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NP: “Effortlessly”Field Music. There’s something sorta “All Shook Down” Replacements-y about this track. In addition to the XTC influence that Field Music’s always had. I was really looking forward to this record, and it didn’t meet my expectations, but my expectations were pretty high.
NP: “Not Like This”I Was A King. I should mention that this week’s playlist is all “new” music… with one exception, everything up here this week is under a year old. With that said… i don’t know anything about I Was A King except that it reminds me of Teenage Fanclub, and that’s good enough for me.
NP: “Hey OK”Bad Sports. A hastily ripped track from a 7″ single. Fun little blast of fuzzy punk.
NP: “Suburban Beverage”Real Estate. There’s something about Real Estate that reminds me of the 1992, when i was buying records by Lois, Guv’ner, Small Factory, Kicking Giant, etc. Not that they necessarily sound like those bands, but they do remind me of a simpler time in indie rock.
NP: “Silver Soul”Beach House. I’m expecting there will be a quite a bit of burnout involving this record over the next couple of months. Personally, I’ve only listened in moderation, so I think I’ll be alright. But I do feel bad for all the shopgirls and barristas out there.
NP: “We’re Going To Hell”Cursive. I don’t really love Cursive… they’re just one of those bands that I’m glad exist. The new record really gets under my skin, though. There’s an Afghan Whigs mood to this track that I really like. There’s something about the single-chord scratchy organ track way in the background that kinda kills me.
NP: “The River”Oneida. Best triple LP of 2090? Hell, yes.
NP: “Love Is A Heavy Word”Violent Soho. Also 1992 retro, but different.
NP: “Cherry Jam”Oh!gunquit. My favorite skronk and skreetch of the year… the new project of my friends Christina and Simon in London. Totally retarded and awfully fun.
NP: “Sixteen”The Heavy. I don’t think I will listen to the record very much, but it is an enjoyable listen when I do put it on.
NP: “Answer To Yourself”The Soft Pack. Not my favorite song on the album, but I love the bad Dave Smalley / early straight edge hardcore style lyrics.
NP: “Well, Whatever”The Kingsbury Manx. I guess it’s kinda mean to say, but they’ll never top the beauty of the first Kingsbury Manx record. That record came out of nowhere and knocked me on my ass in, oh, 2000 or whenever it came out. But I’m glad they keep slugging away.
NP: “You Muses Assist”Alasdair Roberts. Filling the void until the next James Yorkston or King Creosote record…
NP: “Be That Easy”Sade. This is another record that I had huge hopes for… I talked myself into believing that Sade was going to pull some sort of Mark Hollis on us, and drop a rambling, linear, majestic and strange record. Well… “Soldier Of Love” isn’t that. It’s not an embarrassing addition to the discography, but it isn’t a quantum leap either. I like that this song is trying to sound like Spain.
NP: “Waltze Of The Tennis Players”Meg Baird. As mentioned above, this is the only song not from the last 12 months, this is from Meg’s 2007 debut solo album (moonlighting from Espers). I saw her play recently (she opend for Vetiver / Avi Buffalo), and while perhaps she was trying to hard to be steely and important, she still put on a pretty mesmorizing show.
NP: “Track 05″Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air. One-man band Allentown or Bethlehem, PA… I don’t actually know the name of this song, as his/their output is mostly on cassette and vinyl and virtually impossible to track down online. All I know is that this is “track 5″ from a 5-song cassette of some sort, and that this is my favorite discovery of the last couple of months. I was really blown away by Royal Bangs when i saw them the other night, and one of the things i realized about them was that the lead singer sounded like what I want my voice to sound like inside my head (but doesn’t sound that way in reality). Well… Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air are the same thing for me musically: it’s what I’d want my music to sound like if I actually made music. For fans of Explosions In The Sky and quality soundtracks. I need to go buy the split 12″ with Dragon Turtles now.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [87.7 MB, 63:50 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [84.9 MB]

NR: nothing! drove 3500 miles last week… didn’t leave any time for any reading.

NW: two old episodes of LOST… i’m only about 11 hours behind until i catch up with real-time.

“mini-tour” just got longer by about 6 weeks. so… i won’t be back in the city until May, basically. or even longer. but will hopefully find some time to make a couple of playlists while on the road. actually started to work on one of songs we’ve been playing in the van, it’s just a matter of actually putting it in sequence and getting it uploaded. i know… riveting story.

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