Sloan, "Deeper Than Beauty"
Sloan are a rarity, a band who clearly should have been big in America, but instead settled for a long and celebrated career in Canada. This stuff, really smart power pop, absolutely could have broken through at basically any moment, and just kind of never did. If you like this sort of thing at all, this album and One Chord To Another are must-listens.
Yo-Yo Ma, "Suite no. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: III. Courante"
I feel too dumb to even type out that song title, much less listen to this.
Mars Volta, "Tourniquet Man"
squints I might be too dumb for the Mars Volta too.
There are a couple of shorter songs on The Bedlam in Goliath, which just sort of end up sounding transitional, on the way to something much bigger. And that's true here, as this is the tune that leads into the longest song on the record.
Dillinger Four, "Music Is None of My Business"
I think the last time I had Dillinger Four on here, I was still making my playlists on YouTube, and not only were none of their songs on there, but they had any uploads blocked. So, you know: this is what they sound like. If there's anybody around from five years ago who remembers that and is curious (and doesn't, you know, just live in the house where they could pull it up any time they wanted).
They Might Be Giants, "Science Is Real"
I think I'll do my OWN research, thank you very much TMBG. If that IS your name.