Submitted for the approval of the Mix Tape Appreciation Society, here lies "couleehighharmony," another sweet compilation series curated by Matthew R. Perrine. Per usual, enjoy this and all coming editions at maximum volume.
1. Atmosphere - "Became"
Slug is a master storyteller, and "The Family Sign" plays like a hyper-personal novel.
2. New Politics - "Yeah Yeah Yeah"
Rock music? Denmark gets it done.
3. Butthole Surfers - "Cough Syrup"
Gibby Haynes knows how to end a song: with strings!
4. Matt Costa - "Cigarette Eyes"
Jack Johnson, you did the world a favor by putting your support behind this California singer-man. Slainte!
5. Split Enz - "I Got You"
Many thanks to the anything-goes Eau Claire station Bob FM for playing this one incessantly. Seriously, I don't think I could ever get sick of this New Zealand classic.
6. Letters to Cleo - "Anchor"
Has this group always sounded so "girlie"? Either way, it was a fun trip back to '97 with this one.
7. Superdrag - "Do the Vampire"
The ultimate rock song? I'd like to hear your suggestions leaning elsewhere.
8. Goldfrapp - "Number 1"
I'm obviously not one to "get his club on," so I'm afraid I don't know how to sell this to other introverts. However, all you really have to know is that it works.
9. Bjork - "Human Behavior"
Besides Yoko Ono, I can't think of a female artist I admire more.
10. Jamie Christopherson - "Mountain Pass"
From the soundtrack to the Capcom game "Lost Planet: Extreme Condition."
11. The Living End - "Short Notice"
When Bloc Party and the Kaiser Chiefs hit it big, these Aussies were apparently taking notes.
12. Farewell Continental - "Dagger, Dagger: Terror, Terror"
Justin Pierre from Motion City Soundtrack's other band.
13. Bill Withers - "Lovely Day"
Heard recently in the James Franco film "127 Hours."
14. The Avett Brothers - "Die Die Die"
Dedicated to Walt Dizzo, the best damn college radio DJ on the planet. (And, please, don't read too much into the song title accompanying this "shout-out"....)
15. Pearl Jam - "Corduroy" (alt. take)
From the glorious (and gloriously packaged) "Vitalogy" reissue.
16. Soundgarden - "Head Down" (Live in Seattle)
From the recent, too-amazing "Live on I-5" -- which is, surprisingly, the legendary grunge band's first official live album.
17. The Get Up Kids - "A Sudden Interest in Massachusetts"
... and Briana McIvor. No? Just me?
18. Bob Dylan - "Silvio"
No matter how many Bob Dylan albums I collect, there are still tracks I don't know two bits about. (Shameful, I know.)
19. Braid - "Breathe In"
How is it possible for a rock band and a video game with the same name to also share hipster cred?
20. Common - "Soul Power"
The most infectious "moving bassline" I've ever heard.
21. Queen - "Don't Stop Me Now"
I picked up my copy of "Jazz" at a flea market held outside The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, Fla. What's your story?
22. Heidecker and Wood - "Million People"
Yes, the sweet falsetto you're now hearing is that of Tim Heidecker from "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!"
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