“You can’t touch music, but music can touch you.”
I made a mix CD this month, something I haven’t done in a long while. However, it seems there is a pattern to a mix that has developed: Usually new (to me) goes in the beginning, then whatever else in that playlist followed by an alphabetical addition to round it out.
For this playlist, the top five tracks come from my “Purchased” playlist, followed by some favorites and standards from the past, in alphabetical order by album title, with one exception, which I’ll explain as I go through the tracks. Check it out on Spotify, if you’d like.
- “Au Revoir (Adios),” The Front Bottoms. Talon of the Hawk. I just discovered this track on a recent track out of the country. Witty, biting rock songs are a weak spot.
- “Hurricane,” Lifehouse. Hurricane – Single. It was free on iTunes.
- “Punkrocker (feat. Iggy Pop),” Teddybears. Soft Machine. Heard it on a commercial. Yes, I’m that guy.
- “Bring On the Dancing Horses,” Echo & The Bunnymen. Hot Tub Time Machine (Original Soundtrack). Not only was this movie funny enough to create a sequel (sans Cusack), but the soundtrack is a pretty good document of that era.
- “Temptation,” New Order. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Original Soundtrack). This song … it’s got green eyes … no, wait … it’s blue eyes … no … gray eyes …”
- “Skyway,” The Replacements. All for Nothing [Disc 1]. Why yes … I am pleased to meet you. (see what I did there?)
- “See See Rider,” Elvis Presley. Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite (Live). What can I say? Got the album free through Freegal.
- “Dark Side Of The Moon,” Chris Staples. American Soft. Heard it NPR. Yes, I’m still that guy.
- “Wigwam,” Bob Dylan. Another Self Portrait (1969-1971). The lyrics are what sell the song.
- “The Trapeze Swinger,” Iron & Wine. Around The Well. Because every whispery singer needs a 9-minute epic.
- “Jan the Weatherman,” Michael Knott. Rocket and a Bomb. This is not the original track on the playlist, but Spotify didn’t have “Addict” by the Aunt Bettys, so it’s the same singer, different album, which celebrated its 20th anniversary with a live show, DVD and Kickstarter campaign.
- “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful,” Morrissey. The Best Of Morrissey. Well, it’s true, isn’t it?
- “Bulletproof Picasso,” Train. Bulletproof Picasso. Yes … still that guy.
- “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire. Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits. It’s never a bad time to play this song.
- “National Anthem,” The Gaslight Anthem. Handwritten.
- “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song),” Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford. Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack). This movie … just re-watched it again the other night and told my wife: “That Llewyn … he’s hard to like ain’t he?”
- “Graveyard Shift,” Uncle Tupelo. No Depression (Legacy Edition). If you’ve never heard Uncle Tupelo, you’re not American.
- “Lions,” The Features. Old Familiar Melodies – 2008-2013. Heard these guys at Lebowski Fest this summer. Found this album on the pay-what-you-want site Noisetrade.
- “A Diamond And A Tether,” Death Cab For Cutie. The Open Door EP. Not sure why I keep going back to this little EP … maybe because Death Cab for Cutie is best in small doses?
- “Alone,” Trampled By Turtles. Stars And Satellites.
- “Blame Everybody (But Yourself),” Bobby Bare Jr. Undefeated. “From wild and crazy to mild and lazy …” One of my favorite albums of last year.
How do you organize your music playlists?