Filed under: Barrels of Fun, Mixtapes, Music, Nouvelle Musique | Tags: Ben Gibbard, Brazilian Girls, Bright Eyes, Calexico, Caribou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Fujiya & Miyagi, I Blame Coco, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Maximo Park, Melpo Mene, MGMT, Mixtapes, mp3, music, Mystery Jets, Of Montreal, Sigur Rós, Soko, The XYZ Affair, Van She
Derek has a CD player in his car. He kept spinning the same CD every time he drove me places. He told me that these were the songs that were constantly stuck in his head.
Since it was the same CD over and over again, I volunteered to make him a new CD with the songs that are constantly stuck in my head. He thought that was a good idea because his sister allegedly makes him listen to very bad music sometimes.
This CD was only semi-hard work because I had to hunt down the MP3s online via the Hype Machine and then cut two at the end because a CD only holds 80 minutes. The rest of the work was easy peasy, just picking out songs that I can’t get enough of lately.
The songs are in no particular order because it’s just a bunch of songs that blitzkrieg my brain in no particular order with no warning. Because of this random order, I am an advocate of putting this mix on shuffle whenever you want.
And here’s my reasoning for each track in no particular order (main reasoning = catchy). There are also download links over yonder.
Virgin Suicides [ysi] | Van She
Okay, I’ve already written about how awesome this song is, but I honestly don’t see how anyone could dislike it. It’s upbeat and happy. Think “Look Up” by Stars, except without all the encouraging parts.
Kids [ysi] | MGMT
The first time I heard “Kids,” I wasn’t paying attention. And then I ended up downloading it, and for the first two weeks of school, it was my silly anthem for walking around campus. I felt so MGMT.
Little Monsters [ysi] | Charlotte Gainsbourg
I love bells and I love her whispery Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg-inherited voice. This song is small furry mystical creatures on the beach on a fall night night during a meteor shower. Charlotte Gainsbourg could make death by bubonic plague sound good.
Af607105 [ysi] | Charlotte Gainsbourg
What I also love about Charlotte Gainsbourg is that most of her songs are night songs with an accent, for when you’re warm and comfortable and relaxed and in some kind of indescribable state of bliss. Maybe naked.
Irene [ysi] | Caribou
I think I picked this one up from AllThingsGo once, but disregarded it for the most part. However, upon moving into college, I discovered that I had a snoring roommate. My methods of coping during the wee hours of the morning included turning the AC on high, turning on the TV, making banging noises and pretending I couldn’t help it, using earplugs, and listening to my iPod. During one of the iPod nights, I was able to sleep, but was roused not by loud, unsettling music like the Fall of Troy, but in fact by some of the most peaceful and beautiful music I had ever heard. In my heavy-lidded, half-conscious state, I noted that the song was “Irene” by Caribou. It’s been constantly replaying since.
St. Petersburg [ysi] | Brazilian Girls
I lurk the Hype Machine frequently and actually found this track in the “Popular” section. I downloaded “L’Interprete” because it looked like a French name. “St. Petersburg” was a tagalong, but I actually like it more because while it’s very chill and catchy, it also soars at some parts and comes down from those orgasms appropriately.
Evening Life [ysi] | The XYZ Affair
While this is a summer song, um, hello? Most of September is still summer. We just don’t consider it summer because it’s a transitional month, and we have school and work again. Well, work for teachers. It’s the same as June being spring, December being fall, and March being Winter. I know they’re out of order. Anyway, I just like the melody, I think, and the singer’s fairly high voice.
Id Engager [ysi] | of Montreal
We all know that of Montreal is crazy fun. I just think this a subtle improvement on their old stuff. Less senselessness, but still enough. Still high-quality, same genre, same Kevin Barnes, same play on words. Of Montreal is still creepy sex.
Parisian Skies [ysi] | Maximo Park
This one’s an Ali. You can always tell Alis because they’re British. Much like “I Adore You” by Melpo Mene “Parisian Skies” floats like clouds. But they’re more aggressive, passionate clouds. I have enjoyed this track all summer at the beach, in the car, in bed, walking. It sounds like I’m a sex addict. Oh, also, I’m a francophile, so of course I love an amazing indie rock song called Parisian Skies. Come on, guys.
Gold Mine Gutted [ysi] | Bright Eyes
I used to listen to the Metronomy remix nonstop, but I’ve begun to reappreciate the glory of the original now. It’s a lot sadder. In many ways, I think that’s a plus. It more accurately represents Bright Eyes. There’s something so chill and spacelike about the original. It feels like floating.
Gobbledigook [ysi] | Sigur Rós
While a lot of Sigur Rós’ other material is often floaty and dragged out, Gobbledigook is a definite rock piece, all business, no nonsense. But the percussion makes me want to skip around gleefully.
I’ll Kill Her [ysi] | Soko
She said, “Please can you make some beautiful baybeeez?!”
Little angry Frenchwoman who has her entire life planned out. I definitely don’t mean any harm to blondes, ever, by putting this song up here. “All she’s got is blondeness, not even tenderness!” If I had the space or the patience, I’d put all the lyrics here.
I Blame Coco [ysi] | I Blame Coco
I am a fan of delicate, pretty voices, which is one of my problems with a lot of French music. A lot of them have deep, raspy voices. Not a fan. Coco’s not French, but she is Sting’s daughter and she is my age, and she does have a deep voice. But her song’s fun, and her voice is a classy addition to this very low-key chanson.
Complicated (Avril Lavigne Cover) [ysi] | Ben Gibbard
Shut up! This is serious!
Wanna know my secret? I listen to Avril Lavigne to fall asleep some nights. IT’S OUT. And while Ben points out that her life isn’t very complicated, man…this is a good cover, especially with the talking at the beginning and at the end. Those parts make the song.
Hello Benjamin [ysi] | Melpo Mene
I’ve already declared that I’m in love with this band. But there’s something about the melancholy tone of this one that just gets to me. That, and it’s always moving.
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