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Sunday Shuffle #261

Welcome to 2012 and welcome to the first Sunday Shuffle of the year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable night ringing in the new year. This year will see me finally graduate from college and maybe get a full-time salaried job for the first time. This is also the year where my son will leave middle school behind and start high school. Other than that, who knows what 2012 will bring? I'm looking forward to finding out.

One thing I know for certain is that I will continue my Sunday Shuffle posts, where I pull up my iTunes, put it on shuffle mode, and tell you what the first 10 songs are that pop up. Last year this blog was mostly Sunday Shuffle; this year I plan for a wide variety of posts, but more on that at another time. For now, let's get to today's ten...

1. Spaghetti Western/Hoodoo Gurus (3)
2. Territory/Two Hours Traffic (6)
3. "Further Complications."/Jarvis Cocker (3)
4. The Crooked Line/Elvis Costello (5)
5. White Collar Boy/Belle and Sebastian (6)
6. Look At You/My Morning Jacket (7)
7. Lullaby/Liam Finn (6)
8. You Can Always Count On Me (In The Worst Way)/Superchunk (9)
9. Calamity Song/The Decemberists (12)
10. You're So Strange/Reigning Sound (2)

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