Song obsession friday! (for the week ending March 28)

Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.

Adrian (me):
Deer Tick – These Old Shoes (mp3) (buy)

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I don’t know what it is exactly about this song that has its hooks in my brain. I like the narrative–it’s like the opposite of that oldies song, “The Letter” (“Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane/ ain’t got time to take a fast train“). I’ll do anything to get to you, even if it takes forever. I also love the singing and the train beat on the drums.

Andy:
Neutral Milk Hotel – Up and Over We Go (mp3) (buy)

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I was digging around last weekend, and found this one, originally released on a 7″ that’s long out of print and hard to find.

It’s got a lot to live up to – the version of this with which most of us are familiar (King of Carrot Flowers pt. 3) is an excellent song on an an album that, arguably, changed the way a generation of young indie rockers thought about music. It certainly did for me.

And truthfully, I think I like this version more – it may not have surpassed the live version of Engine as my favorite NMH song ever, but it’s pretty close. There’s more fuzz in this one, and the straight-ahead drumming changes the feel of the song completely. It’s a great little fuzz-pop song – short, to the point, and totally rocking.

Natalie K:
Nada Surf – Are You Lightning? (mp3) (buy)

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I didn’t get how intense this song was until I saw them play it live last week. Ever since then, I’ve listened to it at least once or twice a day. It’s just got this great feeling of longing and hope to it.

Keith:
Stephanie Says – I Hope You’re Happy (mp3) (buy)

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Back after a short vacation prompted by family obligations. At least I got to spend an hour at Reckless Records in Chicago! Pawing through the used CDs I came across a Grimsey release by the band Stephanie Says, two good references as the label consistently puts out lovable indie pop and VU worshiping usually yields lavorful fruit. I’ll let you decide if my instincts were correct!

Dave:
Secret Stars – Wait (mp3) (out of print?, buy other releases)

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So in gearing up for the rebirth of the covers contest I went back through all the songs we had done and got obsessed with this one all over again. Most may be familiar with the Death Cab for Cutie version of this song, which is really good, but there’s just something about the original. I feel like it would fit perfectly over the emotional denouement of some awesome indie film.



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