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REALLY distracted… playlist #2 for June

NP: “Free th City”Surf City. Naming themselves after a Jesus And Mary Chain song, they wear their influences on their sleeve, but… what a great rush of a song. Hot damn.
NP: “The Fraudulent Singer”Colossal Yes. So catchy. One of those songs that makes you believe in college rock and shoves away all of those “why do i even bother?” kinda doubts.
NP: “So After All”Airship. If there’s one band I ever put on these playlists that I can fairly certainly say “you’ve never heard this band before, but you should listen to this now because they’re going to be huge someday,” Airship may be it. Grab their 4-song EP on eMusic. Now.
NP: “Death”White Lies. Yeah… the album kinda sucks, and I hear they are pretty much enormous douchebags, but I kinda like this song anyway.
NP: “Baby Baby You’re My Baby”Herman Dune. Keeps spitting out the twee hits.
NP: “Know Me”Toad The Wet Sprocket. Yeah… two playlists, two songs by Toad. Just listen to it and shut up.
NP: “Father And Son”Cat Stevens. Yeah… it’s kinda the hit. But it’s a great song, and it was in my head for a couple of days while out on tour with The Twilight Sad, so we gave it a couple of spins in the van.
NP: “Love V”The House Of Love. Nice little instrumental that jumped out at me the other day. i should really listen to those other House Of Love records more, but it’s just so hard to not pick the first one.
NP: “2541”Grant Hart. I thought this one of the saddest songs I’d ever heard when I was 17. 20 years on, and I still agree.
NP: “We Are Full Of Light (That Blinds Us At The Moment Of Our Most Needing)”Rock Plaza Central. Fucking hell… been listening to these Rock Plaza Central recordings for months and months and months, and this song still sends a tingle down my spine everytime I hear it.
NP: “Miss You”Any Day Parade. Locals trying to do some boy/girl country rock. They’ve got some solid songs, but I keep missing them to see them live.
NP: “Hungover Together”Best Kissers In The World. Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood need to cover this shit and make Gerald Collier a rich man. Please.
NP: “The June Bug Dance”Hurray For The Riff Raff. I DID get to see these kids a couple of weeks ago, and they blew me away. Lead singer / songwriter does the repetitive thing a bit too much, but… I like Rock Plaza Central, so I can’t fault her for that. But… that’s my only critique. This is a solid older song, but the new songs these kids played were pretty outstanding.
NP: “Modern Romance”The Twilight Sad. Sweet and tender Scottish hooligans… who knew they could be so pretty?
NP: “Brass Buttons”Lemonheads. I’ll admit… I had never heard the original of this (or at least don’t remember it, if i did) when “Lovey” came out, but… this is a really lovely take on this Gram Parsons song. Say what you will about Evan Dando, he’s always had an ear for a good song, and has covered them with care, melody, and feeling. From Lucinda Williams to the Misfits, from Patience & Prudence to the HAIR soundtrack, he’s dropped some amazing ones on us through the years.
NP: “Ramblin’ Gamblin Man”Bob Seger System. Wake up! It’s time for some rock and roll! Makes me want to run away from home.
NP: “Every Picture Tells A Story”Rod Stewart. There’s something about the line (and the delivery of the line) “The women I’ve known I wouldn’t let tie my shoe” that gets me every time. Also, at the end I’m always tempted to ask “What’s a ‘story donut’?”.
NP: “Petals On An Austin Rose”The Capstan Shafts. Catchiest 64 seconds I’ve heard in a long time (although this is a coupla years old).
NP: “Do You Like To Read?”Strand Of Oaks. This song reminds me a lot of “Songs For A Blue Guitar” by Red House Painters. Maybe not quite as good, but… still… pretty high praise (or at least I mean it to be.) Can’t wait until he records the song with the line “I’ll be the first one in the water, and the last to swim.” Jim James has some competition…
NP: “30_milkshakes__2009_06_19.m3u”stream all of the above songs.
NP: “30_milkshakes__2009_06_19.rar”rar file of all of the above songs.
NR: same as post above.
NW: same as post above.

It’s all about Rock Plaza Central over here right now… the new album just came out last Tuesday, and i would really appreciate it, if you are at all interested in RPC (or just want to do me a favor), if you would purchase the record this week. As you probably know, first month sales are massively important. So… here are some links for where you can purchase the record in whatever format you prefer:

eMusic (MP3)
Insound (CD)
Paper Bag Records (LP)
Amazon (MP3)
iTunes (MP3)

i should mention… the LP is limited edition of 300, hand-screened and hand-numbered, and absolutely beautiful. I forgot to buy a copy when the band was here a couple of weeks ago, so i need to order one myself, actually.

Here‘s the 8.0 Pitchfork review of the record.

Frightened Rabbit will be back in NYC for these shows next month:

07/17/09 Hoboken, NJ – at Maxwell’s – SOLD OUT
07/18/09 Brooklyn, NY – at Siren Music Festival

That’s about all that’s going on right now… Looking for a part-time job, and trying to go see as many movies as possible. If you’ve got any job offers or movie recommendations, please drop me a line and let me know!