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2010 has been a really bad year for musical deaths. The most recent (that I am aware of) was Alex Chilton. Somehow I missed paying tribute to him when he passed away, but there’s no time like the present to post this: “September Gurls” is easily one of his best pure pop songs. R.I.P. Alex

Watch out, this song might give you diabetes. I found this a few weeks ago by accident. I was looking for a Voice of the Beehive video and this was one of the related clips. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. But the more I listened, the more I loved […]

I never wanted to like this band. Not back in ’98 when college station played them. Especially not after the album cover became a meme of sorts on /mu/ But here I am posting one of their songs. The accordion saves the song. And I love this video. The super literal way he interpreted the […]

Kids, I remember the alternative revolution of the early 90s. For the record I didn’t like Nirvana all that well until I heard “Come As You Are.” In fact, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sounded like mush to me. Yes, I was a poser, I guess. The whole scene was pretty damn great, but not really […]

I don’t remember this video from back in the day. I used to either record or watch 120 Minutes every week. Not a shock. MTV played some great video on that show, but The Jesus Lizard was probably a bit too much even for 120. Thankfully somebody on YouTube remedied the situation. There is also […]

MGMT releases a new album in a week or two, so it’s only appropriate to post this gem from their debut: Yeah, the video caused controversy last year, but it is a piece of art. As a bonus track, here is Katy Perry’s excellent cover of Electric Feel I actually like this cover better than […]

OK, enough with the gentle stuff. Here is a blast of noise from Steve Albini’s best band Big Black. Somehow I always pictured Flannery O’Connor would have written things like this had she been born 30 years later and grew up in Montana. It’s hard not to smile at these lyrics, the images are so […]

One of those great epic tracks. The only problem with DCFC is they got too overplayed. At least the singles. Signing to Atlantic pretty much put them out of favor with the Indie Rock Pete-types, but they didn’t really need those people in their audience anyway. Ironically, this song is from one of their indie […]

One of the unsung band of the 90s. Sold as a shoegaze band, but I always thought they had a lot more in common with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and a healthy dose of MC 5. Why this band never hit it huge in America, I’ll never know. OK, I do, bad marketing. I’ll take […]

One of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard. The last song on Eno’s Music for Airports and one of his best. If I could, I’d probably turn this category into all Eno, all the time, but I won’t. The four albums in the ambient series, along with Discreet Music and Apollo — […]

This song sounds so weird out of context. Really, to get the full effect you should listen to Bad Moon Rising. The first seven songs are one long suite and make for great nighttime listening. Though rarely considered as such, this is some of my favorite ambient guitar music.

As if I could choose anything else. The new She & Him album came out today, and Amazon delivered (as usual) the day of the release. I am giving it my first listen right now (I was good and didn’t download it illegally even though I pre-ordered it a few months ago), and it’s really, […]

In an attempt to artificially inflate my post count (and avoid angry political blogging), I want to start two new features. This one, called “Song of the Day” and maybe a second one called “Eye Candy of the Day.” Tomorrow the two will overlap, and if you look at tomorrow’s new release schedule, you will […]