Rancid, "Ruby Soho"
As an unabashed Operation Ivy guy, I was always a little disappointed with Rancid. They always just seemed a little more dour, a little less tuneful, and a little less fun. That said, the album of Rancid's that I like enough to listen to pretty often is ...And Out Come The Wolves. Just listened to it earlier today, actually!
Clem Snide, "I Got High"
This song is from The Meat Of Life, which I think is the better of the two albums from the second incarnation of Clem Snide (the other being Hungry Bird). It's a warm, comfortable album, with the usual sweet (and subtly dark) songs from Eef Barzelay. It's not the album to start with, but it's a solid record.
Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime"
You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful blog!
Folks, have you listened to Pond yet? Have you looked up their albums, and sat down with them? I have told you over and over that Pond rules.
Machines of Loving Grace, "Rite of Shiva"
It's on a track like this that you really get the "Nine Inch Nails, but somebody nudged the accessability dial higher" vibe from the band.