Song of the Day: The Rolling Stones- Bitch

Artist: The Rolling Stones

Song: Bitch

Album: Sticky Fingers

One of the greatest rock riffs of all time. I’m pretty sure its physically impossible to drive the speed limit with this song on.

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Song of the Day: AFI- The Prayer Position

Band: AFI

Song: The Prayer Position

Album: Black Sails in the Sunset

It may seem strange to think now, but many moons before AFI frontman Davey Havok formed a dark, desolate cocoon and went through his metamorphosis into a gothic princess (seriously, how embarrassing is this Miss Murder video?) his band was a legitimately badass, Misfits-inspired punk rock group. Here, look! Proof!

Song of the Day: Neutral Milk Hotel- The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1

Artist: Neutral Milk Hotel

Song: The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1

Album: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

The opener from Neutral Milk Hotel’s bizarre masterpiece In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Like any great opener, this song manages to grab the listener’s attention while also serving as somewhat of a preview for the rest of the album. The catchy acoustic chord progression and pop melody make this one of NMH’s most accessible tunes; it’s certainly as accessible as a song with lyrics like “and Dad would dream of all the different ways to die/ each one a little more than he would dare to trrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy” can possibly be. Even the levels of instrumentation piled on top of Jeff Magnum’s guitar (a bizarre combination of largely accordion and brass that has been described by critics over the years as sounding like “a marching band on an acid trip”) adds to the song’s charm. Finally, the song is blessed with the lyrical presence of Magnum. There is a constant conflict between affirmation of life and gloomy realism in Magnum’s lyrics, and I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate that than putting the previously quoted lyric alongside a description of young love as beautiful and instantly memorable as “as we would lay and learn what each others bodies were for” in the same song.

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