Are you sad and lonely? Heating up leftover Alphaghetti inside a plastic container and washing them down with a glass of salinized tears? Halfway to the convenience store for cheap candy, cigarettes, and mixers when you suddenly realize you didn’t even put on pants today? Or underwear?
Never fear. You can click through this playlist all night long. It will never leave you, unless the tracks are pulled down from the internet. The rhythms are more predictable than your last five relationships. And since they’re mostly love songs, they’ll bring out your inner teenage poet, so you can grab that Hilroy notebook from under your bed and scrabble away all of your deepest, darkest lonely-person thoughts.
I decided to share some of the lovey-dovey tunes that will be on my Valentine’s Day playlist. Whether you are spoken for or not, hopefully you can enjoy the mix, or at the very least, you can find this Michael Jordan picture as hilarious as I did. Enjoy!
Amy Winehouse – Cupid
This girl may have had a rough go in life, but man could she sing a song.
The Knife – Heartbeats
The Knife is a Swedish electronic band that reminds me of Tegan and Sara meets LCD Soundsystem on this song.
Every single one of these songs is amazing, as are the artists who have written them. I cannot understate how awesome these songs are – you’ll just have to take my word for it.
What are you waiting for? You need more classic anthems for dancing around in a t-shirt and underwear. This playlist will change your life. Download it.
First Midnight City by M83 hits all the sweet spots of liquid nostalgia. Then, Body Language’sFalling Out slips into bed while a slick funk jam plays in the background. Milagres’sHere To Stay makes you wish you were a better man. Fleeced by Arms takes you back to the days of smoking cigarettes behind the portable. Generationals’sTen-Twenty-Ten is your best friend dancing on a table, dragging you up there. Ice Cream by Battles is your goofy brother, throwing leaves in your face. Life Fantastic by Man Man is Movember all year long. Best Night by The War On Drugs is watching the windows fog in the backseat. Neat Little Rows by Elbow is wiping the blood off your nose after a back alley fight. The Dodos’sBlack Night is the love song you wished he wrote about you. The Seagull by Hot Sugar is a lullaby trapped inside a broken television set. Deerhoof’sNo One Asked To Dance is the ransom note for a princess trapped in a castilla. Sea Of Bees’sMarmalade is the cassette you stole from your older cousin’s car. And Little Red’sRock It is nothing but classic.
1. Midnight City – M83
2. Falling Out – Body Language
3. Here To Stay – Milagres
4. Fleeced – Arms
5. Ten-Twenty-Ten – Generationals
6. Ice Cream – Battles
7. Life Fantastic – Man Man
8. Best Night – The War On Drugs
9. Neat Little Rows – Elbow
10. Black Night – The Dodos
11. The Seagull – Hot Sugar
12. No One Asked To Dance – Deerhoof
13. Marmalade – Sea of Bees
14. Rock It – Little Red
The only frustrating thing about the Coachella live webcasts is that you cannot view them in Canada after the original air date. I guess they’ll just have to live on in my memory, just like Rose’s whirlwind romance aboard the Titanic.
Here’s a playlist I whipped up for the occasion! Think of it as a slice of Coachella-shaped birthday cake. A morsel to tide you over until next year.
My summer family at The Union Market. “This guy” is my friend John. I can tell just based on how tight his pants are. I will find out tomorrow if I have been hired as the Manager for 2011/2012. Exciting!
These songs are all supremely feel-good and springy. For two weeks, I was tricked into thinking it was spring. How wrong I was. I’m still watching for signs of frostbite from yesterday’s flippant March blizzard.
So DOWNLOAD this playlist, turn on your space heater, put on your short shorts, and shimmy down until the weather gets nicer.
01 Hummingbird - Vermillion Club
02 Puzzle Pieces - Saint Motel
03 California Girls - The Smiles
04 Taters - VACATION DAD
05 Mickey Mouse - Wavves
06 Once And For All - Clock Opera
07 What a Drag - Bear Hands
08 Sister Wife - Alex Winston
09 Go Outside - Cults
10 N.A.S.A. - Futurecop!
11 You Can't Get It Back - Gentleman Reg
12 When I Come Home - The Drums
It’s so cold here in Southern Ontario! Don’t let the Southern part fool you; we can get chilled with the best of them. Music Between Friends proudly presents Summer In Winter, a playlist heavy with surf-rock, spiritual awakening, and grunge.
First up is Wasting Our Time by James Leroy, a funk-punk track with a motowny guitar line and a hyperactive tambourine. After that comes Starfield, by PS I Love You, an anthem for grungy astronauts. Then, Slime by Sleeping Bag headbangy and handclappy. The Calendar by The Dø will completely win you over by oozing its French-Finnish charm. Then, One Day by Sharon Van Etten reminds us of a female version of Girls. We follow it up accordingly with Substance by Girls. After that, Smith Westerns make grungy garage music even cooler with My Heart. Can you handle strong, strange voices? Because here come Kiss Me Like You Mean It by The Magnetic Fields and Graceland by The Tallest Man On Earth. Kurt Vile riffs on some great ideas in I Know I Got Religion. A splash of Deerhunter in Revival ties everything back to the heavy surf-rock theme of this playlist. Little Scream sweetens the pot with Heron and the Fox and Basia Bulat caps it off with Sparrow. Sharon Van Etten pops back in with Love More. Anonymous psychadelic-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra strike us dead with drug-addled Thought Ballune. Fans of The National will take pleasure in the sweet, meandering piano line combined with drowsy vocals take us home in Lord Knows by Dirty Beaches.
1. Wasting Our Time – James Leroy
2. Starfield – PS I Love You
3. Slime – Sleeping Bag
4. The Calendar – The Dø
5. One Day – Sharon Van Etten
6. Substance – Girls
7. My Heart – Smith Westerns
8. Kiss Me Like You Mean It – The Magnetic Fields
9. Graceland (Paul Simon Cover) – The Tallest Man On Earth
10. I Know I Got Religion – Kurt Vile
11. Revival – Deerhunter
12. Heron and the Fox – Little Scream
13. Sparrow – Basia Bulat
14. Love More – Sharon Van Etten
15. Thought Ballune – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
16. Lord Knows Best – Dirty Beaches
It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and one thing I’m thankful for is the lovely music that I get to hear every week by DJ-ing at CFMU 93.3. The volume of new releases I’m met with every week means that I’m bound to hear something wonderful even when I don’t try to find anything. All of the tracks on MBF’s Playlist Fall Favourites were featured on my show (Tues. Oct 5). And since I can’t stop playing them all over and over again, I thought you’d like to hear them too.
Where I’m Going by Australian electropop band Cut Copy is a sneaky-deaky sliver of their upcoming 2011 album! I love the off-kilter rhythm in that song; it reminds me of the beat in Gary Glitter‘s Rock and Roll. Scandal at the Parkade by Toronto’s own Owen Pallett is from the utterly charming 4-track EP A Swedish Love Story (said to be a tribute to all of the Swede artists Pallett has found inspiration in).
I’m not normally an overwhelming Metric fan, but this Cosmonaut Grechko version of Collect Call starts out sweet and has me hopping around in no time. I’ve always been curious about Felix da Housecat but this is my first foray into his music. I have to say – I’m a fan! I was feeling soulful (and destitute) when I put Aloe Blacc’sI need a dollar into Fall Favourites.
The rest of the tracks on this playlist are all magical and I know that I’m not going to get tired of them anytime soon.
1. Collect Call (Cosmonaut Grechko Version) – Metric
2. We All Wanna Be Prince – Felix da Housecat
3. I Need a Dollar – Aloe Blacc
4. Where I’m Going – Cut Copy
5. Scandal at the Parkade – Owen Pallett
6. He Would Have Laughed – Deerhunter
7. Passed Out – White Apple Tree
8. Numbers Don’t Lie – The Mynabirds
9. I Don’t Believe You – The Thermals
10. Fast Lane – Husky Rescue
With the fall weather we’ve been having here in Canada, it’s hard to remember what summer really felt like. I hope these songs will help conjure you back the grains of the beach, the best shady spot under your tree, the folds of your picnic blanket, and the sweaty leather of your bike seat as you pedal to the convenience store for penny candy and slushies. Take one last look at summer 2010.
01 Pursuit of Happiness (Kid CuDi Cover) - Barbara
02 Dull to Pause - Junior Boys
03 Runnin' (Philippians RMX) - The Pharcyde
04 Soldier On (Big City Love Affair RMX) - The Temper Trap
05 Janglin' (RAC RMX) - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
06 Boy (RAC RMX) - Ra Ra Riot
07 I Like Rain (Jean Paul Sartre Experience) - Lali Puna
08 Master of None - Young Rival
09 Fireplace - Lost in the Trees
10 Snowflake Eel Wish - Candy Claws
11 Guaranteed - Eddie Vedder
12 Crooked Legs - The Acorn
13 Summer Special - Land of Talk
14 Summer Girl - Family of the Year
15 Gleam Leaf Green - Mean Wind
Happy Canada Day Weekend! Here is my FIRST full and DOWNLOAD-ABLE playlist for the site — perfect for the long weekend. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I have been.
01 Om Nashi Me - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
02 Wires & Wool - The Envy Corps
03 Big Love - Kevin Drew
04 Lay it Down - Peter Bjorn & John
05 First Date Kit - Tokyo Police Club feat. Luke Lalonde
06 Almost Crimes (Acoustic) - Broken Social Scene
07 St. Peter's Day Festival - Ra Ra Riot
08 Hard Rain - Shout Out Louds
09 Osaka Loop Line - Discovery
10 Blessa - Toro Y Moi
11 FLowers and a Wreath - Still Life Still
12 Out of the Blue - Julian Casablancas
13 Diplomat's Son - Vampire Weekend
14 All I Want - LCD Soundsystem
It’s been a while since I’ve done a playlist for the blog, so here’s a brand new one called Lost at Sea featuring brand new tracks from Basia Bulat, The New Pornographers, and Stars. Download it!