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Friday, February 18, 2011 

The people in the know are just people in the know

This week I had CSSLP training all week, which I meant I was at a computer listening to music much, much less than normal. Today's feel good hits, then, is every single song that popped unbidden into my head during this week's training.

Clinic - Mr. Moonlight1
Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson2
Noxagt - Mek It Burn3
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Engineers - What Pushed Us Together4
Triángulo de Amor Bizarro - De la Monarquía a la Criptocracia5
Guided By Voices - Little Whirl
The Magnetic Fields - From a Sinking Boat
Oasis - Little By Little6
Bloc Party - Waiting for the 7.18
The Gritty MIDI Gang - Valentine's Day7
Jens Lekman - Rocky Dennis' Farewell Song8
Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart9
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson & Clover10
Mogwai - How to be a Werewolf11
Sleater-Kinney - Hollywood Ending
The Shins - Mine's Not a High Horse12

1 Prompted by, of all things, Grant Morrison's old Doom Patrol run.
2 Yes, this, but also I grew up listening to these guys and still like a surprising number of their songs.
3 Oh thank god this was on YouTube.
4 This is just such a perfect fucking album.
5 I would like to issue a public, full, and embarrassed apology to my friend Andrew Casillas for not listening to this album earlier. Not only would it have made my 2010 list easily (in the right mood, it might have been #1!), but this song in particular is my favourite new song is a really long time. Video is briefly NSFW.
6 There's a lot that's risible about this song, and Oasis in general, but I still have a soft spot for a surprising amount of their work. Blame my age when "Wonderwall" was released, I guess.
7 I am AMAZED that this is on YouTube. Amazing song, little-known band, already broken up. So if anyone wants the MP3, email me, I guess. I was really looking forward to an album, but this is the only song I ever heard. Also, this popped into my head completely separate from any thoughts about Monday.
8 Jens Lekman gets tagged as folk a lot, but listen to the production on this song; I think he's a secret influence on a whole ton of this chillwave/hypnogogic pop/whatever stuff that's been around recently (anything from Twin Shadow to Memoryhouse, really)
9 I don't think much of Death Cab in general, but that bassline is what I hear when I'm not thinking of anything. I think the decision to go creepy might have been a good one for them.
10 Legitimately one of the greatest songs ever, the full five-minute "drowning in acid" version.
11 I haven't listened to the new Radiohead yet, and Low have a new one in April, but this is a really strong album of the year candidate for me.
12 I don't listen to Chutes Too Narrow that often, but when I do I pretty much just sit back and marvel at the craftsmanship of the songs. That's not something I do very often.

I love that "Crimson and Clover" song, too.

Do you want the Low? I've got it.


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