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Dog Ears Music: Volume 129

06/25/2010 11:02 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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Low (With Tomandandy) Low is the Duluth "slowcore" rock trio comprised of Mimi Parker (drums, vocals), Alan Sparhawk (guitar, vocals), and Steve Garrington (bass). The unit's released over a dozen full lengths since its founding in '93. Collective collaborations include choreographer Morgan Thorson, producer Tchad Blake, and Mark Kozelek. Shared stages include Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Dirty Three, and Radiohead. Check out Low's melodic voodoo with "Half Light," mixed by Tomandandy, from the 2002 release The Mothman Prophecies (Soundtrack From the Motion Picture).

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Genre: Soundtrack
Artist: Low (With Tomandandy)
Song: Half Light
Album: The Mothman Prophecies (Soundtrack From the Motion Picture)

Los Tres Ases

Mexican trio Los Tres Ases was founded in 1953 by vocalist Marco Antonio Muñiz and guitarists Juan Neri and Hector González. Making their bones in a Mexico City "house of ill repute," the gentlemen went on to ink a deal with RCA. After touring extensively, the unit hit its stride by 1955. In the early '60s, after Muñiz and Neri left the group, González carried on with a varying roster. Of the many Los Tres Ases releases to collect, start with "Contigo en la Distancia," from their mid-'50s Canciones de Amor.

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Genre: World
Artist: Los Tres Ases
Song: Contigo en la Distancia
Album: Canciones de Amor

The Bye Bye Blackbirds Oakland, California, harmonic pop-rock outfit The Bye Bye Blackbirds is manned by Ian Robertson (guitar, vocals), Aaron Rubin (bass), Bradley Skaught (guitar, vocals), Mike Derrick (guitar, vocals), and Lenny Gill (drums), all veterans on the Bay Area scene. Founded in the mid-aughts, the quintet is featured on five releases to date. Collaborations include author Jonathan Lethem, Paul Tyler (Mover), Beulah's Bill Swan and Miles Kurosky. Get started with "It Only Costs a Dime," from their 2008 Houses & Homes.

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Genre: Alternative
Artist: The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Song: It Only Costs a Dime
Album: Houses & Homes

Kitty Wells Queen of country Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason) was born in Nashville in 1919 into a musical home. By the age of 14, she picked up guitar and soon joined the Deason Sisters (with her sisters and cousin) on the local radio circuit. In 1937, Kitty married Johnnie Wright of country duo Johnnie & Jack. Wells made her big mark with the 1952 recording "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the first country million-seller by a woman, and aligned with the Grand Ole Opry enclave. Collaborations include Red Foley, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, and The Allman Brothers. Accolades include induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1976), the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1991), and the the Music City News' Living Legend Award (1993). Kitty and Johnnie, who performed together for over six decades, appeared this past August at Nashville's Texas Troubadour Theatre on the occasion of Wells's 90th birthday. Get the 1962 title "Will Your Lawyer Talk to God?," from The Best of Kitty Wells: The Millennium Collection.

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Genre: Country
Artist: Kitty Wells
Song: Will Your Lawyer Talk to God?
Album: The Best of Kitty Wells: The Millennium Collection

Nicolai Dunger Folk/jazz-infused Stockholm singer/songwriter Nicolai Dunger was born in Northern Sweden. A soccer player and a gardener until he discovered his voice in the mid-'90s, Dunger has since released over a dozen albums. Collaborations include Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Brothers, Will & Paul Oldham, Calexico, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Mercury Rev, and Sufjan Stevens. Discover "Blue From Death," from his 2001 Soul Rush. Buy full album.

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Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Artist: Nicolai Dunger
Song: Blue From Death
Album: Soul Rush

The Jesus and Mary Chain Influential darlings of rock The Jesus and Mary Chain was founded in Glasgow in 1983 by brothers William and Jim Reid (vocals, guitar), Douglas Hart (bass), and Murray Dalglish (drummer). Their 1984 debut single, "Upside Down," hit big in the U.K. and launched them into their 15-plus-year career of more than a dozen releases and a lot of love across the pond. Following many lineup changes, the group broke up in 1999, only to reunite in 2007 to record a new track for NBC's Heroes. Rediscover "Cut Dead" from their 1985 album Psychocandy.

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Genre: Alternative Rock
Artist: The Jesus and Mary Chain
Song: Cut Dead
Album: Psychocandy