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Song Of The Day – “Fantastic Voyage” by Lakeside

10 Aug


Very rarely can a song actually describe how it sounds in the chorus and still be funky enough to turn the stuffiest bar mitzvah into a toe tappin’ fiesta. Enjoy that thumpin’ bass and horrible sense of fashion that can only be dated as the 1980’s. Pack your bags and jam.


Song Of The Day – “Casualties of War” by Eric B. and Rakim

9 Aug

With all the hype surrounding the release of Watch the Throne, I wanted to take a look back at some old school rap. A couple of turn tables, DJ, and an MC. Compared to rap production today most of of these cuts are simpler, which I think puts more emphasis on the lyrics. The words are the main focus not the sample or the layers upon layers of strings and auto-tune. I love how hard Rakim’s words hit despite the fact he never curses. He really is a master wordsmith and “Casualties Of War” resonates strongly 11 years after its recording. After the most deadly day in the Afghan war, I thought this song is a particularly fitting for these times.

Song Of The Day – “Alex Chilton by The Replacements

9 Aug


One of the most interesting living conditions I’ve stayed in was an apartment with 5 other guys at Purchase College. Living with these guys I was also exposed to many different bands that I probably wouldn’t ever know about. One of my roommates was all about The Replacements, Paul Westerberg and PBR. The PBR especially contributed to some fantastic scenes with my aforementioned roomie walking on furniture and yelling “THIS IS THE BEST GUITAR SOLO EVARRRRRRR!!” Great times. Anyways this song is what stuck with me from that year in particular. Great hook, funky video. enjoy.

Saturday Song – “Night Train to Cairo” by Mashina

6 Aug


After a week away, due to moving into a new place. It’s back. Song of the Day. But this time on a Saturday I wanted to share a great song from an Israeli band. I just came from a bar mitzvah and kept seeing this band dropping down in front and rocking this song. I can do a translation later but the title is “Night Train to Cairo” and it’s about that. Happy Saturday.

Song Of The Day – “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears

29 Jul

I feel like for some reason during the 1980s time capsules were really, really popular. Don’t ask me why I do, it just feels right. I won’t even use google to confirm this. Either way you can count on the fact that there are  hundreds of tape cassettes with “Head Over Heels” buried around the United States, just waiting to be dug up and rediscovered. Wait don’t squirrels do this? Everything about this song screams “I was produced during the 1980s”. Excessive reverb on the snare, edgy synth break downs, and of course that throaty falsetto. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Song Of The Day – “The Girl From Ipanema” by Tom Jobim and João Gilberto

28 Jul


Easily the best known bossa nova song ever “Girl From Ipanema” brought  Brasil’s music style to an international audience. I’m sure this song is played at least several thousand times a day by people all over the world. The cascading chords and melody are just amazing and you can feel the singers anguish as he watches this girl walk right by.  So make some capirinha and pretend your on the beach. The song starts @ 1:00.

Song Of The Day – “Teach Your Children Well” by Crosby, Stills and Nash

25 Jul

What strikes me most about this tune is how timeless its message is. There will always be friction between parents their children as they grow older. What makes sense to one generation is appalling to the next, and so on and so forth through time. My favorite line of the song is “Just look at them and sigh/ and know they love you” sage advice for all parents of the present and future. I’m quite familiar with this sigh. I think it comes naturally with Jewish parents.