CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy is sick this week. Are you? In honour of his under-the-weather dome, below is a shuffle of songs that refer to being less than 100 per cent healthy, either mentally or otherwise.
SSM — Sick
I discovered this record in 2005 by completing music reviews for Exclaim!, Canada’s Music Authority! Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, this record is chock-full of authentic Detroit rock city garage tunes. My personal fave on the release is a track called “Worst of Me.” Check it.
Queens of the Stone Age — I Think I Lost My Headache
A nearly nine-minute opus that starts and stops and bobs and weaves, it’s the closer on the second full-length release of one of my favourite stoner rock pop songwriters from the famed Coachella desert. This would be their second-last album with domestically-inappropriate Nick Oliveri. Good riddance?
Modest Mouse — Medication
This one is a jovial, fancy free at points, Jekyll and Hyde piece. Produced by Northwestern hipster guitar guy Calvin Johnson from the odds and ends collection of Building Nothing out of Something, following record centrepiece “Broke.” It’s followed up by “Workin’ on Leavin’ the Livin’,” a faux-Lynch piece.
Radiohead — Subterranean Homesick Alien
Song three on the lauded OK Computer recording, followed by the modern Bohemian Rhapsody number “Paranoid Android,” later covered note for note by Weezer in a surprising late turn for the awesome, and before “Karma Police,” which may or may not have been everyone’s favourite alternative ballad of the ‘90s.