Vol. 2

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.

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About Eric Lutz

Eric Lutz is a Chicago-based writer. His work frequently appears in Newcity magazine. He has also written for the Chicago Reader, Welter and a number of newspapers. View all posts by Eric Lutz

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