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If you’re not familiar with Centro-matic‘s introspective alter-ego South San Gabriel then you’re truly missing out on one of the finest acts to come out of Denton, Texas. John Roderick of The Long Winters recommended sketching this song for the blog, and I’m glad he did since I didn’t own the album. I wasn’t familiar with this gem, but it now is one of my favorite songs by the band.

South San Gabriel “Smelling Medicinal”

South San Gabriel "Smelling Medicinal"

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There is nothing like a classic punk song about coffee.

Descendents “Coffee Mug”

Descendents "Coffee Mug"

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Danceable, sing-along fun. I always have a smile on my face when I put any Dressy Bessy song on. It looks like a new album is out soon. I can’t wait.

Dressy Bessy “Who’d Stop the Rain”

Dressy Bessy "Who'd Stop the Rain"

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If you aren’t familiar with Jenny Lewis or Rilo Kiley then I recommend checking out the album “The Execution of All Things”. I promise you’ll walk away a lifetime fan of the band.

Rilo Kiley “The Good That Won’t Come Out”

Rilo Kiley "The Good That Won't Come Out"

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Today’s song is a heartfelt number about the Columbia shuttle astronauts. John Roderick creates an emotional tribute to the astronauts that could make even the most stoic feel like they’ve lost their best friend.

The Long Winters “The Commander Thinks Aloud”

The Long Winters "The Commander Thinks Aloud"

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Probably one of the best songs by The Apples in Stereo, but oddly enough the lyrics aren’t printed in the liner notes. I can’t help but think that this song has a real personal meaning to it. Perhaps that’s what makes it so enchanting.

The Apples in Stereo “Silver Chain”

The Apples In Stereo "Silver Chain"

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As Harvey Danger winds down with their final shows, I thought it would be appropriate to honor one of their earlier songs with a sketch. (At least I think it’s an honor.) Aside from being one of the great straight-forward rock bands with a lot of power, I’ve always admired the way that lead singer Sean Nelson crafts words to create unique, humorous and poignant lyrics that are infectious enough to get me to sing along. I was thrilled when the band reformed and released “Little by Little” since I thought I’d finally get a chance to see them live. Unfortunately, the show never happened in Dallas, so I’ve never seen them live. Harvey Danger is a great band that put out 3 great full-length albums that are in regular rotation at my house, and I’m sorry to hear of their break-up.

Harvey Danger “Carlotta Valdez”

Harvey Danger "Carlotta Valdez"

The band offered the album “Little by Little” as a free download or donate what you think it’s worth a few years before Radiohead did the same thing, but it didn’t make the news. I paid the full amount to the band to get the physical album and it was worth every penny.

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If you took Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and Primus and stuck them in a blender you would get something that might sound like Man Man. See these guys live, and you’ll be amazed at the energy that they create on stage.

Man Man “Engrish Bwudd”

Man Man "Engrish Bwuud"

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I first heard this song on All Songs Considered, and I had the hardest time tracking the CD down. Try looking “AU” up in google and see how many hits you get. After cross-referencing the song title “rr vs. d” I was able to find someone selling the album on Amazon. It’s probably the most work that I’ve ever put into finding an album, especially after hearing only one song, but I’m glad that I did it. The whole album is full of truly original music, and there is always a nice surprise around every corner. This song always reminds me of flamenco dancers.

AU “rr vs. d”

AU "rr vs. d"

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Another sad song, but this one goes to 11.

Band of Horses “Funeral”

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