Monthly miTunes – August '08

7 Sep

The premise: one CD’s worth of the best songs I’ve heard throughout the month.

The sources: 89.3 The Current, Pandora, XM and various sites on the web.

The criteria: (1) the songs have to be obscure, underground and/or mostly forgotten, and (2) they must be pop friendly.

The gist: I wade through music’s vast soundscape (listening nearly all day, every day) to discover the hidden pop gems. This is a monthly series devoted to bringing you songs that are universally appealing yet mostly unknown.

1. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead

2. “Right as Rain” – Adele

3. “Lost Coastlines” – Okkervil River

4. “45” – Saturday Nights

5. “The Only One I Know” – The Charlatans

6. “Get Better” – Mates of State

7. “That’s Not My Name” – The Ting Tings (winner of B’s Song of the Month)

8. “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne (a close runner-up)

9. “Two” – Ryan Adams

10. “Luck” – The Owls

11. “I Love You” – Band of Bees

12. “The Littlest Birds” – The Be Good Tanyas

13. “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon (try to ignore the embarrassing lyrics – are these guys actually regressing in age?)

14. “Hang On” – Dr. Dog

15. “American Names” – Sebastien Grainger

16. “Language City” – Wolf Parade

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3 Responses to “Monthly miTunes – August '08”

  1. Cool Rut September 8, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    Dylan Hicks is a genius.

  2. RandBall's Stu September 8, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    RE: Okkervil River. Did you know that their song “John Allyn Smith Sails” and the Hold Steady’s “Stuck Between Stations” is about the same suicidal poet? And that Okkervil’s is the superior song, despite my love for the HS? You didn’t? Well, get to downloading, then.

    Seriously, about halfway through, when the song turns into a Beach Boys cover, it’ll make you deliriously happy. And if you know this already, then I’ll shut up.

  3. norm September 9, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    Never listened to “luck” by the owls. If it is half as good as “peppermint patty” or “the lucky ones” then it must be fantastic.

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