Songs from a Year of 'Music Lust'

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If you're looking for the perfect song for any occasion, then Nic Harcourt is probably your man. The host of the popular Morning Becomes Eclectic on Los Angeles member station KCRW has recently written a book, Music Lust: Recommended Listening For Every Mood, Moment and Reason.

Harcourt tells Linda Wertheimer about Music Lust and outlines some of the best music you've probably missed this past year.

Harcourt's 2005 Song Picks

  • "El Pianista del Gueto de Varsovia," Jorge Drexler: It was a good year from Drexler, whose contribution to the Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack, "Al Otro Lado Del Rio," earned him an Oscar.
  • "Love's a Game," The Magic Numbers: Two brother-sister pairs hailing from Trinidad and New York make up this band.
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  • "Love's a Game"
  • Album: Magic Numbers
  • Artist: The Magic Numbers
  • Released: 2005
 
  • "Out of the Sun," Joy Zipper: Tabitha Tindale and Vinny Cafiso, a couple from Long Island, N.Y., released their second album, American Whip, this year.
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  • "Out of the Sun"
  • Album: American Whip
  • Artist: Joy Zipper
  • Label: Dangerbird
  • Released: 2004
 
  • "Stoned," Lewis Taylor The album of the same name by this U.K.-based soul artist served as his American debut.
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  • "Stoned, Pt. I"
  • Album: Stoned, Pt. 1 [Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: Lewis Taylor
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Released: 2005
 
  • "Monologue," She Wants Revenge: "Our music is a modern extension of a time in the late '70s and early '80s, when music was colliding in ways it never had before," says the quartet's frontman, Justin Warfield.
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  • "Monologue"
  • Album: She Wants Revenge
  • Artist: She Wants Revenge
  • Label: Flawless/Geffen
  • Released: 2006
 
  • "Falling Out of Love," Aqualung: "The good news is that this crazy year has kinda paid off," writes Aqualung frontman Matt Hales on the band's Web site. Hales plays with his brother, Ben; the group had a breakthrough with the title single on the album Strange and Beautiful.
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  • "Falling Out of Love"
  • Album: Aqualung
  • Artist: Aqualung
  • Label: B-Unique
  • Released: 2002
 
  • "Rewind," Goldspot: This single from the Los Angeles-based rock band was also singled out on NPR by Alexandra Patsavas, music supervisor for The O.C. and other shows.
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  • "Rewind"
  • Album: Tally of the Yes Men
  • Artist: Goldspot
  • Label: London
  • Released: 2005
 
  • "Good to Me," Inara George: California singer George fronted the bands Lode and Merrick before striking out on her own.
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  • "Good to Me"
  • Album: All Rise
  • Artist: Inara George
  • Label: Everloving
  • Released: 2005
 
  • "Have You Got It in You," Imogen Heap: Ned Wharton of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday also singled out Heap for her "high-gloss production and unusual vocals" in his year-end roundup. Before this solo effort, Heap was vocalist for Frou Frou, which gained a higher profile on the soundtrack to Garden State last year.
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  • "Have You Got It in You?"
  • Album: Speak for Yourself
  • Artist: Imogen Heap
  • Label: Sony/BMG
  • Released: 2005
 
  • "Pull Up the People," M.I.A.: The London-based Sri Lankan artist spikes her raps with sounds of electronica and overtones of her native country's strife.
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  • "Pull Up the People"
  • Album: Arular
  • Artist: M.I.A.
  • Label: Interscope
  • Released: 2005
 

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  • Album: Sea
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The Magic Numbers

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American Whip

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Stoned

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She Wants Revenge

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Strange and Beautiful

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Tally of the Yes Men

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All Rise

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Magic Numbers

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Aqualung

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Tally of the Yes Men

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All Rise

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