April 2007 – @#$%^&

Not all four letter words have four letters.

1. For TG&Y – The Mountain Goats: I love The Mountain Goats. Love. There seems to be some disagreement about whether this song is called “For TG&Y” or “From TG&Y,” but we’ll just have to roll with that. It’s unreleased, but I’ve linked you to a clip on youtube from a live show.
poured my small resentments like rare and priceless gems
hang on to your dreams until there’s nothing left of them.

2. You Oughta Know – Jonathan Coulton: Jonathan Coulton is best known for his “thing a week” songwriting self-challenge, but this cover of the Alanis Morisette classic is awesome. Gotta love hearing your favorite indie dude rocking out to the girl angst. You can listen to it at the link above.

3. Brightly Wound – Eisley: Apparently, it’s “wound” as in to wind a watch, and not “wound” as in hurt, maim, injure. Although I’m not really particularly clear about what the title of this song has to do with any of the rest of it.

4. Things That Scare Me – Neko Case: I got this song on last.fm, but having actually seen Neko Case live, I can tell you that she is awesome. Her alt-country-esqu style is not usually my cup of tea, but she’s a really great performer, and besides, she has kick-ass red hair.

5. Your Little Hoodrat Friend – The Hold Steady: The same New York Times article that called John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats one of the best lyricists of our time (damn straight!) recommended The Hold Steady, so I’ve been rocking out with them lately.

6. The Only Night – Ian Love: A man, a dog, a song. This is SUCH a charming video of Ian Love and a very small dog playing his song “The Only Night.”

7. Blame It On The Bossa Nova – Eydie Gorme: Good song to dance along to.

8. Song Beneath the Song – Maria Taylor:
Cryptic words meander
Now there is a song beneath the song
I think this song was on Grey’s Anatomy a while ago, but you should like it even if you don’t watch. Cause
it’s not a love, it’s not a love
it’s not a love song…

9. Freeker By the Speaker – Keller Williams: My god. The man can not only play this song with his EYES SHUT, but he whistles like a freaking PRO.

10. Bicycle – Raina Rose: Strangely, I can’t find this one anywhere on the internets, but Raina Rose is another Claire find for me.

11. Just A Girl – No Doubt: Another 90′s girly classic, “Just A Girl” is the ultimate No Doubt.
12. Who Knows – Marion Black: This came off of the Weeds soundtrack. If you haven’t seen Weeds, you must rent the first season on DVD posthaste. It rocks my socks off, and Mary Louise Parker is my hero.

13. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover – Simon & Garfunkel: Now, before you get on me about how this song is actually a Paul Simon song and not a Simon & Garfunkel one, let me assure you that the version I mean is from the Concert in Central Park, and is therefore credited to them together, even if the dude on drums is “legendary drummer Steve Gadd” and Art Garfunkel doesn’t actually appear. He was there. Or something.

14. Falling – Ben Kweller: I was introduced to Ben Kweller by the ever-lovely Claire, and he’s now a permanent member of a cluster of artists in my itunes library that I think about as “four bens and a bob”: Ben Lee, Ben Kweller, Ben Folds, Ben Harper, and Bob Dylan. Don’t ask me why I group them like that, I just do.

15. Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime – Dinah Washington: So, while I like Dinah Washington’s version of this song better, the internet doesn’t agree with me, so enjoy this really terrible knock off of the Dean Martin version. Sell outs.

16. Simple Life – The Weepies: I love The Weepies, even if people think they’re just another mellow folkey band. I truly love them, and there’s no stopping twuuu wuvvv.

17. A King and Queen – Okkervil River: Walt gave me this song. The dude’s got a weird name.

18. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer: Every girl raised on 90′s radio loves this song. I don’t care what you say, I know it’s true.

19. She Belongs To Me – Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan is the master. Everyone should know a little Dylan.

20. Busted Heart – Bishop Allen: Bishop Allen is awesome, and also you can download their latest album for free (legally) off of their band website, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to know them, sing with them, love them.