1. The Lucksmiths — “Cliched Title for Kris”
An Aussie trio that writes incredibly catchy, pun-riddled pop songs at a prolific rate. Their drummer is also the singer, which is incredibly cool.
2. Uncle Tupelo — “New Madrid”
Pre-Wilco Jeff Tweedy, w/ his buddy Jay Farrar. This alt-country ditty is a good early autumn jam; perfect for a night on the porch where you suddenly think, Huh. I ought to run in and grab a sweater.
3. Dear Nora — “On to September”
Rationale is obvious. This album is incredibly twee, and therefore too sugary for about 99 percent of society. But taken as a whole, it’s pretty spectacular, and this is by far the stand-out track.
4. Wiz Khalifa — “Wake Up”
You know what it is. [Not Black and Yellow]
5. Against Me! — “Sink, Florida, Sink”
This always seems to be one of their best live songs. I wish Tom Gabel would play it acoustic like this sometime, though.