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Recent Obsession: The A.V. Undercover Series

Posted on 01 June 2013 by Mylynda Guthrie

I’ve been passionately (er, obsessively) sharing The A.V. Club’s YouTube channel with everyone and anyone lately – specifically, their great A.V. Undercover series. It may be old news to many, given that the most recent videos were posted seven months ago, but I was just recently turned on to the series by a pal (thank you, Dani France!).

Sometime in between hours spent being alternately impressed by (Punch Brothers) and amused by (GWAR) the featured performers with my husband, and sharing video links to various friends’ Facebook walls, I remembered “duh, I AM THE EDITOR OF A MUSIC BLOG AND CAN THEREFORE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE AT ONCE.” Woops.


Justin Townes Earle doing his best Springsteen.


The A.V. Undercover series features amazingly talented musicians like Trampled by Turtles and Shearwater doing rad covers. In most of the videos, they are covering other cool, but generally more famous, artists; however, roughly one quarter of the covers are popular hits of the 1980s. As each clip’s intro explains, the A.V. Club collects a list of songs based on their readers votes, and then invites artists in to cover their song of choice in “the little round room.” There’s nary a bad cover to be found in either the 2011 or 2012 playlists, but several of the renditions are especially awe-inspiring. I’ve included a few of my esteemed choices below, but I definitely suggest you get yourself over to the A.V. Club’s YouTube channelto pick and share your own favorites.


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James’ Favorite Songs, Big and Small, of 2010!

Posted on 03 January 2011 by James Gentry

I’ve never been very decisive.  I can’t even begin to think of choosing a favorite album from 2010.  I did however pull myself together long enough to list some of my favorite songs from 2010.  These are the ones that stuck with me, forced me to sing along, or made me tap my feet. I won’t be forgetting them any time soon and can’t wait to see what 2011 brings.  So, in no particular order, here’s my list.

1. Trampled By Turtles – Wait So Long

Trampled By Turtles - Palomino

Website: http://www.trampledbyturtles.com

2. Parlor Hawk – Home

Parlor Hawk - Hoarse and Roaring

Download – Parlor Hawk – Home
Website: http://www.parlorhawk.com

3. Jonsi – Go Do

Jonsi - Go

Website: http://www.jonsi.com

4. Arcade Fire – Ready To Start

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

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Website: www.arcadefire.com

5. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Dreamer

The Tallest Man On Earth - Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird

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Website: www.thetallestmanonearth.se

6. Rogue Wave -Solitary Gun

Rogue Wave - Permalight

Website: www.roguewavemusic.com

7. Cloud Cult – There’s So Much Energy In Us

Cloud Cult - Light Chasers

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Website: www.cloudcult.com

8. Mumford & Sons – The Cave

Mumford & Songs - Sigh No More

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Website: www.mumfordandsons.com

9. The Thermals – I Don’t Believe You

The Thermals - Personal Life

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Website: www.thethermals.com

10. Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

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Website: wearefrightenedrabbit.com

11. Rocky Votolato – Sparklers

Rocky Votolato - True Devotion

Website: www.rockyvotolato.com

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