All of the songs still alive have defeated two songs in our music tournament- one more stop to the Sweet 16. More critically, every day of songs will have 8 contenders, one of whom will win a spot in the Final Four. This is the spot to start getting your friends voting- the playlists have been vetted twice for solidness. We start things off with this playlist, and votes are due by Tuesday at midnight EST (11 CST, 10 MST, 9 PST), with results to be posted Wednesday morning (so no excuses, Pacific and Mountain Standard Time voters.) Let’s do this.
Match 1: Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise by The Avett Brothers vs. New Direction (Black Lips)
New Direction nominator Orce says: message received but i don’t really have an explanation. i just really like the song. the cadence, her voice, the guitar… it was introduced to me by Janos who got it from Grooveshark auto-suggest, I think.
Match 2: Tightrope (Janelle Monae) vs. Little Talks (Of Monsters And Men)
Tightrope nominator Elizabeth says: Good Music makes you feel something. It seems like such a simple statment but I never really thought about it until someone else said it. That was years ago and I pay more attention to that these days because it turns out that this is true for songs I like the best. Tightrope makes me feel like under no circumstance can I stay still when it is played. I have to dance when it comes on-it’s that simple.
Little Talks nominator (me) says: Icelandic Air is all over this- prominently featured in their July magazine. The video for this one is amazing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I) and separately, this song is just good for the soul. The duet- I feel as though this song is a dialogue across time and spaces. “Though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore”- I mean, buy me a ticket, cause I’m going to the big bright moon darling.
Match 3: Pink Moon (Nick Drake) vs. Stubborn Love (The Lumineers)
Pink Moon nominator Joe says: Pink Moon represents fragility. Nobody really knows what the lyrics represent, is it about death, a harvest; is it a foreshadowing of an unfortunate event? Nick never said. Here is what we do know. The entire album was recorded in two nights in two 30-minute sessions. He was an underrated guitarist, and loved strange time signatures, and rhythms. Sadly he suffered from depression and ultimately died after an overdose of antidepressant medication. I’ve always been drawn to a story of a tortured artist; I guess I’m hoping that person finds peace. Nick Drake might not be your slice of pie, but for me he’s the right blend of musicianship, and emotion.
Stubborn Love nominator Tracz says: I love the way the title of this song plays throughout all the verses – anyone who made it through their early twenties had to have a “stubborn love” relationship, and you can hear the back and forth and justifications and refusal to give up as the song progresses. It has pop-appeal but with more real life reference. Plus the fiddle keeps the song moving, with just the right touch of whiny angst underscoring that “it’s better to feel pain than nothing at all, the opposite of love’s indifference.” Boom.
Match 4: Killer Queen (Queen) vs. All These Things I’ve Done (The Killers)
Nominator Salem says: I nominated this song before I had seen the now famous Nike commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONuQ_CeY2mU ), although the commercial is awesome. I like the live version of the song because of the energy level, although admittedly the quality is not as good as the studio original.
“Killer Queen” nominator Michelle says: I don’t need 100 words. Because it’s awesome. That’s three words.