Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ah, February 14th. 45th day of the Gregorian calendar. Birthday of Frederick Douglas, Marián Gáboriík, and Simon Pegg. I feel like I’m forgetting something important about this day. *scratches head* OH! Right. Valentine’s Day.

Since Valentine’s Day is one of those things that people love, hate, or love to hate, WhoseEar Hoosier Music is here to offer you a rockin’ playlist to cover the full spectrum of the day’s patron emotion.

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Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross feat. Karen O, “Immigrant Song”

Covering Led Zeppelin is up there with covering Bob Dylan. It’s bold, it’s risky, and its merit is going to be debated from now until forever. Was it really necessary for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to recruit Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O and remake “Immigrant Song?” Maybe not. Is the resulting track awesome? This survey says yes.

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The Noisettes, “Never Forget You”

It’s January in Indiana, which means one thing: cold, cold, and oh, would you look at that. More cold. Perfect weather for a pick me up like “Never Forget You.”

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Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

Initially I planed on proceeding as normal and writing about just one track, but then I listened to Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues (out on January 21st and currently streaming on NPR.org), and selecting a single song became impossible. Check out “FuckMyLife666,” dear readers, and let’s do this.

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Nick Cave, “Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow”

Good evening, dear readers! WhoseEar Hoosier Music is reporting to you live from the Polar Vortex, where it’s currently eight degrees Fahrenheit. Now, I know that might not seem like a temperature to celebrate, but that’s downright balmy compared to yesterday’s minus eleven. Stay safe and warm, everyone!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, y’all! I hope you’ve had a great holiday season, and that your post-party hangovers aren’t making your life too miserable.

To celebrate, WhoseEar Hoosier Music has a playlist designed to kick 2014 off right. Take a deep breath, set aside your resolutions for a minute (unless your resolution is to listen to great music), and enjoy all the fresh possibility a new year brings.

 

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Sleater-Kinney, “One More Hour”

It’s a well-known fact that engaging in romantic relationships with one’s bandmates is probably not the best idea. The drama, the heartache, the awkward morning after, the breakups…but the music! Oh, the music. Where would Fleetwood Mac have been without “Go Your Own Way?” Where would No Doubt have been without “Don’t Speak?” Where would Sleater-Kinney’s 1997 riot grrl landmark Dig Me Out have been without “One More Hour?”

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My Bloody Valentine, “Sometimes”

I still have no idea why anyone thought “shoegazing” was a good name for a music genre, but, whatever. I consider myself in a slightly better position to mock the term now that I’ve actually heard the music, and fallen in love with  “Sometimes,” from shoegazing pioneers My Bloody Valentine.

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Die Antwoord, “I Fink U Freeky”

Ever wake up and think “You know what? I want something different today!” Look no further than “I Fink U Freeky” from South African rave-rap duo Die Antwoord.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Ah, the holiday season. Good food, obligatory family time, and, if you’re like me, hours and hours spent traveling to visit your nearest and dearest. Dreading your travel time, dear readers? Fear not! WhoseEar Hoosier Music is here for you with a playlist to make your trips go by faster. Be safe on your journeys, and Happy Thanksgiving!*

*To my non-American readers, ignore that last bit and enjoy the music, yeah? Happy Wednesday!

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