- Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of this Country
A delicious slice of Scottish indie pop; this is the title track from their new album.
- Sufjan Stevens - The Henney Buggy Band
From the eargerly awaited Illinois outtakes album, "The Avalanche". Not sure how this great song missed the cut.
- Outkast - The Mighty O
Not their best, but still relatively catchy with the Cab Calloway-inspired chorus. I hope they are just whetting our appetite for the Idlewild soundtrack.
- Lily Allen - LDN
Such a charming little song, until the lyrics make you wonder why you'd actually want to be in London Town.
- Lily Allen - My First Mixtape
Thanks to stereogum for this link. This mix is a little rough but it does cover quite a bit of ground, from her own stuff to Dizzee to Beats International to Ludacris to ODB to Chaka Demus to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and that's just the first half.
- The Pipettes - Your Kisses are Wasted On Me
I've listened to a handful of Pipettes songs,
and this is the only one I really like (and I'm crazy about this song). Ok, scratch that; I also like "Pull Shapes".
- Method Man feat. Lauryn Hill - Things They Say
Vintage Method Man evokes shades of his hit with Blige, "I'll Be There For You".
- Wolf Parade - Modern World
Are those paper mache heads? Pretty creepy animation, but it captures the mood of the song well.
- Regina Spektor - Better
Catchy as hell. At this point, I think I like her better than Tori Amos (yeah, even though Tori is an alumnus from my high school, much older of course).
- The Charlatans UK - Blackened Blue Eyes
Honestly, I didn't know the Charlatans UK were still making music. The subject matter is dark but the tone is insouciant rather than brooding or morose, if that makes any sense.
- Portatastic - Lively Chase
- Portatastic - Real Book
- Portatastic - Last Kiss Music
This is the soundtrack to a lazy road trip into the country. These were composed for use in the film "Who Loves the Sun", presumably named after the silly Velvet Underground song. These songs convey a similar whimsical feeling.
- Gomez - How We Operate
Love the intro to this song and the tension-building guitar.
- At Dusk - We Saw Them Leave You There
- At Dusk - Forever Ago
At Dusk is a band from Portland: "We're an indie rock three-piece, a bit progressive, a bit spazzy, a bit loud. Much world music influence, much rhythmic weirdness, group vocals, minimal bass."