THE NATIONAL: I NEED MY GIRL

Matt Berninger, the oaken baritone singer of The National, is like, as Pitchfork said: a Cary Grant interpretation of Leonard Cohen. Or I’d say: the Neil Diamond of indie rock.

LOU DOILLON: WHERE TO START

Been religiously listening to anything by Lou Doillon. Her voice, totally breathtaking. Hot damn. Oh, in case you don’t know, Charlotte Gainsbourg is her half-sister and Jane Birkin is her mother.

GALLOWS: MISERY

A sad, painful, anxious & venomous song. Sung by half human half wolves.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS: SACRILEGE

Arty yet sexy take on garage punk meets Karen O’s riot glam-grrrl persona, two badass elements that shaped Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

THE BRAVERY: AN HONEST MISTAKE

Still remember this almost-New Order, The Smiths-sadness, dark synth-Gary Numan, faux-The Killers song? Still remember “An Honest Mistake”?

HAPPY DIAMOND DOGS

Diamond Dogs turned 46 today—almost half a century! It was Bowie’s final album in the glam rock genre and his first composition to not feature his backing band the Spiders from Mars.

TRENT REZNOR: MARCH OF THE 55TH PIG

The founder, lead singer, and principal songwriter of Nine Inch Nails; the industrial-rock godfather, Trent Reznor, turned 55 today.

EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK

Elvis Costello’s classic, one of my most favourite songs of all time, “Everyday I Write the Book”, interpreted insanely beautiful by Ron Sexsmith—I bet he has a great memory with it.

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