Ten songs at random from your MP3 collection. Leave 'em in comments. Here's mine:


1) "Bottom of the 9th"---Screeching Weasel

2) "All Eyes On Me"---Girl Talk

3) "Where Is Home?---Bloc Party

4) "Slippery People"---The Talking Heads

5) "You Were The Fool"---Ween

6) "Strictly Ornamental"---The White Ghost Shivers

7) "Great Dub In The Sky"---Easy Star All-Stars

8) "Don't Look Now"---The Minutemen

9) "Donovan"---The Happy Mondays

10) "Surfin' Dead"---The Cramps

Once in awhile, my music geek side comes in conflict with my political geek side, and tonight is one of those nights. As much as it pains me to say this, I will be missing out on the "will he or won't he show?" debate tonight, because I have tickets to see an Austin City Limits Festival after-party tonight, the one at Stubbs with Gnarls Barkley and Cansei de Ser Sexy. There's no contest between that and the debate. My entire argument for refusing to go to Austin City Limits Festival this year is that it's too hot, too pollen-laden, too sunblock-oriented and not sexy enough to really fit my needs as a live music aficionado. But hell no I'm not skipping this after-party. I have a New Wave-looking skirt and a brand new Devo T-shirt just for this occasion.

On the subject of Cansei de Ser Sexy, I learned something about them I'm ashamed to say I didn't realize before. I picked up an unopened copy of their first album for a few bucks on vinyl from a lady at a garage sale (how much do I love Austin?), and as I was de-sleeving it to play it, I saw that they publish on Sub Pop records. And that, my friends, is extremely fucking cool. You got to love how Sub Pop knows how to stay fresh and with it.

So here's CSS:

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CSS - alala from Jesika Novoa on Vimeo.

Last time I saw Gnarls was a brief show at ACL Fest in the middle of the day. They had just hit with "Crazy", but their first album was uneven. This new one is the one they're supporting in the tour, and it's much better. A couple songs from them:

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Gnarls Barkley - Going On from now8p on Vimeo.

The end of that video is effective at giving me the chills, though it shouldn't be.

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And they did a cover of Radiohead's "Reckoner" that was amazing:

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Ah hell, why not play their MTV performance that put them on the map. Can you tell I'm stoked?

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