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Sunday Shuffle #409

We haven't seen the sun in a while here in NW Indiana; the last time I saw the sun was when we flew into Louisville on our first leg home from Baltimore Monday night. So, please, sun, come and visit!

Speaking of Baltimore, we had a wonderful time not only at my cousin Lauren's wedding to Nick, but also throughout the whole weekend with all the family. A week ago today six of us walked out to Fell's Point, a really cool section of the city, and sat outside for brunch, shopped for records, ate ice cream, and more. We hung with the family at our great rental place in the afternoon and I finished off playing lots of euchre with my brother, cousin, and father. So much fun.

Last night was prom, which went very well. I didn't get to bed until 2:00, but I got up and had a great 3 mile run this morning. I need to get a lot of schoolwork done while my brain is still functioning well, so I'm going to shut up now and get to today's ten...

1. Right Back Where We Started From/Army Navy (8) - last played on 8/9/15
2. I Will Be There When You Die/My Morning Jacket (9) - last played on 9/27/15
3. To Be Completely Honest/Dawes (4) - last played on 3/23/16
4. Commercial Alternative/Teenage Fanclub (8) - last played on 2/2/16
5. Everything You've Done Wrong/Sloan (16) - last played on 4/9/16
6. White Shadow Waltz/Okkervil River (14) - last played on 11/15/15
7. Red Flag Diver/Aimee Mann (19) - last played on 3/24/16
8. Changes (Live)/Sugar (1) - debut
9. Pedestrian At Best/Courtney Barnett (14) - last played on 12/26/15
10. Bad Man Coming (6) - last played on 11/4/12


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The Broken West/I Can't Go On I'll Go On (2007) - "Down in the Valley" hooked me the first time I heard it streaming on KEXP. At the time, the band was still called The Brokedown, but that would soon change to due copyright issues; that's okay, I like The Broken West as a name better anyway. To get back to "Down in the Valley," what grabbed me were the ringing guitars, layered harmonies, and the organ that weaved in and out. And the lyrics, of course - "I had my feelings like the Dutchman has his gold/Deep in the canyon by the river that runs cold." Speaking of The Dutchman's Gold, that was the name of the EP that I learned had already been out and used my eMusic credits to grab it. "Down in the Valley" was the lead-off track, but there were six other great power pop songs and I was both in love and even mor…