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UPDATE (7/8/08): It took a few days longer than anticipated, but Gus Huler arrived at 7 a.m. today -- 10 pounds, 15 ounces (!) of rockin' dude.

Speaking of baby booms, my pal Scott's wife is fixing to go into labor at any moment with their second son, Gus. So he was over here this evening with his laptop, to delve into my archives for a labor playlist -- music to listen to while giving birth. It's been a while since I've put one of these together, and I'd almost forgotten how much fun it is to do the whole mix-tape thing of thematic and stylistic segues. Below are the two-dozen songs we came up with to welcome young Gus into the world.

"Norma Rae: Songs for Labor and Delivery"

(1) Yo La Tengo, "Our Way to Fall"
(2) Yo La Tengo, "Little Eyes"
(3) Dusty Trails, "Pearls on a String"
(4) Matthew Sweet, "Looking at the Sun"
(5) Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, "Angels"
(6) Elliott Smith, "Angel in the Snow"
(7) Erlend Oye, "Sheltered Life"
(8) R.E.M., "Perfect Circle"
(9) The Origin, "Bend"
(10) DeYarmond Edison, "heroin(e)"
(11) Miles Davis, "Freddie Freeloader"
(12) Weepies, "City Wide Rodeo"
(13) Neil Halstead, "Driving With Bert"
(14) Damnations, "All Night Special"
(15) Breeders, "Divine Hammer"
(16) Vincent Guaraldi, "Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
(17) Prosser, "I Met a Girl"
(18) Sufjan Stevens, "The Dress Looks Nice on You"
(19) Ennio Morricone, "Cinema Paradiso"
(20) Megafaun, "Drains"
(21) Ulrich Schnuass, "Never Be the Same"
(22) Hang-Ups, "Greyhound Bus"
(23) Willis Alan Ramsey, "Satin Sheets"
(24) Alejandro Escovedo, "One True Love"

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