Friday, January 23, 2009


"Without music, time has a very different quality." Rory Stewart

1. The Psychedelic Furs - "Forever Now"
If all you know of the Furs is the hits, I really hope you choose to delve deeper within a week or two. Not that their albums are going anywhere, but you owe it to yourself.

2. CSS - "Alcohol"
This Brazilian act is one of those bands where they were so hyped up at one point that I totally tuned out and didn't really give them a chance. (Until now, of course.) What a mistake that was. These are some of the most pleasant melodies to ever grace my 'phones.

3. From Bubblegum to Sky - "The King of Failed"
If you liked the "Stubbs the Zombie" soundtrack, here's some original music right up your alley. From Bubblegum to Sky, while definitely an indie pop group, emotes a fiery passion for pre-Beatles oldies. If hipsters went back in time and opened up a malt shoppe, the juke would be rockin' steady with this loose gem.

4. Bush Tetras - "Punch Drunk"
From the Electric Fetus newsletter: "Laura Kennedy was the original bassist in the legendary Bush Tetras and has made Minneapolis her home this past decade or so. This past year, Laura suffered health problems and required a liver transplant to stay alive. Luckily, last month a donor came through and she got a new liver and a new lease on life. She also has enormous medical bills." (Find out how to help out by visiting

5. The Streets - "When You Wasn't Famous"
Mike Skinner (aka the Streets) is probably the best thing the British music scene has going for it these days. Not since the Chemical Brothers dropped “Dig Your Own Hole” in 1997 have I been able to make such a sweeping statement about the country’s talent pool. [Recycled sentiment alert!]

6. Black Lips - "Starting Over" [LISTEN HERE]
The more subtle and unassuming the Black Lips get, the more I like and respect them. Their last album, "Good Bad Not Evil," was great, and something tells me this new one, "200 Million Thousand," is going to be even better.

7. Marc Gartband - "Amputate"
Even more ammo if anyone questions my decision to name this group's "Me and My Big Ego" the best Duluth release of '08. -> That's really saying a lot considering the competition.

8. Here We Go Magic - "Tunnelvision" [LISTEN HERE]
Sounds like something you'd hear on Walt Dizzo's show just around midnight. Cluttered, but joyfully so.

9. The Go-Go's - "This Town"
"Life's a kick in this town." <- Sounds like somebody's visited Superior before, eh. ... No?

10. Eric B. & Rakim - "Eric B. is President" [Dub Version]
Wish I could make beats like these.

11. Mixmaster Mike - Track 13 from "Live Beatdown, Vol. 1" [MP3]
I've had the pleasure of catching Mixmaster Mike, the Beastie Boys' DJ, in concert — opening up for Guns N' Roses in Fargo, no less — and it was a fucking blast. And, I can honestly say, his set would've been even better had the Beasties track used so liberally here ("That's It That's All") been, you know, not just a sparkle in Adrock's eye back in '02 when said concert took place.

12. Dance Band - "Feet on Fire"
Another party-startin' classic from what is arguably the best live band in America these days.

13. Matt and Kim - "Yea Yeah" [MP3]
These guys make me smile.

14. Mr. Oizo feat. Uffie - "Steroids"
I suppose I've come across as somewhat of a curmudgeon when it comes to "the new sound" — especially when reviewing groups like Boys Noize and Crystal Castles — but this Parisian electronica outfit has made a believer out of me. It only took one spin, too.

15. Deerhunter - "Nothing Ever Happened"
Doesn't necessarily live up to the group's mammoth hype, but I still like 'em a whole lot better than Animal Collective. (For shame, right?)

16. Radio Birdman - "New Race"
Some swift punk rock from Down Under.

17. The Mirrors - "Another Nail in the Coffin"
If you're in a band and want to impress some pretentious music geek, cover this barnburner note for note.

18. The Unicorns - "Evacuate the Vacuous"
A beauty from some random EP. Well worth seeking out.

19. Bon Iver - "Skinny Love"
Hey, if Marc Gartman, Katy Helbacka and Lance Rhicard all love this dude from Eau Claire to pieces, I can get on board.

20. AM rubin - "Looking for a Job" [MP3]
Do yourself (another) favor and get to know this Duluth group, aka the most eclectic father-son team ever.

21. The Brighton Port Authority feat. Pete York - "Dirty Sheets" [MP3]
I know he never gets a lot of respect from critics, but the latest project from Norman Cook (known aliases: Fatboy Slim, the Mighty Dub Katz, etc. etc. etc.) sounds just as promsing as "Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars." (If you can't tell, I'm a fan, and I desperately want to make sweet love to that album.) (Wait ... what?)

22. Goblin - "La Caccia"
As George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" recently surpassed "The Shining" as my favorite horror movie, I thought I'd celebrate by including one of those endearingly goofy soundtrack cuts on this here mix tape.

Thus concludes your thirty-eighth dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES, the awesome mix tape series formerly known as "Don't Tell a Soul."

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