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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Signing Off and Music Bleg

The announcement of the new rotation (which includes my excellent colleague Geoff Rapp) and reference to the Magnetic Fields in posts below prompt me to sign off with my traditional (well, this is the second time) request for suggestions for Cool, New, and/or Really Good music in the alt-rock vein. And since I’m doing this on a blog, that’s what you kids call a "bleg" right?

I'll start.  Here are ten songs from the last couple of years that I would suggest downloading or otherwise buying (in no particular order):

1.  "The Nun’s Litany" – Magnetic Fields;  2.  "Acid Test" – Emma Pollack [saw her open for the New Pornographers earlier this year and she was great];  3. "The Bleeding Heart Show" – The New Pornographers;  4. "The Crane Wife 3" – The Decemberists;  5. "When Romance is Dead" – the Beautiful South (from, sadly, their final album);  6. "Fluorescent Adolescent" – The Arctic Monkeys;  7. "The Underdog" – Spoon;  8. "Dashboard" – Modest Mouse;  9. "Earth Intruders" – Björk (great concert);  and 10. "I’m Slowly Turning Into You" – The White Stripes

I’m also getting into some French music. I would recommend Zebda (Algerian, technically), Louise Attaque, and Les Rita Mitsouko. And my hip colleague Lesa Byrnes even turned me on to some fun German punk.

Your turn, and see you next time.

Posted by JosephSlater on April 2, 2008 at 09:45 PM in Music | Permalink


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The concert recordings (which can be bought online) from Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains.

Posted by: Paul Gowder | Apr 3, 2008 12:55:16 PM

Alex: Yes, she was there. All assembled, the N.P.s are a pretty big band. I was considering listing something from Neko Case's "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" but went with an N.P. song instead.

And I've been meaning to check out the Drive-by Truckers. . . .

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Apr 3, 2008 11:17:02 AM

Joe, did the inestimable Neko Case appear with the New Pornographers when you saw them?

"The Righteous Path" and "Self-Destructive Zones" by Drive-By Truckers.

Posted by: Alex Long | Apr 3, 2008 11:08:22 AM

Lowly Law Student:

I don't see color. People tell me I'm white, and I take their word for it. . . .

[$1 to Colbert]

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Apr 3, 2008 9:54:22 AM

Heh. I read this post and thought of this blog entry:


If you guys haven't yet heard of the "Stuff White People Like" blog, I'd suggest you take a look at it. Might be a little like looking in the mirror. ;-)

P.S. I heard about the Stuff White People Like blog on NPR (which also happens to be listed among stuff white people like---entry #44).

Posted by: Lowly Law Student | Apr 3, 2008 12:46:55 AM

I like M. Valentin by Spoon, if that's not too old. Lassoo, by the Duke Spirit is an Echobelly tribute song, if you like that sort of thing. And A-Punk by Vampire Weekend is great. But aren't the kids all listening to Muxtape or whatever?

Posted by: David | Apr 3, 2008 12:04:06 AM

No. 3! No. 3!

Posted by: keithT | Apr 2, 2008 11:27:27 PM

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