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Last week (AKA: The Best Week Ever!), Kristin and I got ourselves a new little kitten, and per Logan’s suggestion, I’ve put together a short playlist to celebrate.

It’s made up of a songs about cats, some explicitly, and others not so much. Like the Mountain Goats song, for example, is pretty impressionistic in its suggestion of a feline, with lines like “in your arms, I am a wild creature” and “white carpet thick with pet hair”; while both The Weakerthans tracks actually follow the heartbreaking story of Virtute the cat, one of the single saddest tales ever told in song. Jason Collett’s “Little Tiger” is pretty specific for our little runt (see picture above), while Karen O’s song from Where the Wild Things Are is pretty universal in its evocation of kittens playing. And I couldn’t not include a Best Coast song (duh), much less the one with the infamous line, “I wish my cat could talk.” The other songs are just great and happen to have “cat” or “tiger” in the title. Enjoy!

mp3: The Head And The Heart – Cats and Dogs

mp3: The Weakerthans – Plea From A Cat Named Virtute

mp3: Jason Collett – Little Tiger

mp3: Rogue Wave – Catform

mp3: Karen O and the Kids – Rumpus

mp3: ARMS – Tiger Tamer

mp3: Best Coast – Goodbye

mp3: The Cure – The Lovecats

mp3: The Mountain Goats – Broom People

mp3: The Weakerthans – Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure

[BONUS] And since we’re about 99.99% sure we’re naming the little guy “Elliot”, here’s a bonus track of Elliott Smith covering a Cat Stevens song:

mp3: Elliott Smith – Trouble (Cat Stevens cover)

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Jason Collett is one of the many faces in the Broken Social Scene picture (who’ve got a new record coming in May – yay!) – and he happens to be one of my favorites of the bunch. His 2008 album Here’s To Being Here was one of my favorite late finds from that year, and he’s got a sound you wouldn’t usually associate with the gang he runs with.

His delivery is often compared to Dylan’s – fairly straight-forward folk troubadour-ing – but there’s no way a BSS contributor is going to leave it simply at that. There are sonic surprises littered throughout his records that support and color his already thoughtful and descriptive songs, making his music engaging on so many levels. And on top of all that his songs just groove.

Collett’s got a new record due out in March called Rat A Tat Tat, and he just recently released an EP of songs recorded during the same sessions. That EP is called To Wit To Woo and is available digitally and on his current tour.

Below is a song from Rat A Tat Tat, a song from To Wit To Woo, and one of my favorite tracks from Here’s To Being Here (I call it disco-folk and I love it). Enjoy!

mp3: Jason Collett – Love Is A Dirty Word
from the album Rat A Tat Tat (Out March 9, 2010)

mp3: Jason Collett – Little Tiger
from the To Wit To Woo EP

mp3: Jason Collett – Out Of Time
from the album Here’s To Being Here (Amazon/iTunes)

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