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

  • Artist: Modest Mouse
  • Song: The World at Large
  • From: Good News for People Who Love Bad News

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

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The World at Large
Album
Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Artist
Modest Mouse
Label
Epic

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Our Endless Numbered Days

On Your Wings

  • Artist: Iron & Wine
  • Song: On Your Wings
  • From: Our Endless Numbered Days

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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On Your Wings
Album
Our Endless Numbered Days
Artist
Iron and Wine
Label
Sub Pop

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A Boot and a Shoe

Open the World

  • Artist: Sam Phillips
  • Song: Open the World
  • From: Boot and a Shoe

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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Open the World
Album
A Boot and a Shoe
Artist
Sam Phillips
Label
Nonesuch

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Out of Season

Mysteries

  • Artist: Beth Gibbons
  • Song: Mysteries
  • From: Out of Season

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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Mysteries
Album
Out of Season
Artist
Beth Gibbons

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We Shall All Be Healed

Letter from Belgium

  • Artist: The Mountain Goats
  • Song: Letter from Belgium
  • From: We Shall All Be Healed

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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Letter from Belgium
Album
We Shall All Be Healed
Artist
The Mountain Goats
Label
4AD

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