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Sunday Shuffle #433

I had a great time at the Sloan show Friday night. They played all of One Chord To Another, took a break, and then came back to play songs from all over the catalog. Chris Murphy has a ton of charisma and led us in clapping and singing along, usually abetted by Patrick Pentland. Patrick had some guitar issues at the start of both sets, but once they were sorted out he ripped off some nifty guitar solos. Jay Ferguson charmingly forgot the lyrics to one of his songs and Andrew Scott was fantastic behind the drum kit. When it was Andrew's turn to sing, he would come up front and put on a guitar, Jay would switch from guitar to bass, and Chris would go from bass to drums. Gregory Macdonald played all the keys and contributed harmonies. The harmonies were stellar throughout and the band sounded great. I've already started listening through their catalog again and seriously thought about doing another Sunday Sloan...but that would be overkill.

So, here are today's ten from my full iTunes catalog...

1. Hot Freaks/Guided By Voices (11) - last played on 5/24/15
2. Frozen Lake/Buffalo Tom (18) - last played on 7/31/16
3. Made Up English Oceans/Drive-By Truckers (9) - last played on 8/28/16
4. Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns/A.C. Newman (17) - last played on 5/22/16
5. Mountains of Your Head/Buffalo Tom (15) - last played on 1/23/16
6. God, Make Up Your Mind/Cold War Kids (5) - last played on 8/21/16
7. Green River/M. Ward (9) - last played on 8/14/16
8. KV Crimes/Kurt Vile (7) - last played on 7/23/15
9. Shivers Down My Spine/King Khan And The Shrines (6) - last played on 10/19/14
10. 16, Maybe Less//Iron and Wine/Calexico (7) - last played on 4/8/12


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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…