by Leor Galil
Bazan is a fantastic songwriter with a knack for storytelling, and it really shows on Control, a concept album about the ripple effects of one man's infidelity. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is one of my favorite tunes from Control, "Priests and Paramedics."
"Priests and Paramedics" is a powerful, mournful song about the central character's untimely demise and depressing funeral; Bazan's omniscient narrator jumps from neighborhood gossip ("The neighbors heard a fight / Someone had a knife") to one priest's angst ("We go to so much trouble to postpone the unavoidable / And prolong the pain of being alive"). Stream it below, and while you're at it, check out Jessica Hopper's wonderful 2009 Reader cover story on Bazan.