Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Nights Are Long

It's December, and people are starting to get all into their "best of" lists... I can't pretend to tell you what the best is, just what my favorites have been. And I'm thinking about it.

I can, however, tell you with absolute certainty what my favorite song from the last year has been. "Nights Are Long" by Intramural.
Intramural is a concept of sorts, created by Denver Dalley (of Desaparecidos and Statistics). He came up with the music, and had other folks come up with the lyrics/vocals. Guest vocalists include Greg Dulli of the Twilight Singers and John Roderick from The Long Winters, but my favorite song is by a guy from a great indie band out of Seattle called the Slender Means, Josh Dawson. The song is called "Nights Are Long."

The first time I heard it was over a year ago. A friend of mine was contributing to the album, and played me that track. It immediately sank deep into my mind, so deep that when I heard it again a few months later, I still remembered some of the words. "Here's the part where I drink all the time... Here's the part where I tell you I'm fine..." And his voice - well, it's beyond swoonworthy. When I commented on it to my friend, he responded, "Man, I wish I could sing like that!"

Anyway, I don't know how to do the mp3-on-a-blog thing, so you're just going to have to track down the song yourself. Or get the record. It's worth it.

And now, on to the playlist:

Little Radio Playlist

Hook and Sling Meet the Funky Superfly - Sharon Jones
What About You - Co-Real Artists
But I Was Cool - Oscar Brown Jr.
I Can't Make It - The Small Faces
A Change - Aretha Franklin
Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis
Get Up Get Out - The Rosebuds
Dark Benches - Belles Will Ring
Bone Marrow - Mellowdrone
Nights Are Long - Intramural
Black Dirt - Sea Wolf
Put Yourself In My Place - Jan Panter
Look For Another Love - Lonnie's Legends & the Currents
Your Ex Is Turning tricks Again - The Holograms
It Ain't What You Do It's The way That You Do It - Fun Boy Three and Bananarama
On The Bank -The Coolies
Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones
D'Yer Maker - Led Zeppelin
Metrorail Thru Space - Cut Chemist
Parisian Nights - Malibu
They Follow You - Siouxsie
Sympathetic Noose - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
What This Town Needs - Blanche
Kosciusko - Midnight Oil
The Disciples Know - The Moodists
Cuerpos Haran Amor Extrano - The Gris Gris
Sea of Love - Cat Power
If I Should Die Tonight - Marvin Gaye
One Step At A Time - Maxine Brown
It's All Wrong But It's Alright - Percy Sledge
Everybody Is A Star - Sly and the Family Stone
Do It Right - The Three Tops w/ Phyllis Dillon
Express Yourself - Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
Jealous Guy - Donny Hathaway

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