Tuesday, January 26, 2010

a year in mixes

Every month I make a playlist of the songs that inspire me.

- songs for feeling alive, and feeling alone.
Notable tracks:
Clair De Lune - Debussy
Break - Son Lux
Lucille - Little Richard
I Am a Full Grown Man (And I Will Lay Down in the Grass) - Phosphorescent
Halfway Home - TV on the Radio

None for April...

May - YOU GOT IT. songs for living in the 1940's on a lake
Notable tracks:
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Embraceable Y0u - Judy Garland
The Fear - Lily Allen
Take A Bow - Muse
Analyse - Thom Yorke

June - Just because it's JUNE. songs for hot classrooms and remaining young.
Notable tracks:
Cool - West Side Story
Oh Sherrie - Rock of Ages OBCR
Poker Face (Acoustic/Live on AOL) - Lady Gaga
Tore My Heart - David Tweetie & Oona
Poker Face (Cover) - David Choi

July - songs from the summer of love
Notable tracks:
Young Pilgrims - The Shins
Creator - Santigold
Florescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
Woods - Bon Iver
Here Come The Bastards - Primus

August - songs for when you're missing everyone, including yourself.
Notable tracks:
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Accidental Babies - Damien Rice
Colorblind - Counting Crows
Wait (The Whisper Song) - The Ying Yang Twins
Freedom Hangs like Heaven - Iron & Wine

September - songs for new beginnings (my favorite month playlist)
Notable tracks:
Anonanimal - Andrew Bird
Relator - Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn
Embers - Just Jack
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Paparazzi (Live at the VMAs) - Lady Gaga

October - songs for when "We're caught in a bad romance" and then leaving that romance for something sweeter
Notable tracks:
Bad Romance/New York (Live on SNL) - Lady Gaga
Love of an Orchestra - Noah and the Whale
re: Stacks - Bon Iver
Diamonds are Forever - Shirley Bassey
Made Up Love Song #43 - Guillemots

November - songs for moving on (finally)
Notable tracks:
Taking Control - Alberta Cross
Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
My Heart Stood Still - The Mamas & The Papas
Whatever You Like - Anya Marina
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

December - Songs for epiphanies, cold cars, and time travel
Notable tracks:
Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol
Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) - Sufjan Stevens
The Heretic - The Sound of Animals Fighting
Swans - Unkle Bob
Murry - Pete Yorn

Janvier - songs for a new year, and the same mistakes. for cold hearts, cold cars, and kissing french boys in them
Notable tracks:
Moi je joue - Brigitte Bardot
Tonight - Lykke Li
Anthems for a Seventeen-year-old Girl - Broken Social Scene
When U Love Somebody - Fruit Bats
Relator (Live at Interface) - Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn

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