The Good Notes ♫


Fiona Apple - "Anything We Want"
Second Chance Week

Can you believe that I was completely unaffected by this album when I first heard it? Unbelievable. I know. I’m not sure what was wrong with me either. But! I have since seen the error of my ways and fallen madly in love with it and all of its imperfections. All of it - the clunky piano, Fiona’s sandpapery voice - was so opposite of what I had been taught was “good” music that the nontraditional-ness completely threw me off and kept me from seeing how beautiful it really was.

This song in particular was actually my least favorite at the time, but now I think I’d even go so far as to regard it as one of the best songs Fiona Apple has ever written. The music and the namely the lyrics are so unequivocally GOOD right from the opening “My cheeks were reflecting the longest wavelength” and it just really makes me want her and Ben Gibbard to get together (Professionally, not romantically. Although yes.) and write the Greatest Lyrical Masterpiece of All Time. Of all the artists and albums I went back to and tried a second time, I think The Idler Wheel… has to be the one I’m most grateful for.

- Callie

Modest Mouse - We've Got Everything
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We've Got Everything - Modest Mouse from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank


We’ve done everything, we’ve done everything.
We’ve done everything, like trial by fire,
So I guess we’ll stop trying now.

We’ve tried everything, we’ve tried everything.
We’ve tried everything, half assed and as liars,
And that’s how we got everything.


How To Dress Well - & It Was U
Second Chance Week

It took me a while to board the How To Dress Well train. Two years ago, Tom Krell’s project had caught my eye and I figured I’d lend it my ear as well. It was obvious that the music was overtly emotional and smart, but for one reason or another, it didn’t click. About six months later, I was cleaning out my music library (when I had one… Thanks, Spotify), and I came across this album. I popped on a random track so I could make a decision about its culling. Oddly enough, this song, which doesn’t sound like like the rest of his work, got me listening to it. And then I listened some more. And then some more. And then I started reading the interviews, and seeing the videos, and hearing the new album this summer. How To Dress Well stands today as one of my absolute favorites. The music raw and smooth and pretty real; it touches on family and life and love and meaning and often the bizarre nature of existence. 

Two weeks ago I got a chance to interview Tom for my job. While I wish I had done better on my end, it was obvious how damn cool the dude is. I almost deleted the stuff completely. Some things are worth a second chance. 

If you like any of How To Dress Well’s music, go check them out live. Seriously. He’s on tour right now. You’ll probably laugh and cry, similarly to a blogger on this panel who shall remain unnamed.