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Dancing While the Sky Crashes Down

It's mix CD time again!

(Because I have *so* much else to do, it just seemed appropriate to spend a few hours obsessing over music.)

I meant to have a theme but it seems there really isn't, except these are the songs that have been resonating for a while. The zipped file was sadly too large to upload, so you'll have to download the songs individually, which I know is tragic and annoying but can't be helped.

Here's the song list, with comments:

1. I'm a Vampire, by The Future Bible Heroes - I love this song. The phrasing, the lyrics, the ridiculous techno-ish beat -- it's perfect, and it's hysterical. I have to admit, though, to some envy. It would be pretty awesome to not only get to say, "I have ever so much money, I'm gorgeous, and I can fly," but also have it be true!

2. Dance While the Sky Crashes Down, by Jason Webley - I feel at least the title fits my life right now. (No, things aren't really that bad, but they're not, like, terrific either.)

3. Straight Up, by Luna - I would never have expected to have loved this song as much as I do. This is off the Guilt by Association album, which showcases top 40 hits you're embarrassed to admit you ever heard, much less liked -- covered by indie artists. I recommend getting this album and playing it until your ears bleed. (Yes, it's that good.)

4. Panic, by The Smiths - This is possibly my favorite song by The Smiths, not least because it sends you off with the words, "Hang the DJ" tattooed on your brain.

5. Voskresenie (Sunday), by Zemfira - I dance around to this in my room. A lot. A translation of the lyrics is... apparently not available, which sucks and is very weird given her popularity. Basically, the song gives a breakdown of the way her week is crazy and fairly uninteresting until Sunday, which is when she writes "excellent songs." (And she really does! Whether on Sundays or not.).

6. Tear It All Down, by Thea Gilmore - Mostly, I just like the guitars here. But I also like how it works as an anti-love-song, in a way.

7. Yellow, by Petra Haden & Bill Frisell - Mostly, this is just a really, really good cover, and significantly less whiny than the original (apologies to Coldplay fans out there). Also, it kind of made me realize the true horror of the line, "For you I'd bleed myself dry." (I'd rather nobody did that for me, for future reference.).

8. Goodnight & Go, by Imogen Heap - "Why'd you have to be so cute? It's impossible to ignore you. Must you make me laugh so much? It's bad enough we get along so well... Say goodnight and go." This covers my initial reaction to being attracted to anyone fairly well. Also, to me the song sounds like an aural equivalent of cotton candy. (I tend to find songs by Au Revoir Simone like that as well -- almost too sweet to bear.).

9. All That I'm Good For, by Hem - I have to admit to ambivalence here. On the one hand, it's absolutely beautiful. On the other hand, the chorus ("All that I'm good for is you") bothers me...

10. Don't Watch Me Dancing, by Little Joy - I hate being watched when I'm dancing, mostly because I don't think I dance very well. Also, I'm not sure if this qualifies as a lovesong or an anti-love-song. Let me know if you figure it out.

11. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons, by Ella Fitzgerald - I'm a closet romantic. Now you know.

12. When First Unto This Country, by Crooked Still - Crooked Still has to be the only band ever with an MIT Biology PhD on banjo. Also, I really like this version of this song.

13. 25th December, by Everything but the Girl - I should have saved this for a Christmas mix sometime but thought I'd probably forget it later on. Also, it kind of fits with some of the things I've been thinking about recently, about trying to go back and fix things that... are possibly not fixable.

14. Back for Good, by The Concretes - This is another one off the Guilt by Association disc. And I love it.

15. North Shore, Music Therapist, by The Main Drag - I think these guys are pretty unknown, given that I couldn't find lyrics for this one online. But the song is pretty decent.

16. I'll Stop the World and Melt With You, by Modern English - Mostly, I just like the title of this one. It kind of reminds me of "The Sun Goes Down and the World Goes Dancing," but the song itself is nothing like that.

17. Feeling Good, by Muse - This is a pretty good cover of a jazz standard (I think it was originally sung by Nina Simone) although possibly it's a little overdramatic. I think it works, though....

18. Jenny, by The Mountain Goats - Mostly, I want to be Jenny, and be the one thing in the universe g-d doesn't have his eyes on.

19. Act of War, by Owen Duff - This was kicked off a bunch of my previous mixes, and here it is at last! I like how much fun the music is, while the lyrics are a bit... complicated.

20. Sweet Child o' Mine, by Taken by Trees - Funnily enough, their lead singer this is a solo project of the woman who used to front The Concretes. Anyway. Some of you may know that I am fairly well versed in my 80s rock, and I have to admit I still have a weakness for several Guns'N'Roses tracks, of which this is one. And this cover is even better because you don't have to deal with Axl Rose's nasal squealing. Or his tighty whiteys.

21. Dance Anthem of the 80s, by Regina Spektor - At first listen, I didn't like this song. At all. But the lyrics... ah... resonated. And now I have to admit to being a bit addicted to it. Although I still find the video irritating. (Sorry, Regina!)

Please note that there are no Magnetic Fields songs on this mix. It took a lot of restraint (and some rule bending -- Stephin Merritt is the main force behind The Future Bible Heroes, after all) but I did it!

eta: It occurs to me I should have really themed it for Pride. But that would have meant taking a lot of these songs off; I've definitely got songs that would fit better with that theme. Le sigh. Missed opportunities, what? Maybe next year...


( 2 comments — Speechify! )
Jun. 15th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
ee~ I'm looking forward to listening to these. You have good taste. :)
Jun. 15th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope you like it!
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