I’ve had the song “Ringo, I Love You” by Stereo Total in my head since Saturday afternoon, and IT HAS GOT TO STOP. It’s a great song but I really really really wish it would stop.

It started on Saturday because I realized after I had gotten dressed to go out for an afternoon with Cathleen that I was wearing exactly what I would have worn when I was in college – a buttoned vintage shirt vaguely cowboy in style but with floral fabric, a cardigan sweater, and jeans. I was feeling a bit nostalgic after realizing that and spent the rest of the day listening to the songs I listened to in the mid-late 90s. Of course, there were a lot of Stereo Total songs in the mix.

A few seconds spent Googling tells me this song was actually first recorded by Cher in 1964 under the pseudonym Bonnie Jo Mason. It was her first single, and Phil Spector produced it. Oh my goodness, this is fantastic:

(Though I prefer Stereo Total’s cover, in the end.)


I Fell In Love Last Night

February 19, 2009


These are the songs I’ve been listening to over and over again the past months.

(download via Sendspace or stream online in two parts on 8tracks, Part 1 and Part 2.)

Track listing:

1. I Fell In Love Last Night / Heavenly
2. Maybe It’s Better / Whorl
3. Emma’s House / The Field Mice
4. I Dreamt That Love Was A Crime / The Foxgloves
5. When You Come Around / The Saturday People
6. You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice / Sportique
7. The Kids Are All Gay / The Young Untold
8. Everything With You / The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
9. Unrested / Que Possum
10. You Should All Be Murdered / Another Sunny Day
11. I Felt Your Shape / The Microphones
12. The Statue / The Go-Betweens
13. Mission Bells / The Aislers Set
14. Secret Place / The Clean
15. Brand-new-life / The Pines
16. Love My Jean (Peel Sessions) / Camera Obscura

These are my feet, walking to work

These are my feet, walking to work

Music For Commuting, Part 2
(download via sendspace)

1. the Clientele “Share the Night”
2. Love Is All “Wishing Well”
3. Sexy Kids “Sisters Are Forever”
4. Crystals Stilts “Crystal Stilts”
5. Comet Gain “Last Night”
6. Boyracer “Fuck Clapton, Fuck Hendrix…”

Right here is another music mix for commuting. I’ve been listening to it for the past few weeks, the very few times I had to commute. This one is about 2 minutes longer than the last one, so I have to pause in the elevator lobby in the library to finish the last song up. It can be downloaded from sendspace. About the songs:

1. I am SO MUCH IN LOVE with how funky the Clientele have been getting lately. I am very fond of their older, quieter, hazy-day-in-October songs, but they can’t always stay in one place, musicwise, and I’m quite pleased with the new direction their songs are taking. “Share the Night” is from the EP released last year That Night, A Forest Grew.

2. “Wishing Well” is the first single off of Love Is All’s recent album. I’ve listened to the new album a few times, and I have to say I don’t like how subdued the saxophone bits are compared to their previous releases. The brash, loud saxophone really added something special to their songs, I thought. That said, this is my favorite song on the new album.

3. & 4. These songs by Sexy Kids and Crystal Stilts are from new releases on Slumberland Records. I’m very pleased with that label’s recent output. The Sexy Kids 7″ and the Crystal Stilts LP were on constant rotation at my house this past December.

5. I’ve been in a Comet Gain sort of mood recently. “Last Night” is from the album Casino Classics, and every time I hear it I am reminded of a mixtape sent to me some time ago, though I can’t remember which tape, nor who sent it to me. Maybe it was a mix CD. (It was probably Roman who sent it, I imagine.)

6. The last song closes out the Boyracer album Absence Makes the Heart Grow Harder. If you can handle the minute of noise at the beginning of the song, you will soon find your head bopping along joyfully and savagely.

Music For Commuting

December 9, 2008

These are Marisha's feet.  Photo taken by Marisha.

These are Marisha's feet. Photo taken by Marisha.

Music For Commuting
(download via sendspace)

1. Pulp “What Do You Say”
2. the Family Way “Sugar Baby Love”
3. Afraid of Stars “When Nothing”
4. Smog “Hit the Ground Running”
5. the Clean “On Again/Off Again”

My walk to work is twenty minutes door-to-door. It’s not quite long enough for me to listen to an entire album on my iPod. So I put together a wee mix, exactly twenty minutes in length. It’s called “Music For Commuting.” You can download it too and listen to it on your iPod! Even if you don’t walk to work! About the songs:

1. I thought I had everything Pulp ever recorded, but boy was I wrong. I was mightily surprised to see “What Do You Say” posted on the Shelflife Records blog, having never heard of the song. And I was even more mightily surprised at how awesome the song is.

2. A few months ago Ara gave me a handful of CDs from the record label he used to run, Foxyboy. The collection of songs from the Family Way was my favorite of the CDs, and “Sugar Baby Love” is the best song on the CD. The chorus is very, very sing-along-able.

3. I first heard Afraid of Stairs in 2005 when I was slightly obsessed with Labrador Records. They are no longer on that label, and I haven’t heard much from them since, except for this delightful song “When Nothing,” which I believe was released on Lavender Records.

4. The Other Robin put the Smog song “Hit the Ground Running” on a mixtape she sent to me in 2004 (?) It’s been a perennial favorite of mine since then.

5. Finally, I think “On Again/Off Again” is my third favorite Clean song. OK, maybe fourth favorite. I particularly like the organ bits in the song.

Tell me where it all went wrong
Maybe I can make it better
Tell me where it all went wrong
Don’t you know that you really upset her?
When you act like a man who is cross
With every woman he’s never had
If it’s true looks could kill
And you will be the first to make me mad
Then you’ll have to go

Is this the kind of fate you could contemplate?
A breakdown at my very sight
I promise hidden words of tenderness
In every single line that I write
Still, you act like a man who is cross
With every woman he’s never had
If it’s true looks could kill
And you will be the first to make me mad
Then you’ll have to go
Maybe you’ll have to go

Is it true looks can kill?
Is it true looks can kill?
Is it true looks can kill?

Camera Obscura – “If Looks Could Kill”

I haven’t listened to the Smiths in years, it seems, and now a sudden urge to listen late this afternoon has found me practically in tears and wanting to throw up.

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
And in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
(But then a strange fear gripped me and I
Just couldn’t ask)

…in other words, the songs I can’t stop listening to, this May of 2007.
…or, what happens when a van occupanther meets a bewilderbeast.

Spin Me ‘Round, I’m Falling
May 2007, a music mix from Robin
98 MB – download from sendspace

1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) / the Electric Prunes
2. Single Life / Pink Mountaintops
3. Je ne te connais pas / Prototypes
4. Bewilderbeast / Badly Drawn Boy
5. And Then She Flung Me the Truth / Edson
6. Make Me Mad / Schooner
7. Branches / Midlake
8. Ears Like Golden Bats / My Teenage Stride
9. Hooplas Involving Circus Tricks / Say Hi To Your Mom
10. Satan Said Dance / Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
11. Her Breasts Were Still Small / Tribeca
12. It Goes Like This / Black Affair
13. Lions and Tigers / Asobi Seksu
14. No Satisfaction / Black Mountain
15. Dear Friend / Leslies
16. Kneebending / Cowboy
17. Isn’t Life Strange / the Clientele
18. Liar / Built To Spill
19. I Have No Sister / Oh No! Oh My!
20. In My Head / the Ballet
21. I’ve Got Pictures of You In Your Underwear / Ballboy