Today was to be a day of indignation. I was all ready to open this post: "Today, patience finally fails me, as the same crap-quality MP3 of the Wrens song "Everyone Chooses Sides" makes its usual-suspect circuit."
Well, having just downloaded the song from eMusic, I find that I am a fool. There is, in fact, nothing "crap-quality" about it; it's SUPPOSED to sound that way. I have no idea why my old copy of the song sounds different. Is it a remix? Who the hell knows.
But I know that it lacks the full-on digital crackle-and-hiss of the official version, and I know that it cuts off rather unceremoniously at the 4:41 mark. All of this is to draw attention to a terrific song from a pretty terrific record that deserves to be heard in all its incarnations.
[I am augmenting this post with some other songs that - along with the Wrens tune - made my best-of for the first four months of 2004. So this makes for some nice nostalgia for me. And maybe it'll make for some nice new discoveries for you. Who the hell knows.]
[MP3] [left-click] The Wrens/"Everyone Chooses Sides" (alternative mix?) [from the LP The Meadowlands, 2003]
[MP3] [left-click] The Stills/"Changes Are No Good" [from the LP Logic Will Break Your Heart, 2003]
[MP3] [left-click] Shea Seger/"Clutch" [from the LP May Street Project, 2001]
[MP3] [left-click] Okkervil River/"The War Criminal Rises and Speaks" [from the LP Down the River of Golden Dreams, 2003]
[MP3] [left-click] John Vanderslice/"Promising Actress" [from the LP Cellar Door, 2004]