12. Superchunk - “Me and You and Jackie Mittoo”
It begins and ends with a lapse in belief that plagues all self-aware listeners: “I hate music / What is it worth? / Can’t bring anyone back to this Earth.” In the intervening two minutes of “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”, Mac McCaughan and his band of indie rock lifers do everything short of raising the dead in convincing themselves—and us—that music can be worth everything. Stitching together a song out of could-have-been choruses, the band reinvigorates clichés like loading up the van and sweet summer breezes, and hangs its title line on an inspirational figure a few genres over. It’s a perfect encapsulation of how both communal experience and unlikely, treasured record store scores can silence the pesky naysaying pragmatist lurking in the heart of music fans everywhere. And, as the members of Superchunk know well, a killer sing-along refrain never hurts, either.
Here’s the one entry I wrote for PopMatters’ singles list, up today. It hasn’t been a rich year of discovery for me, since stay-at-home parenting a toddler (even part-time) takes a huge chunk out of your listening time. Started a great, full-time library job two weeks ago, complete with some headphones-friendly responsibilities and bus commute, though, so 2014’s ballot may look a little more interesting (if not necessarily better, because I stand by these choices) than this year’s:
1. Superchunk – “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”
2. Okkervil River – “Down Down the Deep River”
3. Paramore – “Still Into You”
4. Kanye West – “Bound 2”
5. Chvrches – “Gun”
The Chvrches’ tune is the only one that didn’t end up fairly high on the PM list, but “The Mother We Share” (2012, guys!) did.
WWTB: Dec. 3rd, 2013
Perhaps the strangest WWTB coupling ever. Lots of albums have been released in the last few weeks but most of them are decidedly lackluster (Black Flag’s What The… tops my disappointments). So, in all honesty, these are the albums I will be purchasing this week.
Britney Spear’s newest album is on my list because, after all these years, I’m still rooting for you BritBrit (and “Perfume” is a pretty good song, okay?)
More importantly, I’ll be getting the debut album by the band Syd Arthur. The album has been well received and I love Syd Arthur’s ability to beautifully combine psychedelic rock with progressive and folk.
In the upcoming months, a few changes will be happening on tuneage.
For one, I will be bringing in new moderators and guest posters—in the hopes of providing you guys with more regular content and a greater diversity in music. You all shouldn’t suffer because of my favoritism towards rock.
I will also begin running ads on the main page and working towards building out a new layout.
I owe all of tuneage’s success to this blog’s tremendous and passionate audience. Thank you all so much for your support these past 5 years and I hope to make 2014 tuneage’s best year yet.
Two days ago, I posted a song by Big Black Delta which had been submitted to Tuneage.
48 hours into my marathoning listening, I have discovered there is a perfect kind of malleability to “Side of the Road.” It echoes pleasantly in the morning, it vibrates with me midday, it soothes me at night, it infests my brainwaves at 2 o’clock in the morning.
Maybe it is the lyrics that are almost indecipherable, maybe it is the mixture of composed synth and familiar electronic. I can’t pin point it but what I love most about “Side of the Road" is how it fits any mood. It is a rare trait of a song, especially an electronica one like this one.
Big Black Delta’s - Side of the Road
I will be honest with you, Thanksgiving viewers, I am posting this video not only because I enjoy the song but also because the glowing sunglasses made my mother laugh so hard she almost choked.