miTunes: January 2009

2 Feb

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

The sources: 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. “I Got You Dancing” — Lady Sovereign
2. “Adlai Stevenson” — Sufjan Stevens
3. “Drive On, Driver” — The Magnetic Fields
4. “Geraldine” — Glasvegas
5. “I Want it All” — Dios Malos
6. “Sleepytime in the Western World” — Blitzen Trapper
7. “Time Won’t Wait” — Jamiroquai
8. “Runnin Out of Fools” — Neko Case
9. “Staying In Love” — Raphael Saadiq
10. “Paper Dolls” — Hyder Ali
11. “There’s a Reason” — AA Bondy
12. “Every Valley is Not a Lake” — Cold War Kids
13. “Just Like Heaven” — The Watson Twins
14. “Paris Is Burning” — Ladyhawke
15. “Guns of Navarone” — Maritime
16. “Sink Ships” — Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
17. “All Sideways” — Scarce
18. “The Palace at 4 am” — AC Newman

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4 Responses to “miTunes: January 2009”

  1. RandBall's Stu February 3, 2009 at 8:32 am #

    “Guns of Navarone” free and legal here, I think: http://stereogum.com/archives/mp3/new-maritime-guns-of-navarone_005884.html

  2. RandBall's Stu February 3, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Also:

    *The Neko Case song sounds like it was recorded at One-Eyed Jack’s.
    *The Dios Malos track is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
    *Blitzen Trapper can do no wrong.

  3. Dave MN February 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    “Love Letter to Japan”, “Diamond Dave”, and “My Love” are all solid tracks off of the new The Bird and the Bee album

    I would also suggest picking up the Eric Hutchinson album “Sounds Like This” at Best Buy for $5.99. It’s great!

  4. lattewarrior February 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    Excuse me, but didn’t P.M. Dawn do “Paper Doll”? Let’s give credit where credit is deservedly due.

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