6-string, plus multiple bass strings that are played open (no fretting), either straight plucked, or using harmonics, to add extra depth or girth to a songÖ the one player able to play multiple parts of a song simultaneously. Antoine has some pretty great songs, you should explore through the Candy Rat material on their YouTube to hear some other fantastically skilled players.
Ankhanu on Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:21 am
Day 42!

Machine Green - The Super Friendz - Sticktoitiveness EP (1994)
Yet another Haligonian indie rock band, horray! The Super Friendz make brilliantly poppy rock songs with interesting hooks, harmonies and chord changes. If I recall correctly, I hadnít discovered the band until 1996 or 1997, following the í95 release Mock Up, Scale Down; 10lbs. was the first song Iíd heard, and it kind of circumvented what I expected from music, catching my attention and placing the band within my favourites from then on. Machine Green is from their first EP, which I hadnít heard until I bought a reprint CD after finally getting to see them in Halifax in, perhaps, 2007 (Along with another favourite, Mike OíNeill). While not as adventurous as some of their other tunes, Machine Green is still a fun little romp, with some unexpected chord choices. Itís a cute song that I quite enjoy, and you should too (or Iíll haunt you).
Ankhanu on Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:46 am
I Have a Dream - Jackson MacIntosh (SoundCloud)

I have a Dream - Jackson MacIntosh - 8-track home recording (2013)
Jack(son) MacIntosh is one of my friends whoís moved from the area out to Montreal to pursue a life of rock n roll. Heís currently rockiní with Sheer Agony, whom you should also check out. Yesterday he wrote and recorded this song on an 8-track and shared it. Itís got some delightful new wave throw back elements, mixed with some early rock n roll, and indie sensibilities. All in all itís a super fun little track.

Happy Holidays.
Ankhanu on Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:30 pm
Day 44!

Elephants - Warpaint - Exquisite Corpse (EP) (2008)
Iím pretty sure Iíd posted this song last year, but, hey, now itís part of this project.
Mixing elements of indie rock, ambient, new wave, post-punk and shoegaze, among other influences, Elephants, and Warpaint, in general creates an interesting soundscape, both tranquil and manic. Thereís a chill groove behind the energetic vocal, guitar and drum work offering an odd sort of balance to the whole sound.
That they play some of my favourite instruments and mix them with interesting (and tasteful) effects chains certainly doesnít hurt the bandís case. In this video alone, we see a Rickenbacker 4003, Fender Jaguar and Fender Musicmaster, and what look to be perhaps Ampeg amps. In their live videos Iíve seen they also add in some other choice pieces of guitar gear, including Fender Mustangs and Vox amps. Really, it was the gear that initially caught my attention, along with the music they madeÖ they please my inner gear nerd Wink
Ankhanu on Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:05 am
Day 45!

Money - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Some classic Floyd today. Money is a brilliant combination of 7/4 time and pop musicÖ itís easy to overlook the fact that the majority of the song isnít in a common time signature; the flow of the song is so smooth. The song doesnít switch over to 4/4 until the guitar solo, mostly because Gilmour didnít know how to solo in 7/4. Instead, the song generally relies upon Dick Perryís saxophone work for solo components in 7/4. The basic groove of this strong is exceptionally strong; Roger Watersí use of plectrum gives the bass a strong, sharp attack to punctuate each note, and the unusual time signature melds with a very familiar blues base to create something in which the listener feels at home and comfortable. The result is that you end up locked into the song, held tightly while the rest of the song revolves around you with its swirly and delayed elements. Thereís a good reason why Money is such an iconic song.
Ankhanu on Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:10 am
Day 46!

Icicle Knife - The Burdocks - Airplane Tracks (2003)
Thereís nothing about Icicle Knife that I donít like. From the seemingly chaotic intro/outro, to the bright Strat guitar tones, the deep bouncing bass and slightly spastic drummingÖ and who could fault a song that starts asking if you know what your problem is? The Burdocks, and later Dog Day featuring some of the same members, are among my favourite ďlocalĒ bands; local in the regional sense, since they were based out of Halifax (though had two Cape Breton members). I saw them a few times and we played the shit out of their albums at Caper Radio. The Burdocks were kind of east-coast indie rock personified.
Ankhanu on Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:03 am
Day 47!

Iíll Fall With Your Knife - Peter Murphy - Cascade (1995)
After Bauhaus disbanded in 1983, most of the band went on with other music projects, including frontman Peter Murphy. His rich voice and sense of theatre brought him continued success. Iíll Fall With Your Knife follows a slightly cliche soft & sparse to lush progression, but it works quite well. The moderately overdriven guitar playing under Murphyís voice serves to accentuate the emotional content within itÖ the song is simple, but carries power.
Ankhanu on Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:07 am
Day 48!

Cigarella - Everyone in Cars - Sea Phases (2012)
Everyone in Cars is, I think hands down, my favourite band to come out of Cape Breton. 2003ís True Feelings and the Drug was a thick, grindy sort of indie rock extravaganza, but Sea Phases showed a more melodic side of the duo. Cigarella doesnít show off too much of the Gabriel brothersí instrumental chops, but itís a tasteful aural journey heading down hamonic avenues they hadnít really explored in the past. Bass+drums+voice; itís a winning combination, at least here in Canada!
Ankhanu on Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:32 am
Day 49!

Night Destroyer - Red Fang - Red Fang (2009)
Sludge rock/metal can be a wonderful thing, and Red Fang do it well. Songs like Night Destroyer are heavy, thick and energetic with standard metal aggression, but simple enough to be readily accessible, unlike some more technical metal styles. It doesnít hurt that the vocals arenít gutterals, neither. This song, and the rest of the album, is a beer-soaked, thick ní greasy rock-fest with enough substance to fill your rock hunger. Get it in ya ears!
Ankhanu on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:17 pm
Day 50!

Hairspray Queen - Nirvana - Incesticide (1992)
Hairspray Queen was one of the tracks on Incesticide that had previously been unreleased, and itís a little bit of a noisy oddity in the Nirvana catalogue; itís also my favourite track on the album. Itís messy, itís discordant, itís rhythmic and pulsing, itís scatteredÖ it has strong motion. The chaos Kurt brought to the song is tempered by Kristís consistent, if fuzzy, bass line and Dale Croverís drumming, bringing the song some cohesion. Overall, Hairspray Queen is a little appreciated song from one of the most important bands of the past 50 years; I doubt most people think of this song when they consider the bandís catalogue. This is a shame, I think.
Ankhanu on Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:02 am
Day 51!

Karma Police - Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)
Karma Police wasnít my introduction to Radiohead, but it was the song that made me kind of appreciate them. One of my first friends from IRC had made me a mixed tape and mailed it to me; among many goth and new wave songs was Karma Police, it was a quiet, yet dynamic interlude in the midst of mix. The song is moody, dark and atmosphericÖ but kinda fun too.

Thanks, Lani. I wish I knew where you were now, or how to contact you.
Ankhanu on Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:02 am
Day 52!

Postcards from Italy - Beirut - Gulag Orkestar (2006)
Balkan folk isnít a particularly common sort of genre these days, but Zach Condon et al. pull it off divinely. Theyíve got an acoustic folk vibe mixed with some bohemian European influenceÖ horns and percussion all tied together with ukulele. This is one of the songs that I pull out when I test play ukuleles, itís delightfully simple, but sounds great, and the chords used quickly show if there are any intonation issues with the build.
Thereís a certain nostalgia to the sound of the song, which is furthered by the Super8 style of the video. The whole ethic is a delightful throwback nod to an earlier time, drowning in wine. Itís carefree and fun, and I suppose thatís something that doesnít come about in a lot of the music I frequent.
Ankhanu on Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:11 am
Day 53!

Lizzy - Ben Kweller - Sha Sha (2002)
Lizzy is a combination of pop sensibilities with blues and a little dose of folk. The song follows some pretty standard blues patterns accented with minor and 7 chords, and a bluesy fingerpicking style in which the thumb is constantly hitting 1/4 notes on the bass strings. Really, itís some fairly standard pop content, but itís still a very nice song
Ankhanu on Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:17 pm
Day 54!

Chameleon - Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1973)
Chameleon is something of a seminal work of funk and jazz, and somewhat early use of analog synthesizers, particularly for jazz. The song has some fairly typical jazz elements, including some protracted and exploratory soloing, but the whole thing is well rooted by tight, funky rhythms by the synth bass (and bass guitar in the latter half) and drumming. The drumming through the song is immaculate, funky and shuffling, with some great hi-hat work with well placed chirps and crashes.
I kind of forgot about this song until I was trying to think of a song for todayís Daily song, and I realize that thatís kind of a sad thing. At nearly 16 minutes, itís a bit of a listen, but itís worth the effort.
Ankhanu on Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:09 am
Day 55!

inverness - Alicia Penney - digital single (2010)
Alicia Penney is probably one of the most talented singer/songwriters Cape Bretonís producedÖ and a fab person to boot. She hit the local scene while in high school with her rock band Yellow, who were fantastic (and still kinda going, though Aliciaís the only remaining original member), but it wasnít long before she hit the stage with her acoustic guitar singing lighter fare. In addition to being a decent guitar player, her grasp of vocal melody and harmony is great, and she has a rich vocal character that is equally at home with soft clarity as it is with a rock growl. Her writing style tends to be in the personal/introspective storytelling form, heavy in sentiment and kinda light on metaphorÖ no BS gets in the way of the narrative.
It should be noted that the song makes reference to Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, not Inverness, Scotland Wink
Ankhanu on Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:22 am
Day 56!

As I Sat Sadly By Her Side - nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - No More Shall we Part (2001)
I decided today was a mid-career Nick Cave sort of day. I picked my favourite album and had a little debate about which song to use for the day, and landed here after some consideration. The song is characteristic of the album as a whole, a little dark and introspective with multiple somewhat subtle instrument layers; while much of the dominant instrumentation relies on clear, clean notes, there are parts sitting back in the mix that use less conventional playing techniques (such as the low raspy rumble of the lightly bowed, but poorly fingered violin bass buzzes). The overall timbral effect fills your head with sound, despite a relatively sparse dominant composition and thereís an urgency to it that also belies its sparseness. The song is an interesting mix of dark cabaret elements mixed with pop, rock and punk influences.
The songís dualistic nature reflects the interactions many of us have with some frequency; the point-counterpoint sort of discussion of fundamental or paradigmatic points of view. Thereís not a lot of metaphor in the song (and a relatively weak rhyme scheme), which is kind of unusual for Nick Cave, but the clarity only serves to punctuate the distances between people, I think.
Ankhanu on Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:10 pm
Day 57!

SZ2 - Battles - B EP (2004)
If youíve never encountered math rock before, here ya go; itís a working mix of complexity and minimalism. SZ2 is full of interesting chords and shifting rhythms, and some phenomenal guitar/bass tones. Itís an interesting exploration in sound. Hit play, sit back and justÖ listen.

This MAY be my last Daily Song entry. I start a new work contract tomorrow and Iím not sure Iíll have cellular signal in order to have internet access during the week while Iím working. Weíll see how it goes.
Ankhanu on Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:20 am
Day 58!

Girlfriend is Better - Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues (1983) (Stop Making Sense 1984)
Just gonna put it out there, and make it as plain as I can: If you donít like Talking Heads, you are wrong. New wave at itís best.
Girlfriend is Better has all the elements that made early Talking Heads fantastic; a simple, energetic drum line with a to the point, slightly funky bass line on rhythm, fantastic synth leads, quirky, harmonious vocals with a sense of poetry and humourÖ a serious irreverence. Really, I can just let the song speak for itself.

Thereís only one intermittent bar of 3G here, but, thereís (somewhat slow) wi-fi, so Iím good to go.
Ankhanu on Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:48 am
Day 59!

Lucretia, My Reflection - The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland (1987)
Iíve been considering using some Sisters of Mercy on here for a couple weeks, but forget by the time Iím working on it, or else think something else fits the day betterÖ but todayís the day! Thereís nothing particularly special about Sisters of Mercy, not Lucrecia, My Reflection, but, damn if I donít enjoy both. Electronic sampled drums in a very straight forward beat, a simple bass line with clear pick attack and a fair bit of upper mid and treble, synths filling out most of the rest, and Andrew Eldritchís rich, almost atonal bass-baritone. The song has post-punk and dark wave elements and is firmly planted within gothÖ wear everything black and grab your shades; itís time for the Sisters of Mercy.
Ankhanu on Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:40 am
Day 60!

Death by Diamonds and Pearls - Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey (2009)
Thereís an energy to this song that just works. Band of Skulls frequently make use of swapping vocals between Russell and Emma, whose voices are quite complementary, and this song uses this plan to fine effect. I donít have a whole lot to say today, so Iím not going to force my mind into building any sort of narrativeÖ you donít want to read this rabble anyway, just listen to the song Razz
Ankhanu on Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:19 am
Day 61!

Ineffable - Jorane - Vent Fou (1999)
Celloís always been one of my favourite instruments; one Iíve been wanting to learn for years, but always put money towards other things. I first heard Ineffable around 2000 when I happened across the video on Much Music, and my interest was piqued. I committed Joraneís name to memory and eventually hit the music shops to find the CDÖ a process that just doesnít happen anymore Wink I was captivated by the combination of voice and unorthodox cello techniques. Lots of reverb, raspy, rich bowed strings and rhythmic patterns to capture the imaginationÖ
Ankhanu on Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:17 am
Day 62!

When Doves Cry - The Be Good Tanyas - Hello Love (2006)
I decided on my drive to work this morning to do a theme this week; covers. I decided to do this while listening to an original composition by a band that does a good cover of song Wink Iíve already used the White Stripesí Jolene, so Iíll have to skip that, but, there are many opportunities for more covers that are better executed than the originals!

Iíve never been a Prince fan; dudeís got some serious chops, thereís no denying it, but he never appealed for some reason. That said, I rather dig several of his songs done by other people, including the Be Good Tanyasí cover of When Doves Cry. The blend of Princeís R&B/soul/pop stylings with bluegrass just seems to work. Between Frazey Ford rich, mild rasp and the acoustic instrumentation (especially that bass! Man, listen to that thing; so round and great fingerboard buzz!) the songís content just grabs a more evocative character. Only thing that might make it better is a little mandolin accent on top of the guitar and banjo here and there.
Ankhanu on Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:42 am
Day 63!

Runniní out of Fools - Neko Case - Blacklisted (2002)
I wanted to use the Elvis Costello version of this song, the Blood & Chocolate reissue alternate version of just him and guitar with heavy tremoloÖ but I didnít find an upload to link. With that in mind, I went with a version I like just as much. Now, Iím not going to say that Neko Caseís (or Elvis Costelloís) version of this song is better than Aretha Franklinís, but itís pretty dang strong. Neko Caseís solo work has had a great classic country nod to it, and her rendition of this song continues that vein. Itís a subtle(ish) rework of the original, but the changes add to the experience rather than all out transform it. Thereís an authenticity to Nekoís voice work, a power tempered with melancholy, that makes this song come to sad, sad life. Itís easy to sink into the depths of this song, letting it wash over you and pull you in.
Ankhanu on Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:47 pm
Day 64!

Lilac Wine - Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994)
Lilac Wine began life as part of a revue, not really a recording in its own right, but itís since been tackled by many great singers. Jeff Buckleyís version is based upon one by Nina Simone, and is a delightful mix of soul, jazz and a good dose of alternative rock. Thereís no question that Buckley did the song justice, he created an evocative space in which the song could reverberate and grow. Itís melancholy, morose, darkÖ but comfortable and inspiring too. The reverb laden Telecaster tones are airy and ambient, with a dynamic touch that only he could pull off.
Ankhanu on Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:20 am

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