Saturday, January 26, 2013

Two Songs About Bad Love

Life is full of love affairs that don't work out, and music even more so -- and here are two good songs in that vein that I've been listening to lately.

First, in the Cynthia Heimel corner (a la Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing You Goodbye) comes "JERK!" by Stephie Coplan and the Pedestrians, which is much more nuanced and interesting than the all-caps title might suggest:

"JERK!" is available on a NoiseTrade sampler [1] -- free if you want, for any higher price you care to name if you prefer -- and is also the lead single on Coplan's debut EP.

And then there's Josh Ritter, whom I've blogged about before. The first song from his upcoming record The Beast in Its Tracks is the quiet, aching "Joy to You Baby":

If you preorder the album directly from Ritter's site, you get that song right away. (Although, since it's streaming, if you're sufficiently motivated and even mildly tech-savvy, you already have it now.) He's also doing an interesting promo where tickets for his upcoming tour also include a free download of the album once it's available.

[1] I can't get NoiseTrade to resolve, so no link right now -- but it's, and then search for Stephie Coplan. I don't think free samplers stay there forever, but there's a good chance it'll still be there for another month or three.

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