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"Fusion was the broken heart that's lonely's only thought"

If it isn't obvious already, both of these songs are download or die.

Right Away, Great Captain - Night, Marry You

The only ocean I’ve ever lived on is hot in the summertime, painfully hard, full of steel and glass and rubber, those strange machines that live at sixty miles an hour. For the past few weeks I’ve lived on an island on the 81 coast, the shores are green but the sprawl is ugly. There are bays and harbors everywhere, with white lines for buoys. It makes DC look like Venice. And Venice is sinking.

Before you listen to this song, try this: imagine you’re on a ship, your crew mates at close quarters, friends by the force of proximity, and the person you care about the most lives entirely in your imagination for months on end. You tell yourself stories, you write songs because to utter the words out loud would force you to confront the part of yourself you had to cut off and put away to live. The alternative is to stay in bed all day. The Bitter End lives in this imagined world, and the resulting music is brilliant.

Right Away, Great Captain's Myspace

Josh Ritter - The Last Temptation of Adam

Ever since my little sister heard of someone getting stuck in an elevator she's avoided them as much as she can. I've always thought getting stuck with someone for long enough without hope for an end - in an elevator, on a desert island, in a car on a road trip - would forge an interesting friendship, the kind that most commonly occurs when you've grown up with someone.

"The Last Temptation of Adam" takes this idea and places it in the Cold War in the wake of the Atomic bomb. I think I understand the title, being one of the last two people on earth would be a little like being one of the first two people on earth, and therein lies the temptation. When Josh Ritter sings "Our love would live a half-life on the surface"...well, don't we all have some memorable half-life's of our own? I'm sure I still have some of the resulting radiation poisoning.

Buy the Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter from (released August 21)
Josh Ritter's Website/Myspace

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