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As I stumble, unwillingly and unwittingly into another work week, I am grateful for a pretty sweet music shuffle to get things rolling... In this shuffle are some classics, some obscure stuff, and some pretty new stuff. It is all worth your attention.
"I'm in Love With a Girl" by Big Star
"I never travel far, without a little Big Star...." Never a bad way to start a week, the legendary Memphis band from their 2nd album Radio City. Power Pop at it's absolute finest.
"Atlantic City" by Ben Arthur
Another track from Call and Response... Ben Arthur swings for the fences and answers the Bruce Springsteen song from Nebraska.
"When We Was Young" by Black Vincent
This has become one of my favorite albums of the year so far, and I really dig this track.
"Gum in Your Hair" by A Color Engine
A lost classic? Perhaps. As the long wait for the new Don Ryan album continues, we dive back into this release from his old band with Eric Burchfield of Elephant Goes West.
"Suboceana" by Tom Tom Club
"Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom!" We complete our revisit to the classic 1988 album by the band lead by the rhythm section from Talking Heads.
"Vigilantes" by The Vigilance Committee
Progressive concept album. This track really reminds me a lot of the Accomplices EP series from Gypsy West. And that is a very good thing.
"Tiene Cabeza de Palo" by Dale Watson
Another from Dale Watson's new album, Call Me Insane, and a reminder why Google Translate is your friend.
"Walter Reed" by Ben Arthur
Our second Ben Arthur song of the shuffle - this one is an "answer" to the Michael Penn song, "Walter Reed" which is on his album Mr. Hollywood Jr, 1947.