Aaaand I go out with a fizzle, posting the final two songs almost a week behind schedule.

29 - a song you remember from your childhood
  Dire Straits – Money for Nothing
  In aggregate, I've probably listened to this song more than any other in my life. This is the album version, but the four minute music video is also well worth watching.

30 - a song that reminds you of yourself
  Poe - Control

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I was doing so well remembering to post these daily, until I wasn't.


27 - a song that breaks your heart
  Perfume Genius – No Tear
  This song is a minute fifty-two seconds long. I can make it about 48 in without crying.

28 - a song by an artist with a voice you love
    Marriages - Love, Texas
  I love Emma's lyrics and her guitar too. But her voice. And that outro. That outro. That outro. That outro.


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26 - a song that makes you want to fall in love
  Peter Gabriel – I Have the Touch
  Yes, yes, technically a song about extroversion, but the mixture of enthusiasm, optimism, and restless anticipation and dissatisfaction in these lyrics comes closer to my experience of falling in love than anything.

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25 - a song by an artist no longer living
  Joy Division – These Days
  This is perhaps my favorite Joy Division song. The interplay between Ian Curtis' voice, the guitars, the base, the drum track...perfection in under 3 minutes.

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Hahah, so behind on everything I mean to post...

23 - a song you think everybody should listen to
  Rasputina – Indian Weed
  Rasputina's live presentations are not to be missed and this video demonstrates why. This track just sears.

24 - a song by a band you wish were still together
  Prick – Communique
  Kevin McMahon has been my future husband ever since the days of Lucky Pierre. Listen to this track and understand why.

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22 - a song that moves you forward
  The Thermals – Pillar of Salt
  I don't know what "a song that moves you forward" is, but I love this track and it doesn't matter where I am, I cannot sit still when I listen to it.

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THIS IS THE ENTRY I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.

21 - a favourite song with a person's name in the title
  The Pillows – Kim Deal
  The best song ever written, ever. After nearly two decades it still makes me incandescently happy whenever I listen to it.

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20 - a song that has many meanings for you
  Fever Ray – Seven
  Rather than saying this song has many meanings, I would say there's no possible way to convey this song's meaning aside from through this song itself.

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19 - a song that makes you think about life
  Talking Heads - Heaven
  This song is a finger pointing at the moon.

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18 - a song from the year you were born
  Lucky Pierre – Into My Arms
  This man is the most talented singer/songwriter there is. It's a crime that so few people know him.

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Am just back from day two of Awesome Con, which has absolutely lived up to its name. More on this tomorrow. In the meantime, have a song.

17 - a song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke
  Roxette – Dangerous
  I've done The Look but for some reason the Japanese karaoke boxes never had this one, even though they should have.

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16 - one of your favourite classical songs
  Paddy Glackin & Michael O Domhnaill - Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
  I love slip jigs the best of all forms of traditional Irish music, and I love Elizabeth Kelly's Delight the best of all slip jigs. It was the first tune I taught myself to play by ear because at 12 years old all I had was a cassette tape of The Chieftains' 8, with no liner notes, that merely called this "The Session" and lumped it in with two other tunes, and I thought it was all one thing and could find nothing like it in any of my sheet music books BUT I WAS GOING TO PLAY THIS TUNE MYSELF NO MATTER WHAT IT TOOK.

And I love this rendition of Elizabeth Kelly's Delight the best of all versions. Fifteen years ago I went into a used record store recommended by a coworker as having "a lot of Celtic stuff" and asked to be shown their Irish music section. All the place had was this CD. The owner put it on the stereo for me and I bought it 10 seconds in. When I took it home and discovered at the minute twenty-six mark that there's a double jig version of Elizabeth Kelly's too? MIND. BLOWN.

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15 - a song that is a cover by another artist
  Le Butcherettes – Wrecking Ball
   Teri Gender Bender is the second coming of PJ Harvey (and my future wife!). Here she shows Mylie how it's done.

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14 - a song that you would love played at your wedding
  David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
  In fact, if I could only ever listen to one David Bowie song ever again, this would be it.

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13 - one of your favourite 70's songs
  The Bothy Band - Fionnghuala
  This song seriously rocks, and it's just one track on an amazing album.

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12 - a song from your pre-teen years
  Shakespeare's Sister - I Don't Care
  The radio edit wisely cut Siohban's spoken word bit in the middle while keeping the extended guitar solo at the end; what I would not give to get my hands on this superior version once more. Also, when this came out, I could nail Marcella's soprano. Times have changed.

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I saw Wonder Woman today. It is as good as everyone says it is. You could have been first out the gate with a female superhero movie, Marvel, but you're gonna have a hell of a time catching up now.

Also, here are two songs.

10 - a song that makes you sad
  Polica - Wandering Star
  The 2013 iTunes Festival recording is the definitive version for me in terms of lyrics and delivery, but the album cut is damn good too.

11 - a song that you never get tired of
  PJ Harvey - Yuri-G
  As far as Clearchannel and MTV were concerned, "women in rock" was Sarah McLaughlin and Jewel and Lisa Loeb, and I wanted no part of it. Then I came across a reference to Harvey's "axe-wielding bitch cow" quote in a magazine and bought her album without having heard a song, and it changed everything.

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And we are all caught up!

09 - a song that makes you happy
  Dee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart
  I have an electric toothbrush that buzzes to let me know when my two minutes of brushing are up, but what I really want is an electric toothbrush that plays "Groove is in the Heart" for two minutes while I brush and do the dances from the video in my bathroom mirror. Why this thing does not already exist, I do not know.

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Last day of doubles.

04 - a song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about
  Pharrell – Happy
  The stoner who lived next door to me and often came home so messed up she tried to force her way into my apartment once played this on repeat for two hours. Just thinking about this song gives me a rash, so here you go.

08 - a song about drugs or alcohol
  Make-up – Substance Abuse
  As my ISP is now free to monetize whatever I do online and because I don't want them thinking I have addiction problems, here's a link to the entire album; today's track starts at the 59:30 mark. When I first heard this album it was impossible to buy it where I lived; I had someone's third-generation tape deck copy. Back then had you told me I'd go on to see them live twice, I wouldn't have believed you. When I saw them last month they played "Walking On The Dune" live, and that's something else I never thought I'd get to experience. I will die happier because I have.

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And come tomorrow, I'll be caught up!

03 - a song that reminds you of summer
  A Perfect Circle – The Hollow
  Oddly enough, most of my strong seasonal song associations are either for spring or winter, but I do have wonderful memories of a summer day spent driving down back roads to multiple nurseries, the car loaded down with platts of herbs, with Mer De Noms cranked up full blast.

07 - a song to drive to
  Adam Massacre – Glorious Domination
  Three minutes 45 seconds of the best face-melting chorus Freddie Mercury has ever channeled from beyond the grave. I may frequently put this one on repeat as I drive to work in the morning.


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