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Back when the 2004 version came out, I remember reading or hearing that Bono got pissed when somebody else tried to take his “Well tonight thank God it’s them, instead of you” line. He basically has laid claim to that line. In a charity tune. It was the first thing that came to mind when I saw that he was involved in this latest version.

 +1Posted on Nov 6th | re: Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best (115 comments)

Personally, I really don’t think it is positioned too high on this list. I love the restraint and control of Miles’ playing on that album. That said, it is kind of a mood piece for me, and I can’t honestly say that it is the first Miles record I’ll reach for most of the time. Perhaps that is why so many others have it lower on the list.

 +8Posted on Nov 6th | re: Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best (115 comments)

“In A Silent Way” is far too low on this list for me. I’d have it in the top 5 for sure, maybe as high as number 2 or 3. A lot of the magic is in the production of that record, but it is an album that still sounds very fresh to my ears. I wish there had been room for outtake “The Ghetto Walk” on the record itself. It showed up on “The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions” box set from several years back, and that song is one of my absolute favorite tracks from Miles.

But what is going to be left in the vaults when the 50th Anniversary rolls round?

 +2Posted on Jul 29th | re: The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs (87 comments)

Good list. I would add newish track “Mercy”. Love that song.

 +1Posted on Jun 17th | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014 (286 comments)

Kind of surprised by the reaction to my Japandroids comment. It clearly wasn’t meant to be a pick for Song Of Summer 2014. More of a statement about how much fun “Celebration Rock” was a few years back, and how nothing has really jumped out this year. Either I’m in the minority for liking that song/record, or people didn’t like the fact that I didn’t select a new song. For those in the latter camp, my real pick would be “Brill Bruisers” by The New Pornographers.

 -3Posted on Jun 16th | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014 (286 comments)

For the third Summer in a row…Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

You weren’t lying about “You Know Me Well”. I love this record, but I’m kind of wishing it had been released in the Fall. It just feels more like an Autumn type of record than a Summer record.

Yeah, even though I’m greatly anticipating hearing the rest of it, I’m holding off on listening to the whole thing until it is officially released. Actually, I just lied because I did check out the Amazon UK Studio Sessions videos earlier, and there were two new songs there that I had not heard. I’ve liked the progression of her music. Some probably prefer her earlier, stripped down recordings, but I’m liking her stuff more and more as she continues to expand her sonic palette more. Maybe it is just me, but when SVE unleashes her voice during the chorus of “Your Love Is Killing Me”, and it takes on that really raw tone, it reminds me a bit of Patti Smith’s later era croon. Could be that little vibrato thing.

You’ve got my attention regarding “You Know Me Well”. Looking forward to hearing that one in particular based on your description above.

I keep seeing the phrase “gut-punch” when reading about Van Etten’s upcoming album, “Are We There”. After hearing the three pre-release tracks, and after reading this piece, that seems pretty spot on. I also now have some context for those beautifully raw vocal turns that I’m hearing in the new songs. It sounds cliché, but the new material has really stuck with me, both musically and lyrically.