TRACK LIFE: Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

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Roger Ebert has died.

I’m finding it hard to write a whole lot beyond what I added over at Very Aware, as the man was an utter inspiration to anyone who’s ever considered themselves a film fan. So, I thought, in this time of extreme sorrow, to post the song that makes me want to live every moment of this life I’ve got left to the fullest.

Japandroids are masters of the anthem. Their music knocks you down, drags you out into the street, and demands that you stop fucking moping about. “The House That Heaven Built” is the best of their bunch of beer soaked, holler-at-the-top-of-your lungs odes to being alive. But buried under the layers of Superchunk fuzz is something almost spiritual; a message that there is so much waiting for you if you’d just walk out your front door and embrace it all:

I happened on a house
Built of living light
Where everything evil
Disappears and dies

We lost a titan today. But life goes on. We’ll miss you, Roger.

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Jacob Knight

Jacob Knight

Jacob Knight is a screenwriter, novelist and journalist from Slotter, Mass. He is most times fueled by scotch, horror films and the Criterion Collection. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and cantankerous Westie pup.