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Sunday Shuffle #394

It's the first Sunday Shuffle of 2016 and the countdown to #400 is underway. Yikes. Anyway, I hope you all have had a wonderful couple of weeks with family and friends. For those of us in education, tomorrow is going to be tough...but what can you do? I'm not doing any resolutions, but I hope you resolve to listen along with me via Spotify this year. :)

Okay, let's get to today's ten...

1. Sunshine State/Superchunk (11) - last played on 9/15/13
2. I Don't Want The Night To End/Nick Lowe (4) - last played on 5/22/11
3. In This Camp/Midlake (7) - last played on 10/12/14
4. We're Gonna Make It/Mavis Staples (8) - last played on 10/21/12
5. Shadows/Yo La Tengo (5) - last played on 11/29/15
6. Nothing Lasts Forever Anymore/Sloan (19) - last played on 11/27/15
7. Young Men Dead/The Black Angels (8) - last played on 9/27/15
8. Someone I Can Be True With/Sloan (21) - last played on 3/1/15
9. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)/My Morning Jacket (8) - last played on 11/1/14
10. Arms of Harm/Haley Bonar (7) - last played on 5/12/13

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