The third of our four groups for this week starts off at a pretty heavy clip, then just as quickly settles into some mood tunes that have been winning our votes these last few months. Playlist is here and votes are due by midnight on Thursday, October 11th.
Matchup 1: 1901 (Phoenix) vs. September (Earth, Wind, & Fire)
Waters nominated 1901 and is probably too busy celebrating the release of Midnight Spin’s newest video to throw us a defense. Similarly, Chelby’s nomination of September comes without words. My filler is that (a) 1901 is a great song for spontaneous dance offs, and (b) 2012 marks the third consecutive year I’ve regrettably forgotten to acknowledge the 21st night of September.
Matchup 2: I Wanna Be Your Lover (Prince) vs. Australia (The Shins)
Emmy nominated IWBYL, and I know she holds it in high regard- this was the song that got Prince Rogers Nelson onto the Minneapolis airwaves. Janos says about Australia: “A last minute addition to the 2010 Liberia Music Tournament, “Australia” has dazzled me ever since with its endless ebullience. Hard to feel down when this song is grooving. I finally got to see the Shins live, strung out at the tail end of a festival. This was the song that got my dehydrated body off of the grass, pumping my fists into the air.”
Matchup 3: Baby Drugs (Tristen) vs. All Eyes On You (St. Lucia)
Another Nos-nominated survivor; on “Baby Drugs”: “fun fact- the result of a Grooveshark recommendation.” Those music genome project people are onto something.
MarkB says this about “All Eyes On You”: I was intro’d to this song via a review that one of my team wrote. I’d never heard of St Lucia before I read it (http://www.mtvhive.com/2011/07/22/song-st-lucia-all-eyes-on-you/ ) and then played the track. I’ve loved it ever since. That image of the 80s smoke-ridden dancefloor and disco ball lights in a school hall has stuck with me and every time I hear it, that image is conjured up. It’s longing, upbeat yet hazy and a little bit moody-magical. The key for me was getting this song through the first rounds – it’s a grower; I hope it grows on you too.
Matchup 4: Mama’s Eyes (Justin Townes Earle) vs. Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
Ryan M nominated Mama’s Eyes, but no comment on this one. Of the two Earles that entered the tournament, it ends up being the younger to advance the farthest. On Sir Duke (from Salem): Before the tournament, I heard a guy on the 34th street 2/3 platform playing a version of this on steel drums. It was awesome. It inspired me to nominate this song, which is obviously one Stevie Wonder’s best.