I haven’t been around much today because I’m working on a long piece that you all will see Monday-ish, but the Random Ten kind of happens randomly and automatically, so it’s music time!  And then it’s the weekend!  This week we’re starting with two bands.  I got to see Wye Oak live the other night, and though the lead singer was sick, everybody banded together and made it work and I can’t wait to see them when they’re in their best form.  Their song “I Hope You Die” is one of my very favorite songs I’ve heard in the past year.  So we’ll start with that, and also the amazing Big Star song “Life Is White.”  If you don’t know Big Star, please understand that they wrote some of the greatest pop songs ever written, and that half the people you listen to now got their inspiration from people who got their inspiration from Big Star.  They’re that good.  So Wye Oak, Big Star, hit shuffle on the iTunes machine, see where we are ten songs later, and see ya.  More videos after the jump.

1. Lalaland – “Over Again”
2. Jane Siberry – “Narrow Bridge/Millenium”
3. Le Loup – “Le Loup (Fear Not)”
4. Nina Nastasia – “Superstar”
5. Josh Groban – “Love Only Knows”
6. Santigold – “L.E.S Artistes”
7. Cry Cry Cry – “The Ballad Of Mary Magdalen”
8. Wilson Phillips – “Next To You (Someday I’ll Be)”
9. Bizet: Carmen Suite, #1 – “Intermezzo” [English Festival Orchestra]
10. Tori Amos – “Pink and Glitter”

Wow, we’ve got Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the Montagues and the Capulets all playing roles in this.  Not sure what that means, but those are some fierce archetypes.  ”The Ballad of Mary Magdalen” is one of my very favorite songs of all time.  Here goes:

Cry Cry Cry – “The Ballad of Mary Magdalen”

Wilson Phillips – “Next To You (Someday I’ll Be)”

Josh Groban – “Love Only Knows”

Nina Nastasia – “Superstar”

Santigold – “L.E.S Artistes”