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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, Deseret Morning News movie critic Jeff Vice revisits his rock-writer roots with 10 current faves: “I’m such a technophobe that I don’t own an iPod. In fact, my car stereo has a cassette player, and I usually home-record tapes from CD to listen to on my way to screenings … especially when I have to venture out to Jordan Commons.”

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Death Cab For Cutie, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”

(2005, DeathCabForCutie.com)

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“Yeah, and I watch the increasingly craptacular The O.C., too. Wanna make something of it?”

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The Decemberists, “The Mariner’s Revenge Song”

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(2005, KillRockStars.com)

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“It’s the Moby-Dick of indie-rock epics. Except that it’s listenable … and lingers in your head for days!”

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The Knitters, “Born to Be Wild”

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(2005, Rounder.com)

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“If X and Dave Alvin can make this song tolerable, imagine what they could do with ‘Freebird.’”

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Nada Surf, “What is Your Secret?”

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(2005, NadaSurf.com)

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“A song so poppy, with so much of a hook to it, that it’s no wonder the snobs at PitchforkMedia.com hated it.”

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Peelander-Z, “The Lariat”

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(2005, Peelander-Z.com)

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“I say ‘Youth.’ You say ‘Wheee!’”

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Public Enemy, “911 is a Joke”

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(1990, PublicEnemy.com)

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“If anything, Chuck D’s scathing lyrics have only gotten more prophetic, more powerful, over the years.”

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The Rodeo Boys, “Pancakes Pancakes”

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(2005, TheRodeoBoys.com)

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“One of only a handful of local bands always guaranteed to bring a smile to my face.”

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Josh Rouse, “Winter in the Hamptons”

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(2004, JoshRouse.com)

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“The best Smiths song that neither Morrissey nor Johnny Marr wrote.”

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Teenage Fanclub, “It’s All in My Mind”

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(2005, TeenageFanclub.com)

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“Scotland’s most underrated band continues to produce catchy power-pop that no one in the States ever hears.”

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The Utah County Swillers, “Can’t Trust Nobody”

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(2005, MySpace.com/UtahCountySwillers)

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“Sweatin’ Willy & Co. tell it like it is.”

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