A Rapture-ific Playlist

As far as apocalypses go, The Rapture has been pretty sneaky. So sneaky in fact, that if I didn’t know better, I’d swear nothing was happening at all.

I spent most of my time lying on the grass outside with my golden retriever, contemplating how pretty the sky was. As the sun travelled further west and my feet remained firmly planted on the ground, I went inside to do some research. My highly credible sources informed me that the dying stuff won’t even happen until October 21st, 2011. I’m sure that the flames bursting out of the earth will make a lovely addition to the fall foliage.

Something tells me that there won’t be any good music up there in Heaven. Maybe it’s because all of the music I’ve ever heard in church has made me want to kill myself. So while there’s still time, here are some great songs to put you in a Salvation-y mood.

MP3: Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse

With lyrics like:

You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye
When the earth folded in on itself
And said “Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell
Are really there, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?

    this Modest Mouse track from 2004’s Good news for People Who Love Bad News is the perfect grumpy pre-Rapture reflection piece.

    MP3: Willow TreeChad Vangaalen

    Despite its perky little banjo, soulful oohs and yeahs, and mellow clarinet, this song has rather murky lyrics.

    When I die, I’ll hang my head beside the willow tree.
    When I’m dead is when I’ll be free.
    Light it on fire.
    You can use the kerosene.

      Lovely, nonetheless.

        Awful Bliss is my favourite Guided By Voices song. The weather today was so beautiful that I would’ve been totally fine with being Rapture’d. Short and sweet, much like our deaths will likely be, this song makes me think of all of the best things in life: acoustic guitars, basic harmonies, and fighting with your loved ones (“I’m hitting you because I love you!”)

        MP3:The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal LakeSufjan Stevens

        Much like The Palm Sunday Tornado in this instrumental track from Sufjan Steven’s 2006 Illinoise-outtake album The Avalanche, the Rapture will wipe away all of the loosest, flimsiest articles of civilization (read: “believers”), leaving only the well-built stuff behind. The eerie feeling that I get from listening to The Palm Sunday Tornado also makes me think it would make a great post-apocalypic, picking-through-the-rubble, searching for the bodies of your loved ones kind of song.

        There are still four hours left for us to die (Eastern Standard Time). So just in case we all perish in a gorgeous sea of flames, it’s been nice knowin’ ya!

        Septovember 2010 Playlist

        I have FINALLY finished a playlist, and I made it extra long to compensate for the delay.  Hopefully you will enjoy the mash-up of older and new-ish songs as well as some of my musical throwbacks to the summer and California.

        01 Yesterday Never Tomorrows - The Stills
        02 Le Ferrassie - Tokyo Police Club
        03 Danse Cave - Still Life Still
        04 Rich - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
        05 Spitting Venom - Modest Mouse
        06 Green Eyes - Wavves
        07 In the Water - Beat Connection
        08 CP2Low feat. Ludacris - Woodhands
        09 Another Mother To Mother You - Metronomy
        10 Bearfight - Ten Kens
        11 I Remember - Yeasayer
        12 One Life Stand - Hot Chip
        13 Santa Ana Winds - Cold War Kids
        14 There's So Many Colours - Akron/Family
        15 The Suburbs (con't) - Arcade Fire
        16 Saint Simon - The Shins
         17 The Mountain - Heartless Bastards
        18 Hot Like Fire (cover) - The xx
        19 Slow Kids - Cheeky Cheeky and The Nosebleeds
        20 The Maid Needs a Maid - Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton
        21 The Pilgrim - Sam Roberts
        22 Tonight - TV on the Radio
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