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Five. Because it’s half of ten.

  1. Modern Jazz Quintet – Autumn In New York. It’s just around the corner! I’m wary, though. The summer was cool, here. And so I suspect it will be a cold fall and a very cold winter. And that means $$$$$s for heating gas.
  2. Jimi Hendrix – 51st Anniversary. I like the music, but the words are a little strange.
  3. Allison Krauss & Union Station – Shield Of Faith. Is it weird that, though an atheist, I like gospel tunes?
  4. Sigur Ros – (Intro). It’s nearly silent. Not much of an intro.
  5. Merle Travis – Cannonball Rag. Damn, that dude could play.

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Double-stuffed this week, because there won’t be one next week!

  1. Smashing Pumpkins – Smiley. From their Peel Sessions. I like.
  2. Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band – My Gal
  3. Pavement – Date With Ikea. That’s a great, late, Pavement song. Melodic enough, slack enough.
  4. Boris – Electric. Grinding, screeching, noisy: Boris.
  5. Bishop Allen – Rain. Pleasant guitar pop. Probably would fit well on a triple bill with Vampire Weekend and Matt Pond PA.
  6. NiN – Gave Up. Wow. I haven’t heard this in forever. Classic fast angry NiN, live!
  7. Beck – Scarecrow. Another one I’d forgotten about. Good stuff.
  8. Hilkka – Last April. Very post-rock: angular and cyclical with spoken vocals, very Slint / June Of 44. Good, though!
  9. Elliott Smith – Needle In The Hay. Verses are good, but I do not like the chorus. He had better.
  10. Wye Oak – The Tower. I resist this album because they traded her guitar for synths, and I loved her guitar. But, these are good songs. Kindof a mid-80s feel.

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5!

  1. Pavement – In The Mouth A Desert. So that’s what this is called? It’s the “It’s What I Want” song, to me.
  2. Benny Goodman Quartet – Vibraphone Blues. Now that there is a descriptive title! No artsy obfuscation there, no sirree. Blues: check! Vibraphone: check!
  3. Van Halen – Secrets. On later albums, VH sometimes turned their backs pn the thumping cock-rock that they’re best known for and slid into a weird slack noodley pop thing.
  4. Modern Lovers – Dignified And Old. Yep. But I’d take old, if I had to choose between the two.
  5. Breeders – It’s The Love. That grinding guitar and the sing-song singing – it’s the Breeders that I like best.

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It’s the five.

  1. Bears – Everywhere. I’m a sucker for psychedelic indie pop. This isn’t Belew’s band, The Bears. This is a different band, Bears.
  2. Sidney Bechet – Muskrat Ramble. Not enough swing.
  3. Jack White – Three Women. I want to hear guitar, not keyboards!
  4. Sebadoh – Too Pure. Never got into them, but this is a good song.
  5. Death Cab For Cutie – The New Year. Gah! The melodies! The hooks!

The five that the iPod wants me to hear.

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Turn up the old iVictrola, gonna dance the day away…

  1. Okkervil River – Walking Without Frankie. This is a very different sound from older O.R.. There’s no old-timey folk in here; this is more like The Walkmen.
  2. Devendra Banhart – Hatchet World. Hmm.
  3. Nod – Tree Stuff & Lightning. Doin their Nod thing. Sounds like… I dunno… V.U. and Canned Heat shared a big pot of coffee?
  4. Junior Wells – Sugarfoot Rag. What starts out as a straight bluegrass tune picks up all kinds of Hendrix-style attitude (and Hendrix-style licks) as it progresses. He’s one of those performers who is easily 10x more fun to see live than to hear on an iPod.
  5. Gentleman Jesse – You Give Me Shivers. Retro pop-punk rock, think Flamin Groovies. It’s a good, fun record.

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