here they are:
"Don't Swallow the Cap" by The National: The National have always been one of the more low-key, brooding bands of indie rock, even their songs titles (i.e. "Bloodbuzz Ohio", "Anyone's Ghost", "Terrible Love", etc.) tend to indicate this. Their latest song title, "Don't Swallow the Cap", sounds like it would be more likely to be a warning on a medicine bottle than it would a piece of music. Musically, it is sandwiched somewhere between the moody goth-rock of Joy Division, and the indie rock orchestration of Arcade Fire (although that would describe most of The National's material, really). "Don't Swallow the Cap" is a tale of alienation and isolation, as one might expect from The National, yet, despite the ghastly nature of the band, there's still something enjoyable about what they do. Their last album, "High Violet", was a masterpiece, yielding many songs that became well-known among the indie and adult alt communities, such as "Bloodbuzz Ohio", "Anyone's Ghost", "Lemonworld", and "Terrible Love" (and maybe "Conversation 16" to a certain extent). Hopefully The National's latest CD will be just as good, if not better! For now, though, we have "Don't Swallow the Cap", a song that is pretty typical of The National, which makes me hopeful that there will be other good songs to enjoy off the same album!
"No One Knows Nothing Anymore" by Billy Bragg: Billy Bragg is a British folk-rocker, yet his latest song, "No One Knows Nothing Anymore", sounds more like a roots-y Bob Dylan song than a somber Nick Drake one. As the title of the song would suggest, "No One Knows Nothing Anymore" is a song of lament, with Bragg pondering thoughts like, "What if there's nothing, no pot of gold?", and "What if our ancestors had stayed up in the trees?" Though it is a pessimistic sounding song, "No One Knows Nothing Anymore" is also an intelligent and thought provoking song, and would make a great addition to public radio stations that also stream music, such as KCRW, if it hasn't been played on there already!