Daily Dose: Local Natives, “Desert Snow”

Some music triggers recall. And thank goodness, because some memories (the simple ones) don’t always like to surface.

Songs by Local Natives always take me back to my last few years of undergrad at San Francisco State, where I had nothing but time to read and absorb music and stumble forward. Even their new tracks, which do feel fresh but still feature the band’s signature harmonies, are transportive. Here I am again, skin pulling warmth from brutalist concrete benches in the quad, rummaging through my Green Apple Books tote bag for a pencil I’d lost somewhere in the halls of the social sciences building they demolished this year.

There’s so much I wanna tell ya about my time there, more than you could ever know.

Daily Dose: Andrew Bird, “Underlands” + “Lone Didion”

Although no album will top “My Finest Work Yet” (fittingly) for me, the latest release from Andrew Bird is a welcome accompaniment to modern times. I like it more every time I listen to it. I like it so much I couldn’t pick just one song. Here are my top two tracks from Inside Problems, which also happen to be tracks one and two from the album.