Ah, New York.  My hometown, my lover, my absolute enemy.  New York will be the death of me, I’m sure, but I just can’t let go.  Maybe it would be easier to leave if I didn’t grow up in New York’s shadow, taunting me to try to survive on my own, laughing at my misfortune, turning a blind eye to my achievements.   There are many reasons so many artists pay tribute to this beast.  Here’s a few to get you started:

Van Morrison – Glad Tidings
We send you glad tidings from New York!

PJ Harvey – You Said Something
Justin and I covered this song, just so you know.
There are two other New York songs on that album that Justin wrote (Central Park Resevoir and Dirty New Amsterdam).  Ch-ch-check it out!

Luscious Jackson – City Song
“When I’m about to go crazy/ Cuz I’m still living here/ I just get my friends together/ And dance dance dance”.
A couple years ago, Bryan and I ran into LJ bassist Gabby Glaser on Ludlow.  Without thinking, B goes “hey Gabby” and then she talked to us for a while thinking she knew Bryan.  It was awesome.

Bob Dylan – Talkin’ New York
Dylan has a lot of songs that reference New York.  I chose this one because he talks about coming to New York and then finally escaping it. 
Here’s a WBAI New York “your peace and jusice community radio station” interview from 1962:

De La Soul – um, every song
Such a quintessential New York band, Long Island born and bred.  Grooves to make you feel good, even when this town brings you down.

Beastie Boys – Open Letter to New York
This song makes me appreciate the pretty and gritty city. 
ps I almost put “Hold It Now Hit It” simply because I find the video hilarious. “I live in Manhattan/ But I’m not a bum”. Gah, I wish I had been old enough to hang out with the Boys in the 80s.

The Pogues – Fairy Tale in New York
Classic Irish ditty with twisted lyrics.  Best to sing while sloppy drunk and slightly angry.

KRS-One – 5 Boroughs
This song might be called 5 Boroughs, but he also name checks towns on Long Island.  Holla!

Company Flow – Vital Nerve
“New York is number one today!”
Underground hip-hop at its finest.

Project Jenny Project Jan – Brooklyn
These guys are hilarious.  Also check out their song “Negative”.

Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
Steely Dan brings me back to childhood, the beach, riding in the car with my oldest brother when he first got his license.  Basically growing up in Stony Brook, Long Island.  Why this particular song gets picked for the New York mix: “Moved down to Scarsdale/ Where the hell am I?”

Rufus Wainwright – 14th Street
So full of feeling, makes me want to stroll the streets listening to Rufus, his piano and the sweet sounds of his backing chorus.

Mercury Rev – Empire State
Hearing this epic song in concert becomes a religious experience.  For reals.  I don’t need church with Mercury Rev.

Billy Joel – New York State of Mind
Hell’s yeah this song makes the list.  This song makes me pause and tear up.  Damn you New York.

Sesame Street – Subway

I wanted to call this post “Solid Like Barack” but figured I should be slightly neutral.  Man, that SNL skit was great.
In alphabetical order:

Charles Baldwin

Charles Baldwin

Charles Baldwin – God Gave Rock n Roll to You II by Kiss
In honor of his studies at Liberty Bible Institute and ya know, him being a Pastor and all.  This man of god and candidate for the Constitution Party would surely appreciate Kiss’ cover of the 1973 Argent song.  There’s an a capella break people!

Bob Barr

Bob Barr

Bob Barr – My Life by Billy Joel
There seriously is no better Libertarian song.  He won’t tell you what to do and you better as hell not tell him what to do.

John McCain – Same Old Song and Dance by Frank Sinatra
Basically ol’ Blue Eyes has been kicked around and knows he should turn his back, walk away, choose someone else – he’s not foolish!  But he still falls for the same old lines.  This is how I feel about Republican voters.  Especially the ones who claim they’re just giving the Republican Party one more chance.  I guess they didn’t give enough chances during the last 8 years.  UGH.

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney – Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
I can so see the Green Party candidate singing along to this anti-sprawl, anti-pollution, and anti-poor-urban-planning song.

Ralph Nader – I Voted For Nader by Thought Riot
Come on folks – stop whining and scapegoating Nader.  If politicians actually acted like him, or at least took advice from him,  we wouldn’t be in such a mess!

Barack Obama – Dream Weaver by Gary Wright

Click here for the Obama Variety Hour:

I’m so over Monster Mash.  That song sucks.

Massive Attack – Heat Miser
Piano notes straight out of Friday the 13th paired with labored breathing, electronic heartbeats and panic inducing sound effects make this one hell of a song to play on a dark, scary night.

Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy
If this doesn’t creep the bejeezus out of you, nothing will.

Sidenote: Aphex Twin makes some amazing videos – check out Windowlicker and Donkey Rhubarb. 

Boards of Canada – Everything You Do is a Balloon
Fantastic mood music.

Avenged Seven – A Little Piece of Heaven
Um, so this guy murders his girlfriend and eats her heart but then like, she comes back to life and kills him and then like their corpses get married and slaughter everyone at their wedding.
Sweet story.

John Murphy – In the House, In a Heartbeat
This was the theme to 28 Days Later.

Throbbing Gristle – We Hate You (Little Girl)
The term “song” describes this veeerrrry loosely.

GWAR – Gor Gor
How could I not put Gwar on this list?  They are so awesomely hysterical.
I may not be into the music, but gawd I love Gwar.

Primus – My Name is Mud
Les Claypool is the sickest bassist out there.
Mr. Krinkle might have the creepier bass line but this video makes my insides feel weird and vomity.

Cannibal Corpse – Hammer Smashed Face
Yeah.  I don’t think I have to say anything about why I would add Cannibal Corpse.

She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart
Traces of Joy Division and slightly danceable, but the delivery is all creeptastic.

The Ring Soundtrack
Japanese version or American version, this music will haunt your sleep.

Rob Zombie – House of 1000 Corpses
Cringe-inducing laughter gets this song on the list.

Rammstein – Ich Will
Raspy lead vocals?  Check.
Heavy, distorted guitar?  Check.
Angry sounding German lyrics?  Check.
Crowd chants and Opera notes?  Check and Check.
Mix it all together and das creeptastic.

Tim Curry – Anything Can Happen On Halloween
Quite possibly the best song ever written. EVER.

8th Street N/R/W Subway Station Mosaic by Tim Snell

8th Street N/R/W Subway Station Mosaic by Tim Snell

In honor of New York’s stormy weather today, I wrote down all the songs I could think of in the span of about 1 minute dealing with rain.  Well, I left out ones that came to mind but I hate (ie Lightning Crashes by Live and It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls).
What would you add to the list?

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain

Neil Young – Be the Rain

Cracker (covering the Carpenters) – Rainy Days and Mondays

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain

New Edition – Can You Stand the Rain

Missy Elliot – I Can’t Stand the Rain

Supremes – Bad Weather

10,000 Maniacs – Like the Weather

Blind Melon – No Rain

Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again

The Beatles – Rain
Cool fact: Rain was not on any original LPs.  Recorded for Revolver, but it was released instead as a single along with Paperback Writer.

Regina Specktor – Rain Drops

Billie Holiday – Stormy Weather

Ok Go – Let It Rain

Sonic Youth – Rain King

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Tupelo

Jesus & Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains

Andrew Bird – Weather Systems

Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

Preston School of Industry – Caught in the Rain

Bob Dylan – Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall

No need to beg with these songs

No need to beg with these songs

Any mix to get ya’ll in the mood needs to ebb and flow.  Start off relaxed, fun, take it up a few notches and then bring it on down.

Bob Dylan – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Kick things off with one of the few people who can turn me on with a harmonica.

Queens of the Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu
The softer side of Josh Homme. 

Steve Westfield – I’ll Take Your Clothes Off
To the point and sang simply over acoustic guitar and flute. 

Janet Jackson – Any Time Any Place
Apparently, Janet has no hang ups about where to, uh, get it on.  Let this song inspire you. . . just please no dirty mattress on a Park Slope sidewalk.  It’s been done: http://gawker.com/news/sex/brazen-brooklyn-boffers-too-blotto-to-boink-122475.php

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
This classic needs no explaination.

INXS – Not Enough Time
I can’t help myself.  Michael Hutchence’s voice oozes the sex.
“Not enough time for every kiss/ And every touch and all the nights.”

Giustino Petrone – Turn Me On
Well, I sing on this song, so. . . what’s hotter than listening to yourself sing?
studio version: http://www.giustinopetrone.com/iheard.html
live version: http://www.giustinopetrone.com/dirrrty.html

Prince – Kiss
There are dozens of suitable getting-it-on songs from this pint sized purveyor of brilliantly crafted pop songs, but Kiss is the only Prince song that I simply can’t just listen to – I must move when this is played.  How I move depends on who’s in the room.

Air – Venus
You’re all worked up, time to bring it home with the sensual sounds of Air.
Also see: Cherry Blossom Girl

Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
Beautiful and heavy Scottish accents.  The indecipherable lyrics means you can concentrate on, ahem, more important matters at hand.

Al Green – Simply Beautiful
Le sigh

Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Of course I ended with this song. 

Listing only eleven Dylan songs I love became the Sophie’s Choice of my day.  But I did it anyway.
My favorite album happens to be Nashville Skyline, so I have omitted those songs from this list.

In alphabetical order:

Abandoned Love
Driving down a winding country road, putting more distance between you and your lover, contemplating all the good and all the gut wrenchingly bad aspects of this love.  Let it go, let it fade away, your heart  will be fine.  Better than fine.  And once you’ve found the proper distance from the supposed One, you can reminese fondly and then let it go. 

Baby Let Me Follow You Down
“Can I come home with you?”
Yes, 1964 Bob Dylan.  You most definitely can follow me down.

Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right
Such a great kiss off song. 

PS: Mike Ness does a great cover.

I Shall Be Released
This song gives me shivers.
This video makes me wish I was both alive and old enough in 1976 to have gone to the Band’s Last Waltz and hang out with, well, all these people:

It Ain’t Me, Babe
Dylan tells it straight, you’re looking in the wrong place.

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
My first exposure to rap:

“Money doesn’t talk/ It swears/ Obsenity, who really cares/ Propoganda, all is phony”

Lay Lady Lay
One of the sexiest songs ever written.
“His clothes are dirty/ But his hands are clean/ And you’re the best thing/ That he’s ever seen”

Positively 4th Street
The ultimate song for backstabbers, fakers,  and frenemies.
“I wish that for just one time/ You could stand inside my shoes/ You’d know what a drag it is/ To see you”

Queen Jane Approximately
Falling from grace leads you to the beggers and thiefs.  And boy do they have much more fun.

Simple Twist of Fate
Curse the heavens, kick the ground, life takes us in confusing directions.
Thank the stars, kiss a stranger, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Subterranean Homesick Blues
Sums up the 60s (to this young mind).  Plus, it’s upbeat, catchy, and has crazy harmonica.

To Ramona
Sweet and sad and oh so personal.  Dylan’s songwriting at its best.

You’re a Big Girl Now
All I’m gonna say is this is one of my favorite songs to make out to.

(Okay, so this list actually goes to thirteen.)

winnebago warrior (dead kennedys) remember in spaceballs when they drove a winnebago through space ?

bicycle race (queen) what if freddy mercury were president ?

son of a mustang ford (swervedriver) from their first album raise, this is sonic road rage 

girl on a motorbike (swervedriver)  from their classic album, mezcal head

drive it all over me (my bloody valentine)  put this on your headphones.

put the message in the box (world party)  after 3 years in the waterboys, karl wallinger went on to form this band that had some groovey tunes.

goddess on a highway (mercury rev) from 1998’s deserter’s songs, this definately fits our road mix.

driving on 9 (the breeders) the Deal sisters are two of the best people to ever come out of ohio.

precision auto (superchunk) is this hyper enough for you ?

jesus built my hotrod (ministry) featuring gibby haynes from butthole surfers on vocals

Written by Rita and b

Written by Rita and b

A soundtrack to the recession needs to include songs of outrage, songs of disgust, songs of utter contempt for our flawed system.  Also, depressing times call for depressing songs.  Finally, to end it all, songs full of good ol’ American hope and optimism. 
Let’s party like it’s 1929!



Merchandise – Fugazi
wake the fuck up people !  one of the most important bands ever.  listen up !
“you are not what you own”

Green Power  – Quasimoto
quas !  “take all the crumbs and a piece of cornbread”

Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong
The best things in life are free, so why ruin things with wanting more money, Barrett?

For the Love of Money  – O’Jays
from the great voices that brought you “love train” this philly group combined synchronized dance moves with soulful singing.

Greed – Pennywise 
pennywise songs address important issues that america needs to deal with.  subjects like homelessness (homeless), gun violence (homesick), and greed (greed) are just some of these issues.  also see bad religion.

Greedy People – Electric Hippies
R: Catchy, early 90s pop that describes my sentiments exactly.
b: this is my campaign song

This Ain’t Living – G. Love & Special Sauce
b: some people have a place to live … some people
R: Modern, bluesy tune to get you thinking as you walk the streets.

Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out  – Janis Joplin
b: ain’t that the truth
R: I still love you.
b: can’t buy me love
R: Yeah, that’s nice.  Then again, I also don’t have any money.

Send Me Your Money – Suicidal Tendencies
because i’m down n’ out

You Haven’t Done Nothing – Stevie Wonder
All this talk of reform and nothing to show for it.  Except for lavish retreats for crooks, excuse me, executives.

What Do You Do For Money Honey  – AC/DC
b: ac/dc rocks there’s no doubt about it
R: I know this is about a prostitute, as in sex for money, but really a whore is a whore, right Wall Street?

Business on Parade – MDC
nothing like the truth and the truth is what you get from MDC … always !

There’s Someone Worse Off – McCarthy
off their “I am a Wallet” album.  this is just one of the many from this amazing band that we could’ve picked.  see also “we’re all bourgeois now” and “monetaries” read here 

Know That – Mos Def featuring Talid Kweli
b: mos def is an all around creative and talented guy.  speaking of talented guys, kweli used to be cool.  maybe he’d still be if he’d stop doing shows sponsored by KOOL cigarettes and hangin out with that hack common.  anyway, this song is good.
R: Say it Mos Def, say it everybody: Fuck the empire.

Change – Fishbone
b: founding fishbone members and virtuoso musicians kendall jones and chris dowd’s acoustic message of hope ends the great album truth and soul.
R: Beautiful.  I only wish Angelo sang it.

Love Your Money – Daisy Chainsaw
wow this is an oldie.  there was a good video for this.  i think maybe i also had it on a mixtape.

We’re Gonna Make It – Little Milton
Turn that sneer into cheer.  Listening to this uplifting tune almost makes me forget about my mounting debt.  Almost.

ps My favorite part of the video is the girl dancing on the piano.


environmentally concious hip hop duo HERBIVORES is bgenius (aka bgreene) and “da grizza.” currently, they collaborate between 2 different cities on opposite coasts.  here, in a DTS exclusive, they interview each other.

b : hey grizz … name some of your influences/inspirations ?  some of mine are john lennon, mlk jr.

grizz : china white, purple haze, dominoes

b : nice … ok … some common themes that we cover in our rhymes are vegetarianism, personal responsibility, and of course, weed … let’s talk about these topics.  i’ll start …

    – vegetarianism

     the best thing you can do for your body, mind, the planet, and most importantly, animals.  i feel it’s the proper way to live life not just with what i eat (i eat alot of nutz) but what clothing i wear, what choices i make as a consumer, etc.

    – personal responsibility

    everyone’s responsibility as a HUMAN.  i throw my rubbish in proper receptacles, i clean up after my dog.

    – weed

    white widow, kush, northern lights …

grizz : i don’t eat anything with eyez.  i don’t need the guilt of something watching me whilst i eat on it.

b : word.  HERBIVORES are also anti-thug.  we hate that thug gangster bullshit.

grizz : i don’t care.  live and let live.  i’ve got a stretched hummer filled with packing peanuts.  just kidding.  that shit would be frivolous and wasteful.  keep ya head up.

b : and lastly, give me a 5 song mix … here’s mine :

  • don’t try so hard (queen)
  • the end (escape key)
  • bronx cheer (mercury rev)
  • reel (jawbox)
  • tommy gun angel (bardo pond)

grizz :

  • burn (deep purple)
  • still ill (the smiths)
  • never turn your back on mother earth (sparks)
  • blue eyes crying in the rain (willie nelson)
  • sleep walking (santo and johnny)


there ya have it folks …  keep an ear and eye out for HERBIVORES

I dedicate this birthday ditty by the Scottish band Altered Images to my wonderful brother on the Left Coast.

what i’m currently rockin.  ah …  my first post to DTS.  here we go …

“The Moon and the Melodies”/Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd
the cocteaus may not exist anymore, but robin guthrie is pretty consistantly putting out stuff whether it’s a film soundtrack or a solo album …  and we just saw him perform a few weeks ago which is very rare in these parts !  visually and sonically amazing !

“The Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Taste”/Ministry
haven’t really listened to them since the days of high skool.  takes me back.

The Jesus Lizard
’nuff said

“Exploded Drawing”/Polvo
90’s chapel hill greats polvo have recently reunited and we saw them back in june in nyc and a few weeks back at ATP.  they were one of the more anticipated acts and one of the highlights of the festival weekend !

“Get Used To It Fast”/Bio & Hills West
LI electronic hip hop duo that will have you thinking you’re listening to the best hip hop around … and you’d be right.

“1000 Hurts”, “At Action Park”/Shellac
shellac rules! steve albini’s (big black, rapeman, engineer of many a good album) dirty guitar, todd trainer’s sick drumming, with bob weston holding down the rhythm. AWESOME.

stay tuned …

Rare recording of the Beatles singing the happy birthday song!
Dedicated to my favorite sister-in-law out in California 🙂

There are Top 40 songs that I loved as a child of the 80s, scorned as a teenager of the 90s, and rekindled my love for as an old person of the Aughts.
In no particular order, here are a list of awesome 80s songs that made an impact on my little life.

Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak
Mark my words: I will cover this.

this is the 12″ version since, alas, all the official videos have “embedding disabled by request”. LAME

Milli Vanilli – Baby Don’t Forget My Number
I never liked New Kids, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, yet I was obsessed with Milli Vanilli.  When the news broke in 1990 that they didn’t sing their own songs, I wasn’t thrown off.  I could care less about the men of MV – I was all about the music, man.  My sister and I even made my dad tape various MV television appearances, including on the show Sister Kate.  I still have my Milli Vanilli cassette tape.  Love is stronger than thunder.

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Head to Toe
I remember being super annoyed with Lisa Lisa’s voice so I would sing loudly over her.  Her voice still sounds super annoying to my older ears.  Still rad, though.

Journey – pretty much every song they ever did with Steve Perry
I went through an I-hate-Journey-with-every-beat-of-my-heart phase from about 11 until maybe 19.  I have no real explaination, I was just an angry teen who was disgusted by most things.  Thankfully, I came out of that stage to come back to the sweet, sweet mullet sounds of Don’t Stop Believing, Faithfully, Any Way You Want It, and it goes on and on and on and on. . . .

Klymaxx – Meeting in the Ladies Room
I was most definitely a product of MTV.  Unfortunately, we can never again capture the first decade of music televsion.  But you can always youtube the 80s and Klymaxx exemplified the 80s.
ps No, I did not get the references at age 6. I just liked the jam, yo.

I encourage all of you to look up the music video for this – youtube has disabled embedding for the official video (thanks Universal – jerks).

Terence Trent d’Arby – Wishing Well
Holy shit this song is amazing.  Plus, Terence was so darn pretty.

Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
I only vaguely remember this video, but listening to this wonderful drivel in my dad’s Ford Pinto seems like yesterday.  I recall my dad disliking this song.  However, he would indulge his *favorite* daughter (see Milli Vanilli above).

Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
My 15-year-old self would vomit if she knew I was admitting to loving crappy eurotrash I thought was hot shite when I was 7.  B-o-o-h-o-o teenage Rita.

Stay tuned for more soul crushingly bad 80s songs that rocked my young self (and therefore rock me now).

just an old fashioned love song. . .

just an old fashioned love song. . .

Your heart flutters.  Your pulse pumps faster than a hummingbird’s wings.  A permanent grin shellaced to your face.  You are in love.  Here is the very incomplete soundtrack to your real life romantic comedy.

Built to Spill – Reasons
“You arrive and I’m on fire” starts this ode to that someone with attractive pheromones.  The clincher?  “Stay with me until I die/ There’s nothing else I want to try.”  Only heartless jerks wouldn’t melt to that line.

Van Morrison – Crazy Love
He’s foundt he right one and wants the world to know in a sweet, lilting falsetto.  This song makes me want to roll around in grassy meadow.

Bloc Party – This Modern Love
“Do you wanna come over and kill some time/ Throw your arms around me.”  Energetic guitars calmed by Kele’s vocals perfectly capture the first hundred steps into a new relationship.

Yo La Tengo – By the Time It Gets Dark
Beautiful harmonies, beautiful song.  “And it matters to me to see you smiling/ Why don’t we blow all your cares away.”

The Cure – Close To Me
Giddy, upbeat music with panflute-sounding keyboard notes. . . from the Cure.  The lyrics might not be the loveliest but the emotion behind them is what gets me.  “I never thought tonight could be/ This close to me.”  I know Love Song is a better fit, apparently Robert Smith wrote it for his wife as a wedding present, so it gets a mention.  I have sentimental leanings toward Close To Me.  Le sigh.
Also hear: Just Like Heaven

Sarah McLauchlin – Ice Cream
Cute and sticky sweet – just like the bowels of love.  “Your love is better than ice cream/ Better than anything else I’ve tried.”

The Ramones – I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
Awwww.  Let’s hold hands and cuddle to this catchy, three-cord heart-warmer.

Bill Withers – Lovely Day
The Master of Motown (in my humble opinion) created a song that will always push the happiness button in my brain, located between the cloud of frustration and the thunder of rage.  I can’t stay upset at my love when this plays.  “Then I look at you/ And the world’s all right with me.”

Islands – Jogging Gorgeous Summer
You just want someone so bad.  Guess what?  They want you too.  Joy!  “Millions of sunsets but the one I’ll remember/ Is the one where you said you’d love me forever.”

Pixies – La La Love You
Simple and to the point.  If the apple of your eye can’t appreciate the Pixies, find a tastier fruit.

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
Might be the most overplayed Sufjan song but I still love it’s rising chorus, it’s lush use of string instruments and layered backing vocals.  Plus he mentions New York.  “I fell in love again/ All things go all things go.”  Then again, the repetition of “I’ve made a lot of mistakes” could direct this song to the soundtrack of love lost.

Voxtrot – Missing Pieces
We can’t bear to be apart!  Let’s get jobs together and live together and no minute shall pass when I utter the line “And I miss you.”

Bob Dylan – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
Since I was twelve, this song got me swirling.  Hasn’t lost its luster yet.  “Throw my ticket out the window/ Throw my suitcase out there too/ Throw my troubles out the door/ I don’t need them anymore/ Cause tonight I’ll be staying here with you.”

Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
The intro sets the tone by borrowing the drum line from Be My Baby.  No trademark distortion and feedback on this song, just slow dripping vocals like honey.

Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Neil Young broke my heart in tenth grade when I saw him for the first time.  He only played four songs and then abruptly left the stage.  I turned to the album After the Gold Rush for my aches, but Harvest Moon is the best love song he ever penned.  “I’m still in love with you/ I want to see you dance again.”

CoCo Rosie – By Your Side
Get past the weirdness of helium-tinged vocals and interesting uses of creative intuition.  Let the undemanding sentiment of unbridled loyalty sink in and fill your tiny heart with adoration.  Also overlook the line about spousal abuse.

The Smiths – Ask or Morrissey – Whatever Happens I Love You
Yeah, yeah I know.  Technically the Smiths and Morrissey are two different musical entities, but I’m combining them anyway.  Ask is my go to for happy-sappy-dancey-pantsy-Smiths-on-a-mixtape-for-my-luva, but perhaps on Mix #3 (if it gets that far), I’ll throw in Whatever Happens I Love You. 

Mercury Rev – In a Funny Way
This song makes me long for a spontaneous road trip that ends on a mountain top tangled in my lover’s arms and legs and breath.  Only magnificent grandness from this band.

Tom Waits – I Want You
Wedding song, anyone?

sad songs say so much. . .

sad songs say so much. . .

Oh, but the good times do not always last.  An indiscretion, a falling out, an open window through which your clothes are thrown.  Heartaches need music too.  Perhaps even more so than their annoying, patronizing cousin called love.

Feist – Let It Die
For when you’re crying but resigned to let your love go.  It’s for the best.

The National – About Today
You know your relationship is ending, but you don’t know how to hold on and you don’t even try.  About Today, with sad violins, sparse lyrics, and drum beats like a scared heart, throws the listener into tales of regret.  “You just walked away/ And I just watched you/ What could I say.”

Bloc Party – Two More Years
“I said of course we could never make this love last/ The only love we know is love for ourselves/ This pain won’t last forever.”  Modern love is so easy to break.

Echo and the Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
This is a tough one.  Initially, I had this pop-goodness under Love Songs but changed direction like a wandering eye due to these lyrics: “Just when you think she’s yours/ She’s flown to other shores/ To laugh at how you break/ And melt into this lake.”  But the chorus!  This chorus is sung with a rush of powerful lust, “Lips like sugar/ Sugar kisses,” making me squeal.  Ack, who am I kidding?  Lust is fleeting and most definitely expires.

Maximo Park – Kiss You Better
Is breaking up really for the best? How could your lover want out?  They don’t!  You know they don’t.  They’re scared, confused, and you know they want you back.  Confident, upbeat stalker song when you just can’t let go.  “And if it comes down to me or him/ You know I’d kiss you better.”

Rachel Yamagata – Be Your Love
Adoration unreciprocated?  Look no further than Ms. Yamagata’s piano-driven burst of longing.  “Everybody’s saying how I can’t, can’t be your love/ But I want, want, want to be your love/ Want to be your love for real.”  I feel your pain, girl, and I like to sing it at the top of my lungs.  “How I try to be just okay/ But all I ever really wanted/ Was a little piece of you.”

Glen Hausard – Once
Okay, the getting back together plan didn’t work.  Bring out the acousitic guitar.  Back to sulking.  “Part of me has died/ And won’t return/ And part of me wants to hide/ The part that’s burned.”

Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done to Deserve This?
“I don’t know how/ How I’m going to get through.”  Enough said.

Squeeze – Is That Love?
Questions, questions, questions pound the brain and keep you awake.  “You’ve left me ring by the soap/ Now is that love?/ You’ve cleaned me out you could say broke/ Now is that love?”  Squeeze relays no answers but bless my heart, what a great ditty.  “Beat me up with your letters/ Your walk out notes.”

Elliot Smith – I Didn’t Understand
“There’s nothing here you’ll miss.”  Elliot was the champion of the depressig ballad and this song sounds all the more depressing since it’s a capella.  Every heartbroken soul needs an Elliot Smith song.  Or several.

The Thrills – Not For All the Love in the World
Time really doesn’t suck the poison from teh sting of rejection.  This well-crafted song will get you through unrequited love.  “Guess that everybody/ Went to a better party.”

Mountain Goats – Woke Up New
Not yet feeling hatred toward the one who’s wronged you?  Woke Up New is melancholy and reflective.  “on the morning when I woke up without you for the first time/ I felt free and I felt lonely and I felt scared/ And I began to talk to myself almost immediately/ Not being used to being the only person there.”  After a break up of a long relationship, who doesn’t feel strange, different in both positive and negative ways?  It’s nice to listen to a song utter our sentiments, “What do I do/ What do I do/ What do I do without you?”

Ryan Adams – La Cienenga Just Smiled
“and I hold you close in the back of my mind/ Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt.”  Ryan Adams just spits ’em out, doesn’t he?  But he does write some brilliant songs.  La Cienenga stops me in my tracks, forces me to well up with bittersweet memories of the past, paralyzes me with a guitar bridge that sneds shivers down my spine.  Curse you, Ryan Adams, for making me reminisce when I thought I was past my past.  God, I love this song.

Grizzley Bear – Don’t Ask
I sort of prefer the Final Fantasy version compared to the first release on Horn of Plenty.  The remix gives a slight twist to the fuzzy mellow folk of the original.  “I just wish you had a little faith/ But I’m learning not to ask.”

Keane – We Might As Well Be Strangers
Ah, Keane.  You can be irritatingly Coldplay-esque.  Yet, this song (almost) makes me want to end my fantastic relationship just so I can cry big fat tears and blubber along with lines like these: “I don’t know your face no more/ Or feel the touch that I adore.”  “We might as well be strangers in another town/ We might as well be living in another time/ We might as well be strangers/ For all I know of you now.”  Damn you, Keane.

Arcade Fire – Crown of Love
No musical heartache list would be complete without this epic waltz of mourning.  “If you still want me/ Please forgive me/ The crown of love is falling from me.”

Mountain Goats – No Children
So wonderfully brutal.  If hurling magnificent, stabbing disgust at your ex still has appeal, this is your jam.  “And I hope if I find the strength to walk out/ You’d stay the hell out of my way.”  Hold on, it gets darker.  “I am drowning/ There is no sign of land/ You are coming down with me/ Hand in unlovable hand/ And I hope you die/ I hope we both die.”  I really wanted to write all the lyrics because it’s just so exquisitely wretched, but I’ll leave it up to Google to fill in the rest.  Enjoy the video!

Gossip – Your Mangled Heart
Starts off slow, almost sweet, confused then gets angry with a danceable beat.  Oh Gossip, you know exactly how to make me feel better.  “Your mangled heart/ Your battered love that’s hanging on to memories/ You’re letting go of everything that used to be/ I’ve had enough/ You’ve built me up to let me down.”

Lush featuring Jarvis Cocker – Ciao
Come on!  You’ve done enough wallowing!  You were dating a complete loser!  “Cause you were nothing but a big mistake/ And life is wonderful now that I’m rid of you.”  Hello moving on, sayonara misery.  This smack-down should become a karaoke duet classic.

Cake – I Will Survive
He uses fuck in a Gloria Gaynor song!  This man has been burned but will hold his head high!  Guilty pleasure, sure, but this is a fantastic anthem to move your ass away from the past and back into the cold world of dating.