miTunes: February '09

2 Mar

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. “Oh No” – Andrew Bird

2. “Sawdust Man” – Ben Kweller

3. “The Wrestler” – Bruce Springsteen (obvious but necessary)

4. “Never Gonna Happen” – Lily Allen

5. “Hold Your Own” – The Hopefuls

6. “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” – Ida Maria

7. “Her Morning Elegance” – Oren Lavie

8. “Never Had Nobody Like You” – M. Ward

9. “The Rake” – The Decemberists (Yes, I know you’ve heard it. Still needed to be on the list.)

10. “Mr. Pitiful” – Matt Costa

11. “Can I Get Get Get” – Junior Senior

12. “Goodbye Kiss” – Janey Winterbauer & Marc Perlman

13. “So Far Around the Bend” – The National

14. “Believe In Me” – Sloan

15. “Gotta Cheer Up” – Cotton Jones

16. “Young Adult Friction” – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

17. “While We Go Dancing” – White Rabbits


6 Responses to “miTunes: February '09”

  1. ms. mpls March 3, 2009 at 7:29 am #

    I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” – Ida Maria, has anyone been able to find this song on iTunes or as mp3? if so, could you share info.

  2. ms. mpls March 3, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    ok two weeks ago that Ida Maria was not available. now it is.
    never mind previous question. i’m a [redacted] dumb [redacted].

  3. Dave MN March 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Have you ever included any Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles? Maybe I haven’t been following the miTunes lists closely enough.

  4. B. March 3, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    I have not, Dave, but I’ll give ’em a listen stat. I’ve heard good things.

  5. lattewarrior March 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    Good mix, B. Love the inclusion of The National (my incessant promotion of these guys used to really annoy friends and family–similar to how Stu shamelessly plugs Elbow).

  6. RandBall's Stu March 4, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    Latte: if you can find it, the National’s cover of Pretty In Pink is gorgeous.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: