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So I neglected to do a song of the week again last week.  Sorry.  I almost didn’t do one this week but then I popped in Little Big Planet for the Playstation Portable and was instantly reminded of how amazing the music is in that game.  Take this little diddy for instance.  It is unabashedly happy.


Spiderbait – Glockenpop


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Perhaps it has been because my mind has been in several different places lately but Sundays have been sneaking up on me as of late (that might also be why I keep oversleeping and missing church).

I’ve been in a bit of a rainy day mood today.  It’s not raining though it has been rather gloomy.  On days like that I have my own choices for music.  Tracks that are somewhat melancholy but not necessarily sad and always lovely.  This is one of those choices as well as one of my favorite artists of any genre.


Sufjan Stevens – For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti

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You know, I was really planning on doing another recommended films post this week but, as is my want, I let it slide onto the back burner.  Don’t let me forget to do that this week.

On a similar unprepared note, I also neglected to pick out a song of the week before now so, in desperation, I started browsing my recommended page on youtube when this popped up.  Two things about it caught my eye.  First, it happened to be the same guy who did a video @evanjstark sent me earlier this week.  Second, it featured another youtuber I follow who goes by Strawberry17.  So I clicked and it turned out to be pretty good.  I always have to admire these youtube musicians who pull off some pretty cool stuff without the big budgets of major label musicians.


Jimmy Wong – From On High

And for an added bit of fun, here is the same guy doing the Super Mario Bros. theme A Capella.

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Sorry there wasn’t a song of the week last Sunday.  It completely slipped my mind.  It very nearly slipped my mind this week but not quite.

Lately Japan has been on my mind quite a bit since the huge disaster that struck there this week.  It is a tragic situation that landed heavily on my heart even though I have very little direct connection to it.

In light of what is going on there now I wanted to dedicate this week’s song to everyone over there and feature a hopeful song from one of my favorite Japanese bands.  It’s a band I’ve featured here before but that’s alright.

Sambomaster – Utagoe Yoo Kore


If you’d like to donate to the Red Cross’s Japan relief fund you can go to this link.

Also, Crunchyroll.com (a site that streams Asian TV shows) is offering to match any donations made up to $5,000.  You can visit this link for that.

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If you’ve been watching the Sunday Song of the Week for a while now then you probably have realized that I like pulling in music from all around the world.  From Canada to Japan and everywhere in between I believe that great music can be found anywhere and I love that our modern society affords me the means to easily discover what is great anywhere in the world.

In honor of that, today I wanted to bring you an artist that hails from the lower-east side of New York City and exemplifies the celebration of world cultures as well as the melting pot of the United States.


Gogol Bordello –Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher)

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Like anyone I am prone to the occasional bout of melancholy and that tends to affect my listening habits.  At the same time, though, I’ve developed a bit of a loathing for the self-pitying whining that’s common in a lot of music these days.  No, when I am in a mood the kind of music I go for is the kind that acknowledges that life can sometimes suck but, hey, “them’s the breaks”.  Just have to deal with it, get over it, and move on.  This song is one that fits that need perfectly.

This particular musical discovery came courtesy of NPR’s World Cafe program.  I’ve found that NPR’s musical programs are a great place to pick up on great artist that normally fly under the radar.  Go check it out sometime.

Dan Mangan – Road Regrets

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Hello there lovely people.

I was actually at a bit of a loss trying to think of what I wanted to feature this week on the Sunday Song of the Week.  In times like this friends can come in very handy and my friend Meagan can always be counted on for impeccable taste in music.

She did not fail and provided me with this fine pick.

DeVotchKa – How It Ends

I was not familiar with this band until Meagan directed me towards them but after checking out this song I realized I had heard this band before.  In fact they were on the soundtrack for one of my favorite movies.  Just for fun I’ll offer you that song as well.

DeVotchKa – Till the End of Time (From Little Miss Sunshine)

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