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Monday, March 27, 2006

Tunes for Pledge "Week"

It's pledge "week" at NPR, which means that I've been listening to ye olde iPod more than usual, and I feel that I must recommend a few tunes.

Sing Me Spanish Techno
, by The New Pornographers, is one of the best songs that I've heard in years. The linked video is a bit strange, but the song is great. The entire album, Twin Cinema, is also quite good.

I'm also a fan of The Decemberists' album, Picaresque. It is possibly the greatest pirate-themed rock album in history. You can download the best song on that album, the non-piraty "The Engine Driver" free on Amazon.

I also highly recommend this CD by The Reindeer Section, and this disc by Snow Patrol. You can listen to my favorite Snow Patrol tune, Chocolate, here.

Finally, I'm diggin' this Polyphonic Spree tune. (Although the album version is better.)


  • I love that Polyphonic Spree cut. There is an awesome video for it on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind DVD that is themed with the movie.

    The version that you linked to is the same version in the movie, now I'm curious about the album version.

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 9:01 AM  

  • Doh! I forgot that you can preview the music at Amazon. I have to agree that I like the instrumentation of the album version better. The crescendo builds to a more pleasing aesthetic than the kazoo-sounding madness in the other version.

    Have you heard the rest of the album? If so, what do you think?

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 9:04 AM  

  • It's OK, not great. If you download it, skip the last 36:00 song. It's just a 36 minute kazoo. Not cool.

    The highlights start at Hangin' Around The Day, Part 1, and run through Light and Day. They have a nice buidup and a nice payoff. I can take or leave the rest. I'd like to check out another album sometime, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:53 AM  

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