Tiny Moving Parts, "Warm Hand Splash"
This is good! I bought this on Bandcamp, and I don't remember listening to it. I still can't decide if that's sad of me or not. It probably is.
Yo La Tengo, "Barnaby, Hardly Working"
The first Yo La Tengo song I ever heard! I read about them and eventually picked up a combo CD of President Yo La Tengo/New Wave Hot Dogs, and from the moment I heard Ira Kaplan's calm, peaceful vocals married to that little repetitive figure of guitar squall, I was hooked. That push-and-pull, between noise and peace, is at the heart of Yo La Tengo, and it's kind of all here in capsule form.
Cyber Vision, "If U Want It"
Yeah, baby, bring that electro funk!
Jawbreaker, "Shield Your Eyes"
Oh man, this song transports me. Specifically, it transports me to a Greyhound bus on the way from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, in the pouring rain, as I wait for our stop in Harrisburg to finish. It's late at night, and the guy next to me passed out a while ago from drinking something brown and savage. I'm watching the rain pound into puddles, hoping that the batteries in my discman last the rest of the trip, as I already burned my spares. I'm actually on my second listen of this record, because it just seemed to fit the gloom so well, and Blake Schwarzenbach would take me back home.
Emerald, "Fall of Solaris"
God only knows where this came from. I'm guessing it was from a bundle somewhere. Discogs says they're from Estonia, and this was self-released. OK, then!