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Storyteller Series: Villagers “Becoming A Jackal”

Some songs tell stories just as vivid and intricate as any film or TV show. The Storyteller Series highlights those special pieces of music with lyrics that captivate the audience from beginning to end.


When I first heard Becoming A Jackal, the debut album from Villagers, I certainly appreciated it as thoughtful, intellectual and poetic, but I have to be honest: I wasn’t really moved by it. I used “Home” as part of a selection of songs I put together for The Needle Drop in May, but after that the album sat in my iTunes library dormant.

Then I had the pleasure of hosting Conor O’Brien in my office this past July.

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Storyteller Series / Sufjan Stevens “Casimir Pulaski Day”

Some songs tell stories just as vivid and intricate as any film or TV show. The Storyteller Series highlights those special pieces of music with lyrics that captivate the audience from beginning to end.


Really it’s hard to pick just one of Sufjan Stevens‘s songs to identify as an example of brilliant songwriting.  This is the guy who made a name for himself through his intricate concept albums.  The music world is waiting with bated breath to see what The Age of Adz will bring (check out “I Walked” on Listen Before You Buy).  Because of this though, so many of the songs on his albums weave together and its often hard to separate out individual tracks.  Off of Illinois, “Chicago” gained prominence largely because of it’s use in Little Miss Sunshine.  I also always recall “John Wayne Gacy, Jr” due to it’s morbid subject matter.  But for today’s Storyteller Series I thought I would highlight a particularly touching track for me – “Casimir Pulaski Day.”


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Valentunes: Save The Drama (For Your Mama)

They say fighting in a relationship is healthy, but where’s the line between “save the drama” and “see you later”? Below are some songs to get you through those tough times..or just fuel the fire…

1. Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” (video in honor of Alexander McQueen, RIP)

2. Junior Boys “Hazel”

3. Adele “Cold Shoulder”

4. Imogen Heap “I Am In Love With You”

5. Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”

6. Katy Perry “Hot N Cold”

7. Band of Skulls “Light Of The Morning”

8. Avril Lavigne “It’s Complicated”

 

What songs have I missed that MUST be included? Great scenes from movies or TV that use any of the above in a particularly great way?

I want your thoughts!