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by Sean
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Window Twins - "Maybe It's Time". Window Twins' I'm This Tall City is a diffuse and yarny album - diffuse like stovesmoke, yarny like yarn. I've been listening to it off and on for weeks and now sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night hearing one of their half-melodies. At first I thought it was just an earworm, a song stuck in my head; but then I realised No, it's actually playing somehwere. Somewhere in the dustbunnies, there's a tiny gramophone. [MySpace]

Reefer - "Blue Moon". I know this song was actually recorded in Hawaii, and certainly it's got a recorded-in-Hawaii vibe, but in the messy croon of Nick "Unicorns/Islands" Thorburn's vocals I hear just someone wanting to be in Hawaii. Someone who isn't there and yet who hopes by force of ooooo-ooooh they might get there. As if a beachside beat and some tuneful strength of will could carry you wafting over the snowbanks and the conifers, up over to those sandy sunsets. [MySpace]

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Elsewhere:

Have been really enjoying the curation at Sunday Is For Sounds, an mp3blog by Peter Bayne.

Marcello and Lena have finally offered up their Top (100!) Albums of 2008. And with, I'm surprised to report, Kanye and Coldplay tied for #1.

Finally, NICE SNACKS (aka THE COLD DRINK) is the new t-shirt & prints company by my friend Dave B (of The Diskettes, Popsheep, Endless Bummer and more). So far it's just t-shirts, but they are doozies! Shaq and Yao Ming holding Major League Baseball's greatest prize! Audrey Hepburn wearing a t-shirt of Al Pacino wearing a Los Angeles Raiders poncho! Oh man. Limited editions, affordably priced, and even the location-specific postage rates are hilarious.

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Posted by Sean at February 9, 2009 2:01 PM
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That's some real rare yarn. Thanks!

Posted by Jeff in Seattle at February 9, 2009 5:18 PM

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