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Sunday Surf (Sunday Shuffle #405)

Nada Surf released their seventh studio album, You Know Who You Are, two weeks ago. I've been a fan of the band since Let Go in 2002 and was really looking forward to the new one so much so that I listened to their music a lot in the days before that release. As part of that process, I ripped their CDs into iTunes so I could play everything I owned; I only had their last album, 2012's The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, as a digital release. That all goes to explaining the play count disparity between songs from different albums and why play counts are so low for an album like The Weight Is A Gift (from 2005), which is one of my favorite albums. I might as well mention their other two albums that might appear on today's shuffle - Lucky from 2008 and If I Had A Hi-Fi from 2010, which is a covers record. If you don't know the band, you owe it to yourself to listen along at some point this week via my Spotify playlist, or just start with Let Go and work your way forward (their first two albums aren't really the same band). Oh, and don't forget to go back in the feed and check out yesterday's Saturday Song, which was "Four Leaf Clover" by Old 97s.

Okay, let's get to today's ten from Nada Surf...

1. Armies Walk (3) - from The Weight Is A Gift
2. Bye Bye Beaute (3) - from If I Had A Hi-Fi
3. Là Pour Ça (3) - from Let Go
4. Comes A Time (2) - from The Weight Is A Gift
5. Here Goes Something (4) - from Lucky
6. Teenage Dreams (25) - from The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
7. The Future (20) - from The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
8. Bright Side (3) - from If I Had A Hi-Fi
9. You Know Who You Are (9) - from You Know Who You Are
10. Gold Sounds (9) - from You Know Who You Are

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