Sunday, May 31, 2009

Because it's been a while...

Because it's been a while, I'm just going to recommend several songs. In list form. With no explanation. Are these my favorite songs of all time? Maybe, but not necessarily.

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah (The John Cale recording is possibly my favorite version of this ever.)
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Bob Dylan - If You See Her, Say Hello
the Mountain Goats - Masher
Shearwater - Near a Garden
Jackson Browne - These Days (if you can track it down, check out the St. Vincent cover. Amazing.)
John Lennon - Isolation
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Okkervil River - It Ends With a Fall
Radiohead - Cuttooth
The Replacements - Answering Machine
The Records - Starry Eyes
Big Star - Kangaroo
Wilco - Sunken Treasure
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Tim Buckley - Song to the Siren (It goes without saying that the This Mortal Coil cover is very impressive as well.)
The Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says
Rufus Wainwright - Poses
Elliott Smith - Say Yes
Nick Drake - Northern Sky
Beat Happening - Godsend
Blur - Tender
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Ship Song
Elvis Costello - Couldn't Call It Unexpected #4
The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - Lisa
R.E.M. - Country Feedback
New Order - Ceremony
The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Modest Mouse - Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset
Red House Painters - Void

So, that's it. An off-the-top-of-my-head list of thirty songs that are doing it for me right now. Both in terms of where I am in my life and, you know, RIGHT NOW. So track them down. Listen to them. Spend time with them. Love them. Include them on mixes. Discuss in the comments. Et cetera.


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