Seeing as the writers of aDeadKid have some complimentary tastes in music, both of us are taking a shot at the popular Tumblr survey “30 Songs in 30 Days” list. So get ready for a shitload of name-dropping and youtube clips as Brian and Matt proudly give you their 60 Songs in 30 Days…
Day 01 – Your favorite song
Brian: Favorite song ever? Jeeez. That’s a tough one to start out with. Shouldn’t “favorite” be last on this list, the grand finale? I’m going to let the cold, hard logic of my Last.Fm page dictate what this one is. My top 3 most-listened to track are Junior Boys songs, but I put on Junior Boys a lot as background music, so I feel that doesn’t count. SO. The #1 song I’ve played for the last 3+ years is…. Nick Drake, “Hazey Jane II”.
I probably have this high up on my list for a number of reasons. The top of which is probably that Nick Drake is infinitely listenable. Another is that Drake often gets a bad wrap about being thoroughly depressing, but “Hazey Jane II”‘s jangle strum, country slide guitar, and cheery brass and sax are charming and breezy as can be. It always puts me in a good mood.
Matt: Picking one song as my favorite is extremely difficult, especially since I, like most people, listen to various types of music depending on mood and season, so what might seem like a favorite at one minute could lose its place shortly thereafter. Because of this conundrum, I decided the best approach would be to pick a song that has not only endured for many years, but also encompasses a good amount of the musical ideals I have held throughout my life. Enter Converge’s “The Saddest Day.”
I honestly do care a lot about independent music and underground ethics, as asshole-ish as that sounds. This has remained since I first discovered punk rock in middle school. As my tastes changed, I always gravitated towards music that was a bit under the radar, not because I wanted to be different, but because I love the messages and non-watered down feeling of music that wasn’t meant for easy acceptance. Converge has always stuck to this ethos, creating output that contains a lot of politics and social commentary, as well as producing music that continuously pushes boundaries. “The Saddest Day” is their opus, not to mention just plain crushing. Seeing this song played live was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life. I also got really sweaty and a little injured.