Monday, January 28, 2008

Five New Songs I'm Digging Right Now

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “More News From Nowhere” from Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (Anti-): this eight-minute album closer joins the canon of classic Cave compositions and lyrically reintroduces the mysterious Deanna.
Ray Davies “Hymn For A New Age” from Working Man’s Café (New West): an aging man whose “soul is too far gone to be saved” searches for something—anything—to believe in.
Robert Forster “From Ghost Town” from The Evangelist (Yep Roc): Forster pays tribute to late Go-Betweens partner Grant McLennan with this gorgeous weeper.
Nada Surf “Beautiful Beat” from Lucky (Barsuk): This song really is just a dippy ode to music, but it’s so honest and heartfelt that it grabs you and doesn’t let go.
R.E.M. “Mansized Wreath” from Accelerate (Warner Bros.): an uptempo rocker that steals liberally from Kool And The Gang and somehow makes it a good thing.

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