While I will be the first to say that no one can compare to Bon Iver, I will also admit that there are a ton of moving covers of “Skinny Love.” This past week, I have been exclusively crying to (I mean being totally composed, mature, and professional about…) and singing along with Birdy’s version of this gorgeous song. Oh yeah…did I mention she is only sixteen? Once the shock (and confusion about seeing a songstress still sporting orthodontic braces) wears off, you can soak up the raw beauty of her interpretation of Justin Vernon’s masterpiece.
Megan’s Pick: “The Puzzle” – You, Me, and Everyone We Know
As this week wraps up, and I’m days closer to starting my sophomore year of college, I realize I’m still pretty nervous. I’ve turned to You, Me, and Everyone We Know for some relief, and have focused my attention on “The Puzzle.” This cynical tale displays an understanding of the complications of life, while hopelessly explaining its utter disgust and resentment. It explores my personal doubts while helping me to realize I’m not alone in hating, and fearing, the future. Nevertheless, “The Puzzle” reminds me that things are odd – and will continue to be odd – but to basically enjoy it.
Austin’s Pick: “Set Fire to the Face on Fire” – The Blood Brothers
A band that’s not your “entry level” hardcore act if there was one, The Blood Brothers’ helium-fueled rampages of bombastic chipmunk screaming, spastic guitars, and pure oblique songwriting wizardry solidified them as one of the most underrated post-hardcore bands of the earlier 2000s. They weren’t the most accessible to get into, but unfortunately their lovably twisted psychotic character quickly grew onto me long after their break-up back in 2007. This song is the opener to their final record as a band, Young Machetes, and it showed the band at their most mature but contagious stage. It will definitely take some time to grow into this band, but give it time.
Joe’s Pick: “Always Summer” – Yellowcard
It may be back-to-school time for many of you lovely readers, but don’t fret – the feeling of summer will always remain as long as you’ve got Yellowcard around. The first single from their terrific new album Southern Air, “Always Summer” features everything we love about this band: crunching guitars, heartfelt lyrics, and of course Sean Mackin’s rocking violin. Blast this song out of your car windows and on your iPod and the feel-good vibes of summer will continue to last long into the fall.
Dylan’s Pick: “Awakening” – Yellowcard
Yellowcard is back and that is clear. Their new record Southern Air is now officially out and I haven’t been spinning much lately other than that. The opener, “Awakening” is proving to be my favorite track with its stellar hook and bouncy guitars. Nothing to hate about this song or the record as far as I’m concerned. So go check it out.
Jacob’s Pick: “Safe For Now” – The American Scene
The title track and closer from the band’s recent album, this is one of the best songs on a really phenomenal record. Featuring some of the most memorable lines on a record where every word seems important, this is a song that has just the right mix of hook and intensity. It’s the sort of breakup song that almost makes you feel like you’re the one being broken up with, as if the final moments are the end of a long relationship that is seeing its rapid decay far too soon. I’m 85% sure that these feelings are the reason I always want to listen to the the album right away again – to attempt to start back over again, to regain what was once had. Then again, it might also be the fact that there isn’t a bad song on the whole record. In any case, this is one of the ones that remains with me all the time.