Here it is—part two of the epic, calendar-related podcast. In this segment, I’m delving into the months; each song title has the name of a month in it. Here are some random thoughts on each band/song:
mewithoutYou, “January 1979”: I wasn’t born in January, but I was born in 1979. I’d like to be a servant to all.
Superchunk, “February Punk”: I think this might be my favorite song right now. It’s so catchy. Thanks to Razorcake reader David Mowry for turning me on to it.
Propagandhi, “March of the Crabs”: I saw Propagandhi this year (2014). They aren’t quite as crazy on stage as they once were and are getting more sentimental in their older age (which is fine by me), but they still know how to bring it hard.
Cursive, “Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn around the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb. 24”: There was a period when Cursive utilized a cello. I really like those songs and the tracks from their split with Eastern Youth are some hidden gems in their catalog.
Jawbreaker, “Sluttering (May 4th):While some punks had complaints when Jawbreaker signed with a major label, I think we can all agree thatDear Youis still a pretty amazing album. Blake’s lyrics are in high form on all the songs.
June of ’44, “June Miller”:Double-dipping on the Junes here. I first heard this song on a mix tape in college in the late ‘90s. I didn’t necessarily like it back then, but here I am, fifteen years later, putting it on a podcast, so something stuck.
The Paper Champions, “A Long July”:I was sent the Paper Champions EP to review for Razorcake. I always felt like it should be too emo pop for my tastes, but fuck it. I guess I like what I like.
In The Face Of War, “August”: Short but sweet. In The Face Of War were an Indiana band that I used to see back when I lived in that Midwestern cesspool. I always appreciated how positive and friendly they were, as well as how much they loved what they were doing. Good guys.
Planes Mistaken For Stars, “Somewhere in September”: One time I had a beer with Garrett from Planes Mistaken For Stars. He was sick and threw up before we talked and I was sick and threw up after we talked. Fun times.
National Skyline, “October”:National Skyline’s four song, twenty-five minute EP, Exit Now (from which this song is taken),is one of the best albums to fall asleep to.
Brazil, “The Novemberist”: I went on tour for a few weeks with Brazil back in 2005 as a roadie. A fifteen-year-old kid who lived near the drummer’s parents’ house tried to sell us pot.
Unwound, “December”: I saw Unwound play back in 2001 or 2002 and didn’t pay as much attention to their music as I should have because I kept thinking about how, at a distance, their singer reminded me of Kurt Cobain.
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