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City Weekly is asking locals what’s playing on their iPods and assorted digital toys'brand-new tunes, classic favorites, etc.'right now, and why. This week, Salt Lake Tribune music/culture reporter Dan Nailen: “I have the same level of affection for new technology as the Unabomber, so I’m still living iPod-free. But I do love a good tune that I can listen to over and over on my antiquated CD player.” And here’s what’s on it:

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The Ponys, “Today”

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(2005, ThePonys.com)

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“Super-catchy summer song from one of my favorite albums so far this year.”

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Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band, “Texas Eagle”

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(1999, SteveEarle.com)

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“A radical lefty loudmouth teamed with the best bluegrass band in the business.”

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Sleater-Kinney, “Step Aside”

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(2002, Sleater-Kinney.com)

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“Carrie Brownstein’s guitar playing has more balls than an entire Ozzfest lineup. And S-K bust out a horn section on this one!”

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The Flaming Lips, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

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(2005, FlamingLips.com)

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“I thought I was sick of this song until I heard the Lips’ version on a new, otherwise overwhelmingly lame Queen tribute album.”

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The Pogues, “Streams of Whiskey”

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(1991, Pogues.com)

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“Just found this on a live album from a club show in Switzerland. Deciphering Shane MacGowan’s slurred vocals is well worth the effort.”

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AC/DC, “Jailbreak”

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(1974, AC-DC.net)

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“I’ve seen a lot of sensitive singer-songwriters with acoustic guitars lately for my job, and it’s important to have balance in all aspects of life. That’s where Angus Young and Bon Scott come in.”

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Gang of Four, “Ether”

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(1979, GangofFour.co.uk)

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“I’m a total newbie to Gang of Four, and this opening track from their Entertainment! reissue has stuck in my head for about three months now.”

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The New Pornographers, “The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism”

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(2003, TheNewPornographers.com)

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“Such tasty power-pop I drool when I listen to it. But that might just be from the presence of Neko Case.”

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Bob Marley & the Wailers, “Small Axe”

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(1973, BobMarley.com)

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“My favorite Bob Marley song changes every few months, but I’ve been listening to the version on African Herbsman recorded by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry for a long time now.”

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Silkworm, “Wet Firecracker”

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(1996, Silkworm.net)

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“I can’t stop listening to these guys ever since I heard the drummer, Michael Dahlquist, was killed a few weeks ago when a depressed model decided to off herself by running red lights on a busy Chicago street, ramming into his car while he was on a lunch break from his day job. The model survived.”

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