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My song of the year: Dan Deacon‘s “Wham City.”
The song’s epic length (12 minutes, 12 seconds) is almost the point. But it still shames every single folk-artist-with-musical-ambitions out there, outshining anything Brother Danielson can dream up in his Jersey basement, getting spiritual without name-dropping Him (i.e., Sufjan), and still manages to offer quaint homage to B-More’s now-legendary arts collective while still being just inclusive enough, you can dance to it. An insider’s anthem to his own people shouldn’t be this much fun for the rest of us. But it is.
Here’s part one of a live performance of the song in San Diego:
And part two: