I Might Be Wrong: 10 songs about pain and heartbreak for Valentine’s DayBy Colin St. John | February 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Generally speaking, I’m pretty anti anti-Valentine’s Day deals. Angry women burning roses while crying and dudes angrily drinking off their exes and then also crying has always seemed a bit pathetic. But, Valentine’s Day, itself, might be even more annoying: a holiday created by greeting card companies, Russell Stover and manufacturers of giant teddy bears left over from traveling carnivals.
And since gleeful love songs usually blow, I’ll jump on the bandwagon this one time. Here are 10 songs, which were all recently released (or are on records to be released in the coming weeks), that should satiate your urge for cupid hatred.
10. The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
This one is pretty self-explanatory, with repeated titular call-outs as well as a refrain of “I got a love that keeps me waiting.” Though if Dan and Pat really are that desolate, perhaps the millions of dollars they are making selling out gigantic arenas can serve as cozy bedfellows in the cold winter night.
9. Azealia Banks, “NEEDSUMLUV”
With a cacophony of textures and beats that make Tune-Yards sound like Ligeti’s spare piano trickles in “Eyes Wide Shut,” it’s kind of difficult to tell exactly what’s going on here with Ms. Banks. There’s some talk of jealousy over a previous girl but — when it gets down to brass tax — I’m fairly certain she needs a man. Now.
8. M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Did you hear M.I.A. flipped off the world? Yes, you did. Enough, already: Here’s some actual music from Maya, the bad girl of the moment. Good luck getting involved with one like her, fellas.
7. Jack White, “Love Interruption”
J-Dub tells us what he wants from love — and what he doesn’t — on this song that gets him in touch with the country-fied roots of his relocated home, Nashville. He doesn’t exactly make love sound too appealing — perhaps because of his recent divorce; it seems something of inconvenience, something in the way.
6. Bill Callahan, “So Long, Marianne”
The Smog maestro covers one of the greatest break-up songs ever written. It was, of course, penned by Leonard Cohen.
5. Leonard Cohen, “Crazy to Love You”
Right, this guy, who just released a new album, “Old Ideas.” The aging treasure harnesses his increasingly bullfrog-throated pipes to outline the madness of falling for someone. You’d be crazy not to love it.
4. Sharon Van Etten, “Leonard”
Even more Leonard! SVE toned her “gloom” down slightly on this year’s “Tramp” when compared with earlier, more dismayed work. But, even if she’s more satisfied, professionally or personally, she still has a knack for complicated relationships. On this one, she references an older tune, “Love More,” then surmises that she is “bad at loving,” in general, before concluding: “I am bad at loving you.”
3. The Men, “Open Your Heart”
Dammit, woman: Open your heart. Not only are they men, they’re the Men. To quote the Herlihy Boy House-Sitting Service: Is it so bad to see somebody happy? For the love of God, let the boy move in with you.
2. Cloud Nothings, “No Sentiment”
This cut from what might be the best record to be released so far this year is absolutely brutal. Dylan Baldi channels the vibe of Big Black — the legendary underground punk-rock band of one Steve Albini, who produced this album — to exude a complete dearth of, yes, sentimentality.
1. Chairlift, “I Belong In Your Arms”
Boulder expats Chairlift always do well to tackle the spookier side of things; this track is no exception. It’s poppy yet longing and presents Caroline Polachek in a diva-esque light. It’s gorgeous and, like most objects that are, might just break your heart.