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The Smart Brothers Wake Up



    There are two kinds of people in the word: those who love the Smart Brothers and those who haven't heard them yet. The Julian-based trio played last month's Owl and Bear-programmed SoundDiego Live event and systematically converted every attendee into a fan.

    The Smart Brothers spend most of their days on the road, but when they're not busy touring, they find time to record. Their latest full-length, Make It Last, finds the band segueing from their folk beginnings to a more rock-oriented sound. From the poppy opener "Where Did Your Run To?" to the despondent, Strokes-y "On My Own" (MP3), Make It Last consolidates everything that has made the band a local favorite: exuberant pacing, unforgettable melodies and timeless charm. You can buy it here.

    All that touring and recording can take a lot out of you, so it's crucial to have some good songs to wake up to. Singer/drummer Lou Smart was kind enough to share with us his Five Good Wake-Up Songs for Your Alarm Clock, and now we're kind enough to share them with you:

    1. "Twistin' the Night Away," by Sam Cooke: A good reminder why it’s so hard to get out of bed.

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    2. "Girlfriend," by the Darkness: Awesome keytar solo; Jay [Smart's] No. 1inspiration for shredding. Good for waking up next to a smoking hot lass.

    3. "Caravan," by Van Morrison: Sometimes it’s kind of hard to understand exactly what he’s saying when he sings, but it always sounds good. Starts out nice and mellow, then gets going full-force at the end. Builds nice and slow so you can wake up gracefully.

    4. "Kashmir," by Led Zeppelin: We always feel like losers when four or five songs pass before actually getting out of bed. Just put on some “Kashmir” and you’ll be up and have your teeth brushed before it’s even over.

    5. "I Got You Babe," by Sonny and Cher: Groundhog Day.

    Chris Maroulakos is a writer and managing editor for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.