Lays an gemmin, a compilation CD collecting some of my favourite tracks from the first three months of 2007. I'll try to make this a regular feature. Some thoughts:
•This is very much a "singles" collection — my listening habits having been very snippety and iPod-oriented these past months, in short bursts of driving between stations.
•At 78:38, you should be able to fit this on a regular CD. For optimum rock-isfaction, burn with no gaps between songs.
•To avoid lengthy lineups and frusty-ration, all songs are direct linked (right-click and "Save As").
•None of the wonderful songs previously posted on this blog were eligible for inclusion.
•I have no idea when most of these songs were released. I'm pretty sure they were all within this decade, and a good many are very recent. But what the wind blows my way, I keep.
•No single artist has more than one song represented. Except for The Broken West, who changed their name from The Brokedown between albums. This affords them, in my mind, and for no good reason, a legitimate exemption.
•The Faintest Ideas are from Gothenburg, Sweden, which must be the coolest place in the world to be from.
•Neko Case's little-known live album, The Tigers Have Spoken (available through eMusic's 25 free MP3s offer), recorded with The Sadies, is a must-have.
•Tiny Spark sounds best when played loud through crappy, trebly, blown-out car speakers.
Please check out the artists' websites and buy stuff from them. They deserve it.
The Quarterly Report: First Quarter, 2007
1. The Thermals: A Pillar of Salt • thethermals.com
2. The Faintest Ideas: Nosebleeders on the Track • myspace/thefaintestideas
3. The Inbreds: Is it the Right Time? • inbreds.com
4. Malajube: Montreal, -40˚C • malajube.com
5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: The Sons of Cain • tedleo.com
6. Born Ruffians: Kurt Vonnegut • bornruffians.com
7. Spoon: The Way We Get By • spoontheband.com
8. The Broken West: You Can Build an Island • myspace/thebrokenwest
9. Great Lake Swimmers: Hands in Dirty Ground • greatlakeswimmers.com
10. Vetiver: I Know No Pardon • vetiverse.com
11. Brendon Benson: Tiny Spark • myspace/brendanbenson
12. Ladyhawk: My Old Jackknife • ladyhawkladyhawk.com
13. Mike O'Neill: See Clearly • @zunior
14. Howlin' Rain: Death Prayer in Heaven's Orchard • howlinrain.com
15. Super Furry Animals: Rings Around the World • superfurry.com
16. Shearwater: Hail Mary • shearwatermusic.com
17. Neko Case: The Train From Kansas City • nekocase.com
18. The A Sides: Sidewalk Chalk • a-sides.net
19. Num: Noise • theleadballoon.com
20. King Tuff: Staircase of Diamonds • king-tuff.com
21. Ruth Minnikin: Angel at the Dawn • ruthminnikin.ca fixed
22. The Brokedown: Down in the Valley • myspace/thebrokenwest