Song of the Week: November

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November was a strange, rather uneventful month. Luckily there are always tracks that can lift the mood, break the tedium, transcend the pusillanimous.

Nov 7

Alt-J – Warm Foothills

I wasn’t convinced with Alt-J’s sophomore album This is All Yours when it first came out a couple months ago; overall it’s inferior to their first effort, and while most of this album has a fuller, more complex sound, this track is a lesson in subtlety and simplicity. The way the two singers overlap and harmonize is awesome.

Nov 14

Misun – Met You ft. Sammy Bananas (Cousin Cole & Nacey Edit)

These guys deserve more recognition. Perhaps I’m biased because they’re from my old hometown Washington DC, which incidentally doesn’t have the greatest history of bands. Nevertheless, this song hits the mark. Sampling John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, Misun loop luscious vocals over the top to create a hypnotic summer jam worth hearing.

Nov 21

Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting on You)

Hardly an hour’s drive up the I95 from DC, Baltimore-based Future Islands have created a candidate for track of the year…infectious, powerful and emotional; I love it.

Nov 28

Bob Dylan – Shelter from the Storm

I saw the film St. Vincent this week. It’s a decent film. It has Bill Murray in it! The film ends with Bill in his backyard, covertly smoking a cigarette, futilely watering his yard and comically singing along to ‘Shelter from the Storm’. The credits begin to roll. It’s a great, understated and entirely memorable ending. See the ending below.

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