Monday, July 14, 2008


You're in for a treat with this latest awesome mix tape, as each and every selection listed here today would easily be a No. 1 hit on Funkotron. Enjoy!

1. Filter - "Under"
I got to interview Richard Patrick today and, man, what an entertaining conversation -- I just hope that comes across when I finally write my article. (No, this isn't some random interview; Filter will be in town Aug. 3 at Bayfront Festival Park with *get this* 3 Doors Down, Staind, 12 Stones and Hurt. Who in the hell comes up with these lineups, anyway?)

2. Strong Bad - "Trogdor" theme
You'd be surprised (or would you?) with how well these first two tracks work together.

3. Motion City Soundtrack - "1,000 Paper Cranes"
In other interview/Duluth concert news, I got to interview MCS's Matthew Taylor -- really nice guy, by the way -- for their show at Grandma's Sports Garden July 24. (The Spill Canvas and Sing It Loud open.)

4. R.E.M. - "She Just Wants to Be"
From "Reveal," the summer album and, not coincidentally, on my all-time Top 10 list. Seriously!

5. Weezer - "The Greatest Man that Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)"
How could the Twin Ports' best DJ not like the new Weezer album? This s*** is pure gold.

6. Soundgarden - "She Likes Surprises"
A bonus track on the copies of "Superunknown" sold outside the United States ... what's with that, Soundgarden? While it's slightly more "Badmotorfinger" -- or even "Down on the Upside," for that matter -- than "Superunknown," it's a great addition to any Soundgarden superfan's collection.

7. PAS/CAL - "Glorious Ballad of the Ignored"
Pardon me Beck but ... is "I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura" going to be the album of the summer? We'll find out July 22, now won't we?

8. The Watson Twins - "Bar Woman Blues"
A great song for a small town. Bar, that is.

9. Aerosmith - "No More No More"
There are about 1,000 ways I could think of that would've made Aerosmith's "Guitar Hero" good, and this is just one of them.

10. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - "Jezebel"
Similarly, why wasn't this "deep cut" a bigger hit back in the day?

11. XTC - "The Everyday Story of Smalltown"
What's with this intro? Do I hear kazoos? Regardless, another lovely XTC gem.

12. The Motion Sick - "30 Lives"
Easy, breezy and ... beautiful? A resounding "uh huh." (p.s. I just heard a remixed version of this song -- listen here -- will be featured in an upcoming "Dance Dance Revolution" game. How weird is that?)

13. Beulah - "A Good Man is Easy to Kill" [Free MP3s Here]
Perhaps no man is more romantic than Beulah's Miles Kurosky (who's busy* working on a solo album, by the way), and here's my proof: "Don't know about God, but I believe in you."

14. Doomtree - "Flex"
Was turned onto this one by the Star Tribune's excellent article "Hip-Hop Dads," of all things.

15. Indigenous - "Little Time"
Have been a fan of Indigenous' brash fusion of blues and rock for years -- seen 'em twice in concert, actually -- so it's with great pleasure to repeat the following: FinnFest 2008's Saturday night headliner is ... Indigenous!

16. Charlie Parr - "Right Between the Eyes" [Free MP3s Here]
What's not to love? I know at least Saint Anyway agrees with me on this one.

17. Damien Jurado - "Murderer" [Low cover]
I know there are legions of Low fans around nation, but, if you stop and think about it, that's actually really cool!

18. Jackson Browne - "The Road"
Thanks, "Freaks and Geeks," for reminding of another lonely gem from the past.

19. Blues Traveler - "Girl Inside My Head"
20. Live - "Top"
21. Collective Soul - "Where the River Flows"
In even more Duluth concert news, these three acts -- all of which performed at Woodstock '94** -- will perform together at Bayfront Festival Park July 22.

*From It's been four years since Beulah's breakup, and five years since "Yoko," Beulah's final record was released. Many of you have long known that Miles has been working on a solo record and have asked if it was turning into another "Chinese Democracy." Come on Axl, what's up? Anyway, we're happy to announce that at least one finished track from Miles can be heard here.
**And try to avoid any "Wow, 15 years ago this actually would've been an impressive concert..." jokes, you ungrateful bastards!

Thus concludes your thirteenth dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES.

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