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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Old Favorites

Built to Spill's "Distopian Dream Girl" just came up in my playlist, and reminded me how awesome it remains even after I've heard it well over a hundred times. That led me to make a list of songs that remain favorites years after I first heard them:

Ben Folds Five - Battle of Who Could Care Less
Broken Social Scene - Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl
Built to Spill - Distopian Dream Girl
Calexico - Service and Repair
Dan Bern - Estelle
Dismemberment Plan - What Do You Want Me To Say
Elf Power - The Winter Is Coming
Flaming Lips - Slow Nerve Action
Fog - Pneumonia
Fountains of Wayne - Radiation Vibe
Interpol - PDA
Lateduster - Keno
The Long Winters - New Girl
Modest Mouse - Neverending Math Equation
Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945
Outkast - Slump
Pavement - Cut Your Hair
Pixies - Where Is My Mind
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Ted Leo - The Great Communicator
Ugly Casanova - Barnacles
Weezer - The World Has Turned And Left Me Here
Wilco - I'm Always In Love
Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater

Okay, that got long. Even though I restrained myself from designating more than one per artist...

[Edit, 5/29: Changed lead to led. Whoops.]


gastropodblue said...

Man, what an excellent list. I never told you, but I've been addicted to "Holland, 1945" ever since you posted it to CLB months (years?) ago.

And "Estelle" will never lose its awesomeness.

teague said...

Hey, thanks. That's one of the more self-indulgent things I've posted, so I'm glad you liked it nonetheless.

I (obviously) agree -- Holland, 1945 is amazing. The music has this crazy forward propulsion, and you can draw plenty of meaning from the lyrics despite their surface inscrutability. If you haven't had a chance, you should definitely check out the whole album.

applegac said...

Teague, I really like your list! I haven't heard all the things on it, but maybe you should make the whole list into a cd and bring it camping, for the drive to Duluth (or wherever). Good idea?

By the way, is your list alphabetized, like it seems to be?

teague said...

Thanks, Risa. And nice idea about making a CD -- I'll do that.

And yes, it is alphabetized by artist. But why do I get the impression that you can tell quite well that it's alphabetized and are merely asking a rhetorical question to make fun of me?