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Song of the Day 4/7/08: Port O'Brien - I Woke Up Today

 

Two weeks after moving to San Francisco, I came across a pile of junk on the sidewalk, adorned with a handwritten note: "free! take!" On top of the pile, a salvaged storefront sign advertising a presumably defunct business - "Alien Kwon Do!" - complete with a caricature of a greenish, bug-eyed extraterrestrial. Well, damned if it wasn't the best free thing I've ever found - I carried it 26 blocks home on foot, with blissful disregard to how I'd fit the thing in my tiny dorm room. Port O'Brien's "I Woke Up Today," with its galloping instrumentation and hollered vocals, recalls this small highlight of my youth. It will drum up something from your own youth as well - back when life was equal parts simple and reckless.

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