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Sunday Sloan #2 (Sunday Shuffle #406)

I've been slacking on my music posts over the past two weekends, skipping two potential Saturday Songs and a Sunday Shuffle. It can be blamed on my spring break or on the fact I've been listening to a whole bunch of new music or that I've been trying to catch up on TV. I used to get annoyed with myself when I missed weeks, but these days I'm okay with it.

I know my last Shuffle was dedicated to one artist, but I couldn't help myself today. Last night I was listening to One Chord To Another, which Sloan just put out in a deluxe vinyl version (these are times when I wish I had a record player), and went on YouTube to find the b-sides. From there, I rewatched their KEXP performance from when Commonwealth had come out...and then I watched a show they did at Massey Hall that was just put up in December. So, the Sloan addiction is full on this morning. If you don't know this band, please listen to the Spotify playlist that I'll put up later. You won't regret it.

1. Money City Maniacs (16) - from Navy Blues
2. Sensory Deprivation (13) - from Between the Bridges
3. Who You Talkin' To? (10) - from Pretty Together
4. Bells On (17) - from Twice Removed
5. If It Feels Good Do It (9) - from Pretty Together
6. Keep On Thinkin' (16) - from Navy Blues
7. Something's Wrong (23) - from Never Hear the End of It
8. She's Slowin' Down Again (26) - from The Double Cross
9. Who Loves Life More? (18) - from Action Pact
10. Witch's Wand (9) - from Parallel Play

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