The Best Songs of 2019 (Revisited)
Ok, we're at year-end, and while the final quarter of the year didn't add much, I'm updating my earlier post to include my favorite song of 2019, That Dog's breathtaking "Old LP." (I've also added a few other faves, so it's no longer just a Top 10.)
That Dog, "Old LP." 90s indie rock/punk-power-poppers That Dog returned this year with their first album in 22 years, and it's truly great. But it's the title track that stands out, a lush, orchestrated tune commemorating the passing of bassist Rachel Haden's father, jazz bassist Charlie Haden (whose voice can now only be heard on the referenced old LP). It's a stunning tear-jerker, not just the incredibly moving lyrics, but the delightful harmonies of Haden, lead singer Anna Waronker, and their friend, actress/comedian/singer Maya Rudolph. The video includes a lengthy (and fascinating) documentary about the making of the song; or you can just skip ahead to the 6:15 marker for the song itself.
The New Pornographers, "The Surprise Knock." Speaking of Neko... The New Pornographers were back with another winning album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights; plenty of great baroque pop tunes to choose from, but I'd give a slight edge to "The Surprise Knock" for its great use of the band's telltale interwoven vocals.