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wonders never cease Saturday, February 13, 2010

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2010 play list of the week: snowmageddon.

[caption id="attachment_3132" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="click to listen"]SnowyGTPT[/caption]Thank you, Snowmageddon. We are sore from endless shoveling, and, though we didn’t get too many customers in the shops this week, we were kept busy with endless snow-related tasks: removing it, rearranging it, de-icing it. Foraging for nuts & berries. Et cetera. (But, lest we tempt Mother Nature into chasing our customers back into their homes with another wave of fluff from the sky, we'll stop complaining...) It did give us a great excuse to leave Tom Weyman’s fantastic play list from last week up for a few more days. And it also provided an unavoidable theme for this week. Although you are surely sick of seeing it and hearing about it and trudging through it, we know that come July you'll want to remember it, if only for the duration of a Play List. Here is your play list for the week. Twelve songs about snow:

1. “The Hounds of Winter” – Sting
The opening track from former middle school teacher Gordon Sumner’s fifth solo studio album, Mercury Falling. The album title also happens to be the opening words to this first song and the closing words to the album’s last song, “Lithium Sunset.”

2. “White Winter Hymnal” – Fleet Foxes
Beautiful song from one of 2008’s breakout bands, who put out good albums but are even better live, just the way it should be.

3. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – Dean Martin
You can just picture Dino with martini in hand, throwing another log on the fire and enjoying the extended visit while it lasts. The guy was from Ohio, so he had to know how to make the best use of snow days, right?

4. “Snow” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This one is really about drugs and recovery from addiction, but it’s a good song, and the title fits the theme nicely. Don’t do drugs, kids.

5. “Rain and Snow” – Be Good Tanyas
Three Canadian songbirds knock out a beautiful tune with a reggae beat strummed on a banjo. Anyone know another song that accomplishes that?

6. “15 Feet of Pure White Snow” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Cryptic gloom from the Aussie, with lyrics that may sound familiar to some of us this week: “Is there anybody out there please? It's too quiet in here and I'm beginning to freeze. I've got icicles hanging from my knees under fifteen feet of pure white snow.”

7. “Snow Day” – Three Days Wait
A song sure to bring memories of your own snow days growing up, performed by a band formed to help raise money to provide food and shelter to impoverished kids.

8. “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” – Frank Zappa
Baltimore native’s first song to hit the charts, this song recounts the dream that he was Nanook of the North and passes on the wisdom inherent in all residents of snowy environments.

9. “Velvet Snow” – Kings of Leon
The three Followhill brothers and their cousin won several Grammys this year, but this song from their 2005 sophomore effort was part of the wave that pushed these rockers into the limelight.

10. “Snow” – Harry Nilsson
John Lennon’s old drinking buddy covers a Randy Newman tune on an album that should have launched them both to stardom. Two of music’s brightest stars at the top of their game.

11. “Winter Coat” – Dark Dark Dark
From The Snow Magic on Tom Weyman’s own Supply and Demand label, this band is good enough to deserve consecutive appearances on the play list of the week.

12. “Snowed In” – Albert Collins
Veteran Bluesman applies a touch of the blues to the snow day, including a recreation of a car struggling to start played on his Stratocaster.

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