Saturday Song Obsession & Summation of Sounds: 2/4/12

I feel completely unoriginal with choosing this song but it was truly my obsession this week… along with about a million other people. It’s a simple song, yet completely infectious and it pulls on the heart strings, oh so deliciously.

“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra: The song starts out very soft and pensive (is that a xylophone?), building to the chorus which, to me, is the heart of the song. The lyrics are poetic, with a simple sweetness. Gotye’s range is impressive and the addition of Kimbra’s powerhouse vocals round out the song beautifully. The song has been all over the place- my music-loving friends have been sharing it on Facebook regularly, it was performed on Jimmy Kimmel this week, and apparently You Tuber’s are attempting to cover it like rabid dogs and screeching cats, including San Diego’s own Chris Cantore. Check it.

Personally the song hits a nerve for me. It reminds me of a certain someone I was, ummm… involved with. Somewhere along the way he asked me to promise that we’d never be strangers. A simple, sweet gesture at the time. Fast forward three years and now, he is (quite literally) somebody that I used to know.

Favorite Lyrics:

“But you didn’t have to cut me off. Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing.

And I don’t even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger. And that feels so rough”

Summation of Sounds

Fail! I didn’t make it to any shows this week! Well, I went to The Griffin last night but I have nothing kind to say so I’ll save it. This week is shaping up to be much more inspiring starting with a KPRi private listener show on Monday- The Shins! The mother-fucking Shins, man. And Wednesday I’ll be losing my shit to The Heavy Guilt and Saint Motel. Reviews to come.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

2 comments on “Saturday Song Obsession & Summation of Sounds: 2/4/12

  1. Sometimes, as in this case, songs become popular because they are completely fantastic! Good choice. Enjoy The Shins! 🙂


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