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Friday, January 15, 2010 

Where you been?

Feel good hits of the 15th of January, 2010:

Basement Jaxx - Plug It In
Nirvana - Polly
Pavement - Silence Kit
Little Boots - New in Town
Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy in New York
Primal Scream - Come Together
Divisible - Don't Say Nothin' Now
Hurts - Blood, Tears & Gold
Belle & Sebastian - Jonathan David*
The Congos - Fisherman

*I love productive mishearing of songs, and this one lingered on for years... until yesterday, no matter how much I knew intellectually that it wasn't the right line, I always heard Stevie Jackson singing ""it's not like we'll be pardoned, it's not like we'll never know love" on the chorus. Given that it's a song being sung from a guy who likes Girl X to his good male friend who also likes (and, crucially, is liked by) Girl X, and that the chorus is him ceding way as gracefully as he can, I always loved the weird about-face of that line. And although, again, I realized it was almost certainly not the actual lyric, I still loved it and no matter how hard I tried couldn't hear the line any other way. Yesterday, apropos of nothing, I heard it as (the correct, but less interesting) "it's not like we'll be parted, it's not like we'll never know love." I'll probably never hear it the old way again. I'm so disappointed.

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