Song to start your week: ‘After Hours,’ The Velvet Underground

Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 12:00 am

I remember the first time I walked into The Daily’s newsroom. Loud, bright, walls — so orange they seemed angry — caught the breath in my throat. I was excited, nervous, ready. These walls were filled with words, phrases, quips, all recorded from past eras of Daily staffers: I was later to learn these were called “wall quotes.” I was to learn so many things. And this room was later to become an oasis, a classroom, a prison, a bedroom, a clubhouse: all for me.

After just two years, The Daily door, for me, is closed. But, as Maureen Tucker sings in simple tones: “All the people look well in the dark.”

So, I say goodbye with this song and this sentiment, in hopes that my memories will follow me like the day follows the night: “If you close the door, the night could last forever.”

Reach Development and Special Sections Editor Danielle Palmer-Friedman at arts@dailyuw.comTwitter: @DanyellPF


Song to start your week: ‘Stolen Dance,’ Milky Chance

Whenever you start to play “Stolen Dance” in public, somebody will cock their head, moved by the sound, and ask, “What is this?” It’s an infectious song that elicits a toe tap, a finger drum, or a bob of the head.

It is equal parts calming and energizing, a weird enigma of a feeling that makes you nostalgic and fearless in the same step.

The song starts with 15 straight beats and then transitions into a layered, yet still elemental, rhythm. Clemens Rehbein’s voice is painfully pretty, a scratchy coo that sings bittersweet lyrics: “Suspense controlling my mind/ I cannot find the way out of here/ I want you by my side / So that I never feel alone again.”

While these lyrics could be suffocating paired with a more somber sound, the marriage of them with a catchy rhythm make “Stolen Dance” the perfect background music for any situation, from party to study time.

Shout out to my friend Amy Evans for introducing me to this gem.

Reach Arts & Leisure Editor Danielle Palmer-Friedman at arts@dailyuw.com. Twitter: @DanyellPF

Song to start your week: ‘Heart It Races,’ Dr. Dog

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 12:00 am

For about a week now, I’ve been trying to put into words why I like this song so much.

It’s a cover of an Architecture in Helsinki song, appearing on a small album with four other versions, one by Hey Willpower!, the rest remixes. While all versions of the song are curiously infectious, there’s something special about Dr. Dog’s.

 Perhaps it is the combination of soft vocals and eclectic beats or the uncanny ability to sound like happiness and sadness simultaneously that makes this song so priceless.

This song sort of sounds like what Stephen Chbosky meant when he used the word “infinite” in the cult classic “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a combination of all the feelings you will ever feel rolled up into one moment.

OK, so “Heart it Races” isn’t quite that comprehensive, but it definitely comes close. It’s a short song, almost over before it begins, but so excellent it warrants a second, third, and even fourth listen.

It’s a soundtrack to soothe the soul, a small, gentle reminder that we all live for the racing of our hearts, the pressing feeling of fear and awe that keeps us interested and guessing.

Reach Development and Special Sections Editor Danielle Palmer-Friedman at arts@dailyuw.com. Twitter: @DanyellPF

Song to start your week: ‘Triumph of Disintegration,’ Of Montreal

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 12:00 am

What is it, week nine? Thanksgiving break is so close you can taste the gravy. This tune, from Of Montreal’s 2013 album “Lousy with Sylvianbriar,” is the perfect soundtrack for your “wishing this quarter was 11 weeks rather than 12” mindset.

Just change the “days” to “weeks” in the first lyrics — “The last ten days have been a motherf—– / I didn’t know if I’d survive” — and suddenly the song is too perfect. Fortunately, while the subject matter of “Triumph of Disintegration” is bleak, the tune is lively, even chipper, in classic Of Montreal fashion. There is a cacophony of guitar chords, maracas, and loud, demanding drums; the song evolves multiple times during its four minute duration, ending in a large flush of refreshing lyrics: “What is the flaw in running away? / Running away fixes everything, how can I, why should I stay?”

 This sentiment, while possibly mimicking the tendency to flee, is liberating to hear at a high volume. You can live vicariously through this song as you curse your ambition under your breath and resolve to stay put, as you resolve to finish the quarter with as much energy and sanity as possible.

Reach Arts & Leisure Editor Danielle Palmer-Friedmanat arts@dailyuw.com. Twitter: @DanyellPF


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