Posted by: Captain Easychord | November 1, 2009

Free Music Sunday: Bob Mould – City Lights (Days Go By)

I’ve always been fascinated by views of apartment buildings at night.  All the windows lit up provide a tiny glimpse into the lives of the buildings occupants, stacked one atop another like a mass of real-life dioramas.  In one window, you might see someone cooking dinner… in another, a festive social gathering may be going on… and the flicker of television comes from a few more places, sometimes coordinated, as if the occupants are watching the same thing together… separately.

With last night’s departure of Daylight Savings Time for another season, sunset and these accompanying apartment building scenes will begin an hour earlier each night.  Here in DC, we have lots of apartments, condos and other multi-unit residences that all light up at night.

We also have Bob Mould [m] [w], formerly of Hüsker Dü and Sugar.  “City Lights (Days Go By)” is a track from Life and Times, Mould’s latest album that was released back in April.  The song really has nothing to do with time changes or looking into people’s apartments.  It’s just my own word association that links the words “city lights” with nighttime images of the populace’s residences.  So when I hear this song, I can imagine driving down apartment-dense streets like 16th Street in Columbia Heights or Connecticut Avenue in Kalorama simply marveling at all the life being broadcast out every window.

That said, it’s a pretty rockin’ song too.  But don’t just take my word for it, go get “City Lights (Days Go By)” from Stereogum and see for yourself.  Enjoy!



  1. Quit peeking in Bob Mould’s window! 🙂

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