I’m still bitter about losing all those lesson plans, so I’m grading papers with the full playlist loaded, FRT style. The last few songs were so unusually cool that I thought I’d share. Please, no commentary on the startling drop in my writing abilities.
Jenny Toomey and Calexico – Tempting
I so love Toomey’s voice. Despite the lounge feel on this album, her voice maintains a rock n’ roll veneer.
Black Mountain – Don’t Run Our Hearts Around
Anything Stephen McBean touches turns to gold. Every time I listen to this album I love it more, in part because of the occasional vocals by Amber Webber. Great new epic.
Pere Ubu – Humor Me
Something about this track is so aloof — the clapping? the keyboard? But after setting up this song with severe distance, a sudden, serious, and totally awesome guitar solo kicks in. Yeah.
Grant Lee Buffalo – Mockingbirds
Grant Lee Buffalo – Mighty Joe Moon
Much of this album aches for an imagined America. I am surprised this artist isn’t better known among the IMS crew, or for that matter, people who are interested in alt-country and Southern-esque music, and holds up rather well considering it was released during the days of Alice in Chains and STP.
Marisa – Christine
This vintage French ditty is mind-bendingly sexy and cute.
And now is when I bang my head on the desk for my students and grading there/their/they’re papers.
C’mon, people. If I’m going to offer free mp3s, at least let me know what you think.
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