iPod Obsessions (aka My Latest Playlist): January 2012

An even more bizarre than normal collection. In addition to new tunes, I’ve been sorting my iTunes library by last played and then finding songs I’ve not listened to since transferring them from CD. So this month’s list goes all the way back to 1975 for “Tonight’s the Night (Part 1)” (actually recorded in 1973), pulls in a Rush song and a couple of older lesser known Canadian bands (Max Webster and Skydiggers), some mid-career R.E.M. and some oddballs like Snowblink and new Kathleen Edwards. 

  • “The Lion’s Roar” and “Blue” by First Aid Kit – These two Swedish sisters sing wonderful harmonies on this great folky album that just came out last week
  • Piste 1, Galaxie – Funky, crunchy Québeçois rock ‘n’ roll
  • Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley – The coming release of Leonard Cohen’s new album reminded me of this, my favorite version of this seminal song. Buckley’s voice is exquisite, and the song stands as a sad reminder of his lost talent.
  • “Empty Threat,” “Change the Sheets” and “Sidecar” by Kathleen Edwards – Three picks from Edwards’ excellent new album (reviewed here) produced with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon
  • “Paradise Skies,” “A Million Vacations” and “Check” by Max Webster – A flashback to my misspent youth
  • “Tonight’s The Night (Part 1)” Neil Young – One of the finest songs ever written about the costs of drug addiction and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle
  • “Cortez The Killer” and “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)” by Neil Young – I had to choose the tracks from his brain frying Live Rust album
  • “Untitled” by R.E.M. – This is one of those oddball little songs R.E.M. would throw onto an album (think “Swan Swan H” from Life’s Rich Pageant) but this one has stuck with me over the years.
  • “Star 69” and “Bang And Blame” by R.E.M. – Two kick-ass tracks from the guitar-heavy Monster record
  • “Subdivisions” by Rush – Yes, that Rush. Take your shots!
  • “I Don’t Know” by The Sheepdogs – I’m obsessed with this Guess Who sound-alike band
  • I Will Give You Everything, The Skydiggers – Unknown outside of Canada, The Skydiggers produce typically well done Canadian folk-rock
  • “Ambergris” and “Green to Gone” by Snowblink – Daniela Gesundheit (I’m guessing this isn’t her real name) is one of the most unique voices and songwriters out there, delicate and spritelike.

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