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Best Songs: 2004 (So Far)

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Best Songs: 2004 (So Far)

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Best Songs: 2004 (So Far)

Best Songs: 2004 (So Far)

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Halfway through the year and the songs are strong. New artists like Iron and Wine and M. Ward are writing powerful song poems. Their words and beats have the mystery of such revered artists as Wilco, Modest Mouse and Sam Phillips. Before the summer slips by and fall accelerates into winter, we offer this show as a chance to catch up on the great sounds of 2004 (so far).

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Best Songs: 2004 (So Far)

Good News for People Who Love Bad News

The World at Large

  • from Good News for People Who Love Bad News
  • by Modest Mouse

This second release on Sony for Modest Mouse comes ten years after the indie trio first formed in Issaquah, Washington.

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Transfiguration of Vincent

Vincent O'Brien

  • from Transfiguration of Vincent
  • by M. Ward

In this beautifully-crafted concept album M. Ward creates a dark, warm world of sound from the backwoods of an imaginary land.

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Our Endless Numbered Days

On Your Wings

  • from Our Endless Numbered Days
  • by Iron & Wine

Iron and Wine is the work of Samuel Beam, a cinematography instructor at Miami college. Reminiscent of Elliot Smith or Nick Drake, Beam writes delicate, hushed songs and records his musical treasures with a four-track at home.

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Escondida

Sascha

  • from Escondida
  • by Jolie Holland

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A Boot and a Shoe

Open the World

  • from Boot and a Shoe
  • by Sam Phillips

Leslie Phillips was a gospel singer before switching to her childhood nickname, Sam and took on a whole new sound reminiscent of '60s psychedelic folk/pop.

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Out of Season

Mysteries

  • from Out of Season
  • by Beth Gibbons

Known for her beautifully dreary voice as the lead singer for British trip hop band Portishead, Beth Gibbons here joins former Talk Talk bassist Rustin Man for her debut solo release.

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A Ghost Is Born

At Least That's What You Said

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At Least That's What You Said

  • from A Ghost Is Born
  • by Wilco

This is the band's follow up to 2002's remarkable Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

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It's All Around You

Stretch (You Are All Right)

  • from It's All Around You
  • by Tortoise

Check out our previous feature on Tortoise from All Songs Considered episode 8, from July of 2001.

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Circulatory System

Yesterday's World

  • from Circulatory System
  • by Circulatory System

Circulatory System is a retooled version of '90s psychedelic rockers Olivia Tremor Control.

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We Shall All Be Healed

Letter from Belgium

  • from We Shall All Be Healed
  • by The Mountain Goats

There are more than 100 songs by the Mountain Goats on various compilations and label samplers, most of them recorded on a department store boombox. This collection is their 12th studio album.

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