Posts Tagged ‘Playlists’

For the Love of a Monkey Pie

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

So, Todd and I listen to a lot of music in the car, and after a while, the kids will pick out songs that they really like. Remember when you were a kid, and you had a “phonograph” (at least, that’s what my family called it) and you played things over and over? For me, it was this little red and white-striped box that held a record player inside. You could fold up the box and carry the thing around. It was in our playroom forever. Even before that, my parents had a record player. It was actually a record player and an Am/FM stereo in a HUGE cabinet. You raised the lid and the stereo was inside. Awesome. It was in the living room, and one of my earliest memories is listening to one of those K-Tel compilations that had Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” on it. Played it over and over and danced in the living room. Later, in the playroom, i would play some of my albums (Macho Duck and the Jungle Book. specifically), but more often than not, I would play my parents albums (and later 8-tracks). I really remember listening to The Every Brothers Greatest Hits, Buddy Holly,  and The Beach Boys a lot. On 8-track, Linda Rondstadt was a fave. Bay City Rollers. The Eagles’ Hotel California. Elvis, Elvis and more Elvis. My mom loved her some Elvis. She was even a fan club member back in the day. (Membership card here.)I remember hearing Suspicious Minds all the time! I remember the day Elvis died, too. I came inside – had been out playing, and mom was sitting in the den blaring Elvis’ Heartbreak Hotel, and sobbing with tissues in her hand. Yes, my first experience with death and grieving was Mom mourning Elvis.

Another vivid childhood memory was Saturday mornings. My dad would put on Otis Redding, or some Stax/Volt compilations and do housework. I can remember Dock of the Bay being on, and then the sound of the 60s vacuum coming on, and shrieking as I jumped up on the couch to avoid the vacuum getting me; Cecil did not watch out for toes. Other important childhood albums: Dylan’s self-titled “Bob Dylan” with my mom’s friends writing all over it: “Virgin” for my mother’s name, Virginia. A bunch of Beatles and Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the aforementioned Stax stuff, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Hank Williams. Hank Williams, Jr. (also my first concert), a ton of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Sure, there was some crap: Abba, for instance. But mostly it was great stuff.

Where am I going with this? Well, i think back fondly on a lot of that stuff that I heard growing up. Especially now that my kids are inundated by media, and constantly singing some Barney shit, or wanting us to buy them Diego albums or whatever. So, we still try to listen to our stuff and hope the kids like it. And most of the time, they do have favorites emerge. Every few months or so, we will make them a playlist and now both kids have their own CD player in their rooms. They will play for hours and listen to music and sing in their rooms. I think this is awesome, because then I can also play somewhere else in the house without being bothered by the little pests.

So, Todd made them a cd a few days ago. Some of the stuff they like includes The Cure, Dr. Dog, The Ramones (Tiller knows most of the words to “Blitzkrieg Bop,” which is just funny), and their current absolute favorite is The New Pornographers’ “Letter from an Occupant.” Tiller makes up her own words and her version included a lyric that instead of the “Letter from an Occupant” line, sounds something like “For the love of a Monkey Pie,” which let’s face it, probably makes as much if not more sense.

You are probably asking yourself, “Does she really let her kids listen to a band with the word ‘pornographer’ in their name?” Why, yes. Yes, she does. Because kids never ask the meaning of words, they just like to say them. Rollie gets it right, and Tiller insists on calling them the New Photographers, which makes me laugh, and pisses Rollie off, which is always funny. We gang up on him and call things by the wrong names and he throws tantrums and we laugh at him.

We don’t get out much.

New Running Playlist – Special Guest Star Todd!

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Since my Ipod died, I have been using Todd’s dinosaur (about four pounds!) Ipod on my runs. I haven’t quite gotten around to convincing him that I should control what music he puts on his own Ipod (yet), so I have been using his Running mix. Lots of the same stuff I have, plus some I haven’t used that worked out well. The only thing we definitely don’t agree on? I just can’t run to The Shins or Vampire Weekend. I don’t even like Vampire Weekend, actually. And I think The Shins are boring.*

There. I said it.
*Except for “New Slang,” which is, of course, brilliant.

Todd’s Running Playlist:

  1. There There Radiohead Hail to the Thief
  2. Feel Good Inc (Single Edit) Gorillaz Feel Good Inc – Single
  3. Ch-Check It Out The Beastie Boys To The 5 Boroughs
  4. Obstacle 1 Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
  5. Blue Orchid The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
  6. Hopeless The Wrens The Meadowlands
  7. What Ever Happened The Strokes Room On Fire
  8. Banquet Bloc Party Silent Alarm
  9. Harnessed in Slums Archers Of Loaf Vee Vee
  10. Helicopter Bloc Party Silent Alarm
  11. Favours In The Beetroot Fields British Sea Power The Decline Of British Sea Power
  12. 7/4 (Shoreline) Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
  13. Sister Jack Spoon Gimme Fiction
  14. Smack My Bitch Up The Prodigy The Fat Of The Land
  15. Vertigo U2 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  16. Where’s Your Head At Basement Jaxx Rooty
  17. B.O.B. OutKast Stankonia
  18. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) Arcade Fire Funeral
  19. Richard III Supergrass In It For the Money
  20. Alec Eiffel Pixies Trompe le Monde
  21. Alison Pixies Bossanova
  22. Wolf Like Me TV On The Radio Return To Cookie Mountain
  23. Handful Of Billions Sound Team Movie Monster
  24. Anti-Anti Snowden Anti-Anti
  25. Now That You’re Home Manchester Orchestra I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child
  26. Wolves at Night Manchester Orchestra I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child
  27. Cowbell Tapes ‘n Tapes The Loon
  28. Pitfalls Film School Film School
  29. Australia The Shins Wincing the Night Away
  30. Wasted Time Kings Of Leon Youth and Young Manhood
  31. Common Reactor Silversun Pickups Carnavas
  32. No Cars Go Arcade Fire Neon Bible
  33. Keep The Car Running Arcade Fire Neon Bible
  34. Bone Broke The White Stripes Icky Thump
  35. Icky Thump The White Stripes Icky Thump
  36. Finer Feelings Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  37. d is for dangerous Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
  38. teddy picker Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
  39. Red Alert Basement Jaxx The Singles
  40. Under Pressure David Bowie & Queen
  41. Bump Spank Rock Yoyoyoyoyo (Record-Play)
  42. Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster…
  43. Liferz Blood on the Wall Liferz
  44. Rize Blood on the Wall Liferz
  45. Go Go Go Blood on the Wall Liferz
  46. Hibernation Blood on the Wall Liferz
  47. Living Well Is The Best Revenge R.E.M. Accelerate
  48. Time to Pretend MGMT Oracular Spectacular
  49. Sissy Blues The Deadly Snakes Porcella -Or- A Bird In The Hand Is Worthless [Vinyl]
  50. I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You Black Kids Wizard of Ahhhs
  51. Boston Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
  52. A-Punk Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
  53. Mansard Roof Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
  54. O Katrina! The Black Lips Good Bad Not Evil

My Running Playlist

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I’ve been running a lot lately, and getting bored with my current running playlists. Here’s what’s on them, in case you’re bored with yours:

Living Well Is The Best Revenge R.E.M.
Shellshock New Order
The Grey Estates Wolf Parade
Blank Generation Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Power Doesn’t Run On Nothing The Thermals
A Ghost To Most Drive-By Truckers
Breathe Me Sia
No Pause Girl Talk
Hands In The Air Girl Talk
Here’s The Thing Girl Talk
Don’t Stop Girl Talk
Konichiwa Bitches (Album Version) Robyn
Destroyer Kinks
Weightless Nada Surf
I’mAlright Kenny Loggins (bite me)
Digital Love Miracle Fortress
Long Division Death Cab For Cutie
Shut Up and Let Me Go The Ting Tings
I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You Black Kids
That’s Not My Name The Ting Tings
Could You Be The One Husker Du
Great DJ The Ting Tings
List of Demands (Reparations) Saul Williams
Stay Positive The Hold Steady
Right Hand On My Heart The Whigs
5 Years Time Noah & The Whale
Hold Up Girl Talk
Knife (Girl Talk Remix) Grizzly Bear
What’s Golden Jurassic 5 Power In Numbers
Pavilion Velcro Stars
Secret Identity How I Became The Bomb
No Cars Go Arcade Fire
Common Reactor Silversun Pickups
Keep The Car Running Arcade Fire
I Still Remember Bloc Party
Tom Courtnenay Yo La Tengo
Beautiful Day U2
Head On Pixies
Thieves Ministry
50ft Queenie PJ Harvey
Song 2 Blur
(Drawing) Rings Around The World
Sister Surround The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Feel Good Inc (Single Edit) Gorillaz
Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta Geto Boys (Kinda like to cool down to this one.)

What do you run to? For the love of god, give me some suggestions. I am bored silly with most of these.

Dance Mix

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

I was out with the girls a few weeks ago, and one of us asked everyone else what songs really made us want to get up and dance. She is putting a playlist together for her wedding, and was looking for suggestions.

Since then, I have been creating the wedding dance playlist of the century; 12 hours of butt-shaking goodness, which needs to be weeded down to about four hours. I have it down to about 7 at this point. For example, I can dance my ass off to Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Reverence,” but it is a wedding reception, with grandmas and great uncles, after all, and is your Mama’s best friend really gonna get off on a song that says, “I want to die just like Jesus Christ?” Probably not. It turns out that, upon reflection, much of mine and Todd’s music is the devil’s work, and we are going straight to the fires of hell. Right after I finish this playlist.

I thought, though, that before i started the weeding process, I would poll the Internet for final suggestions. What are your all-time favorite dance songs? And I know. You don’t like to dance. You can’t dance. BlahBlahBlah. You know there are a few songs that you can’t help moving your feet to, even if it is only in your bedroom with a hairbrush, or while you are cooking dinner alone at night.

Be honest. If it is “Let’s Hear if For the Boy” or “Dancing in the Sheets” from the Footloose soundtrack, just say so.

Not that I like that one or anything. I mean, what? No. I never owned that album. Shut up, Lisa.