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Delay (Mix 14, #41-50)
Completing this list took me a long time because I was very dissatisfied with my first two "final" versions of it. To put it succinctly, there was just too much "ol' sad bastard music" and not enough of a pulse to keep the whole thing from sounding dirgy. If you can't put together ten songs without it sounding like a funeral, it's time to maybe pull your head out of the oven and step away for a bit. On a sidenote, for the longest time I never got that old stereotype about committing suicide by putting your head in the oven- for most of my life I've had an electric oven, so I couldn't get my head around the idea of sticking your head in there and cooking it to kill yourself. It seemed to painful. I mean, sure, it would probably work, eventually, but I can think of less uncomfortable ways to off yourself. Anyway, it was only a few years ago when I realized that it was because you were breathing the gas from the burner, and that seemed less unpleasant, though the idea of killing yourself holds less than no appeal for me. It's such a selfish act.

Anyway, while there is a modicum of "ol' sad bastard music" on the list, it still breathes a little bit better than it did before.

41. Lavender Diamond - Here Comes One
Despite having a fairly poofter-ific name, it's a good song. The piano part sounds like the melody of a late-seventies/early-eighties song that I can't immediately place, but as a whole the song is pleasant and listenable, with hopeful lyrics and a good, basic pop melody. I would listen to more of their stuff.

42. Dayna Kurtz - I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) feat. Norah Jones
Dayna Kurtz is the almost-hot-but-vaguely-mannish chick from those Lexus commercials about their Mark Levinson sound systems. Apparently, she's married to Elvis Costello, who is featured in the other spot from that campaign. I got her confused with Diana Krall, who is the one in the Lexus ads. Here's a Diana Krall song to make up for my mistake: Besame Mucho. But Dayna Kurtz is kind of cut from the same cloth. She's got a deep, white-soulful voice that forms a very pleasant counterpoint to Norah's higher, airier voice. I don't know how much I could listen to her if she wasn't just singing the harmony part, but this song comes together nicely.

43. Erin McKeown - Cinematic
I found three or four of her songs somewhere- I really like them all. This one is not necessarily my absolute favorite, but it's good lo-fi alternative rock. No reverb, sparse instrumentation and faded backing vocals- it's rough and pretty because of its simplicity.

44. Wesley Jensen - Annabelle
"Annabelle" (or some variation) is a pretty commonly used name in music. It rolls well off the tongue; sounds good when you whine it, scream it or harmonize to it. Evokes some sort of idyllic "summer girl" imagery and most importantly, is not likely to be found in the real world because a real girl named "Annabelle" is difficult - if not impossible - to find. Seriously. I looked it up. Almost nobody between the late '50s and late '90s was given that name. Look it up yourself here. An interesting site, despite the fact that I won't be naming any babies anytime soon.

45. Okkervil River - Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe
I'm honestly not sure what to say about this. I just like it. A lot.

46. Ben Kweller - Wasted & Ready
This really reminds me of Weezer. Good Weezer, not "Beverly Hills" Weezer. Yaaay! for that.

47. Oh No! Oh My! - Finally Found a Home
I really love this band's name. That's something that can really get me - a band with a really awesome name. "... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead" or "I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness." Brilliant. "Panic! at the Disco" is another one that just rocks me. Sometimes it can come off as trying too hard, I guess, but there's something ballsy and clever about going with a band name that is challenging. It beats going with the standard "the [insert plural noun here]." As for the music here, it's very good- like some kind of weird fusion of The Cars and The Doors, with a little Styx or Moody Blues mixed in there.

48. Stephen Fretwell - Scar
"Scar" is such a great word. Full of hard, mean sounds, it feels almost as mean as what it describes. It's one of those words that's just meant for pop music. It gets a little swallowed in this song, but it's there. A note on Stephen Fretwell: his last.fm profile contains this description: "A Manchester-based singer/songwriter, hailing from Scunthorpe, who is often been grouped into the Dylan-sounding category. Arguably this is correct, and it's obvious that Dylan is an inspiration to him. Stephen also has the potential to be as big as Dylan many people say." Poor grammar aside, take a listen to this track and please note with me that a) he sounds nothing like Bob Dylan and b) there's no earthly way he or any other acoustic pop musician is ever going to be as big as Dylan. Regardless of how you feel about Dylan (personally, I think he's a genius songwriter who only rarely is really successful as a musician/singer), the days of those overwhelming, legendary super-icon rockers has come and gone. The world is too fragmented. Music is too fragmented. And even if it weren't, "Tangled Up in Blue" this ain't.

49. The Postmarks - Goodbye
This is just pleasant, laid-back music. Totally worth a listen. What's even more worthy of your attention, however, is the grandiloquent and nearly incomprehensible last.fm profile for this band. Here are a couple excerpts for your enjoyment:

"The Postmarks' approach focuses on classic song writing and features the blissful vocals of chanteuse Tim Yehezkely, who drew the music from a production of melancholy to the solace of a broken heart on the mend, where it discovered a place of sunny amnesty."

"Describing the environment where their songs and recordings have been carefully crafted as a 'heartbreak factory,' the band has decided to open up the doors and allow the world in for the first time. It is an act that reveals the journey the members took from the creative mire of emptiness to the overflowing well of heartbreak. "

Ah, the sweet pretensions of an indie pop outfit.

50. The Softies - Sleep Away Your Troubles
This is the second Softies song that I've posted - their cover of "Together Forever" made it onto Mix 13 - and this is an original. And a good way to end a long, long mix set- with a lullaby.

hey little fella, how are you doing today?: anxious anxious

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC) (link)

Here Comes One

Piano=Welcome Back Kotter
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC) (link)

Here Comes One

Guess not just piano, overall sound = Kotter
revenant5 From: revenant5 Date: August 13th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Here Comes One

No, it's not Kotter that I'm reminded of... I guess the overall song *might* sound like that, but the piano part sounds a lot like a guitar part from a Boston song or something like that. I keep thinking of that "I don't know why I go to extremes" song, but I don't think that's it.
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