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171. Dave Dill: Follow The Summer (2008)

Sometimes things just dovetail. As I write, we're in the middle of a pleasantly mild spring, I've just finished compiling a list of the Top 100 Songs of the '70s, and I'm about to get married. Also, I've been listening to Dave Dill's independently-released CD, Follow the Summer. How do these four things relate?

Well, Dill's CD is full of birds, flowers, sunshine, '70s inspired sounds, and love songs. Like I said, dovetailing.

By now we're well into the 4th decade of songwriters who follow in the well-crafted, melodic footsteps of The Beach Boys and The Beatles. That means we have artists now who are inspired by other artists who were inspired by artists who were inspired by the compositions of Wilson, Lennon, and McCartney. I don't doubt that Dave Dill went right to the source, but his music also brings up allusions to many of these aforementioned inspirees. Since I have a serious love/hate relationship with the critical school of comparing o…

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If you haven't noticed, I started 2008 with a renewed commitment to posting regularly on 3 Minutes, 49 Seconds. If that has faltered in the last couple of weeks, it's only because my energies have been focused on the Top 100 Songs of the '70s list. Go look at it if you haven't already; I'll wait.

Every year I make two mixes of songs that move me, one for each half of the year. The time has come to share the tracklisting for the first half of 2008 (I know, technically we haven't had 6 months yet, but humor me).

The artwork you see to the right is courtesy of Sam Brown. Check his stuff out here. Take a look at the tracks that made it:

1. The B-52's - Hot Corner
2. The Old 97's - Dance With Me
3. Liam Finn - Energy Spent
4. Nada Surf - I Like What You Say
5. Chris Walla - Everybody Needs a Home
6. Kathleen Edwards - Oil Man's War
7. Tift Merritt - Another Country
8. Kid Dakota - Stars
9. The Republic Tigers - Weatherbeaten
10. Dave Dill - Never So Beautiful
11.…

12 by Everclear

Here's the drill: 12 songs to summarize an artist's career, in chronological order (of course).

Week 18






The most bizarre sequence of events in my short life involved awkwardly running into a friend's ex at a coffee shop, a car crashing into an apartment building, and passing 2/3 of Everclear on the street. This all happened within 10 minutes and 2 blocks. True story.

This list ignores the last couple of Everclear albums, partly because the band overhauled their membership and partly because I didn't buy them.

1. Santa Monica (from Sparkle & Fade, 1995)
A memorable and simple guitar figure and the introduction of Art Alexakis' enduring theme: Running away from a bad situation to someplace where things are clearer.

2. Local God (from Romeo + Juliet, 1996)
On the other hand, a celebration of the "stupid happy and numb" life Alexakis often wants to run away from.

3. Everything To Everyone (from So Much For the Afterglow, 1997)
This was the song and album that ch…

Top 100 Songs of the '70s

A couple of years ago, in response to a Pitchfork list of The 200 Greatest Songs of the '60s, I called on some friends to help me compile our own (newly redesigned and revised) Top 200 Songs of the '80s. A little while after that we repeated the feat, and produced the (also newly redesigned and revised) Top 200 Songs of the '90s.

All the while, that last little missing decade has been waiting patiently for its turn in the spotlight. Well, '70s, your time has come!

I think you'll be surprised at the depth and breadth of this maligned decade. God willing, I'll be posting 10 entries every day or two until the list is complete. Check it out and enjoy: Top 100 Songs of the '70s

12 by Ben Folds

Here's the drill: 12 songs to summarize an artist's career, in chronological order (of course).

Week 17

It seems disrespectful to make this list, when a person has little excuse to not own all 5 proper Ben Folds albums.

But, if you are determined to be frugal, you can't go wrong with these 12. And, yes, Brick is a great song; consider it a silently obvious #13.



1. Philosophy (from Ben Folds Five, 1995)
Wow, right out of the gate you have to be impressed by that ivory-tickling. Phil Spector pioneered the wall of sound, but this is the wall of piano. And is that a sly paraphrase of Rhapsody In Blue that I hear?

2. Alice Childress (from Ben Folds Five, 1995)
Before you ask about it, Alice Childress is a children's author who wrote A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich. The selling point here is the harmony, as well as the rainy day contemplative air.

3. One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces (from Whatever and Ever Amen, 1996)
Sadly, it's not really about a dwarf. Tha…