My current top five favourite songs, in no particular order:
1. Ruthie Foster: Drowning Child
"A powerful blues tune from a phenomenal vocalist and songwriter."
2. Pantheon Rococo: La Dosis Perfecta
"A great Mexican ska single from an album I picked up last fall while down there. Title means the perfect dose. It was popular with the locals for good reason."
3. Miguel Migs: In the House West Coast Sessions
"I have to go with this album as a whole, since all the soulful house tracks blend together and can't be separated. Awesome music for anything from dancing to cleaning house."
4. Gretchen Wilson: Redneck Woman
"My latest obsession is country music and this song kicks ass. A rough-around-the-edges woman's anthem."
5. Sweatshop Union: US
"Homegrown hip-hop with a message. I love songs that diss Bush."
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