Song of the Day: Spoon – Black Like Me

Britt Daniel of Spoon at the Capitol Hill Block Party
photo by Gregory A. Perez

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Black Like Me by Spoon from the 2007 album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga available on Merge.

Spoon – Black Like Me (MP3)

With Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon have delivered on the promise of Girls Can Tell and Kill the Moonlight, filling 36 minutes with ten songs and not one bit of filler to be found throughout. Instead of taking their recent success and creating the Kid A of their career, Spoon has continued down the path of perfecting the formula they devised years ago, this time adding more tambourines, handclaps, and Soul to the mix. Britt Daniel and company also went easier on the mixing this time around, leaving background noise and subtleties that create an intimacy and a further desire for repeat listening. The album’s title, a topic gaining almost more attention than the music itself, is a reference to the hammering piano on the album standout The Ghost of You Lingers (a previous Song of the Day podcast). While Spoon has already graced Seattle with their Sasquatch and Capitol Hill Block Party appearances, they will soon open their fall tour 9/5 at the Showbox.

Check out their MySpace page for other dates on their busy tour, but first check out this live performance of Black Like Me and the reception it gets prior to the album’s release:

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