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October 29, 2007

Where Do I Begin? Oh, That’s Right.

Holy moly, where do I begin? [I think I have an idea] It’s been a hectic last two weeks, filled with weekend get-a-ways, papers on Modernist writers, and even a dash of catch-up napping. So much has been going on and I really don’t know where to start other than what I will end this post with. There has been a shower of new bands just flooding my iPod headphones and they need to be heard. But business is business. So let’s get down to it with what’s important now. The new Sufjan Stevens track.

So fresh off the new Bob Dylan bio-pic’s (that has me shaking with excitement) soundtrack is a new Sufjan track, and he does not disappoint… like he never does. When Sufjan’s voice first trudges in I feel like everything is wonderful that surrounds me, like hope is a possible option for anything in the entire world. The electric guitar is so unusual with Sufjan’s style that it makes it all the more better and the happy bouncy chorus and the intense horn orchestral climaxes contribute to a top notch track for the Michigan native. I promise you, you will be listening to this track non stop from the moment it first hits your ear drums. So be prepared to rock out to this and the rest of the stellar compilation, as it hits stores tomorrow.

Disc 1
“All Along the Watchtower,” – Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers
“I’m Not There,” Sonic Youth
“Goin’ To Acapulco,” Jim James and Calexico
“Tombstone Blues,” Richie Havens
“Ballad of a Thin Man,” Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” Cat Power
“Pressing On,” John Doe
“Fourth Time Around,” Yo La Tengo
“Dark Eyes,” Iron & Wine and Calexico
“Highway 61 Revisited,” Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers
“One More Cup of Coffee,” Roger McGuinn and Calexico
“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Mason Jennings
“Billy,” Los Lobos
“Simple Twist of Fate,” Jeff Tweedy
“The Man in the Long Black Coat,” Mark Lanegan
“Señor (Tales of Yankee Power),” Willie Nelson and Calexico

Disc 2

“As I Went Out One Morning,” Mira Billotte
“Can’t Leave Her Behind,” Stephen Malkmus and Lee Ranaldo
“Ring Them Bells,” Sufjan Stevens
“Just Like a Woman,” Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico
“Mama You’ve Been on My Mind” / “A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie,” Jack Johnson
“I Wanna Be Your Lover,” Yo La Tengo
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?,” The Hold Steady
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
“Wicked Messenger,” The Black Keys
“Cold Irons Bound,” Tom Verlaine and the Million Dollar Bashers
“The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Mason Jennings
“Maggie’s Farm,” Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
“When the Ship Comes In,” Marcus Carl Franklin
“Moonshiner,” Bob Forrest
“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” John Doe
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Antony & the Johnsons
“I’m Not There,” Bob Dylan

->Sufjan Stevens- Ring Them Bells [mp3] (**DH** Highly Recommended)

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