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The (Sorta) Religious Playlist

1. Stephen Malkmus – Church on White

Off Malkmus’ first post-Pavement album, this is probably my favorite song that he has done with the Jicks. “Carry on, it’s a marathon.”

2. Sufjan Stevens – The Lord God Bird

Sufjan sang this song a couple of years ago when I saw him in concert. This is an NPR recording, so it’s unknown whether he will ever record this song for an album. However, if he did, the next state is most definitely Arkansas.

3. Brand New – Jesus Christ

Although they are incredibly shitty in concert and the leader singer has somewhat of a bad reputation, Brand New still have some pretty awesome songs. “Jesus Christ” is one of their best for sure. If you’re not an emo fan, it might be a bit tough for you to make it through the “we all got wood and nails, turned into a hate factory” screaming at the end. 

4. The Lovely Feathers – Pope John Paul

My sister actually introduced this band to me a couple of years ago and I’ve been listening to them ever since. The Lovely Feathers’ signature chanting is particularly awesome in this song.

5. Wilco – Jesus, Etc. 

One of the most peaceful and lovely songs EVER, “Jesus, Etc.” is about the collapse of society. People are obviously reminded of 9/11 listening to this song and the fact that it was written right beforehand make it all the more meaningful. 

“I’ll be around. You were right about the stars. Each one is a setting sun.”

6. The Hold Steady – Lord, I\’m Discouraged

The Hold Steady are kind of a love ’em or hate ’em band. Everytime i read a blog post about them, there are ALWAYS the “greatest band on earth” comments along with the “scum of the earth” ones. I am obviously on the Hold Steady rules side and I believe this song is just further evidence towards my argument. The sick guitar solo towards the end helps.

7. Bloc Party – The Prayer

Bloc Party has always been pretty decent. Their first CD was awesome, but I never honestly listened to their second CD “A Weekend in the City” until I saw their Lollapalooza set. Playing before Radiohead, Bloc Party kept the most impatient fans entertained with a rocking set, which included “The Prayer”.

8.Elliott Smith – Christian Brothers

“Christian Brothers” is perhaps the least religious songs on here. If you know Elliott, then you’ve probably realized that this song is about Christian Brothers, the brandy. Angry and intense, this song is Elliott at his best. After listening to this song, I think we can all agree that no one says the word “fuck” as beautifully as Elliott Smith.

9. Modest Mouse – Teeth Like God\’s Shoeshine

The opening track on arguably their best album, “The Lonesome Crowded West”, “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine” is 7 minutes of pure epicness. God only knows what this song is about, but the lyrics are still pretty ballin’:

“Here’s the man with teeth like God’s shoeshine
He sparkles, shimmers, shines
Let’s all have another orange julius
Thick syrup standing in lines
The malls are the soon to be ghost towns
Well, so long, farewell, goodbye”

10. Cloud Cult – The Story of the Grandson of Jesus

Man, I love Cloud Cult. Their latest album came out a couple of months ago and hopefully I will get to see them when they come up here in October. The lyrics in this song kill me. They are so hopeful and satirical and they just make me so happy. 

“He said do unto yourself as you do unto your neighbor
It’s not an eye for an eye, it’s a favor for a favor”

“And it’s okay if this world had a billion saviors
Because there’s so many things to be saved”

11. The Dodos – God?

12. Kanye West – Jesus Walks

We at war. We at war with terrorism, racism, and most of all, we at war with ourselves. You gotta love Kanye. A classic song with classic lyrics by who some (just Kanye) consider to be the Second Coming of Christ. His new song, by the way, is terrible.




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