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Song of the Day: January 2022

OPENERS OR CLOSERS - January is upon us, named after the Roman god Janus, that two faced duality guy. It's time of beginnings, or maybe it's a time of endings? The best of times, worst of times, blah blah. I figure everyone is feeling fairly hungover, so the theme is pretty simple: let's hear an album opener you love, or perhaps a closer if you're more of a looking back kinda person. I'm putting my faith in you not to go with the most obvious openers of all time, say, "Gimme Shelter" or something (even though that one would be pretty sweet, I'm not going to lie). So it doesn't have to be your fave. But it should be an opener. Or a closer. Of an album. You can say why you like it. Or not. Duality! I've updated the spreadsheet too for tracking purposes: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yo9Aj7t1IZwG41xFgX9kzIugIsVckENq5RnQace1WDw/edit#gid=1280683191
1Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
The Tyranny of Distance


January 1: fogza

Ted Leo - Biomusicology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoJNYppNlzU
2Peter Fox
Stadtaffe


January 2: Trifolium

Peter Fox - Alles Neu

Such a sweet positive happy upbeat song. Let's start the new year on a high note!

https://youtu.be/qdtLCfEcPL4
3Devin Townsend
Ocean Machine: Biomech


January 3: Koris

Seventh Wave by Devin Townsend

https://youtu.be/b3-NQvRmo3I
4The Rational Academy
Winter Haunts


January 4: anat

“end of the year” by the rational academy:

https://therationalacademy.bandcamp.com/album/winter-haunts
5Lightning Bug
A Color of the Sky


January 5: JohnnyoftheWell

Lightning Bug - The Return (from A Color of the Sky)

don't have the inspo to torment anyone this round, so here is a lovely opener from a quaint album that no-one hated last yet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJfMnPcroO0
6Yves Tumor
Heaven To A Tortured Mind


January 6: dedex!

Yves Tumor - Gospel for a New Century

it is a really really good opener of an album that is aggressively ok

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-9QCsH3OQM
7Acoustic Ladyland
Living With A Tiger


January 7: Egarran

Acoustic Ladyland - Sport Mode

Never felt the need to listen to the rest of the album after this opener. Song is only 2:30 but it pretty much feels like an eternity.

https://youtu.be/oJrYwg2QObE
8Knapsack
This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now


January 8: SlothCoreSam

Knapsack - Katherine the Grateful

I bought this album on CD when it first came out and absolutely loved this opener.
It still holds up well today even though it's from 1998.

https://open.spotify.com/track/4eODjOjquuFtkHlqoSqety?si=y6RWaeqdQoS7eijb83RuxQ&utm_source=copy-link

https://youtu.be/wmZxyQvmP0g
9Spellling
The Turning Wheel


January 9: BlazinBlitzer

Spellling - Little Deer

An offer for a magical start to 2022. This is an art-pop song that awes on all fronts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yACWrKIKeMs
10Eartheater
Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin


January 10: Ryus

eartheater - faith consuming hope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16jqD-SZ-B0
11Drexciya
Grava 4


January 11: Hyperion1001

drexciya - cascading celestial giants

Trying to make 2022 feel like 3033. Just want launch into space and listen to bleep bloops while I float out into infinity.

https://youtu.be/Cplh2ectUeI
12Gal Costa
Gal Costa


January 12: ArsMoriendi

"Não Identificado" by Gal Costa

An opener from one of 60s' best psychedelic pop albums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6khZzKCSomE
13Null (USA)
Hiraeth


January 13: garas

An opener, but still looking back: my choice is "The Clearing" by Null from my 2021 AOTY, Hiraeth.

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=PkDa5uawJ0w&feature=share
14Frank Turner
Love, Ire & Song


January 14: Minushuman24

Frank Turner - I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous

Wait what am I thinking! Ted Leo reminded me of a similar type of opening song and is very minuscore. I definitely have not screamed along to this in my car too many times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c21SfaAwBw0&ab_channel=BenMorsePhotography
15The Dear Hunter
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise


January 15: rifkadm

Ouroboros by The Dear Hunter

Love the prompt this month! My rec is Ouroboros by The Dear Hunter. It's a closer to an album but it kind of works as a cliff hanger that leads into the story of their next album. Although it ends this album, it represents what's to come - it's all in the name. I'm a "snake eating it's own tail" kind of a person when it comes to beginnings and ends. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBcMij7oxvY
16Starflyer 59
Silver


January 16: deathofasalesman

"Blue Collar Love" by Starflyer 59

A slab of big, fat, meaty shoegaze that is somehow Christian? I'm not religious but this is my kinda vibe regardless.

Lyrics:
"She has taken it all / The feel / To fend for things you're just not
Now you're turning blue / The time I spent with you"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAYq74Kh5Rc
17The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


January 17: Pangea

The Hotelier - An Introduction to the Album

Perfect title for an opening track, perfect opening track, perfect song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3gnoN_Pvm8
18The Drones
Here Come the Lies


January 18: porcupinetheater

The Drones - Cockeyed Lowlife of the Highlands

Kicks off the “Here Come the Lies” record. In style too cuz it’s one of the most snarlin’ booty looseners in the rock’n’roll canon. Could’ve picked like 5 other Drones openers for this, too

https://youtu.be/7mQo7Ixiv-c
19Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down


January 19: someone

Melt Yourself Down - Fix My Life

alright, blast-off. opener like no other. adrenaline and aggressive fun. kind of like a feverish powertrip somewhere down south by the beach, while your whole body is falling apart from all the toxic drugs you've ingested, but also you're in the middle of some confusing political uprising and bloodshed is commonplace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eoVLfPszeQ
20Women
Public Strain


January 20: z00sh

Women - Eyesore

https://youtu.be/AjlG4q7DE24
21Borknagar
True North


January 21: Vercetti (birthday 🎂)

Borknagar - Thunderous

It makes me think of the snowy landscape that's on the album cover. I guess that's just how norway looks but to me that fits in january quite well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEilnjj5l5w
22I feel fine
The Cold in Every Shelter


January 22: YoYoMancuso

I Feel Fine - Something New To Worry About

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QPYzm-aXEU&ab_channel=IFeelFine
23Kenji Kawai
Ghost in the Shell: Original Soundtrack


January 23: MiloRuggles

Kenji Kawai - Making of Cyborg

Emotive and transportive chanting over a minimalistic backdrop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTPNaUsjksM
24Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


January 24: Pheromone

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island Of Montreal)

Though they have probably changed their name by now - this song is one of the finest first time listening experiences I've ever had and completely sold me instantly on what is now my favourite GYBE & friends project. Awful vocals, apocalyptic, it is amazing, it is chills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYZXlaC_Ks4
25Lone
Echolocations


January 25: normaloctagon

Lone - Coreshine Voodoo

best opener on any dance EP from the 2010s maybe. expecting a 2.8 avg on this please don't disappoint me

https://youtu.be/XTUIY_acbuY
26Esthero
Breath from Another


January 26: Demon of the Fall

Esthero - Breath From Another

idk it's warm and fuzzy but cool and nice, plus it seems suitable for this because a) low no. of ratings and b) it is not just an opener but the t/t too and c) it should appeal to like more than one user, maybe. So yeah please enjoy (or not).

Probably doing it wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76hsgQNpkKg
27Zhrine
Unortheta


January 27: Evok

Zhrine - Utopian Warfare

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_SLL3-NEMM
28Tom Waits
Closing Time


January 28: Scheumke

Tom Waits - Ol' 55

Just here to make you feel good with some smokey blues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeeK37wrBDQ
29Anberlin
Cities


January 29: Storm In A Teacup

Fin by Anberlin

This song Fin..wow, it represents life and love. I love you all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ObKcP3yTDE
30Janelle Monae
The ArchAndroid


January 30: nol

Janelle Monae - BaBopByeYa

It’s like a bond theme with every orchestra instrument imaginable.

https://youtu.be/T-Q57NIFFLU
31mewithoutYou
Pale Horses


January 31: dbizzles

mewithoutYou - Rainbow Signs


What better way to close an album with a song about the sky opening up for the closing of all closings? This is the rapture. This is the end.

https://youtu.be/XDlBZei_axA
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