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“Green Aisles”

Real Estate | 2011

"Green Aisles," the second track from Real Estate's second album, Days, epitomizes the New Jersey indie poppers' sound -- shimmering, distortion-free guitars and softly sung vocals that recall the 1980s Manchester pop of groups like the Smiths and the Stone Roses. "A lot of people say that our songs sound really seasonal," said guitarist Matt Mondanile. "We definitely had that in mind when we were recording 'Green Aisles.' It had to have an autumnal feel; that was really important in that song."

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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