Where I didn’t like the album but the one song, it just wouldn’t leave my brain! (Hopefully putting up all these songs won’t max out my bandwidth. You guys wouldn’t do that to me, would ya?)
[ed note: tracks removed. contact me for a copy.]
The Rosebuds — Get Up, Get Out
I had this on a mixtape and my son (age 6) asked for it every single day for weeks. We neither of us have any idea what they’re saying on that song, but even now he will sing different words to that same tune (“da da, da da, da da da”). So I honor it here.
Okkervil River — John Allyn Smith Sails
This one’s for Chad. I know I give the River a lot of flack, but this song just proves that Will Sheff knows his poetry, and I gotta give him props for his knowledge and his ability to use it so well.
Travis — Selfish Jean
“The Boy With No Name” had some really great songs on it, and this is one of them. Whoever Jean is, she’s probably so vain she thinks that song is about her.
Luke Temple — People Do
I have to take Temple in short doses, but “People Do” is a beautiful example of folk/country, and “Snow Beast” is a good solid album (if a bit thin).
The Innocence Mission — Lake Shore Drive
I left “We Walked In Song” off my list, and I’m kind of sad about that. I love this song, and it’s one of many fine ones.
Gogol Bordello — Wonderlust King
Sometimes Gogol Bordello gets on my nerves amazingly, but this song is totally fabu. “Has he not gone beyond the hills? Has he not crossed the seven seas?”
DJ Rekha & Panjabi MC — Snake Charmer
Superfab Indian electronica from the album “Basement Bhangra.”
Aesop Rock — None Shall Pass
Yes, I had no idea what this was about. I did feel proud of myself for branching out, though, ha ha, and if you parse the lyrics you find some very interesting bits in there.
Wyclef Jean feat Serj Tankian & Sizzla — Riot
I could have done without the rock opera background, but I love Wyclef telling the neighbors to mind their business.
Brandi Carlile — Cannonball
I must have listened to this one a million times. Harmony! Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet harmony.