Andrew W.K., “She Is Beautiful”

Alright, I’m sorry to start with such a graphic image but at least maybe it’ll get some attention. When you first see Andrew W.K. or listen to his music, what do you think? Do you think “classically trained musician?” Do you think “tours with string orchestras?” Do you think “astute investor and owner of one of the largest clubs in NYC?” If so, I commend you for being unstoppably perceptive.

AWK is all of those things above, and more. His first release, I Get Wet, is full of non-stop catchy and powerful rock songs. It’s not ironic, it’s just good. “She Is Beautiful” is simply the most fascinating piece on the album. From that opening riff you’re already hooked for the length of the song, but the bridge is where it really shines. As the first true love song on the album, it just sounds like a regular party song until the bridge. You’re afraid that he’s just singing about this girl, but then it becomes super clear that he is invested and gonna do what he can to be with her, all in time with the music itself shifting your attention away from the previous verses. That’s the sound of hopefulness for AWK.

Get motivated yourself! Get it here.

The album cover above was achieved by Andrew W.K. hitting himself in the face with a brick, but when there wasn’t enough bloodflow from himself he had to use some animal blood. Whoops!

And finally, this is the first of my favorite songs. I think I’m gonna do twenty, so consider this one #1. Not ranked, just listing them.

Tegan & Sara, “Sentimental Tune”

I will always be happy to have seen a little bit of Tegan & Sara at Music Midtown in its final year; because while I can’t see myself shelling out the semi-substantial amount of money to see them headline anywhere… They can write a damn good pop song. One of my favorites is “Back In Your Head,” which was somehow further improved by being remixed by The RAC. Check that out if you get a chance too.

This is apparently from their forthcoming album due to be released this year, and it immediately caught my ear. I hope their lilt does the same for you.

Get it now.

Also, worth mentioning.. I think I’m gonna spend the next 20 days or so posting my favorite songs of all time. We’ll have to see how well I stick to that!