What Doesn't Kill Us Now Just Makes Us Better Whores

Music Monday! The title to this post as well as this week's playlist come courtesy of Matthew Good's "Born Losers." In fact, this week's playlist opens and closes with a pair of tracks from his new album "Hospital Music".

The way I see it, music is a gift. It's art. And so, I'm not going to call any of the artists on this week's playlist losers, despite a song title to the contrary.

Tomorrow, Matthew Good's new album will be released on iTunes, and if what I've read is correct, they're only charging $7.99 for it. That's a bargain. The album is called "Hospital Music", and it's some of his best work yet, which is really saying something. Also, he played most of the instruments (if not all) and produced it himself. Seriously, check it out.

The first single, "Born Losers" is track 1 on this week's playlist. It's also supposed to be a free download on iTunes for a week, beginning tomorrow, so make sure you download it. It's FREE! The closing track on this week's playlist is from his new album as well. It's a fantastic heartfelt cover of "True Love Will Find You In The End", originally by Daniel Johnston. Here's Matthew Good's web page for his new album: [EXTERNAL LINK]

Another iTunes gem: The Kooks (track 3 this week). Their album "Inside In, Inside Out" is only $6.99 on the iTunes Store, and it's painfully catchy. If you like this song, buy the album. You won't be disappointed.

...and there's the new Spoon album, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga", which is also superb. Don't Make Me A Target is the opening track (song #2 above). You can get that one on eMusic as part of your monthly $9.99 if you're a subscriber there (it's currently $9.99 for 30 songs a month. It's all indie stuff on their site.

I've posted new Tragically Hip as well. How can you NOT love a song about a man talking to a lake?:

Yer not the Ocean
You're up to my toes
Yer not the ocean
You're not even close

I talk to furniture, so who am I to mock a man who talks to bodies of water?

Other gems this week:

Fountains Of Wayne: Their new album "Traffic And Weather" is a bit of a disappointment, but it's got a few goodies. The title track is one of them (#8 above).

Wheat: Another long story here. They recorded two versions of their 3rd album, "Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second." The first version never got released because their record label went under. When they got signed to a new label, they were forced to redo it. Eventually, the original version got leaked onto the net, which is good, because the original is a better album. Each version has a few different songs though most are on both. "Breathe For Me Now" is on both versions, though the spiraling hook is missing in the later version, which is just called "Breathe".

Another redo: Cary Brothers remixed "Ride" for their new album, which was recently released, but this is the original. The new version is more pop, with drums, and the electronic beats are softer in the mix. I prefer the version I'm posting this week. It's the original, from their 2005 EP called "Waiting For Your Letter".

Oh, and by the way... True love will find you in the end. Don't believe me? Listen to track 11.

True love will find you in the end
You'll find out just who was your friend
Don't be sad, I know you will,
But don't give up until
True love will find you in the end.

This is a promise with a catch
Only if you're looking will it find you
'Cause true love is searching too
But how can it recognize you
Unless you step out into the light?
But don't give up until
True love will find you in the end.

::::: | Monday, Jul 30 2007 at 12:06 AM
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