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I've been listening to Colin Meloy Sings Live a lot over the past couple of weeks. If you hate The Decemberists it's not for you, but if you're a fan, and you happen to not have it yet, it's worth your eMusic downloads. It's interesting to hear the songs stripped down to their cores—it's just him and an acoustic guitar—and he provides some interesting banter to fill the in between times. One thing stuck out, he uses the word 'dude'. I was floored. As I'm sure you are if you know anything about him. I never thought someone who was, for all intents and purposes, still stuck in 19th century England would even know the proper context in which to say, 'Dude'. But he does and for some reason it validates every single time that word has come/will come out of my mouth.

I don't know if I'm feeling particularly melancholy or what, but lately I've been making a 'Songs that rip my soul up into little tiny pieces and stomp all over them' mix. These are songs that every time they come on my iPod, I have to, have to play them over again. At least once, if not three or four or twenty. And, I have to, have to close my eyes and sing along at the top of my lungs. Which makes driving somewhat difficult. And really seems to annoy people at the gym.

Damien Rice | The Professor and La Fille Danse
Bon Iver | Re:Stacks
Ryan Adams | Wonderwall
The Decemberists | Red Right Ankle
Iron & Wine | Waiting for a Superman
Coldplay | Fix You
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova | Alone Apart
The Decemberists | The Bachelor and the Bride
Band of Horses | The Funeral
The Everybodyfields | Lonely Anywhere
Beck | Guess I'm Doing Fine
M Ward |Poison Cup
Cowboy Junkies | Blue Moon
Gina Villalobos | Somewhere to Lay Down
Death Cab for Cutie | Death of an Interior Director
Will Johnson | Nothin' but Godzilla
Ryan Adams | The Bar is a Beautiful Place
The Frames | Finally
The Decemberists | Grace Cathedral Hill
Steve Earle | Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)
Iron & Wine | Communion Cups and Someone's Coat
Michael Stipe and Joseph Arthur | In the Sun

eta: I completely forgot to add any Josh Ritter to this. Sorry, Josh! How I could've overlooked him is beyond me, since I'm going to marry him some day. I also completely overlooked the best Ryan Adams song ever. So:

Josh Ritter | Good Man
Ryan Adams | Come Pick Me Up


Dave said...

I got an eMusic account last month because I got a ton of free downloads, but I've been having a hard time finding things to download. This list should keep me busy for a little while, even if I end up not liking any of it. Which seems unlikely.

d said...

i'm always shocked and amazed when people say they can't find things to download from eMusic. it's pretty much the only place i shop for music. and i'm on the 90 downloads a month plan and still have about 100 in my saved for later list.

let me know if you need some recs. although, that's a pandora's box you may not want to open...

Dave said...

Well, I'm always shocked and amazed by how much stuff eMusic doesn't have, but then I probably listen to way too much old music these days. Which was kind of the point of my getting on eMusic--to discover new things and get out of my rut. So far, it's been working pretty well. I just have to sort of blindly dig around the site until I find things I like, but they're out there.

Michael5000 said...

I loves me the Emusic.

I've been listening to "Colin Meloy Sings Live!" a lot... and in fact, I'm going to listen to Colin Meloy sing live tomorrow. Yip yip!

blythe said...

ouch! just the thought of come pick me up punched me in the heart. but it hurts so good.