Young the Giant - Simplify

| Kerri

For Valentine's Day 2017, Keith surprised me with tickets to see YtG at Stubb's that night - a show that had sold out fast and to my great disappointment. Yay I have a fantastic boyfriend and that's just a tiny bit of the evidence! Also, it was a great show. For this new single, I feel like the band has taken their style slightly closer to the kind of soft rock power balladeers I grew up hearing as credits rolled on the VHS. Maybe I'm just thinking that as I've been listening to a lot of 80s lately, including some of those soundtracks. Or maybe it's the romance of this song making me feel nostalgic for those movies, as well as grateful for what I have. 

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The 1975 - Give Yourself a Try

| Kerri

WHOOPS. We let a month go by silent - as if we aren't constantly inundated with Important Songs. Anyway, hello again. I made a draft of this a while back and forgot.

This song is so 1975 - I found it immediately catchy. But also precious that it's about getting older and changing and adulting being hard, but c'mon let's all keep on trying. It's only too cute when I put myself above Matty and his specific problems with too much money/fans/drugs. Honestly, I need to be reminded on the reg to give myself a try. And I agree about whiskey (3rd verse).

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Parquet Courts - Total Football

| Keith

Parquet Courts' new album, Wide Awake!, is fantastic, with many tracks worthy of a Most Important choice. I decided to go with "Total Football" because I feel like it captures what makes them great and because it feels a bit timely with World Cup coming up next week. If you've not had a listen to the album, do yourself a favor and cue it up, it's a gem.

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