Song of the Day 2013

Those of you who have found my tumblr will know that during 2013, I wrote about a song every day. This is something I did in order to practice writing about music and to get myself into the habit of productivity: having crawled through all 365 entries starting last January, and noticing all the bad habits I’ve slowly grown out of, I feel that I’ve been successful in that endeavour. Among all the chaff, there are some pieces of writing I’m quite proud of in there. I’ve made a catalogue of every entry and I’ve highlighted all the posts of which I’m particularly proud.

Bold font indicates the best writing rather than the best songs – sometimes, when approaching some of my very favourite songs, I found myself lost for words. Sometimes, I found myself able to articulate points about why I’d become disillusioned with a song or band I formerly loved. The bolded entries are usually the ones wherein the song I discuss serves more as a means of exploring an interesting idea about the listening experience; I would like to say that in places, I’ve articulated ideas about the politics and ethics of listening, and have discussed what it is possible to learn from listening to music. The whole thing was a process of working out, largely a self-serving, autodidactic process; still, perhaps you’ll find some interesting thoughts among these entries.

  1. Van Morrison – Madame George
  2. Scott Walker – A Lover Loves
  3. Swans – Volcano
  4. Nelson Riddle / Sue Lyon – Lolita Ya Ya
  5. Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda
  6. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – The Narcissist
  7. Torres – Honey
  8. Laura Veirs – Spelunking
  9. The Mountain Goats – Going to Georgia
  10. Cat Power – Colors and the Kids
  11. Team Dresch – Fagetarian and Dyke
  12. Death – Crystal Mountain
  13. Luomo – Tessio
  14. The Necks – Rum Jungle
  15. Standard Fare – Philadelphia
  16. Philip Jeck – Pax
  17. Madvillain – Accordion
  18. Björk – An Echo, A Stain
  19. Faraquet – Cut Self Not
  20. !!! – Take Ecstasy with Me (The Magnetic Fields cover)
  21. Sugababes – Overload
  22. Art Ensemble of Chicago – Thème de Yoyo
  23. Egyptrixx – Naples
  24. The Verlaines – Death & The Maiden
  25. The Roots – Lazy Afternoon
  26. Claudio Monteverdi – Zefiro Torna
  27. Evangelista – Hello, Voyager!
  28. James Ferraro – Leather High School
  29. Missy Elliott – Work It
  30. Anamanaguchi – Meow
  31. Charles Manson – Look at Your Game, Girl
  32. Wipers – Youth of America
  33. Colin Stetson – High Above a Grey Green Sea
  34. Linda Perhacs – Moons and Cattails
  35. My Bloody Valentine – wonder 2
  36. Ekkehard Ehlers – Plays John Cassavetes [part 2]
  37. PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
  38. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Close Chorus
  39. Paul McCartney – Secret Friend
  40. Grouper – Living Room
  41. Hop Along – Get Disowned
  42. Serafina Steer – Skinny Dipping
  43. Busdriver – Imaginary Places
  44. Meanwhile, Back in Communist Russia… – Morning After Pill
  45. Viktor Vaughn feat. Apani B – Let Me Watch
  46. The Hold Steady – Chips Ahoy
  47. Lisa Germano – …A Psychopath
  48. Avey Tare & Panda Bear – Alvin Row
  49. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Monitor
  50. The Weeknd – House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
  51. Psychic Reality – OMNI / Omni
  52. Michael Nyman – Orchestrating the City
  53. The Monks – Monk Time
  54. Cannibal Ox – Pigeon
  55. Cass McCombs – County Line
  56. R. Kelly (feat. Kelly Price, Kim Burrell & Maurice Mahon) – 3-Way Phone Call
  57. Kimya Dawson – I Like Giants
  58. Autechre – 1 1 is
  59. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Patio Song
  60. Das Racist – Ek Shaneesh
  61. Au Pairs – We’re So Cool
  62. Ace of Base – The Sign
  63. Jean Sibelius – III (Symphony No. 5)
  64. Autre Ne Veut feat. Mykki Blanco – Counting
  65. Rhye remixed by Jeff Samuel – Open (Faded Mix)
  66. Deltron 3030 – 3030
  67. Regina Spektor – Chemo Limo
  68. Laura Marling – Where Can I Go?
  69. The Magnetic Fields – The Book of Love
  70. Karen Gwyer – Pikku-Kokki
  71. Girl Band – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? (Blawan cover)
  72. “Blue” Gene Tyranny – Next Time Might Be Your Time
  73. J Dilla – Time: The Donut of the Heart
  74. Kilo Kish – Creepwave
  75. Exuma – Exuma, The Obeah Man
  76. Karate – Sever
  77. Isaac Hayes – Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
  78. Fridge – Five Four Child Voice
  79. John Grant – Glacier
  80. Boris – 哀歌
  81. Patti Smith – Birdland
  82. Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Sleep
  83. Ana Tijoux – 1977
  84. Jacques Brel – Le Tango Funèbre
  85. Joseph Hammer & Jason Crumer – Guitar
  86. Jenny Hval – I Called
  87. Mount Kimbie – Made to Stray
  88. Aphex Twin – Ventolin
  89. Squarepusher – Iambic 9 Poetry
  90. Danny Brown – Kush Coma
  91. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – You Are The Apple
  92. Marnie Stern – Prime
  93. Silver Jews – I Remember Me
  94. Eric Dolphy – Hat and Beard
  95. Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer
  96. Frisk Frugt – Dansktoppenmøder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor pts. 1 & 2
  97. Death – Politicians in My Eyes
  98. clipping. – guns.up
  99. Julia Kent – Tourbillon
  100. Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude (Cello Suite #1 in G)
  101. The King Khan & BBQ Show – I’ll Be Loving You (live version)
  102. Lil B – I Love You
  103. Human Skab – Drunk and Staggerin’ Around
  104. Harry Pussy – Drop the Bomb
  105. Fugazi – Suggestion
  106. Os Mutantes – Panis et Circenses
  107. Buke & Gase – Houdini Crush
  108. Zs – Hard EP
  109. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  110. The Olivia Tremor Control – Hideaway
  111. Savages – She Will
  112. Blood Sport – Ø
  113. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good at Being in Trouble
  114. X-Ray Spex – Identity
  115. Phosphorescent – Song for Zula
  116. Miguel – Use Me
  117. Emilie Simon – Opium
  118. Hymie’s Basement – 21st Century Pop Song
  119. Oneohtrix Point Never – Sleep Dealer
  120. Chance the Rapper – Good Ass Intro
  121. Pharaohs feat. Maria Minerva – Miraculous Feet
  122. Kurt Schwitters – Ursonate
  123. Francis Bebey – New Track
  124. Heavenly feat. Calvin Johnson – C is the Heavenly Option
  125. Gwyneth Herbert – Sweeter
  126. Dismemberment Plan – The City
  127. Electric Wizard – Funeralopolis
  128. Deafheaven – Dreamhouse
  129. Parquet Courts – Donuts Only
  130. Loscil (feat. Dan Bejar) – The Making of Grief Point
  131. Out Hud – The L Train is a Swell Train and I Don’t Want to Hear You Indies Complain
  132. The Chap – Hands Free
  133. Antonin Dvořák – I (Symphony No. 9)
  134. Fatima Al Qadiri – Oil Well
  135. 椎名林檎 [Ringo Sheena] – 宗教
  136. The Organ – There Is Nothing I Can Do
  137. Plastikman – Plastique
  138. Help She Can’t Swim – Are You Feeling Fashionable
  139. San Fermin – Sonsick
  140. Kanye West – Black Skinhead
  141. Tune-Yards – Fiya
  142. Staff Benda Bilili – Sala Mosala
  143. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Death to Everyone
  144. Pharmakon – Milkweed / It Hangs Heavy
  145. Pixies – Hey
  146. Kiran Leonard – Dear Lincoln
  147. Mara Carlyle – Pearl
  148. Charles Mingus – Better Git It In Your Soul
  149. Tori Amos – Precious Things
  150. Baths – Seaside Town
  151. MC Frontalot (feat. Brad Sucks) – Livin’ at the Corner of Dude & Catastrophe
  152. Mancingelani – Vana Vasesi
  153. Joan of Arc – If All These People Can Understand Money
  154. Bad Brains – Sailin’ On
  155. Micachu – Turn Me Well
  156. Mikal Cronin – Change
  157. Tennis – Marathon
  158. Nero’s Day at Disneyland – Happy Screaming Night Businessman
  159. RP Boo – Invisibu Boogie!
  160. The New Pornographers – Letter from an Occupant
  161. Nas (feat. AZ) – Life’s a Bitch
  162. Wilco – Ashes of American Flags
  163. Allo Darlin’ – The Polaroid Song
  164. Tom Waits – Step Right Up
  165. Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings
  166. Laura Stevenson – Runner
  167. Ty Segall Band – Diddy Wah Diddy
  168. Nina Simone – Strange Fruit
  169. Nat Baldwin – A Little Lost (Arthur Russell cover)
  170. Daniel Johnston – Desperate Man Blues
  171. The The – Perfect
  172. Nana Grizol – Cynicism
  173. Einstürzende Neubauten – Anrufe in Abwesnheit
  174. Kitty Pryde – UNfollowed.
  175. Bright Eyes – A Song to Pass the Time
  176. Castevet – Narrow Hallways
  177. Sigur Rós – Bláþráður
  178. Deerhoof – Fête d’Adieu
  179. Fiona Apple – Paper Bag
  180. Joey Bada$$ (feat. Chance the Rapper) – Wendy N Becky
  181. Omodaka – Otemoyan
  182. James Blake – Give a Man a Rod (2nd version)
  183. Matthew E. White – One of These Days
  184. Wale – The Chicago Falcon – Remix
  185. Emika – Primary Colours
  186. Anna Meredith – Nautilus
  187. Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
  188. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  189. Mos Def – Mathematics
  190. Speedy Ortiz – Plough
  191. Julia Holter – In the Green Wild
  192. The Fall – Paint Work
  193. Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus – The Rustle of a Long Black Skirt
  194. Pavement – Fillmore Jive
  195. Killer Mike – Reagan
  196. Life Without Buildings – The Leanover
  197. Melt Yourself Down – Fix My Life
  198. James Holden – The Caterpillar’s Intervention
  199. Akufen – Deck the House
  200. Usher – Climax – see also this response from Sinthematica and my reply
  201. Placebo – Slave to the Wage
  202. The Long Blondes – Once and Never Again
  203. Venetian Snares – Dad
  204. Rolo Tomassi – Fofteen
  205. Thelonious Monk – Bemsha Swing
  206. Arthur Russell – Get Around to It
  207. Punch – Feminists, Don’t Have a Cow
  208. Plaids – Seventeen
  209. The Pipettes – It Hurts to See You Dance So Well
  210. Sleater-Kinney – One More Hour
  211. Spiro – Yellow Noise
  212. Pharoah Sanders – The Creator Has a Master Plan
  213. Dead Girlfriends – On Fraternity
  214. Braid – A Dozen Roses
  215. Future Brown (feat. Tink) – Wanna Party
  216. Football Etc. – Safety
  217. Milo (feat. Busdriver) – Red Oleanders
  218. Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent)
  219. Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan
  220. AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love
  221. Maskull – 2000 AD
  222. Parenthetical Girls – The Weight She Fell Under
  223. Luniz – I Got 5 on It
  224. The Lappetites – Tzungentwist
  225. Fog – Check Fraud
  226. Ka – Our Father
  227. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
  228. Aye Nako – Start Talking
  229. The Blow – Pile of Gold
  230. Julianna Barwick – One Half
  231. Clipse – Trill
  232. Amerie – 1 Thing
  233. Cutty Ranks – Limb by Limb
  234. Public Enemy – Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
  235. Richard Hell & the Voidoids – Blank Generation
  236. Earl Sweatshirt – Burgundy
  237. OOIOO – O O I A H
  238. Smog – River Guard
  239. Chelsea Wolfe – The Waves Have Come
  240. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
  241. Violent Femmes – Add It Up
  242. Los Campesinos! – What Death Leaves Behind
  243. Arnold Schoenberg – Piano Piece (Op. 33a)
  244. きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ [Kyary Pamyu Pamyu] – にんじゃりばんばん
  245. Fuck Buttons – Flight of the Feathered Serpent
  246. Merchandise – Totale Nite
  247. Candelilla – 22
  248. BiS階段 [BiSKaidan] – 好き好き大好き
  249. The Knife – A Tooth for an Eye
  250. United Sacred Harp Convention – The Last Words of Copernicus
  251. Gilberto Gil with The Beat Boys – Questão De Ordem
  252. Body/Head – Last Mistress
  253. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  254. Fat Joe (feat. Ja-Rule & Ashanti) – What’s Luv?
  255. Cardiacs – R.E.S.
  256. Jennifer Lopez (feat. Ja-Rule & Caddillac Tah) – Always on Time (Murder Remix)
  257. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
  258. Derek Bailey – Explanation & Thanks
  259. György Ligeti – Sonata for Cello
  260. France Gall – Laisse Tomber les Filles
  261. The Van Pelt – Yamato (Where People Really Die)
  262. Okkyung Lee – Meolly Ganeun
  263. Donna Summer – Could It Be Magic?
  264. Bill Callahan – The Sing
  265. Windhand – Orchard
  266. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mustt Mustt
  267. Antony & The Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
  268. Red House Painters – Medicine Bottle
  269. Green Day – Longview
  270. Karlheinz Stockhausen – Gesand der Jünglinge
  271. Perfect Pussy – I
  272. Terry Riley – You’re No Good
  273. Fifth Column – All Women Are Bitches
  274. Nails – Conform
  275. White Lung – Blow It South
  276. The Field – No. No…
  277. Tim Hecker – Amps, Drugs, Harmonium
  278. Cocorosie – Werewolf
  279. Jelly Roll Morton – Black Bottom Stomp
  280. Spiller (feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor) – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)
  281. Saul Williams – List of Demands (Reparations)
  282. Scrufizzer – Rap Rave
  283. DJ Sprinkles – The Occasional Feel-Good
  284. Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
  285. Grimes – Oblivion
  286. The Other People Place – Eye Contact
  287. Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music, Part I
  288. Le1f – Psy Lock
  289. Slint – Good Morning Captain
  290. Matana Roberts – Was the Sacred Day
  291. Minutemen – History Lesson Part 2
  292. Big Joan – (They Call Him) Johnny
  293. Blink-182 – I Miss You
  294. Huggy Bear – Herjazz
  295. The Four Tops – Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
  296. Dudley Moore – [untitled Beethoven sonata parody]
  297. Angel Haze – Same Love
  298. Altar of Plagues – Burnt Year
  299. Françoise Hardy – Voilà
  300. EMA – California
  301. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
  302. DJ Rashad (feat. Spinn) – Show U How
  303. Rustie – Ultra Thizz
  304. The Breeders – Invisible Man
  305. St. Vincent – What Me Worry
  306. Jay-Z (feat. Eminem) – Renegade
  307. Yoko Ono – Mind Train
  308. Liars – It Fit When I Was a Kid
  309. Red Sparowes – Alone and Unaware, the Landscape Was Transformed in Front of Our Eyes
  310. Mclusky – Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues
  311. Swearin’ – Just
  312. Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Silverado
  313. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
  314. Sufjan Stevens – The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us
  315. The Microphones – The Moon
  316. M.I.A. – Like This
  317. Mapei – Don’t Wait
  318. Death Grips – You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it’s your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat
  319. Passenger Pigeons – Wafternoon
  320. Sam Amidon – As I Roved Out
  321. Miles Davis – In a Silent Way / It’s About That Time
  322. Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
  323. Prince and the Revolution – Raspberry Beret
  324. Weather Report – Birdland
  325. Melt-Banana – The Hive
  326. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
  327. Eluvium – Amreik
  328. Blood Orange (feat. Skepta) – High Street
  329. CHVRCHES – Lies
  330. These New Puritans – Attack Music
  331. The Go! Team – Ladyflash
  332. Sleaford Mods – Wage Don’t Fit
  333. Oval (feat. Agustín Albrieu) – Sediment
  334. Veronica Falls – Teenage
  335. Not Right – Balls
  336. They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
  337. The Frogs – I Don’t Care If U Disrespect Me (Just So You Love Me)
  338. Black Eyes – A Pack of Wolves
  339. Guided By Voices – Game of Pricks
  340. Le Tigre – Whats Yr Take on Cassavetes
  341. Sonic Youth – The Diamond Sea
  342. Denseland – Scrape It (Up)
  343. Katy Perry – Roar
  344. Funkadelic – Can You Get to That
  345. Kanda Bongo Man – Sai
  346. cLOUDDEAD – Apt. A, Pt. 2
  347. Onsind – Pokémon City Limits
  348. Lizzo (feat. Sophia Eris) – Batches & Cookies
  349. Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel
  350. Sky Ferreira – Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)
  351. Beyoncé (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche) – ***Flawless
  352. Joni Mitchell – The Last Time I Saw Richard
  353. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme Part I: Acknowledgement
  354. Vic Chesnutt – Flirted with You All My Life
  355. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
  356. The Field Mice – Emma’s House
  357. Philip Glass – Opening
  358. Brandt Brauer Frick – Ocean Drive (Schamane)
  359. The Pogues (feat. Kirsty MacColl) – Fairytale of New York
  360. Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely
  361. The Wave Pictures – Now You Are Pregnant
  362. The Fiery Furnaces – Chris Michaels
  363. Joanna Newsom – Sawdust and Diamonds
  364. Belle & Sebastian – Seeing Other People
  365. Auld Lang Syne
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About decemberembers

I've noticed that all of my music-obsessed friends have completely different approaches to music in the digital age, and I'm writing this blog as an attempt to raise questions about what you experience when listening to music. It's also partly a response to a majority of music journalism which, stylistically and ethically, I find problematic. I'm trying to avoid being prescriptive and will encourage open-mindedness. :)
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