This week I'll be running down some of the sweet tracks included on the 2008 version of the Alive Local Music Compilation. Be sure to come out to our show this Friday, June 20, at the High Five. Free show. Free CD. See you at 9 p.m.

Artist: Exceptional Edward Track: "Never Come Down" Album: Lost at Sea Listen

After paying a heavy debt to Death Cab for Cutie, songwriter Jason Turner and his band put together a quiet, gently undulating ballad about leaving home and heading out to join the circus. As far as ballads about leaving home to join the circus go, this is definitely my favorite. We couldn't ask for a better album closer.