- Sonic Youth, "Or": Very smooth for SY. But great. They're an amazing band.
- The Flower Kings, "Blue Planet": A typical track from one of my favorite neo-progressive
rock bands. For the Flower Kings, this is a short one at only 10 minutes.
- The Clogs, "Lantern": once again, one of my favorite classical-leaning post-rock bands. Slow,
beautiful track, featuring steel drums and oboe, and even some light vocals.
- Mariliion, "Fantastic Place": one of my least favorite tracks from an amazing Marillion
album. Overall, the "Marbles" album was fantastic, but this track just leaves me cold.
- Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, "Higher Ground": quite a change from the last
couple. Very up-tempo jazzy string-ensemble cover of a Stevie Wonder tune.
- The National, "Baby We'll Be Fine": The National are the alter ego of the Clogs; they've got
nearly the same personnel. But the National is a slightly country-ish alt-rock band. This track
has a great psuedo-minimalist melodic pulse under it. Very cool.
- Naftule's Dream, "Free Klez 1 & 2": what happens when a group of really talented klezmer
musicians try to an Ornette Coleman style free improv? Weird stuff.
- Navan, "Thig an T-Eathor": very traditional a-capella Irish songs. Not what you'd probably
expect if you're used to instrumental Irish; songs are a totally different form
- Mark Knopfler, "Boom, Like That": The guitar wizard of Dire Straights has been doing mostly
solo work lately. This is a track from his latest solo album, about (of all people) Roy Kroc, founder
of McDonalds. Good song, with a nice guitar hook.
- Marillion, "Ocean Cloud": another track from Marillion's "Marbles" album - this one is an
example of just why I like this album so much: it's an 18 minute long opus, just terrific stuff.