As always, to encourage the consumption of music that doesn't suck, I have provided -- wherever available -- links to free, artist-sanctioned MP3s of the songs.
(Questions? Comments? Want one of your band's songs to be considered for an upcoming awesome mix tape? E-mail mperrine [at] duluthbudgeteer [dot] com.)
1. Paloalto - "Fade Out/In"
For those times when you feel like you're stuck in some uber-epic teen drama, this is your soundtrack.
2. Metal Molly - "Orange" (listen here)
You probably saw this one coming....
3. Brian Wilson - "She Says that She Needs Me"
A lot of people like to shit on "Imagination" (especially Rolling Stone), but forget about 'em: it's a great record!
4. Semi.Official - "Semi.Official?"
DJ Abilities shines on this I Self Devine-less instrumental track -- worthy of any of his groundbreaking solo sets, for sure.
5. Atmosphere - "They All Get Mad at You"
2007 was a banner year for Minneapolis' preeminent hip-hop duo, but somehow this one managed to work its way up to the top.
6. Les Savy Fav - "Patty Lee" (download others here)
A smash hit for the hyped-up post-punk set. Viva los Pixies!
7. Carbon Carousel - "Lather Rinse Repent"
When Abilities was busy working with other rappers (see No. 4) and on his solo sets, his E&A "compadre" Eyedea was busy cranking out records with the angst-ridden Carbon Carousel. A departure, but one worth listening to. (Click here for my full interview with Eyedea.)
8. Aqueduct - "Split the Difference" (Daytrotter vers.)
I can't say it enough: David Terry is a god!
9. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - "Colleen" (DL others here)
I've never been too huge of a Ted Leo fan, but this modest rocker quickly got under my skin.
10. Office - "Had a Visit"
It just blows my mind how incredibly catchy this group's songs are. Magnet said it best: "Pretty irresistible stuff."
11. The National - "Fake Empire"
It seems like most hardcore critics were split between three records: Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible," M.I.A.'s "Kala" and the National's "Boxer." We all know where I stand, but I can definitely see what all the fuss is about.
12. Badly Drawn Boy - "The Shining" (The Avalanches' Good Word for the Weekend Mix)
I know I said this on the last mix, but it isn't any less true this time around: "I would give my [UNPURE JOKE] for a new Avalanches record."
13. Weakerthans - "Reunion Tour" (DL others here)
Is it even possible for this group of Winnipegers to write a song that isn't instantly memorable?
14. Pretty & Twisted - "Stranger"
A haunting, David Lynch-approved (or at least I would assume so) track Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano wrote with Replacement Paul Westerberg.
15. J Church - "City by the Bay"
R.I.P. Lance Hahn. While you're at it, check out the benefit album put out earlier this year. (It's for a good cause, and it's only $7.25!)
16. Charles Douglas - "Baby Come On" (listen to lots of his tracks here)
I have written miles about this man's genius. (Here's just one sample.)
17. Jane's Addiction - "Just Because" (full album stream of "Up from the Catacombs" here)
Wow, can you believe this song is already five years old? (Yeah, I didn't have anything else to say....)
18. Tripmaster Monkey - "Fizzle Like a Flood" (listen here)
For whatever reason, this reminds me of "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" ... and I never even watched that show.
19. Jeremy Messersmith - "Great Times" (DL others here)
Read on: My review of "The Alcatraz Kid," this terrific song's home album.
20. Six Mile Grove - "Hollywood" ("Midnight Road to Moscow" available here)
Read on: "Six Mile Grove's Pure Farm Boy Charm," my feature on the group's chief songwriter, Brandon Sampson. (p.s. Did anyone else see him last weekend while he was in town? I caught his first set at Fitger's Brewhouse -- blew me away!)
21. Dylan Hicks - "Hal Blaine"
Recommended if you like Mark Mallman (see my picks for his greatest hits here) and Six Mile Grove (how convenient, I know...).
22. Sugar - "Believe What You're Saying"
In my book, Bob Mould can do no wrong. (Maybe it's about time I pick up those Hüsker Dü records everyone keeps talking about....)
23. Iron and Wine - "Boy with a Coin"
You know I wouldn't be doing my job as a Cloud Cult superfan if I didn't find at least one CC-sounding track for each and every mix tape. Enjoy!
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