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Sunday Shuffle #430

It's been a pretty big weekend already.

I can't believe I'm typing up a Sunday Shuffle with the Cubs in the World Series. Last night's clinching game was great, from the outstanding performance by Kyle Hendricks to the way the Cubs hitters went after Clayton Kershaw. I watched when they were 1 game away from the Series in both 1984 and 2003 and saw it all slip away, so last night was even better. I've been a Chicago baseball fan ever since I was a kid and I was never someone who thought you had to love one team and hate the other. 2005 was magical for the White Sox and that playoff run came at a difficult time, as both of my grandmothers passed away that fall. I hope this year is just as magical for the Cubs...and that it only helps me get through my schoolwork this week. Go Cubs!

Musically, I'm still on a high from Friday night's Teenage Fanclub show. They sounded so good and their set list was so strong that I couldn't complain at all. I'm here to tell you that the harmonies you hear on the records are not studio trickery - their voices blend so well. Ray McGinley is a pretty great guitar soloist too. I put up a Spotify playlist that features what they played, so check it out if you're so inclined.

With all that out of the way, let's get to today's ten...

1. Hardcore Ufos/Guided By Voices (9) - last played on 1/24/16
2. Cadillac Ranch (Live)/Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (2) - last played on 1/25/16
3. Common People/Pulp (20) - last played on 7/26/16
4. Rosalie/Alejandro Escovedo (6) - last played on 12/2/12
5. Fake Empire/The National (15) - last played on 4/9/16
6. Gumby/Aimee Mann (18) - last played on 3/16/16
7. Bottom of the World/Tom Waits (7) - last played on 9/27/15
8. In A Radio Song/Okkervil River (5) - last played on 7/14/13
9. Dirty Thing/Telekinesis (24) - last played on 9/20/15
10. Ending of Me/Admiral Radley (9) - last played on 11/18/12


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I've recently found myself listening to albums that came out 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years ago. Here are some thoughts...

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…