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Song of the Day 1/28/09

Every day, our top 666 songs of alltime countdown gets one step closer to #1. Wednesday’s is #546:

The Larval Organs – Joyless Now

The Larval Organs were arguably New York songwriter Daniel Bernstein AKA Cockroach’s best project to date, a ferociously lyrical punk/metal outfit that played around circa 2002-04 and put out one classic ep, Posthumous. This is one of their more melodic numbers with a characteristically brilliant, desperate lyric, “with a heartache the size of a great lake.” Unreleased and unavailable at the usual sites, although there are supposedly bootleg versions kicking around – if you find one, let us know!

January 28, 2009 - Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert | , , , , , ,


  1. I’m sitting here looking through what I thought to be an almost complete set of Daniel Bernstein and now your telling me there’s a Larval Organs version of Joyless Now? I have the solo Cockroach version on “Demonstration” and Joyless Now had a real strong run as a crowd favorite closer Bernstein was playing as “Daniel Bernstein and The Happy Zealots” I know some of those live performances were recorded and floating around. Was there a particular Larval Organs CD that this was on?

    P.S. Bernstein’s new lineup “The Everybody Knows” is stunning, and Larval Organs guitarist Scott Loving played with the band on their recent European Tour. If you can catch them it is completely more than worth it. Posthumous on Larval Organs perhaps but Bernstein is moving from strength to strength.

    Comment by J.J. Hayes | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. to my knowledge this was never recorded by the Larval Organs but I could be wrong. Ask the artist if you see him, he’s a nice guy. Although he claims not to have copies of much of his rather vast and substantial catalog.

    Comment by lc | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. I ended up finding this:

    Comment by J.J. Hayes | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. cool, thanks!!!

    Comment by delarue | June 6, 2009 | Reply

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