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a distraction… playlist #1 for June

NP: “Panama”Rock Plaza Central. It’s Chris from Rock Plaza Central doing a Van Halen cover alone. What more do I need to say?
NP: “Remember That Day”Scrawl. I miss Scrawl. Really one of the most important bands in my life, when it comes right down to it. Women + dissonance + real world narratives… opened my eyes to many new avenues at a very impressionable age. And, they gave me some very good advice that i will never forget: “Respect your feet.”
NP: “King Twist”Hazel. I loved Hazel, but when they put out this song and the liner notes said “The line ‘I remember that day’ is stolen from the song of the same name by Scrawl” I knew they were the coolest band ever.
NP: “Songs For John In D”Kurt Vile. Wow this is a prettily done song. I think the title must be a John Fahey reference, but i may be stretching.
NP: “Doin’ It Again”The Feelies. I got to see them two more times this week. i forget just how awesome that is (and how lucky i am) sometimes.
NP: “Cannibal Resource”Dirty Projectors. Easily the best record of the year thus far. Like nothing that’s ever been done, ever.
NP: “Time Will Tell”Jimmy Cliff. I’ve been playing the Jimmy Cliff album “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” a lot lately to try to make myself not be in such a bad mood. It’s been helping a little… now if only it would stop raining.
NP: “RoboCop”Kanye West. Oh, shut up. It’s a good song. Don’t be a dick.
NP: “Don’t Fall In Love If You Want To Die In Peace”Comet Gain. And this one kind of kills me every time.
NP: “Frozen Tongue”The Non-Commissioned Officers. Certainly 2009’s most adventurous work, their double-album soundtrack to their self-produced zombie movie is an impressive listen.
NP: “No Doz”Television Ghost. The best band I’ve seen all year? I think so. These Indiana teenagers blew my ears off with their Nick-Cave-early-Echo-&-The-Bunnymen-Drive-Like-Jehu acid wash. I’ve been listening to this record a lot while driving lately.
NP: “The Main”Grant Hart. Those Grant Hart records are sorely under-appreciated in retrospect (and those Bob Mould albums are a teeny bit over-rated it turns out, too). I always said I wanted to be in the studio when Bob Mould recorded his vocal take in “Divide & Conquer” off of “Flip Your Wig”, but I’d kinda really like like to go back in time and hear Grant’s third verse here. The “Hell is the worst place that I’ve ever been to” stanza is the sound of a man coming genuinely unhinged.
NP: “Sister Evangeline”Strand Of Oaks. Saw Strand Of Oaks open for Rock Plaza Central in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. I thought this song was the highlight, until he closed with a song that isn’t on the record that blew my mind.
NP: “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted”Toad The Wet Sprocket. Yeah… I like Toad The Wet Sprocket. All of the first three records. Deal with it.
NP: “Stars”Warpaint. Los Angeles weirdos with a pretty cool EP.
NP: “Hellhole Rat Race”Girls. San Francisco weirdos with an even cooler EP.
NP: “Entire”The Spinanes. Classic old Spinanes. I forgot how great this song is, but then I went back and listened to the “Manos” album for the first time in a long time the other day. Stunning.
NP: “Isn’t Life Strange”The Clientele. I got to see them play this song 30 or 40 times on tour before they recorded it. But I was unprepared for just how beautiful this album version would be. Plus, I always kinda think this song is about me. It’s not, but i just think that.
NP: “Living With You Now”Aidan Moffat + The Best-Ofs. The foul-mouthed elder statesman of Glasgow… Glad he is still spitting out records.
NP: “30_milkshakes__2009_06_20.m3u”stream all of the above songs.
NP: “30_milkshakes__2009_06_20.rar”rar file of all of the above songs.
NR: Finally finished “The Sound And The Fury” by Faulkner and am still pretty early on in “The Stories of Edith Wharton Volume 1″.
NW: Finally watched the last two episodes of “East Bound And Down”, just saw “Bunny Lake Is Missing” at the MoMa, went to go see “Away We Go” at Union Square, and about to finally go see the Anvil documentary tonight. And Die Hard 2 was just on AMC. And then there was the Father’s Day Bill Murray Marathon on AMC (Caddyshack into Stripes into Ghostbusters). Fucking commercials, tho! Oh, also… started watching “Snuff Box”, featuring “the other two guys” from The Mighty Boosh. If you love Bob Fossil and Dixon Bainbridge, you gotta check it out!