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Top 5: Call It A Ritual?


Top 5: Call It A Ritual?

Everyone needs more music, right? How about five songs in less than a minute each?

No big philosophy here. Just tracks I've been playing enough to screw up the perfect distribution of randomness on my iTunes shuffle setting. I'm going to try to post five songs every week, so if anyone out there has some secret awesomeness tucked away, drop a note in the comments below.

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Wolf Parade, Ponytail, et al, after the jump.

COOL KIDS — What Up Man (From The Bake Sale EP)
"Tick tick, clap. Tick, tick tick tick, clap." Literally.

We reviewed the new My Morning Jacket CD on the show a few weeks ago, and the song Evil Urges kept reminding me of "Coma Girl." I think maybe it's guitar at the end of the chorus. Then there's the line in the new Hold Steady record about Saint Joe Strummer. That sealed the deal. I've listened to it at least once a day for the past 2 weeks.

WOLF PARADE — Call It A Ritual (From At Mount Zoomer)
I don't love all of the new Wolf Parade record, but this song has a weird, great, twisty push and pull.

PONYTAIL — Beg Waves (From Ice Cream Spiritual)
For who knows what reason, I let this CD sit on my desk two full months before picking it up. Then it's 15 seconds into the first track, and lead noisemaker Molly Siegel lets loose with that ecstatic "bbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrraahhhh!" What a mistake. April and May could have been so much better.

ANNIE — I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me (single, from the internet)
Then again, maybe this is why I let Ponytail sit for so long. Honestly, it's been hard for me to listen to anything other than Annie's new single recently. I'd get mad, but every time she hits that high note in the chorus, I grin like a moron.



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Oooo, I like this! Yes, please do make it a weekly feature.

This week I have been wearing out the MP3 of Sporting Life by the Sea and Cake.

Sent by Maura | 4:50 PM | 6-27-2008

I like this idea. Keep 'em coming, Mark! I just bought _Ice Cream Spiritual_ off of Amazon.

Since we were invited I'll chip in with what's been wearing a groove into my iAudio:

8 1/2 Souvenirs "Come Di" (Happy Feet)
A jazz/swing band inspired very much by Django. So much talent in an under-appreciated band -- outside of Austin, that is. Olivier can swing a guitar better than anyone else I know. The band went through a few lead vocalists, but all were excellent.

Morningwood "Babysitter" (Morningwood)
My favorite mid-afternoon pick me up. This ever so slightly more than ever so slightly raunchy pop group brings great energy to all their songs. Babysitter describes several of my adolescent fantasies.

Murmurs "Fisfit" (Blender)
The Murmurs is Heather Grody and Leisha Hailey after they got over sounding like Indigo Girls but before Leisha got swept up by The L-Word. Heather can really belt 'em out. Heather's new band, Redcar, is perhaps even better.

Big Pig "Charlie" (Bonk)
An Australian pop band with a vocalist, a guy on synths, and six percussionists. Their albums are hard to find but worth it. Kids these days think they know beats. They've got no idea.

Ditty Bops "Ooh La La" (The Ditty Bops)
An almost indescribable mix of folk, pop, vaudeville, bluegrass, and awesome acoustic musicianship. I swear they can play anything with strings. I discovered them when I chanced across their first calendar, Bicycles and Bikinis, in a bicycle shop. As a marketing tactic I'd have to say it worked perfectly. Actually the Bops would make excellent guests for the BPP when they their new album comes out. It might be soon as they released an EP not long ago. Their first tour was a bike trip across the US. It was album promotion and environmental awareness all rolled into one. They said it was wonderful until they got to western Kansas in July. Having grown up in Kansas I sympathize.

Sent by Dave Wiley | 10:48 PM | 6-27-2008

Ooh, Wolf Parade. Thanks. You made up my mind about whether I should get their new one. Yes!

This is a good feature. Keep it coming!

Sent by Martha | 8:24 AM | 6-29-2008

Akesson - Perfect Blue (Offshore Recordings)

Swedish trance at its very best. Check it out on Youtube.

Sent by Leigh Cutler | 9:52 AM | 6-30-2008

I notice Lisa Loeb is going to be in New York on July 31st performing songs from her new album. She might be a good fit for the BPP, too.

Sent by Dave Wiley | 12:17 AM | 7-2-2008

1. Automatic Loveletter - The Answer
2. White Tie Affair - The Letdown
3. Terra Naomi - The Vicodin Song
4. Levi Kreis - I Should Go
5. Allison Crowe - Hallelujah

Sent by Liam | 4:39 PM | 7-2-2008