What I'm seeing them tonight at Northsix

If you've been coming to this site for a while, you may remember the old "Shuffle" section over on the right, with the first 10 songs that popped up on the iPod shuffle. Well, I'm feeling fairly uncreative today so let's bring it back - this time with comments! How exciting.

1. Uncut - "Summer Day." Musically, these guys remind me of a more rocking Interpol. Nothing amazing, but a nice appetizer for Antics next week. And they're actually playing Rothko this Saturday.

2. Diplo - "Florida." Intro track to the album of the same name - sample-heavy hip-hop like RJD2 or DJ Shadow. I haven't listened to it yet, but it's gotten some great reviews.

3. Sleater-Kinney - "The Size of Our Love." The Hot Rock is my favorite Sleater-Kinney album, but this song never clicked with me. It always felt a little hokey.

4. Nightmares on Wax - "Ease Jimi." This song is the JAM, and my favorite cut on Carboot Soul. The horns always get me. Nightmares on Wax seem to get overlooked a lot in the downtempo world - people remember them more from their early Warp techno days. This album and Smoker's Delight are where it's at, though, for chilled out funk/hip-hop/R&B-inspired; downtempo.

5. The Langley Schools Music Project - "The Long and Winding Road." Recorded in 1976, this is from Innocence and Despair - an album of schoolkids from British Columbia singing pop songs from the 60's and 70's. This stripped down version of the Beatles original is used to great effect on DJ Koze's All People Is My Friends mix, which is how it ended up here.

6. Wilco - "Misunderstood." Wilco opened with this song the first time I saw them. I'd never heard it at the time, but the "Nothing! / Nothing! / Nothing!" breakdown at the end was incredible. Now, of course, it's one of my favorite Wilco songs.

7. Pavement - "AT&T.;" Another total favorite - the iPod is doing especially well today. Pavement at their glorious best, spilling over themselves while dropping one can't-miss hook after another.

8. Wilco - "War on War." You can always count on the iPod shuffle to give you a quick double shot of a band.

9. Quantic - "So Long." A jazzy, dubby funk track. A great rhythm section, naturally. Very cool stuff. Jason actually turned me onto these guys.

10. Of Montreal - "Eros' Entropic Tundra." How appropriate - I'm seeing them tonight at Northsix. Check back tomorrow for a review...