Holy fucking shit! I just finished the penultimate episode of the second season of Game of Thrones, “Blackwater,” which featured the climactic battle for control of King’s Landing between the forces of the Lannisters and the invading Baratheon army. Jesus christ, it was epic. Like, possibly one of the most epic episodes of TV that I’ve ever watched. It was just absurdly good. I’ll have a proper review up tomorrow. Anyways, my Song of the day choice is really simple. It’s the song that was played over the episode’s closing credits, “The Rains of Castamere”. For fans of the books, you’re familiar with the song because it is mentioned off and on throughout the entire series but also because it plays a very prominent role in one of the biggest moments of the third book. So, one of my favorite indie bands (who have already had two shout outs on my song of the day), the National, were chosen by George R. R. Martin to do an actual instrumental version of this incredibly important song to Game of Thrones’ lore. It was a perfect version of it and Matt Berninger’s deep baritone (which makes him sound even more like Nick Cave than usual on this song) just nailed the feel of this track and theGame of Thrones universe. Seriously though, if you aren’t watchingGame of Thrones, you need to. Immediately.