Pre-Friday Random Ten

In a low-cut blouse she brings the beer
Rousseau paints a jungle flower behind her ear
Those cannibals-of shuck and jive
They’ll eat a working girl like her alive

Last week we were Linkin Park/Limp Bizkit-free which kept the cooler-than-thou comments to a low hum. Sigh. Here we go again:

A Thousand Trees (live) – Stereophonics
Mario’s Cafe – St Etienne
Better Version Of Me – Fiona Apple
Mama’s Got A Girlfriend Now – Ben Harper
Because The Night – Patti Smith
Betting On Trains – Hem
The Jungle Line – Joni Mitchell
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 2 – The Flaming Lips
Ohio – CSN&Y
Paper Doll – Rachel Yamagata

Bonus #11…..Washington Bullets – The Clash

..and now I want to plug my favorite CD from this year:

Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope

A friend at work gave me Regina Spektor’s Begin To Hope to listen to and I wasn’t quite ready for what was to come. Somewhere between cabaret and one of Tori Amos’s meltdowns with a little bit of Joni Mitchell and Ricki Lee Jones thrown in for fun. Because every song is an adventure I’m not sure she’s for everyone, but you really have to appreciate the thought that went into the arrangements and her sense of fun and style. On The Radio” is the most original thing that I’ve heard this year, “Après Moi” is a big mess that works, and “Samson” is simply beautiful in its own off-the-shoulder way.

There. You have been warned and encouraged. Proceed accordingly.

(Added) Thanks to George in the comments, the “On The Radio” video.

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