Morrissey, Dave Davies, Calexico

Former Smiths singer Morrissey; Nick Drake-inspired folk from Josh Ritter; Former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies; Lurking monsters in the music of Calexico; French, Swiss & Argentine Gotan Project; Oklahoma art rockers The Starlight Mints.

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Morrissey, Dave Davies, Calexico

Ringleader of the Tormentors

I Will See You in Far Off Places

  • Artist: Morrissey
  • Album: Ringleader of the Tormentors
  • Song: I Will See You in Far Off Places

As the front man for The Smiths in the 1980s, Morrissey became an icon for broody, shoe-gazing fans everywhere. He's been making equally melancholy music as a solo artist since the band broke up in 1987. Though he took a 7-year hiatus in the '90s, he returned with a critically-acclaimed album in 2004 called You Are the Quarry. This time he didn't wait another 7 years, instead releasing a strong follow-up with Ringleader of the Tormentors.

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  • "I Will See You in Far Off Places"
  • Album: Ringleader of the Tormentors
  • Artist: Morrissey
 
The Animal Years

Lillian Egypt

  • Artist: Josh Ritter
  • Album: Animal Years
  • Song: Lillian Egypt

Josh Ritter, originally featured in 2002 on All Songs Considered Episode 19, sings with a gentle voice and a quiet strum of his guitar, evoking the spirit of Nick Drake.

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  • "Lillian Egypt"
  • Album: The Animal Years
  • Artist: Josh Ritter
  • Label: V2
 
Kinked

Death of a Clown

  • Artist: Dave Davies
  • Album: Kinked
  • Song: Death of a Clown

Dave Davies is best known as the guitarist for the Kinks, with his brother, Ray Davies as the primary songwriter and singer. In the decades since The Kinks broke up and the brothers went their separate ways, Dave Davies has continued to make music as a solo artist. A new CD collects some of his best work.

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  • "Death of a Clown"
  • Album: Kinked
  • Artist: Dave Davies
 
Garden Ruin

Panic Open String

  • Artist: Calexico
  • Album: Garden Ruin
  • Song: Panic Open String

Calexico is a band from Tucson making eclectic music that's part folk, but deeply rooted in rock.

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  • "Panic Open String"
  • Album: Garden Ruin
  • Artist: Calexico
 
Lunático

Amor Porteño

  • Artist: The Gotan Project
  • Album: Lunático
  • Song: Amor Porteño

The Gotan Project is made of French, Swiss and Argentine musicians who make trance-inspiring songs with a touch of tango.

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  • "Amor Porteño"
  • Album: Lunático
  • Artist: The Gotan Project
 
Drowaton

Pumpkin

  • Artist: The Starlight Mints
  • Album: Drowaton
  • Song: Pumpkin

The Starlight Mints are one of two great experimental rock groups from Norman, Oklahoma; the other being The Flaming Lips. Like the Flaming Lips, the Starlight Mints write smart, quirky, dream-pop songs.

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  • "Pumpkin"
  • Album: Drowaton
  • Artist: The Starlight Mints
  • Label: Barsuk
 

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