Elvis Costello, "New Amsterdam"
This song is actually a demo that Costello recorded, and then included directly on the record instead of re-recording it. The result is one of the more distinctive songs on the album, a minimal arrangement that ends up letting the clarity of the melody shine through.
Girl Talk, "Still Here"
It's always a little strange to hear one of the Girl Talk songs out of the context of the albums. It shouldn't be, because they're such chameleons, but the progression of songs is burned into my brain so it throws me off. In other news, I love the bit from The Band on this track.
Ivy Sole, "All Mine"
A lovely song.
The Staple Singers, "You've Got To Earn It"
The little rumble of harmonica on this track is such a tasty touch in what is just an incredible tune. And that solo!
Lost noise-rock geniuses Craw were making this racket out of Cleveland through the late 90s and early 2000s, but didn't get a lot of attention at the time. Luckily, their work has been collected and re-issued, so it can be found again. Although I gotta say, this isn't an especially sexy track.