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by Dan
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The Morning Benders - "I Was Wrong"

This song is like peanut butter and banana sandwiches are for me, like microwaved instant coffee is for my roommate, like saying "I'll be gosh'd" is/was for your dad, probably. It's something you resort to, but don't mind at all. It fills the absence of the new with something that, for us, will pretty much always work. I can't write this in a way that it sounds like a compliment, but it is. [Buy]

Thrush Hermit - "Oh My Soul"

This is where this paradise was founded. Dusty (whose band, Relief Maps, is at Divan Orange on Friday) gave me this song when i was 18, and I felt like I'd been living a life devoid of a whole lot up to that point. These kids were 18, making this, a whole bunch of years before I even heard it. It would be like discovering the Unicorns right now. It made a nice mattress, a cushy floor, onto which everything i like will eventually fall, and get added to the mush. [Buy]

Posted by Dan at November 16, 2006 10:53 AM

The Morning Benders link isn't working, for me anyway. Which is unfortunate, because I know *exactly* what you mean by that sort of backhanded compliment, and am curious.

Posted by Mark at November 16, 2006 11:02 AM

link fixed!

Posted by Sean at November 16, 2006 11:26 AM

I'm scared of anything with the word Thrush in it. Have you ever seen full blown thrush on someone's tongue?
it's disugsting!

Posted by thrushfear at November 16, 2006 1:04 PM

is that Joel Plaskett singing for Thrush Hermit?? I'd recognize that voice anywhere!

Posted by Justin at November 16, 2006 2:41 PM

there's so much cool pop music that came out of Canada in the early and mid '90s. if you guys like Thrush Hermit check out a band called The Hardship Post. They had stuff out on Murder Records and a really great full length on Subpop.

Posted by mike downey at November 16, 2006 2:59 PM

that Thrush Hermit track is goddamn amazing.

Posted by raph at November 16, 2006 6:08 PM

It really is -- and I hate this particular genre of get-happy, white-boy bluesy pop. Hate it, hate it. But man, they make it work. They have so much fun with it, even a bitter old man could enjoy them. Better than the Hardship Post, who were solid, but mostly dull imo.

The MB tune is fun, too, but since I am less surprised that I like it, I'll leave it lay.

Posted by wcw at November 16, 2006 6:28 PM

"I'm scared of anything with the word Thrush in it"

As well you should for rupture-faced Jack Palance once starred as sinister THRUSH agent Louis Strago!

Posted by Repoz at November 16, 2006 7:23 PM

this MB song has a great vibe to it. they have some other impressive songs streaming on myspace as well.

Posted by entropy at November 16, 2006 8:35 PM

please psot a unicorns' song they're my favorite band.

Posted by dylan at November 17, 2006 12:13 AM

Joel Plaskett still plays this song live, on occasion, when he busts out the acoustic Hermit. (At least he did that one time.)

Posted by Calum at November 17, 2006 7:06 PM

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