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Sunday Shuffle #478

I've got about 25 pages left of the book I'm reading and I don't have any album in particular I want to listen to right now, so I thought I would hit shuffle on iTunes. And if I'm shuffling through iTunes, I might as well do a Sunday Shuffle installment. So, here are today's ten...

1. Goldtone/Kurt Vile (8) - last played on 11/11/17
2. Eastern Terminal/Superchunk (18) - last played on 2/13/18
3. Jealous Girl/Ben Kweller (31) - last played on 8/31/17
4. Changes (Live)/Sugar (2) - last played on 5/1/16
5. Kaputt/Destroyer (9) - last played on 8/28/14
6. Cemetery Guns/Fountains of Wayne (21) - last played on 10/29/17
7. Why Won't They Talk to Me?/Tame Impala (5) - last played on 10/26/14
8. I Want You/Kings of Leon (5) - last played on 10/19/14
9. Battery Kinzie/Fleet Foxes (17) - last played on 11/19/17
10. Full Of Stars/Portastatic (4) - last played on 1/29/17
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Heavy Rotation #33

It's just under 2 months since the last Heavy Rotation, which might be the shortest gap between them ever. I also have a few others albums I played a handful of times, such as Violent Femmes' self-titled, but not quite enough to include here. A fact worth noting is that half of these I have been listening to via CD; in fact, I've picked up more CDs in the past few months than I have in years. Anyway, here are some words about what I've been spinning (physically or digitally) of late...

Buffalo Tom/Quiet and Peace - Last time out I wrote about their album Skins and talked a little about the band and my history with them. Quiet and Peace is their brand-new one and the third since their almost decade long hiatus; as much I like Skins, this one is even better.

The opener is "All Be Gone" and it was the first song to be released from the album. I liked it from the start - a charging beat, a soaring melody in the chorus, a tasty guitar solo. It took me a while to ca…

Sunday Sloan #4 (Sunday Shuffle #477)

The last time I had a Sloan-centric edition of the Shuffle was back in November 2016, right before I saw them in concert for the first time. They have a new album coming out on April 6, so it's time to start listening to their music in preparation and this is the perfect kickoff to that. This will be their 12th album (appropriately titled 12); I have albums #2-11 (plus 1 EP and a couple new songs from their best-of...I will skip the Christmas singles if they pop up) loaded into my iTunes, so today's shuffle will go as long as it takes to get each album represented. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go see them again when they come to Chicago in June...if anyone wants to go, let me know!

Let's get to today's yet-to-be-determined number of songs...

1. A Side Wins (25) - from One Chord To Another
2. She's Slowin' Down Again (30) - from The Double Cross
3. Shame Shame (20) - from Twice Removed
4. I Was Wrong (21) - from Action Pact
5. The Good In Everyone (24) -…

Sunday Superchunk #4 (Sunday Shuffle #476)

I wasn't planning on doing this today. It's been almost 3 months since I last did a shuffle and I haven't really missed it. I last did a Superchunk-only version back in July, not long after I was on the Rockin' the Suburbs podcast talking about the band. In that post, I mentioned how I hope there would be an announcement of a new album soon. Well, their most recent album, What a Time to Be Alive, just came out on Friday. Naturally, I gorged on their music in anticipation and I've already played the new one a couple times. Furthermore, I had some gift cards from Christmas still hanging around and I have the new album in my iTunes (and a physical copy along the way), as well as new digital copies of their self-titled debut from 1990 (the last of their studio albums I didn't have) and their 2003 compilation Cup of Sand. So, it seems like a perfect time for Sunday Superchunk #4 to celebrate new and new-to-my-computer music of theirs...and you know what? I think the…

Heavy Rotation #32

Last year I only managed two Heavy Rotation posts; it was the same in 2016. This year I hope to get back to 2015 levels, where I put up four. Posting one in early February gets me off to a promising start, at least. The albums I'm writing about here have been keeping me company throughout January (and even late December in many cases)...

The Breeders/Title TK - I'll admit it. I really slept on The Breeders. Sure, I loved "Cannonball" just as much as everyone else back in '93, but I didn't investigate any further. Thanks to streaming, however, I've become quite familiar with Last Splash and love it. Still, however, I hadn't ventured much beyond that album. It wasn't until the band announced it was coming back earlier this month that I gave this album I try. All I can say is...man, I really slept on The Breeders.

Title TK is actually their follow-up to Last Splash, coming 9 years later. It's also produced by Steve Albini, which is a fact I literal…

Sunday Shuffle #474/475

I'm ready to put this feature on hiatus for a while, but I didn't want to end on #474 for now, which means I'm bringing back the "double issue" for today. The previous one was on Dec. 18 of last year. Normally, I do 20 songs on these editions, but since it's going away for a while, let's bump it to 25 today. Why not?

1. Price Tag/Sleater-Kinney (17) - last played on 3/24/17
2. The Indie Queens Are Waiting/Dan Mangan (5) - last played on 5/26/15
3. Ain't That Enough/Teenage Fanclub (31) - last played on 7/30/17
4. Dead Smile/Matthew Sweet (6) - last played on 9/10/17
5. Don't Need You/Alejandro Escovedo (4) - last played on 6/30/13
6. Jackson Cage (live)/Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (2) - last played on 1/25/16
7. Beast/Ex Hex (20) - last played on 8/3/17
8. Be Good/Tokyo Police Club (8) - last played on 11/3/16
9. Accidental Life/Teenage Fanclub (15) - last played on 11/24/17
10. The Good That Won't Come Out/Rilo Kiley (3) - last …

Sunday Shuffle #473

I am very much looking forward to a 2-day work week and to Thanksgiving with the family. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Let's get to today's ten...

1. Old To Begin/Pavement (13) - last played on 1/17/16
2. Brain Gallop/Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (14) - last played on 10/23/15
3. Girls Like Status/The Hold Steady (6) - last played on 3/12/17
4. Everything Is Free/Gillian Welch (5) - last played on 3/25/12
5. The Heartbreak Rides/A.C. Newman (8) - last played on 6/5/16
6. Say Goodnight/Dean & Britta (7) - last played on 10/23/16
7. Debbie Downer/Courtney Barnett (18) - last played on 10/21/16
8. Coughing Up Blood/Marah (8) - last played on 4/10/15
9. He Doesn't Know Why/Fleet Foxes (8) - last played on 8/28/16
10. Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood/St. Vincent (11) - last played on 7/31/16