Pre-Friday Random Ten and other stuff

Are you alone now
Did you lose the monkey
He gave you backaches
And now you slouch
He didn’t mean it
He’s just a dumb ape
Reading Playboy
On your couch

Catching up on some thank you’s and end of the year shit.
First, the random stuff:

Manhattan Avenue – Nellie McKay
Did Someone Make A Fool Outta You…? – Beth Orton
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Radiation Vibe – Hem (Fountains of Wayne cover)
Santeria – Sublime
Pretty Mary K – Elliott Smith
Four Fingered Fisherman – Sun Kil Moon
Breaking Into Heaven – The Stone Roses
Head On – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Live With Me – Massive Attack

Bonus #11: Paper Thin Walls – Modest Mouse

Now some thank yous:

To the luscious Watertiger for the Sun Kil Moon CD.
To Steve in Tustin for the Cutter’s Way DVD (Go rent it. A paranoid classic)
To Thomas in Key Biscayne for the Red House Painters CD
You are all in my will now. Let’s keep it out of probate, ‘kay?

Next up, these are my favorite CD’s from the past year in no particular order for your I’m-cooler-than-thou amusement:

Eels – With Strings: Live at Town Hall
Ollabelle – Riverside Battle Songs
Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
Mogwai – Mr. Beast
Stereophonics – Live From Dakota
Basement Jaxx – Crazy Itch Radio
Thievery Corporation – Versions
I Love You But I Have Chosen Darkness – Fear Is on Our Side
Regina Spector – Begin To Hope
Beth Orton – Comfort of Strangers
Original Cast Recording – Spring Awakening
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Under the Covers, Vol. 1
Metal Hearts – Socialize
The Minus 5 – The Minus 5
and Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

I also want to include Sun Kil Moon’s Tiny Cities on the list because, even though it came out in 2005, I recently bought it and it has easily become my favorite this year. A collection of Modest Mouse covers that show off the lyrical genius of Isaac Brock, in Mark Kozelek’s hands Ocean Breathes Salty, slowed down and stripped of it’s jangly pop hooks, becomes the most beautiful and haunting song about mortality I’ve heard since Fire and Rain.

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