The Postal Service “Grow Old With Me” from Instant Karma (The Complete Recordings) - The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur (Warner Bros. 2009) —John Lennon's birthday was celebrated this past weekend, so here's our tribute to the man.Buy it!
Margaret Cho “Intervention (feat. Tegan & Sara)” from Cho Dependent (Clownery 2010) N —weird musical comedy album from LGBT activist comedienneBuy it!
Morphine “Cure for Pain” (Ryko 1993) —Mark Sandman biopic "Cure For Pain" - http://vimeo.com/7804512Buy it!
Grace Potter And The Nocturnals “Medicine” from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Hollywood www.hollywoodrecords.com 2010) N —fiery album from a killer guitarist and saintly voiced young lady. totally destroyed last time they were in townBuy it!
Deftones “This Place Is Death” from Diamond Eyes (Reprise 2010) N —epic, droney RAWK.Buy it!
Tricky “Every Day” from Mixed Race (Domino 2010) N —is this a sample or a riff-steal from "Rock On"? who cares, it's Tricky being Tricky on this rather short album of great tunesBuy it!
The May Day Orchestra “Death Walks Along This Road” from Ota Benga (Rankoutsider Records 2010) N L —thanks Tim!Buy it!
Lou Barlow “Only One” from Live at KDHX Volume 8 (KDHX 2010) N LBuy it!
Mindless Self Indulgence “Clarissa” from Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangeley Sexy (Elektra 0591 2000) —2 downer tracks? gotta counteract that with some upbeat insanity. MSI will do the trick!Buy it!
Crumb “Shoegazer (Album Version)” from Romance Is a Slow Dance (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1996)Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Scooby-Doo Where Are You?” from Saturday Morning Cartoon's Greatest Hits (MCA 1995) —from a great compilation of 90s alterna bands doing cartoon theme songs. GENIUSBuy it!
Atom And His Package “I'm Downright Amazed At What I Can Destroy With Just a Hammer” from Hamburgers EP (Hopeless Records 2006)Buy it!
John Linnell “The Songs of the 50 States” from State Songs (Zoe 1999)Buy it!
Vinnie and the Stardusters “Houses” from Novelty Music for Casual Sex (Simple Sense Of Superiority 2004) —a weird mashup of as many songs that feature the word "House" ... it's pretty funny, as is V & The SD's albumBuy it!
Desaparecidos “Greater Omaha” from Read Music / Speak Spanish (Saddle Creek 2002) —some amazing socio-political commentaryBuy it!
Tin Machine “Video Crime” from Tin Machine (Remastered) (Virgin 2003) —if you ever wondered about the origins of my twitter name ... here you go! David Bowie's more rock-oriented side projectBuy it!
Hey Mercedes “Quality Revenge At Last” from Loses Control (Vagrant Records 2004) —amazing post-Braid tunes, sadly they didn't get as big as they should have. still doing the occassional reunion show, so you never know...Buy it!
NASA “Spacious Thoughts (feat. Kool Keith & Tom Waits)” from The Spirit Of Apollo (Anti www.anti.com 2009) —together again, for the first time, the weirdest two dudes in music... and it's GLORIOUS. the video is even more maddening, if you can find itBuy it!
Glue “Goodbye” from Seconds Away (Shake It (hepcat) 2003) —amazing indie rapBuy it!
Milemarker “Frigid Forms Sell You Warmth” from Frigid Forms Sell (Jade Tree 2009) —AMAZING math-rock. this is a great starting point for checking out their catalogueBuy it!
The Get Up Kids “Alec Eiffel” from Where Is My Mind? : A Tribute To The Pixies (Glue Factory 2008) —awesome compilation of Pixies covers, also includes Promise Ring doing "Gouge Away" which rules, tooBuy it!
The Reputation “Follow-Through Time” from To Force a Fate (Lookout! Records 2004)Buy it!
Shonen Knife “Golden Years Of Rock N Roll” from Heavy Songs (Confidential Recordings confidentialrecordings.com)Buy it!
Jem “24” from Finally Woken (ATO Records 2004)Buy it!
Rilo Kiley “Paint's Peeling” from The Execution of All Things (Saddle Creek 2002)Buy it!
Over the Rhine “The World Can Wait” from Films for Radio (BACK PORCH 2001)Buy it!
Saves The Day “An Afternoon Laughing” from Ups & Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides (Vagrant Records 2004)Buy it!
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