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Surfer Blood – Neighbor Riffs (2010)

sometimes i don’t even feel like a human being, just a lump of meat/hair/bone/fluids that functions as a conduit for information. the “meaning of life” is essentially to pass on your genetic information… good luck with that. i am presently a pretty hard determinist and i don’t see much room for “free will” in the clockwork of the universe. but the question of whether free will exists or doesn’t exist doesn’t significantly change my conscious experience. i still have to put my shoes on, and it still feels like “me” putting on “my shoes”… i’m going in circles here, also i don’t believe that anybody actually reads this blog, i use it so i have a place to cache cool music that i want find and want to revisit, as well as talk about stupid shit like this to an unknown audience of nobody. having said that, have a great 2014.

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Various Artists – No New York (1979)

awesome, somebody uploaded this entire record. a 1978 compilation of ultrafresh post-punk/noise — what’s really striking is how clean the production is, and how much the contortions’ frontman sounds like isaac brock++.

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Lee Oskar – Haunted House (1978)

This song is courtesy of Stacy Medof. All rights reserved.

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Double Dee & Steinski – Lesson 1 / Lesson 2 (~1985)

Lesson 1:

Lesson 2:

Literally Free* rap school.

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Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012)

Fair tidings harlot, please do not mortally wound my vibe-body.

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Johnny Thunder – I'm Alive (1968)

Is it fair to call this protopunk? Musically I think it’s more garage / soul but Thunder’s vocals take it to the next level. I think the term “life-affirming” gets thrown around a bit too casually, but it’s hard to not apply it to a song literally containing the lyric “I’m alive.”

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Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It? (1986)

Classic. Still fresh almost 30 years later. Felt & Feeling! (Unrelated Weakerthans reference)

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Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool (1957)

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XTC – Statue of Liberty (1978)

Exactly the music i want to be playing live right now.

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Nobody Beats The Drum – Grindin' (2010)

Post-“Waters of Nazareth” blippy distorted pseudochiptune electro. Rips!!