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wonders never cease Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2011 play list of the week: GROUNDHOG DAY, or 10 Songs I Wouldn't Mind

groundhog_day[In the great tradition of Bill Murray's comedic vehicle Groundhog Day and in the spirit of this very play list, we're re-posting last year's Groundhog Day tunes. And we'll probably do it next year. Again. And again and againandagainandagain.]

Introducing our first guest play list! Periodically, we will hand the reins over to a savvy musical colleague. Today, it's TOM WEYMAN, who runs Supply & Demand Music. He works with the fantastic Vandaveer and is great friends with our pals These United States. Also, he lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, which sounds like as much of an oxymoron as we could imagine. So. Without further ado... Well, hello Proper Toppers, thanks for inviting me to do this play list! Here are 10 songs that might not be my absolute favorites, but are the ones that have settled in over time as repeat offenders - the ones I go back to over and over and over again. 1. "All The Things" - Dark Dark Dark Perhaps my favorite song from DDD's debut album, which was also the first album my label released in 2008. Oh, all the things my chest can hold, their new album (and EP out in March) will expand on the simple beauty of this song, and they will fill any empty chambers your heart will provide. 2. "Runaway" - Del Shannon The kind of song that's meant to be played in a car radio. Once, my friend's car radio was broken, so I sang her the entire song, farfisa solo included. She wasn't amused.. but I was. 3. "Fox In The Snow" - Belle and Sebastian Sad bastard music? Sure. This is perfect under the covers music - it's always surprising to me when someone doesn't know this album. If You're Feeling Sinister is still a favorite album of mine, nearly 10 years after I first heard it. 4. "Famous Blue Raincoat" - Leonard Cohen L. Cohen's dark wisdom spills over the brim of every one of his songs, and I am still drinking it all in. 5. "Fatalist Palmistry" - WHY? A simple pop song with fantastic lyrics. The first time I heard this song, it was obvious that WHY? was destined for bigger things. LOVE these guys. 6. "Reynardine" - Bert Jansch A brilliant rendering of a traditional song about a werewolf on the prowl. Bert Jansch is not only Neil Young's favorite guitarist.. he's also my favorite guitarist! 7. "The Moon" - The Microphones Phil Elverum's production is just flat out amazing on this song. This album (The Glow Pt. 2) goes to a very dark place, but finds the light at the end. Highly recommended. 8. "Red Right Ankle" - The Decemberists Beautiful lyrics on this song. I am a bit of a Decemberists hater, but there is no denying this one. 9. "The Light Inside" - Many Mansions My friend Shanedon records as Many Mansions - you are more likely to find him in front of a loop pedal with a keytar and sampler these days, but his "singer-songwriter" stuff is more powerful to me and really showcases his voice. Sometimes, women are emotionally distant too. That's all I'll say about this one. :) 10. "Boots Of Spanish Leather" - Bob Dylan My ignorant high school self used to say that L. Cohen was better than B. Dylan. I'm happy I had Mr. Cohen back then, but there is no comparison. Mr. Dylan writes about working class problems, Mr. Cohen writes about wealthy people problems, more or less. Here's how working class people fall out of love, I guess - some things sound the same rich or poor.

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