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The Weekly Playlist: A handy Vegoose study guide

Our picks to help you brush up on the acts you know and get familiar with the ones you don’t.

Spencer Patterson

1. Public Enemy, “Welcome to the Terrordome” (Fear of a Black Planet, 1990) Can we officially rename Star Nursery Field the Terrordome while we’re at it?

2. Queens of the Stone Age, “3’s & 7’s” (Era Vulgaris, 2007) “Keep going, over and over again.” Sounds like a good way to tackle a two-day music fest.

3. Thievery Corporation, “Coming From the Top” (DJ-Kicks, 1999) If the D.C. duo doesn’t get you dancing, see a doctor; chances are good you have no soul.

4. moe., “She Sends Me” (No Doy, 1996) “She’s got a mole on her back/It’s hairy and black/She’s got a butt like a pillow/And she likes to wear a pack.” Anyone still need a costume idea?

5. Blonde Redhead, “Publisher” (23, 2007) Sounds a little too much like Radiohead? Okay, so dream of the day the Brits play Vegoose while you listen.

6. Ghostface Killah, “Shakey Dog” (Fishscale, 2006) Vegoose crossover alert! This one name-checks Curly, Moe and Larry, which segues nicely into ...

7. The Stooges, “Loose” (Fun House, 1970) If the playlist happens to get stuck repeating one song for all eternity, can this please be the one?

8. Infected Mushroom, “Dancing With Kadafi” (B.P. Empire, 2001) If Kadafi really does dance, how do you suppose he’d move to this string-inflected 10-minute psytrance workout?

9. M.I.A., “Bucky Done Gun” (Arular, 2005) Any tune that samples the horns from Rocky theme “Gonna Fly Now” is a serious contender in our book.

10. Umphrey’s McGee, “Glory” (Local Band Does Oklahoma, 2003) Play it for anyone convinced instrumentals can’t sing with emotion.

11. Ghostland Observatory, “Shoot ’em Down” (delete.delete.i.eat.meat, 2005) Ghostface ... Ghostland ... is there a Halloween theme to this festival, by chance?

12. Pharoahe Monch, “Queens” (Internal Affairs, 1999) “That night, rockin’ Nikes, eatin’ Mike and Ikes.” Trick or treat, Pharoahe, can you toss a handful of those in our bag?

13. Rage Against the Machine, “Killing in the Name” (Rage Against the Machine, 1992) With no punch bowl handy, we recommend 17 F-bombs to jump-start your party.

14. Gogol Bordello, “Forces of Victory” (Super Taranta!, 2007) Required listening for anyone looking to lead a revolution.

15. Daft Punk, “Da Funk” (Homework, 1996) Go ahead, no one’s looking—unleash your inner robot!

16. Robert Randolph & The Family Band, “The March” (Live at the Wetlands, 2002) Guitar-playing worthy of the Allman Brothers, plus dance lessons from Mr. Randolph free of charge.

17. Atmosphere, “Trying to Find a Balance” (Seven’s Balance, 2003) “I was just a ghost trying to catch some Ms. Pac-Man.” More ghost sightings and another costume tip, this one from MC Slug.

18. Federico Aubele, “En Cada Lugar” (Panamericana, 2007) The Thievery Corporation boys endorse this Argentine smoothie, which means he’s worth at least a look.

19. Battles, “Tonto” (Mirrored, 2007) While you’re listening, detour to YouTube for a peek at the video, and pray they bring those light-stick thingies to the stage with them.

20. The Shins, “Saint Simon” (Chutes Too Narrow, 2003) See, we’ve broken the “‘New Slang’ must appear on every playlist” law and nothing bad has happened to ... wait ... aaaaargh!

21. Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Time to Go Home” (Yell Fire!, 2006) Something tells us their set will be the weekend’s most politically charged ...

22. Muse, “Assassin” (Black Holes and Revelations, 2006) ... though lyrics like “the time has come to shoot your leaders down” could give these UKers a fighting shot at the title.

23. Cypress Hill, “Stoned Is the Way of the Walk” (Cypress Hill, 1991) We tried to find one without drug references. Really, we did!

24. ALO, “Maria” (Roses & Clover, 2007) Take five from your weeklong Rage-listen-a-thon to spin this pretty ditty for your lighter-leaning significant other.

25. Mastodon, “Sleeping Giant” (Blood Mountain, 2006) And then scare the crap out of him or her with this Sabbathian phantasm.

26. UNKLE, “Lonely Soul” (Psyence Fiction, 1998) What are the chances Richard Ashcroft will drop by to re-vocalize this one? One in a million? We’ll put down $5.

27. Lupe Fiasco, “Kick, Push” (Food & Liquor, 2006) And wouldn’t ya know it, skateboards are on the festival’s banned-items list.

28. STS9, “Roygbiv” (10.29.2005: Late Night, Las Vegas, NV, 2005) What could be better than a Boards of Canada cover? Well, besides maybe a BoC performance in 2008.

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