“Pristine” by Snail Mail
I forgot to start the broadcast until I was most of the way through this song, so unfortunately it got cut off. Check it out anyway.
“Wrong” by Archers of Loaf
From their debut album Icky Mettle. Not as well known as “Web in Front” from the same album, but just as much of a jam.
“Busy” by Jawbreaker
“Busy” was their first single, back in 1989, but this is the album version from their debut Unfun, which came out in 1990. One of my favorites of theirs.
“The Rat” by the Walkmen
One of the best songs of the 2000s, if not ever.
“Action & Action” by the Get-Up Kids
From their 1999 second album, Something to Write Home About, considered an emo classic. The music video for this one is charmingly low-budget. If you’re into cultural artifacts from that period like I am, I’m sure you’ll appreciate it.
“My Year in Lists” by Los Campesinos!
A short one from LC!.
“Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix)” by Broken Social Scene
One of my favorite BSS songs. From their classic You Forgot It In People. I know it’s a remix, but it’s the album version and I could never find a version that said it wasn’t remixed, so I assumed the original had never been released, but recently I found that they made a music video that has the original version. It wasn’t as exciting and peppy, so I see why they went with the remix for the album.
“Sex” by the 1975
The 1975 are really misunderstood, in my opinion. I think they get dismissed because of their fanbase, but they’re actually really great, especially their newer stuff. This isn’t new, though; it was their breakthrough release back in 2012 or so, and probably their best track from that era.
“Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World
If you don’t recognize them by name, you still probably know Jimmy Eat World from “The Middle”. This is from the same album, which was originally released as Bleed American in 2001, but for a while after 9/11 it was released as a self-titled album.
“Sea Ghost” by the Unicorns
The Unicorns only had one album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, and this is my favorite track from that album. I was weirdly obsessed with it back last semester, and relistening to it recently I appreciate it even more. It’s really weird, so at first it’s not going to be one of your favorite albums, but it’s very charming in a hard to describe way and it grows on you.
“It Gets More Blue” by Girlpool
This was from Girlpool’s second album, Powerplant, when they added a drummer and switched to using electric guitars, which was a big change from their drummerless, acoustic guitar and bass setup on their first album. This one actually sounds a little like a female-led Pavement, which obviously appeals to me.