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Sunday Shuffle #287/288

It's time for a double dose of Sunday Shuffle, as we will be driving back from upstate New York next Sunday, a very long drive. It's a trip I'm very much looking forward to, not just because it's a vacation but because we get to spend many days with family at a beautiful lake. So, without further ado, here are today's twenty...

1. Fernando/The Baseball Project (3) - last played on 6/19/12
2. I Read A Lot/Nick Lowe (6) - last played on 6/11/12
3. Little Bird/Eels (4) - last played on 10/30/10
4. Rider/Okkervil River (11) - last played on 6/5/12
5. Champagne Year/St. Vincent (10) - last played on 12/28/11
6. Lie/Higgins (4) - last played on 6/1/12
7. Gotta Get It Right Now/Telekinesis (17) - last played on 5/6/12
8. Surgeon/St. Vincent (10) - last played on 12/28/11
9. Built It Up/Higgins (4) - last played on 6/1/12
10. Pieces/Dinosaur Jr. (10) - last played on 6/28/12
11. Mellotron 2/Apples In Stereo (3) - last played on 3/4/12
12. Shock And Awe/Teenage Fanclub (18) - last played on 5/3/12
13. Primitive Girl/M. Ward (7) - last played on 5/30/12
14. Shame Shame/Sloan (7) - last played on 6/13/12
15. You Got Me Where You Want Me/Gentleman Jesse (4) - last played on 7/10/10
16. Cass/Lucero (2) - last played on 9/30/11
17. Baby On A Rug/Brendan Benson (9) - last played on 12/18/11
18. Let Me Roll It/Brendan Benson (5) - last played on 2/5/12
19. Alpha Rats Nest/The Mountain Goats (2) - last played on 1/13/12
20. Hotel Illness/The Black Crowes (5) - last played on 8/22/10

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