1. Creedance Clearwater Revival - I downloaded this for a friend a little while ago. Nice to listen to this version every now and then, but it's funny... whoever made this mp3 just chopped off the last 5 minutes of it. i guess 11 minutes of this song is just too much...

2. Franz Ferdinand - Did ya read that review in Time Out yesterday? Leah Greenblatt said it all: "A ragtag crew of Glaswegian art school kids who go by the name Franz Ferdinand just may clear that Next Big Thing chasm...."

3. Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter - I think this record came out a year ago, but I just got it recently. It's not quite as good as i thought it was going to be, but... it's awfully nice. Reminds me of something I can't put my finger on, but... it's good.

4. Maher Shalal Hash Baz (01) - Japanese band on Geographic / Domino. I didn't know what the hell to think of this record at first. It's 41 songs... rambling and shambly and all over the place. I didn't think I liked it. But i finally got to give it a bunch of listens, and little things here and there started poking through the din. Now I keep finding little gems in there. This is one of them.

5. Maher Shalal Hash Baz (02) - And this is another. There's a bunch of 'em, but these two are my favorites, I think.

6. Monarques - Great new band from Minneapolis. I'm excited to get to see them for the first time tonight.

7. Skates + Rays - Dave from Compound Red sent me this music he made a long time ago. I don't know if it ever officially came out or not, but... it's pretty good. He found an old reel to reel tape at a yard sale, and put music to the singing that it contained. Strangely hypnotic.

8. The Spinanes - Still one of my favorite indie rock songs ever. Was talking about Rebecca Gates recently, and made me go back and listen to this MP3. I remember purchasing this 7" and freaking out about how good it was.

9. The Fiery Furnaces - I'm still really blown away by this record. And I'm excited to see them on Saturday night.

10. The Go-Betweens - I've been on a huge Go-Betweens kick lately. And thanks to the fine folks at Jetset and Beggars Banquet, I've now got almost everything on CD now, too. Including "the lost album". Yay! Such a silly song. I love it.

11. The Jesus And Mary Chain - I have no idea what made me pick out this song... Some vocal melody off of something i was listening to last week made me think of a specific JAMC vocal phrase, and I thought it was from this song. It turns out it wasn't, but this is still one of my favorite JAMC songs.

12. The Murder City Devils - Playing that Dead Low Tide track last week made me pull this record out. Strangely, as I'm looking at this, I realize that the photograph is taken by Lisa Haglund, who I don't know at all, but who took the cover photo on the Jesse Sykes record. 5 years apart, and having nothing to do with one another (well... except being from the Pacific Northwest), it's weird to have little coincidences (even if they don't mean anything) pop up like that.

13. The Stills - I'm still listening to this record a lot, too. I'm starting to get sick of it, but... the drum production on this song keeps me coming back for more.

14. Ugly Casanova - I don't know what made me pull this out, either. Maybe that car commercial with Modest Mouse in it?