FMD — New Year. New Hope

A new year is suppose to bring a clean slate, a time to start over. Politically, however, it seems rather hopeless. When things are dire what songs do you go to bring some hope? As usual Robert Pollard pretty much nails it with Hold on Hope, but I am sure there others. Also drop your lists.

10 thoughts on “FMD — New Year. New Hope”

  1. Did anyone do a "Best of 2017" post I missed for us all to share what we thought was best?
    Does anyone plans for such?

  2. Here's a Random 10:
    1. Sylvan Esso “Kick, Jump, Twist (Machinedrum Remix)” What Now (Bonus Track)
    2. Arvo Pärt/Theatre of Voices “O Adonai (Seven Magnificent Antiphons)” De Profundis
    3. Sia “Sunshine” Everyday is Christmas*
    4. Aaron Dilloway “Side B” Songs About Jason*
    5. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “Quail and Dumplings” Wolfroy Goes to Town

    6. Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “Your Hard Work Is About to Pay Off. Keep On Keeping On.” Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
        a. Choco Poorwill “Song and Calls” (Sound Guide to Nightjars)
    7. Fukuhara Miho “Let It Out (TV Size)”* Fullmetal Alchemist Original Soundtrack
    8. Pharmakon “Bestial Burden” Bestial Burden
    9. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “For Every Field There's a Mole” Lie Down in the Light
    T. Jan St. Werner “Amazonas Elegy” Miscontinuum Album (Bonus Track)

    3. I read a review of this album that said "Sia's voice is the audio equivalent of flourescent lights". Sounds apt. I find all of these songs good enough when they've come up on shuffle, but I couldn't listen to the album straight through when I tried. (I d/led this because the kids are fans.)
    4. The Jason of the title is J. Voorhees
    7. This is a closing theme, but I can't even remember if it's from FMA or FMA: Brotherhood. Definitely from the latter half of whichever series.

  3. . When things are dire what songs do you go to bring some hope?

    "Better Things" by The Kinks (natch)
    here is a cover of that song by Fountains of Wayne

    Beer - Reel Big Fish
    Color Me Impressed - The Replacements
    California Dreamin - Bobby Womack
    Heavy Fuel - Dire Straits
    Back Off Boogaloo - Ringo Starr

    30 Day in the Hole - Humble Pie
    29 Palms - Robert Plant
    Luka - The Lemonheads
    Young Turks - Rod Stewart
    Wavelength - Van Morrison


    01. “Middle School Dance (Song for Richard Swift)” – FoxygenTake The Kids Off Broadway
    02. “Noble Heart” – PHOXConfetti
    03. “The Whole Night” – Ani DiFrancoNot So Soft
    04. “The Everchanging Spectrum Of A Lie” – The Joy FormidableThe Big Roar
    05. “I’m Destructive” – Dr. OctagonDr. Octagonecologyst
    06. “America (Never Been) – Car Seat HeadrestHow To Leave Town
    07. “Spend The Night” – Deer TickWar Elephant
    08. “Watch On Mute” – P.S. EliotSadie
    09. “Tongue Behind My Teeth” – The StavesDead & Born & Grown
    10. “The Stallion, Pt. 3” – WeenPure Guava


      1. Hearsay! Asked and answered! Badgering the witness! Relevance!

        I got plenty of objections. I just don't think any of them are applicable. You're up next week AMR.

  5. Found myself turning to this one time and time again this past year.

    The people have the power
    To redeem the work of fools

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