Browsing in Music
  1. Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie
  2. Heroin by The Velvet Underground
  3. A Day in The Life by The Beatles
  4. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash
  5. Freebird by Lynryd Skynyrd
  1. I Ain’t Marching Anymore
  2. Draft Dodger Rag
  3. Here’s to the State of Mississippi
  4. That Was the President
  5. The Highwayman
  1. Dueling Banjos
  2. Rocky Top
  3. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  4. Orange Blossom Special
  5. Dooley
  1. The Velvet Underground
  2. Swingers
  3. Mad Men
  4. XKCD
  5. Better Off Ted
  1. moe. -At the 2001 High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA
  2. Béla Fleck  -At the 2001 High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA
  3. Mountain Heart -At the 2004 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, CA
  4. The Dodos -At The New Pornographers in Oakland, CA (July 18, 2010)
  5. The Balloon Guy -At The Plumas County Fair opening for The Marshall Tucker Band (August 11, 2001)

Whenever I go to a concert there is always more music than I planned to see.  Mostly its “eh,” but these are the people/bands that were great surprises and a lot of fun.  I’ve tried to continue following them afterwards.

  1. “Long Cool Woman in A Black Dress” by The Hollies
  2. “Girls” by The Beastie Boys
  3. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  4. “My Summer Girl” by The Rentals
  5. “Little Old Lady From Pasadena” by Jan and Dean
  1. “Me & Mia” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (plus “Colleen”)
  2. “Allison” by Elvis Costello (plus “Veronica”)
  3. “Sweet Jane” by the Velvet Underground (plus “Candy Says,” “Lisa Says” and “Stephanie Says”)
  4. “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” by The Ramones (plus “Suzy Is a Headbanger,” “Judy is a Punk” and “Heidi Is a Headcase”)
  5. “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (and wonderfully covered by Ike & Tina Turner)

1. Go Places (from the album “Challengers”)

2. Mutiny, I Promise You (from the album “Challengers”)

3. To Wild Homes (from the album “Mass Romantic”)

4. Use It (from the album “Twin Cinemas”)

5. All For Swinging You Around (from the album “Electric Version”)

On Tuesday The New Pornographers will release their fifth studio album “Together” and I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve been following them since their first album and they just seem to get better as they go on.  Each album is filled with some of the smartest rock around songs filled with twists and turns and more hooks than any song should be able to handle.  The lyrics at first glance seem to be filled with non-sequiturs but the words seem to be chosen for their sounds than their meanings.  Everything is put together to keep you bopping your head in time with the song, even if the songs change their rhythm halfway through.

Putting together this list of only five songs from their fifty-one was pretty hard and I’m thinking that after Tuesday it will be even harder.  As I listen to albums I always wind up turning up the volume with each song so that I can hear it a little bit better and louder, but these were the songs that threaten to blow my speakers out.

After I’ve had time to properly digest Together, I’ll get to see them live when they play Oakland’s Fox Theater in July.  I’ve seen the group play a few songs at Amoeba Records when “Twin Cinemas” came out but this will be the first time I get to see their show.  They’re the last of my favorite currently performing bands that I haven’t seen live so I can soon add them to the list of Rage Against The Machine, the White Stripes, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Gorillaz.