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March
31st

A heapin’ helpin’ of Critic’s iPod

"Black Hearted Love" PJ Harvey & John Parish


Harvey last teamed up with Parish on 1996’s relentlessly arty "Dance Hall at Louse Point" album, a disc that features on of my favorite PJ cuts, “That Was My Veil.” They seem to have conjured up magic again, starting with the gorgeous lead single.


"The Girl and the Robot" Royksopp feat. Robyn


There’s a decent chance that at least one of this electronic duo’s songs has gotten stuck in your head. "Remind Me" was the soundtrack to that funny commercial where the Geico caveman

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Feb.
19th

Critic’s iPod: Natalie Portman gone gangsta

"Search and Destroy" Peaches


For the forthcoming "War Child presents Heroes" compilation, a bunch of hipster-approved artists remade some of their favorite material from their own idols, all to benefit children displaced by war. (Click here to learn about the cause.) Beck recorded that remake of Dylan’s "Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat" local fans heard him play at Bumbershoot last year. TV on the Radio revamped their homie, David Bowie’s, "Heroes." And I’m kind of partial to Peaches’ electro-punk treatment of this classic Stooges tune.


"Natalie’s Rap" The Lonely

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Dec.
19th

Critic’s iPod year end installment No. 2

Ten more of my favorite songs from ’08 …



“Run (I’m a Natural Disaster)” Gnarls Barkley


"On a Different Shelf" Jim Noir



“Sober Driver” Dengue Fever



"Echoplex" Nine Inch Nails



“Prescription” Mindless Self Indulgence



“Phone Home” Lil Wayne



“Like This” Girl Talk (featuring a lot of familiar clips by other people, of course)



“The Smiling Cobra” The Melvins

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Dec.
18th

Critic’s iPod year end edition, part 1

The year’s coming to a close. And for ’08, I thought I’d be ambitious and post the biggest installments of Critic’s iPod ever, featuring 50 of my favorite songs from this year, from 50 different artists. I’ll post 10 a day for the next five days, and here’s the first batch.




"Business Time" Flight of the Conchords


"Oxford Comma" Vampire Weekend


"Let’s Reggae All Night" CSS


"Halfway Home" TV on the Radio


"Say Aha" Santogold

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Nov.
13th

Critic’s iPod (with my prescription for S.A.D.)

"Lights in the Sky" Nine Inch Nails


I’ve been listening to track a lot as my night winds down lately, then drifting into oblivion to "Corona Radiata" and "The Four of Us Are Dying," the ambient tracks that follow it on Nails’ “The Slip” album. Note to self: Consider Zoloft.


Actually, scratch that. In my attempt to stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder, I think I’ll just listen to more of …


"Rock N’ Roll Train" AC/DC


There are acts you love for the risks they

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Sep.
24th

Critic’s iPod (featuring C.S.S., TV on the Radio and more Beck)

Here are a few cuts I’m obsessed with this week.


"Alala" C.S.S.


I’ve had this Brazilian dance-rock outfit’s sophomore album "Donkey" loaded onto my iPod for weeks. But I didn’t get my hands on the band’s Sub Pop debut "Cansei de Ser Sexy" until I went to catch C.S.S. at Neumo’s last week. And this track now narrowly beats out "Let’s Reggae All Night" as my favorite C.S.S. cut.


"Halfway Home" TV on the Radio


The lead track from TVOTR’s new "Dear Science" disc is one of the

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Aug.
15th

Critic’s iPod (New Brazilian Girls, one of Nirvana’s influences)

"Owner’s Lament" Scratch Acid


I’ve been trying to avoid downloading from iTunes when I can help it in protest of their stupid five computers only rule. But it took me forever to find a record store that could successfully order "The Greatest Gift," a collection of this obscure noise rock band’s entire output. (Rocket Records eventually came through for me.) Scratch Acid is another one of Nirvana’s influences (though you can’t really tell from this string-heavy track) and some of you may remember this song from the "About a Son" soundtrack.


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Aug.
8th

Critic’s iPod (The Clash edition)

This week I watched "The Future is Unwritten," an insightful and sometimes moving documentary on the late Joe Strummer. And as a result, it’s been all Clash all the time for me this week. Here are three songs that you should download now if they’re not already in your collection.


"I’m So Bored with the U.S.A." The Clash


From back when the Clash was more of a conventional punk band, this anthem has really been stuck in my head this week.


"Rock the Casbah" The Clash


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