Saturday, May 31, 2008

52 Songs in 52 Weeks

I am trying out a new feature on this blog. Last Summer I read Nick Hornby's Songbook, a book of essays about his favorite songs. Ever since reading it I've had the urge to attempt something like what he did. This is my try at this sort of thing.

Ever wonder about what I listen to? For the next 52 weeks I've selected a song per week to write about. Here are the songs I've chosen:
Week of June 1: “Road to Joy” by Bright Eyes
Week of June 8: “Love/Hate” by Liz Phair
Week of June 15: “Radiation Vibe” by Fountains of Wayne
Week of June 22: “Declarations of Faith” by Zwan
Week of June 29: “Everyday Sunshine” by Fishbone
Week of July 6: “The Darkside” & “Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol” by L.P.
Week of July 13: “The Re-arranger” by Mates of the State
Week of July 20: “Scenic World” by Beirut
Week of July 27: “Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse” by Minus the Bear
Week of August 3: “California” by Phantom Planet
Week of August 10: “Stars” by Hum
Week of August 17: “California One / Youth & Beauty Brigade” by The Decemberists
Week of August 24: “Santa Monica” by Everclear
Week of August 31: “Going Away to College” by Blink 182
Week of September 7: “That’s the Way Love Is” by Poi Dog Pondering
Week of September 14: “Cath…” by Death Cab for Cutie
Week of September 21: “7/4 (Shoreline)” by Broken Social Scene
Week of September 28: “Let Me In” by REM
Week of October 5: “On Call” by The Kings of Leon
Week of October 12: “Widow’s Walk” by The Architects
Week of October 19: “Bandages & Scars” by Son Volt
Week of October 26: “In Ohio on Some Steps” by Limbeck
Week of November 2: “The Sporting Life” by The Decemberists
Week of November 9: “Stay” by Lisa Loeb
Week of November 16: “These Days” by Fountains of Wayne (Jackson Browne cover)
Week of November 23: “Written in Red” by National Fire Theory
Week of November 30: “Tears Don’t Matter Much” by Lucero
Week of December 7: “What Sarah Said” by Death Cab for Cutie
Week of December 14: "The Falling Kind" by Vedera
Week of December 21: “Dig For Fire” by The Pixies
Week of December 28: “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by The Postal Service
Week of January 4: “I Was Wrong / You Were Right” by Badly Drawn Boy
Week of January 11: “Valley Winter Song” by Fountains of Wayne
Week of January 18: “The Gymnast High Above the Ground” by The Decemberists
Week of January 25: “Transatlanticism” by Death Cab for Cutie
Week of February 1: “Crutch” by Buffalo Tom
Week of February 8: “Oppenheimer” by The Old 97’s
Week of February 15: “Reno Dakota” by The Magnetic Fields
Week of February 22: “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Week of March 1: “Anyone Else But You” by The Moldy Peaches
Week of March 8: “Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World
Week of March 15: “Just Like Heaven” as covered by Dinosaur Jr. and by The Watson Twins
Week of March 22: “The Impression that I Get” by The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones
Week of March 29: “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional (w/ Michael Stipe)
Week of April 5: “Light Pollution” by Bright Eyes
Week of April 12: “That Much Further West” by Lucero
Week of April 19: “Sheep Go to Heaven” by Cake
Week of April 26: "Sick of Myself" by Matthew Sweet
Week of May 3: “Light Rail Coyote” by Sleater-Kinney
Week of May 10: “The Plan” by Built to Spill
Week of May 17: “Don’t Call it a Ghetto” by The Architects
Week of May 24: “Tangerine” by Buffalo Tom
Week of May 31: “Too Young to Die” by National Fire Theory

A few notes on the songs above. I've limited my selections, with one exception, to songs released in the past 17 years (or, in other words, since I was a freshman in high school.) Even though all but one of the songs fall within this time period, the songs I have selected skew later. There are far more songs from the 2001-2008 time period than there are from 1991-2000. You will notice that I've also avoided many of my favorite alternative rock bands from the 90s. There are no songs from bands like Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine, Green Day, The Breeders, The Gin Blossoms, Blind Melon, or many of the other bands I listened to in the early 90s.

The other thing you will notice is that most songs come from a genre that can be widely described as alternative-rock. There are a few exceptions. I've selected several songs that would be best-described as alt-country. (Think of bands like Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Lucero, The Old 97's, and The Drive By Truckers, for example.) I have also selected a few pop / pop-rock songs as well as one soul song.

I hope you will be inspired to look up some of these songs and bands. I hope you find interesting my writing about the music I listen to.