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I Turn My Camera On by Spoon (from Gimme Fiction, Merge Records, 2005)

Apologies for the shameless plug, but Spoon are label mates of mine. Great label, great band. And Spoon are pretty darn good, too!

 

Rocket Man by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (from Have a Ball, Fat Wreck Chords, 1997)

I used to like Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, but nowadays I find them so…so…I don’t know, the word escapes me.

 

Zen Meditation by Asian Zen Spa Music Meditation (from Zen Spa, Equilibrium, 2011)

How much more Zen can you be? The answer: none more Zen. This Zen goes to 11.

 

Second Avenue Square Dance by Dave Tarras (from Music From The Yiddish Radio Project, Shanachie, 2002)

I sent a link to the story of Arvind Mahankali’s 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee win to a Rabbi I know. His response to Mr. Mahankali’s difficult final word, “knaidel” (the Yiddish word for “matzah ball”)? “Poor Arvind! Well, at least he lives in Queens!” Arvind’s just a mensch from the shtetl, as far as we’re concerned.