Best Song I’ve Heard All Day: Lawrence Kansas Edition

Fairer Sex

(part 168 in a 1001 part series)

Up until about a week ago, I had not heard of The Fairer Sex, a jangly indie-folk-pop group from Lawrence, KS. But then again, I was definitely interested since I know two of the members from high school and college days. Nice to see another local Lawrence band put together a pretty solid album of unassuming and mildly melancholy ditties.

Not shockingly sounds like another Lawrence band Ghosty (especially since David Wetzyl plays in Ghosty as well), but also has some elements of Elliott Smith or Okkervil River perhaps as well. Certainly not groundbreaking, but enjoyable on this rainy Washington day.

“At Last, At Least” by The Fairer Sex

Best Song I’ve Heard All Day: Jicks Edition

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

(part 124 in a 1001 part series)

Ah yes.. Good ‘ol Stephen Malkmus has a new record out: Real Emotional Trash. It’s a much ‘jammier’ rock record than previous solo albums. While Pavement is long gone, Malkmus has put out some great things since then. This song “Out of Reaches” might be one of the more concise on the album, but it’s pretty strong and easily one of my favorites.

You can also hear another song off the album that I reviewed this year here.

“Out Of Reaches” by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

Best Song I’ve Heard All Day: Bedroom Musician Edition

Throw Me The Statue

(part 91 in a 1001 part series)

Today’s nomination for ‘best song i’ve heard all day’ goes to the one-man bedroom musician, Scott Reitherman — who records under the name of Throw Me the Statue.

A mix of electronic pop and garage rock, this song “Lolita” from the new album Moonbeams, has been on repeat all day on the ol’ headphones. Probably not the best song I’ll hear this week, but a new one I happen to like today.

“Lolita” by Throw Me The Statue

Best Song I’ve Heard All Day: Second Hand Edition

Shocking Pinks

(part 63 in a 1001 part series)

This song is by a guy named Nick Harte who records under the name Shocking Pinks. He is also the drummer for the New Zealand band The Brunettes, who I saw a long time ago opened for the Shins (2005) and whom I wrote about last year.

“Second Hand Girl” by Shocking Pinks

Best Song I’ve Heard All Day: Pitchfork Syndrome Edition

Black Kids

(part 58 in a 1001 part series)

Certainly not the most inventive or original at all, but damn its catchy as hell. Like most things plugged on Pitchfork, I doubt we’ll remember much about this band in 3 months but who cares right? You can download their only EP at their site.

“I’ve Underestimated My Charm (Again)” by Black Kids