Saturday Song Obsession & Summation of Sounds: 2/18/12

I missed a week on my song obsessions. In my defense, it is my birthday month and it’s been a non-stop party. Yes, I said birthday month. Plus this song completely deserves much more than one week of my time, I have been obsessing over it for a good month now. One of those songs that is just that much better when seen live and solidifies it’s power when performed. I got to see Dead Feather Moon not once, but twice in January (hoping to make it out to see them in March as well) and this song is my favorite in their eclectic mix.

[The album version can be heard here.]

The song just revs my engine (how lame does that make me sound?) To start, the gritty guitar intro breaks into the the soulful vocals by Justen Berge. The lyrics ring out- clear and powerful. The culmination of DFM’s sound comes at about 2:45 into the song as the beat slows and the vocals become more delicate. Next, the drums take center stage and the second verse hits hard with each beat. The sonic punch of sound is balanced by the harmony of backup vocals which take it up a notch, then the song is cut down to just vocals and drums only for couple of lines. This is about the time I lose my shit completely. It. just. fucking. rocks. On a related side note: my friends are the most awesome ever and indulged me in listening to this song a half dozen times the night of my birthday party. Can’t beat that with a drum stick.

Favorite lyric:

I’ve studied your face in the frame of this mirror.
I bat my eyes, I go blind, and lose another year.

Summation of Sounds

The last couple weeks have been sparse on shows for me, although I’m sure I missed plenty in my drunken-birthday stupor. Here’s what I’ve been up to in case you missed anything…. how could you!?

Looking Forward to February – a birthday month preview: the shows this month give me a legit boner.

What a Gift: The Shins at Croce’s – a pre-birthday blessing: I won tickets to a private listener show and in the process realized that James Mercer is some sort of angelic being.

121 Reasons I Love Music – a birthday gift to myself: Just in case I ever forget why this blog started and how music has saved me time and again. If you’re so inclined: 1-11, 12-22, 13-33, 34-44, 45-55, 56-66, 67-77, 78-88, 89-99, 100-110, 111-121.

Waiting for My Midnight: The Heavy Guilt, Saint Motel and The Nformals at The Casbah – a birthday eve bash: my bestie and I danced and drank our faces off, that’s what you’re supposed to do before your bday right?

Every Soul Hears it Differently: An Interview with Al Howard of The Heavy Guilt – a valentine to San Diego’s music scene, my first interview. The man is talented, funny, and kind enough to answer my nerdy, groupie questions.

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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: 2/18/12

  1. […] on San Diego music and to give me a chance to express my love of other bands…. oh well. Last week I was obsessed with “Dark Horse” by Dead Feather Moon and this week I’m onto another (and quite different) band from our fine city. I was certain […]


  2. […] on way to start the set. The fan favorite tunes followed and “Dark Horse” as always stood out to me as a song that symbolizes exactly what DFM is. The passion and cohesive nature of the band is […]


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