Song In My Head #48: “13 (Under A Bad Sign)” by Sloan

I’ve never really suffered from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13). Before now, I never knew that there are two specific terms for the fear of Friday the 13th. (I hesitate to reveal them, since I’m convinced that no one would ever use them in normal conversation. They are friggatriskaidekaphobia, referring to the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and the more recent paraskevidekatriaphobia.) Then again, what song has been swirling through my brain since Sloan’s triumphant San Francisco appearance last month? None other than guitarist Patrick Pentland’s “13 (Under A Bad Sign),” from the band’s 2014 epic Commonwealth. Spooky coincidence? Who knows? Just turn it up…

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