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#89 – Lifetime Piling Up by Talking Heads (from Sand in the Vaseline: Popular Favorites, Sire Records 1992

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So, first I have to apologize for the lack of posting here lately. Things have been pretty nuts lately. My birthday was last week and we went to NY for a few days to celebrate that. Now we are frantically getting ready for the Project Dispatch launch party tomorrow night… the event page is here (please come out if you can… it’s going to be a load of fun). These things leave little time to record, but my schedule will be lightening a bit soon so there will be a lot of time for catching up. I did manage to find a few free hours today so I thought that I should go ahead and get # 89 up here.

This is an incredible song that was included on the Sand in the Vaseline compilation. It’s really remarkable that this track didn’t make it to an album (I think that they recorded this while they were working on Naked?). I’m really glad it found a home on this compilation though, because I think that is absolutely one of their best songs. Enjoy!

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#90 – Moment #72 by The Appleseed Cast (from End of the Ring Wars, Deep Elm 1998)

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At the risk of sounding terribly melodramatic, this album was kind of one of those life changing ones for me. Records that really change the way you think about and hear music don’t come along too often, but when they do they hit pretty hard. I first heard this album when I was 17… it set me on a new path in terms of what I was listening to and what I was playing. I was floored then and I still am.

In the interest of full disclosure this is not exactly a new recording. I hope no one thinks that this is a cop out, but I recorded this cover about a year and a half ago. I have always really liked the way that it turned out and I wanted it to be the version that was posted here. If you have heard it before, I apologize.

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#91 – Oh, You Are the Roots That Sleep Beneath My Feet and Hold the Earth in Place by Bright Eyes (from Oh Holy Fools: The Music of Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes, Saddle Creek 2001)

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Whatever my more recent grievances with Conor Oberst happen to be (which I will refrain from delving into here), there is little hope of disputing that Letting Off the Happiness and Fevers and Mirrors are fantastic albums, and rather significant ones for me. Somewhere between Fevers and Mirrors and Lifted (for which a case can be made too… though, for me, things began to kind of go off the rails after that record) there appeared this wonderful split with Son, Ambulance. The first time I heard Oh, You Are the Roots That Sleep Beneath My Feet and Hold the Earth in Place was on the first mix tape that Chandi ever made for me (in 2002? wow), and I have associated it with her since then. That’s why it continues to be my favorite Bright Eyes song , and it’s the reason that this song is on the list. Enjoy.

Oh and I feel like I should point out something obvious… this is the tenth cover that I have posted. 1/10th of my task is completed. That makes me feel pretty alright.

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#92 – Things Just Getting Good by The Promise Ring (from Very Emergency, Jade Tree 1999)

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I have always felt a very strong need to defend this record. So many people were down on it when it came out that I think it made me like it all the more. I took pride in my loyalty to The Promise Ring… which seems silly, but I feel like a lot of people missed out on a really great record. Don’t get me wrong, my heart truly belongs to their earlier stuff but there is plenty of room for Very Emergency (and Wood/Water for that matter). This song always stood out as a particular favorite. I hope you enjoy it.

Oh, I suppose I should mention this before anyone gets defensive: a lot of people I know came around to this record eventually; it just took a while. I think people (myself not excluded) were kind of hoping for another Nothing Feels Good… but come on, there will never be another Nothing Feels Good.

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#93 – Mess With the Bulls by Piebald (from If It Weren’t For Venetian Blinds, It Would Be Curtains For Us All, Big Wheel Recreation 1999)

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How amazing is this record? Jesus…

This one was super fun to do… hope you like it.

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#94 – No Key, No Plan by Okkervil River (from Black Sheep Boy Appendix, Jagjaguwar 2005)

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OK… So this is one of the newer songs on the list, and this brings me to a point of pondering on something. At first I was feeling weird about the fact that a lot of the songs on this list are from the late nineties. I kind of felt like I was shunning some newer bands that I really love. But then it occurred to me that if I make another list like this in seven or eight years it will feature a lot of the bands that I’m into right now. Likewise there are a few songs that, had you asked me about them seven or eight years ago, I would have never believed that they weren’t on this current list. So this made me feel better about the exclusion of a lot of new bands. Their time will come. So, as we go through life we are constantly adding things to and dropping things from our many running lists of favorite things… I am fairly confident that the list I am working from right now is a fairly accurate, current depiction of my ever-evolving music listening history… I hope that makes sense.

There was really no way that Okkervil River was going to sit this one out… and it was kind of a no brainer picking No Key, No Plan. I am constantly amazed with them, and the fact that this song is from an Appendix album, and afterthought EP if you will, makes this particular track all the more amazing. Enjoy!

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#95 – It’s Worse When You’re Young by Neva Dinova (from Neva Dinova, Crank! 2002)

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Hope you enjoy this one… I had a lot of fun recording it.

Oh, and if you ever get a chance to see Neva Dinova live you would do very well not to pass it up… I’m just saying.

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#96 – Nightmares by the Sea by Jeff Buckley (from Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, Columbia 1998)

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Many apologies for the delay with this next installment. I’ve been a little under the weather, though I am going to try cover a lot of ground this week and catch up a bit. I’ve been listening to this album a lot lately… I’ve always loved it; even though it makes me a little sad it’s still brilliant. Oddly (and this may be a stretch of a connection) I also just finished watching the second season of Twin Peaks… some might say that Sketches and Twin Peaks are two of the most frustratingly incomplete, near masterpieces of the nineties. OK… think on that while you’re enjoying today’s cover.