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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Active Child – Evening Ceremony

Our favorite angelic-voiced, harp-wielding musical genius, Active Child, is currently hard at work on his sophomore LP — but in the meantime we’ve been given this haunting new track entitled “Evening Ceremony.” It appears on the soundtrack for the new Stephanie Meyer inspired movie The Host, which also includes the likes of Ellie Goulding and … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Shout Out Louds – Blue Ice

While it doesn’t exist in a single medical book and isn’t even taught in those so-called “medical schools,” there is a tangible space in the human heart where special things are stored. You know exactly what I speak of, even if it isn’t defined, poked, prodded, and put on display in a traveling exhibit of dissected and … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Phosphorescent – Song for Zula

Think coffee and cigarettes.  Scotch and cigars.  Hell — milk and cookies for those of you who don’t share in the vices of  the cool. “Song for Zula” is built to spin during occasions like these – when two things, perfect standing on their own, come together to create a feeling uniquely different that that … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Gillian Welch – Hard Times

Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind, sugarHard times ain’t gonna rule my mind no more I’m posting this for no other reason than it’s simply one of the best songs written in the last few years, and today, I really needed to hear it. Thanks, Gillian.

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Night Beds – Even If We Try

It’s early, but come this time next year, you’ll have heard all about Night Beds, which is the project from Nashville led by songwriter Winston Yellen. On “Even If We Try,” we get a small glimpse of the magic ahead: a hushed, windy dream that flies in and out of consciousness. Quiet and soaring at … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Anaïs Mitchell – Coming Down

Photo by Jay Sansone I never laughed so loudI never laughed so loudI never laughed so loudThink I’m coming down It saddens me when people confuse struggle with failure. When you struggle, you often lose, you don’t get what you want, and still, nothing can stop you. You only fail when you lose and give … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Psalmships – Sparrowful Sorrow

Photo courtesy of the artist Wrapping up the week of melancholia here on Speakers in Code, today’s Pajammy Jam of the Day is “Sparrowful Sorrow” from Philadelphia’s Psalmships. Psalmships is the songwriting vehicle for Joshua Britton, where he’s backed by a rotating cast of stellar musicians, and “Sparrowful Sorrow” is a lush and weary song … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | WATERS – Mickey Mantle

Photo by Marte Solbakken I ain’t too old to give a shit… I ain’t too young to regret… Well, we’re on a roll this week at Speakers in Code. I don’t think we planned for this to be The Week of Melancholy, but we’re three for three with Pajammy Jams of the Day. You know, … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Glen Hansard – High Hope

Photo by Conor Masterson Maybe when our hearts have realignedMaybe when we’ve both had some timeI’m gonna see you there Glen Hansard just might be the most passionate artist alive, and it’s simply a gift that he also happens to write magical songs. If you’ve seen Hansard perform, whether it be solo, with The Frames, … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | The Young Romans – Tiger Child

The Young Romans don’t play country music, but I do hear some pretty guitar picking on today’s PJOTD, and it resembles early solo Ryan Adams. And that’s basically a surefire way to keep me from switching to the next song. So, congrats to these Young Romans — they killed me with simplicity and a familiar … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Lemolo – On Again, Off Again

Photo by Genevieve Pierson Lemolo, named after Lemolo Shore Drive where the lovely ladies of this dream-pop duo used to teach kayaking lessons, is making waves in Seattle right now. Pun intended. In fact, I first heard about the buzzy Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox via another Seattle band who rocked the boat hard enough … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | kindlewood – Give & Take

Some songs are meant for certain moments, and “Give & Take” from kindlewood might just need your full attention. Not sure. I’ve tried it in the car, at home on the stereo, and at work with headphones. The car usually wins in my world; in this case, I’d recommend your best phones, sitting in a … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Sharon Van Etten – Give Out

Photo by Dusdin Condren You’re the reason why I’ll move to the city You’re why I’ll need to leave When the stakes are high, and things eventually bottom out, we’re left with reality. We’re left with songs like Sharon Van Etten’s “Give Out,” taken from her latest album, Tramp, and you won’t find a song … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Rosie Thomas – Sometimes Love

Photo by April Brimer Rosie Thomas once wrote a song called “Bicycle Tricycle,” which could probably be used as a universal definition to describe the feeling of nostalgia. Other songs in her catalog, like “Farewell” and “Death Came and Got Me,” are for sure some of the saddest songs ever written.  (I should note, however, … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | The Milk Carton Kids – Michigan

Photo by Brendan Pattengale “When it hurts most/ it’s the right thing…” Such hard hitting lyrics usually knock us on our asses, and in the case of The Milk Carton Kids’ most poignant line of “Michigan,” our Jam of the Day, it’s no different. However, we gotta say, what hurts the most right now is … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Neil Young – You and Me

Open up your eyesSee how lifetime fliesOpen up and let the light back in This one’s from 1992. But hey, it’s okay to look back every once in a while, right? Especially when it comes to Neil Young, my favorite artist. When people ask why I love Young’s music so much, I’m unsure of the … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Mazzy Star – Common Burn

Just when I finally made it through the entire batch of My So-Called Life reruns on The Sundance Channel, Mazzy Star decides to release a couple of singles for the first time in fifteen years. Lord, will I ever stop reliving the angst of my fourteen year old self? Or channeling Angela Chase? At least … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | SoKo – I Thought I Was An Alien

SoKo (AKA Stéphanie Sokolinski) is a French singer-songwriter (and actress) who is set to release her debut record I Thought I Was An Alien on February 20, 2012. The record’s eponymous single is a candid, reflective, breeze-pop pajammy jam. SoKo sings, accent in tow; “And you look at me as if I was a freak. … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Yuck – Soothe Me

I’ve been enamored with Yuck’s eponymous debut LP for over a year now – partially because it sounds like what my first album would sound like, if I possessed any musical skillz whatsoever. But also because I can literally hear the influences that led to such a refreshingly different and enthralling album. Maybe it’s because … Read more