episode date - March 5, 2014
I don’t really want to air family laundry on this radio show, but when Kyle and I agreed to sign on to the proposition of me covering his list, it meant that there would be some personal banter…and my point is that some of these make me feel concern for Kyle’s state of mind.
Now, it could be our age difference, which by definition is significant, and perhaps I’ve lost touch with my own younger self, that used to analyze every little thing to death, but virtually every song on this section of Kyle’s countdown is expressing some sort of emotional regret. That in itself is not necessarily the thing that provokes my thoughts, it’s just that these are the songs that he has rated right at the very top of his all-time favorites. To me, it conveys that Kyle is capable of some intense listening, heavy thinking and overt self-analysis, which by itself is not a bad thing. It’s only bad if you see it as a ‘glass is half empty’ scenario.
For instance, “Dance Yrself Clean” sees the crowd as getting perpetually younger (when of course it’s actually the singer who is growing older) while “Edit the Sad Parts” is a clever bit of self-mockery about being too self-serious. “June on the West Coast” covers every self-analytical fear I can think of, including miscommunication, a lost past, trust, missed opportunity, and even death all in one unbelievably complex lyric. It’s all self analysis wrapped into a pop song, and that’s cool, provided you don’t spend all your time staring at your navel and asking ‘big’ questions that will never be adequately answered. So, as listeners, you can get as heavy as you like, or you can lighten up and enjoy the songs. I know Kyle is focusing on the songwriter’s intent, but I suspect – and hope – that he’s also just digging the tunes.
Featured tracks include;
16) What Would I Want? Sky – Animal Collective
15) June on the West Coast – Bright Eyes
14) Edit the Sad Parts – Modest Mouse
13) Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
12) I Am Trying to Break Your Heart- Wilco
11) Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
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