by Blitzen Trapper (2008)
“Furr” was one of those songs that I discovered completely by accident. Somehow I had downloaded it, and it was on my iPod, but I had never really listened to it until early 2009 when I made a couple of Genius mixes to listen to , and it started appearing regularly in those. And then once I played it a few times, I was completely obsessed with it, and later I got their whole CD, also called Furr.
Funny Little Frog
by Belle & Sebastian (2006)
Belle and Sebastian formed in Glasgow in 1996. They were a band that I had always heard of, but didn’t really OWN anything by the band until ten years later. In 2006, they released their most recent CD called The Life Pursuit. I don’t really know what prompted me to purchase that disc, but it went on to be one of my favorite CD’s of the year, if not the decade.
There are a lot of amazing tracks on the disc, but my favorite has to be “Funny Little Frog.” According to Wikipedia, the song went on become their highest charting single in the U.K. I had this song on my old MySpace page around the time that my wife and I had taken a trip to Vegas. For some reason, to this day, I still think of that trip whenever I hear this song.
by Glen Phillips (2001)
Glen Phillips is best known as the lead singer of the band Toad The Wet Sprocket. They had several hits in the 90’s, before breaking up in 1998. In 2001, Glen released Abulum, his first solo album, which included the song “Fred Meyers.” Living in California, I had never even heard of the department store, Fred Meyers, which are located in the North Western United States.
by Brendan Benson (2002)
These days, if you know who Brendan Benson is, you probably know him from his work in the Jack White band The Raconteurs. But back in 2002, he had just released his second solo album called Lapalco. I first discovered Brendan, and this song, when it appeared on one of the CD compilations for International Pop Overthrow, a concert festival I attend each summer in Los Angeles.