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Billy Bragg – Waiting For The Great Leap Forward

So the version of this song that I'm playing was not one that I was familiar with - it turns out, Mr. Bragg has done about a million and a half versions of this tune, and he's always adjusting them to fit the times and locations that he's singing in. I find that super cool. And it turns out, he's pretty darn good at making those adjustments work, and I dig it all.

Also, here's the version of the song that I know and love:

Thanks for tuning in this past week!

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Ezra Furman – Restless Year

How have we never had an Ezra Furman song played in this joint? It's probably because his live stuff isn't nearly as good as his studio stuff. Looking around, I think this is an artist who absolutely needs the studio. But I enjoy a ton of his songs - he uses his voice in really creative, emotive ways. Plus he always seems to nail the use of the sax.

Anyway, here's a fun song with a reference to Dostoevsky, who I enjoy reading, so... enjoy!

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The Regrettes – Hey Now

Man I dig me some indie-pop/riot grrrl/garage punk stuff. I know that's a lot of categories, but I think this group ticks all those boxes. Plus the name is one of the best "-ettes" names you could come up with (Pipettes, Noisettes, etc.). Quick, fun, and sharp.

And since I was surprised to have not seen anything else from them on the site, here's a bonus video:

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Jenny Lewis – Heads Gonna Roll

Jenny Lewis has gotten so much praise and attention over the years, and, on the strength of Rilo Kiley, rightfully so. But I never really liked all that much of her solo work, despite giving it plenty of chances. It seemed like she was skating by on reputation. I very much enjoy a lot of her latest album though. It definitely wasn't an instant hit for me, but it seems to have grown in depth.

I especially dig how this live performance captures the cavernous sound of the album version.

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Josh Ritter – Joy to You Baby

No particular theme to my week this year, just songs and artists I enjoy, and I want to throw some love their way. Leading off is Josh Ritter, who, frankly, consistently impresses me. Some of his stuff took me a couple listens, but then it all clicked and... dang. He's probably my favorite singer-songwriter at this point.

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