Legend has it that the Foxymorons were born in a Sunday-school classroom when David Dewese and Jerry James (who hail from Tennessee and Texas, respectively) found an abandoned drum kit and started playing. Now, 16 years later, the duo has released its fourth full-length, Bible Stories (Foxyphoton), which is a rather fitting name given the bandâ€™s origins. However, instead of somber ballads about the New Testament, Bible Stories is actually a collection of infectious pop tunes on subject matters such as gardening. Hereâ€™s a mix tape James made especially for MAGNET.
Nirvana â€œOn A Plainâ€
Maybe my favorite song of all time. Wry, funny, stream-of-consciousness and terribly sad. I played the Unplugged version of this song too many times in 1994-95. Itâ€™s just sort of a perfect song for me. Oh, and that bridge, that bridge! Video
Big Star â€œO, Danaâ€
â€œIâ€™d rather shoot a woman than a manâ€ Whatâ€™s he singing about? One of my favorite songs from a favorite album. Video
Miley Cyrus â€œParty In The USAâ€
Sue us. Itâ€™s summer. We drive with the windows down. This song always fits the moment. Video
The Mother Hips â€œThird Floor Storyâ€
Oh man, this song was kind of the epic jam of last fall, at least for our gang. Itâ€™s sort of over-the-top and funky in a way that we could never pull off. Hilarious riffs and falsettos, faux-bitter lyrics and classic-rock moves that feel totally great and sincere, although I canâ€™t help but think theyâ€™re being a bit cheeky. Who knows, who cares? Video
The Velvet Underground â€œWho Loves The Sunâ€
I just heard it on the radio the other day. This song has always ruled me. I like the simple sentiment and direct language. This is my favorite kind of VU song. Video
The Raincoats â€œFairytale In The Supermarketâ€
This song and recording sounds so alive in a way that thrills me. I completely love Ana da Silvaâ€™s voice and that shouted chorus. Beautiful. Video
Centro-matic â€œPicking Up Too Fastâ€
Truth be told, I couldâ€™ve picked any song from this Texas bandâ€™s 2003 album, Love You Just The Same. Oh, just get it already will you?
No Age â€œRipped Kneesâ€
Two dudes who make a lot of cool racket. I like the spirit of the band, and this record really cooks. Video
Yo La Tengo â€œYou Tore Me Downâ€
This album is perfect, and this Flaminâ€™ Groovies cover is a highlight. Audio
The Nobility â€œHallelujah Chorusâ€
Pop greatness from Nashville-based, analog-loving, tour-trekking underdogs.