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I’m actually really looking forward to this little compilation of Buddy Holly covers due out June 28th. Look at that lineup. The Black Keys, Sir Paul McCartney, Modest Mouse, and yes, Kid Rock (!!!)

Buddy Holly was one of the artists I knew as a child. I’m not talking teenage years or even my tweenage years, Buddy Holly goes back to those endless car rides to northern Wyoming to visit my mother’s family. Crammed into a mini-van along with my four other siblings while my parents listened to a steady stream of Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, and The Beach Boys. (All of these artists can make me feel carsick no matter where I am when I hear them.)

But lets get back into the present and talk about the fantastic cover of Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy” by She & Him. Zooey Deschanel’s voice and M. Ward’s guitar have always feltĀ  like they were plucked right out of the fifties, so this cover is just perfect.

mp3: She & Him – Oh Boy
from the compilation Rave on Buddy Holly (pre-order it here)

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Every year we talk about doing a “Favorite Songs” list, but we never do because it always ends up being so huge and unwieldy (we like a lot of music, alright?!). But this year we decided to just break down and do it, only here’s the catch: these are our Favorite Songs that DIDN’T appear on any of our Favorite Albums. So no matter how amazing “Cold War” or “Ambling Alp” or “We Used To Wait” might be, they won’t be on this list. Instead this gives us a chance to highlight a bunch of other fantastic artists who rocked our cubicle this year!

They’re in alphabetical order, and without any blurbs, so all you have to do is listen! Enjoy!

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For anyone who likes being happy:

Volume 2 is out March 23rd on Merge.



sheandhim500I knew I was excited for the follow-up to She & Him’s (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, respectively) delightful Volume 1 (which will be appropriately titled: Volume 2, out March 23 on Merge Records), but after hearing this taste – with it’s giant hook, Tilly & The Wall backing vocals, and that classic M. Ward guitar riffing – well, let’s just say I can hardly wait for this one you guys. It’s gonna be off the hizzo.

link: She & Him – In The Sun (link goes to FREE DOWNLOAD at Pitchfork)