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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Music Blog

And so it ends.  Thanks to Dan and his fellow Prawfspeople for letting me spend some time here.  It's been great.

I thought I would end with a final music post.  In honor of my departure and in the spirit of High Fidelity, I considered doing a post about the top five goodbye songs (my contribution would be "Saying Goodbye" by the muppets).  But I've decided instead to give y'all a chance to make some music recommendations.

Here's the idea: recommend some music that you love.  It can be something obscure or something more popular--for instance, I think Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway is a great record (yeah, I said it).  Here's my recommendation:  Sun Kil Moon's Tiny Cities.   Mark Kozelek, Sun Kil Moon's lead singer and chief songwriter, has a real knack for reworking songs.  In 2001, he put out a phenomenal collection of AC/DC covers.  On Tiny Cities, Kozelek covers 11 Modest Mouse songs.  It's seriously good stuff.  Here's a weird video with Sun Kil Moon's version playing in the background.  Compare it with the original version of the song.

What do you recommend?

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The best goodbye song is Elliot Smith's "Fond Farewell"

Another recommendation: The Bevis Frond (aka Nick Saloman). College radio has been aware of him for two decades. Most of the rest of the world unfortunately hasn't.

Posted by: Blitz | Sep 6, 2007 2:47:39 PM

The best good-by song? I'll show my age: "American Pie"

Posted by: Ol' Lady | Sep 1, 2007 7:38:25 PM

Random recommendation of the day -- check out the Kings of Convenience - a modern Norweigian Simon & Garfunkel.

Posted by: Lindsay | Aug 31, 2007 7:35:13 PM

The best singer-songerwriter-guitarist in America today (and for the last decade) is James McMurtry.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Aug 31, 2007 10:10:36 AM

I have always been a really big fan of a on-the-fringe-of-popularity-but-never-quite-crosses-the-threshold band called Gomez. Last season at the end of an episode of "House", while the credits were rolling, one of their songs called "See the World" was playing. It is a very good song and I would recommend the band to anyone.

Posted by: Joker | Aug 31, 2007 9:15:01 AM

A band that I love, but that doesn't seem to have gotten much attention, is Dolly Varden. They play solid tuneful Cosmic American Music, they're from Chicago, and they share their name with a lovely fish (though the band is actually named after the Dickens character who also gave her name to the fish). What's not to love?

Posted by: eric | Aug 30, 2007 9:44:58 PM

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