Or maybe, two reasons to squeeze, eight more to stay and cuddle.

1 and 2.

3. Neko Case and AC Newman have this band they play in together sometimes, see? And when they do, the music is incredible. Their new album, Challengers, isn’t out yet, but you can preorder, save $2, and get some bonus stuff if you go to Matador records.

And you can taste the first single:

My Rights Versus Yours

4. Dukes of Hazzard-Patton Oswald Humor! Ahr ahr!

5. Japanese Human Art-Why Is My Girlfriend Mad (video-follow link–it’s worth it) More humor! Ahr ahr ahr!

6. Don’t Try This At Home-R.E.M. (Live cover collection). Featuring:

Paint It Black (Rolling Stones)-R.E.M.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (CCR)-R.E.M.

I’ve Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher)-R.E.M.

Deck the Halls-REM

Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order)-R.E.M.

And lots more!

7. Something in the Air (Thunderclap Newman cover)-Rogue Wave

8. If this is the answer . . .

Then what was the question?

9. Hero Hill has been doing good stuff lately. Check them out.

10. The Minus Story Free Collection Download! We reviewed The Minus Story in May, and now they are on tour (dates below) to celebrate the June 19th release of their latest record, My Ion Truss. They’re going to maintain a tour diary, but even cooler is that their label, Jagjaguwar, has allowed them to post a compendium of 9 of their favorite tunes spanning all four of their albums. To get it, you have to go here and click through the 45 pictures. At the end, you’ll get the link to the download. And catch the tour!

Tour Dates:
>> 06/18/07 Tucson, AZ – Plush w/ Shearwater
>> 06/19/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Shearwater
>> 06/20/07 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill w/ Shearwater
>> 06/21/07 Portland, OR – Dante’s w/ Shearwater
>> 06/22/07 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe w/Shearwater
>> 06/25/07 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
>> 06/26/07 Chicago, IL – Schubas w/ Old Canes
>> 06/27/07 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop w/ Old Canes
>> 06/28/07 Buffalo, NY – The Icon w/ Old Canes
>> 06/29/07 Brooklyn, NY – Southpaw
>> 07/01/07 Allston, MA – Great Scott w/ Old Canes
>> 07/02/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber w/ Old Canes
>> 07/03/07 Washington D.C., – Rock And Roll Hotel w/Old Canes
>> 07/05/07 Newport, KY – Southgate House w/ Old Canes
>> 07/06/07 Champaign, IL – Cowboy Monkey
>> 07/07/07 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot w/ Old Canes
>> 09/15/07 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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