February 21, 2011

130 Warm Spell

  1. "Silly Love Songs" GLEE Cast Version: I won't apologize for loving this supremely uncool song.
  2. "Plane" Jason Mraz
  3. "I Still Have That Other Girl" Elvis Costello & Burt Bachrach
  4. "Find My Way" The Gabe Dixon Band: the opening credits song from the Sandra Bullock movie The Proposal.
  5. "Gimme Shelter" The Rolling Stones
  6. "Rolling In The Deep" Adele: This whole mix revolves around the awesome song. It totally gives me chills. "Gimme Shelter" is as close as I could come to equaling the drama and goosebumps it evokes.
  7. "Dead American Writers" Tired Pony
  8. "Learning To Fly" Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  9. "Settled Down Like Rain" The Jayhawks
  10. "Ring of Fire" Johnny Cash
  11. "Home" Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
  12. "She Runs Away" Duncan Sheik: I have this on an promo only alternative music sampler from 1997.
  13. "Rain In The Summertime" The Alarm
  14. "3,000 Miles" (remix) Ellis Paul [from Sweet Mistakes]
  15. "Windows Are Rolled Down" The first time I heard this new Amos Lee song, I was instantly reminded of "3,000 Miles."
  16. "Run Through The Fields" Does anyone else remember Nuclear Valdez? I have this on a promo only alternative music sampler from 1990.
  17. "Hi Hi Hi" Paul McCartney & Wings
  18. "Jungle Love" Steve Miller Band
  19. "Battlestar Galactica Theme" Jonathan Coulton feat/John Hodgman: Who knew there were words to the Battlestar Galactica theme song?
  20. "Valerie" Mark Ronson feat/Amy Winehouse

February 08, 2011

129 Twenty Eleven

  1. "I Got More Than A Feeling" A clever mashup of Boston vs. Black Eyed Peas, from Mad Mix Mustang. Found on Best of Bootie 2009
  2. "Fuck You" Cee Lo Green
  3. "Garbage Truck" Sex Bob-Omb
  4. "Down By The Water" The opening drums-and-harmonica of this new Decemberists song reminds me of a song... or maybe many many songs?
  5. "Settled Down Like Rain" The Jayhawks
  6. "Rocks Off" The Old 97'S cover the Rolling Stones (and R.E.M. too!) on their 2010 Mimeograph EP.
  7. "Up Around The Bend" Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. "Bossa Nova Baby" This Elvis Presley song was featured during a montage in the movie No Strings Attached.
  9. "California Gurls" (feat. Snoop Dogg) Katy Perry
  10. "Rush" I chose this Big Audio Dynamite II song because it pokes fun at stuffy English aristocracy in the same way the following track does...
  11. "You're A Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)" The Dukes Of Stratosphear was a 1960s-psychedelic pop side project of XTC. This song has a rustic English beer-barrel pub atmosphere mixed in.
  12. "Effington" Ben Folds Presents : University A Cappella! includes many terrific university groups. This particular track is Ben multi-tracked over and over (with some help from his kids!)
  13. "It Won't Be Long" The Beatles: has some of the same antic energy as "Effington."
  14. "Ain't Good Enough For You" Bruce Springsteen writes these inconsequential freewheeling party rockers all the time, but they usually don't make it onto the album. This one is no different. Bruce recorded it during the Darkness On The Edge of Town sessions. Obviously it doesn't fit with that album's atmosphere, so he sat on it, until the 2010 release of The Promise.
  15. "Stop Playing With My Heart" A fascinating "concept" album, with a authentic 1980s vibe, from Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.
  16. "I'll Be Alright Without You" Journey
  17. "Caravan" Van Morrison
  18. "Boys Don't Cry" I heard this Grant-Lee Phillips cover of the Cure song on his all-covers CD nineteeneighties, and years later on an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
  19. "Stay Gold" Stevie Wonder recorded this treacly ballad in the early 1980s for the movie Rumble Fish. I thought Emily was pulling my leg when she told me this story... until I found it on iTunes!
  20. "Stand Together" The Beastie Boys