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Top 5 Favorite Love Songs

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s Valentine’s Day, the day when couples across the globe come together in a Hallmark-approved celebration of their love and bitter singles like me feel strangely compelled to remind everyone of the fakeness of the holiday and how if you really love somebody you don’t need a special holiday to make you show it. The central dilemma of Valentine’s Day is the conflict between true love and obligation – if you put on some big romantic display on this day of all days, are you really doing it because you love your partner or because you feel like that’s what you’re supposed to do every February 14th?

I don’t know, maybe I just look at Valentine’s Day this way because I’ve been single for it every year, so I feel like I’ve always been on the outside looking in and don’t know what it’s like to share it with someone. The highlight of my Valentine’s Day every year is getting my Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the mail, the exception being last year because that’s the day Radiohead announced that The King Of Limbs would be coming out later that week.

Dear Kate Upton: If you’re reading this, I want you to know that you can teach me how to dougie any time. Love always, Wannabe Valentine #239,570,816.

But we’re not here to talk about any of that stuff, are we? Of course not! We’re here to count down my top 5 favorite love songs in honor of Obligatory Love Day. The fun begins as soon as you click “Read the rest of this page”!

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Top 5 Lists I Didn’t Get To Do On My Show

During my tenure at WMUC2 as the host of Listen Up!, I did 34 shows. Only two of them ended without a Top 5 list – three if you count the Top 20 Shortest Songs list, which I did as part of an experiment to see how many songs I could squeeze into two hours – and only one of those was because I didn’t have an idea for the week. The other was because my show was cut short by a Maryland baseball game.

Terrapins baseball: Interrupting my radio shows since 2009.

Of course, along with the 32 lists that made it to the airwaves, there were several list ideas that I never got to do. Most of the time it was because I had a hard time thinking of five songs with which to fill the list, which kind of defeats the purpose of the whole “Top 5” thing. But that’s what happens when you try to classify songs into excessively specific categories, especially because my brain isn’t quite the encyclopedia of music knowledge that I would have liked for it to be. It certainly would have made filling these lists a lot easier!

As always, the fun begins after the jump.

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Sept. 25, 2009: Show #25

Hey everyone. I know I’ve really been slacking with the blog lately — not that anyone would notice, since I haven’t had a double-digit hit count since September 24 — but I just haven’t really felt like blogging for whatever reason. I’d like to say I had a better excuse than that for slacking off with this thing, but that’s just how it is.

Anyway, here’s the playlist from the 9/25/09 show. Hopefully one of these days I’ll actually write something more substantial than one of these playlist posts. That, however, would require me to stop being a lazy slacker.

1. Radiohead, “Bangers & Mash” (In Rainbows bonus disc)

2. TV On The Radio, “Golden Age” (Dear Science)

3. Arctic Monkeys, “Fake Tales Of San Francisco” (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)

4. Cave In, “Lost In The Air” (Antenna)

5. Band Of Horses, “Is There A Ghost” (Cease To Begin)

6. RX Bandits, “Tainted Wheat” (…And The Battle Begun)

7. At The Drive-In, “A Devil Among The Tailors” (In/Casino/Out)

8. Kings Of Leon, “Notion” (Only By The Night)

9. Interpol, “Slow Hands” (Antics)

10. Deerhunter, “Saved By Old Times” (Microcastle)

11. The Clash, “Lost In The Supermarket” (London Calling)

12. British Sea Power, “Down On The Ground” (Do You Like Rock Music?)

13. Thrice, “As The Crow Flies” (The Alchemy Index: Vol. 3 — Air)

14. Foo Fighters, “Cold Day In The Sun” (In Your Honor)

15. Spoon, “Jonathon Fisk” (Kill The Moonlight)

16. My Morning Jacket, “Thank You Too!” (Evil Urges)

17. Minus The Bear, “When We Escape” (Planet Of Ice)

18. The National, “Secret Meeting” (Alligator)

19. R.E.M., “Near Wild Heaven” (Out Of Time)

20. Pavement, “Major Leagues” (Terror Twilight)

21. Radiohead, “Lucky” (OK Computer)

22. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “She’s Only 18” (Stadium Arcadium)

23. Muse, “Muscle Museum” (Showbiz)

24. Snow Patrol, “Shut Your Eyes” (Eyes Open)

25. Bloc Party, “Signs” (Intimacy)

26. Weezer, “El Scorcho” (Pinkerton)

27. The Beach Boys, “Wendy” (Endless Summer)

28. The Decemberists, “O Valencia!” (The Crane Wife)

29. Elvis Costello, “Veronica” (Spike)

30. The Beatles, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Abbey Road)


When Bad Songs Happen To Good Bands #3

About a year ago Bloc Party released their third studio album Intimacy as an online download for ten bucks. The download featured ten songs (“Talons” was added for the CD release, along with a bunch of bonus tracks), and since iTunes was still charging 99 cents a song at the time it seemed fair enough. (Plus, like I said, they’re one of my favorite bands.) In the months leading up to the online release of the new album, they’d put out a couple of heavily electronic singles. First there was “Flux,” which is a straight-up synth-driven dance song, and then there was “Mercury,” which turned out to be the lead single from Intimacy.

While “Mercury” took some time to get used to (as opposed to the instantly catchy “Flux,” which I think should have been the lead single instead), I found myself wondering if Bloc Party was about to release their Kid A — that is, an album where an established rock band suddenly shifts gears and explores electronica. Their change in sound between Silent Alarm and A Weekend In The City, while perhaps not the most popular of decisions, at the very least showed that they were a band who were willing to try new things and didn’t want to make the same album twice. So when the download became available, I snatched it up and decided to give it a listen.

Three minutes later, I found myself hoping I hadn’t made a big mistake. I had been greeted with a song so violently chaotic, so disorienting and confusing, that perhaps it makes sense that it was named for the Greek god of war. And no, I don’t mean this guy…

Dont mess with Kratos. He knows more ways to kill you than probably exist.

Don't mess with Kratos. Dude is so badass that he can kill you in ways you didn't even know existed.

Bloc Party’s “Ares” is just another example of what happens… When Bad Songs Happen To Good Bands.

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March 27, 2009: Show #16

Hey everyone. I haven’t updated much lately. Unfortunately, I’ve had some problems with my computer lately. Not quite Blue Screen of Death problems, but more like Blue Screen of Comatose. I only get a black screen now. I’ve had this problem before and the computer was eventually fixed, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that taken care of soon. And it actually went black minutes before I was about to do the very show I’m writing about now, so this playlist was pretty much all from memory. Here we go.

1. Radiohead, “Maquiladora” (“High & Dry”/”Planet Telex” EP)

2. My Morning Jacket, “Anytime” (Z)

3. Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic” (Electric Ladyland)

4. Muse, “City Of Delusion” (Black Holes & Revelations)

5. The Sword, “Winter’s Wolves” (Age Of Winters)

6. Between The Buried And Me, “Informal Gluttony” (Colors)

7. High On Fire, “Turk” (Death Is This Communion)

8. Mastodon, “Divinations” (Crack The Skye)

9. Metallica, “Fight Fire With Fire” (Ride The Lightning)

10. Iron Maiden, “The Trooper” (Piece Of Mind)

11. The Dillinger Escape Plan, “Horse Hunter” (Ire Works)

12. Slayer, “Altar Of Sacrifice” (Reign In Blood)

13. Danzig, “Mother” (Danzig)

14. Nine Inch Nails, “1,000,000” (The Slip)

15. TV On The Radio, “DLZ” (Dear Science)

16. At The Drive-In, “Invalid Litter Dept.” (Relationship Of Command)

17. The Whigs, “1000 Wives” (Mission Control)

18. The National, “So Far Around The Bend” (Dark Was The Night compilation)

19. Bloc Party, “Banquet” (Silent Alarm)

20. Snow Patrol, “Warmer Climate” (Eyes Open bonus track)

21. Minus The Bear, “Patiently Waiting” (Planet Of Ice bonus disc)

22. Thrice, “Digital Sea” (The Alchemy Index — Vol. 2: Water)

23. Radiohead, “Kid A” (Kid A)

24. The Walkmen, “Blizzard Of ’96” (Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone)

And just because I’ve had computer problems lately doesn’t mean I can’t do my show anymore, so keep tuning in every Friday from 6-8 p.m. on WMUC2, join my Facebook group, and of course keep watching this space.


Feb. 27, 2009: Show #14

Here’s the playlist for my Feb. 27, 2009 show on WMUC2. No lengthy introductions this time, but as always, join my Facebook group if you have an account there (and haven’t already joined), keep listening every Friday from 6-8 p.m. on WMUC2, and keep watching this space.

1. John Mayer Trio, “Who Did You Think I Was” (Try! John Mayer Trio Live)

2. We Are Scientists, “Altered Beast” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

3. Snow Patrol, “Whatever’s Left” (Final Straw)

4. Nine Black Alps, “Unsatisfied” (Everything Is)

5. Muse, “The Small Print” (Absolution)

6. TV On The Radio, “Crying” (Dear Science)

7. Spoon, “I Turn My Camera On” (Gimme Fiction)

8. Kings Of Leon, “The Bucket” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

9. At The Drive-In, “Napoleon Solo” (In/Casino/Out)

10. Burning Brides, “Arctic Snow” (Fall Of The Plastic Empire)

11. Alkaline Trio, “Private Eye” (From Here To Infirmary)

12. Dead Confederate, “Goner” (Wrecking Ball)

13. The Sword, “How Heavy This Axe” (Gods Of The Earth)

14. Mastodon, “Hunters Of The Sky” (Blood Mountain)

15. Opeth, “Coil” (Watershed)

16. Minus The Bear, “Dr. L’Ling” (Planet Of Ice)

17. My Morning Jacket, “I’m Amazed” (Evil Urges)

18. Nirvana, “Breed” (Nevermind)

19. The Whigs, “Production City” (Mission Control)

20. Bloc Party, “One Month Off” (Intimacy)

21. The Fall Of Troy, “Act One, Scene One” (Doppelganger)

22. Foo Fighters, “But, Honestly” (Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace)

23. Blur, “The Universal” (The Great Escape)

24. The Beatles, “Let It Be” (Let It Be)

25. Sigur Ros, “Starálfur” (Ágætis Byrjun)

26. Radiohead, “How To Disappear Completely” (Kid A)


Top 5 Songs I Really Wish Would Stop Getting Stuck In My Head Whenever I Meet A Pretty Girl

That is one seriously huge mouthful.

(LOL THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID LOL)

Oh, shut up, Mr. Dirty-Minded Inner Voice. You know I was talking about the title of this post.

(AMONG OTHER THINGS HA HA HA)

Um… sure.

Anyway, as if this intro wasn’t enough evidence that I’m weird, there’s also this top 5 list. It’s strange how sometimes music can provide such a fitting soundtrack to your life, as if your iPod is reading your mind or something. Like, here’s an example… the other day I had “Green Gloves” by the National stuck in my head even though I hadn’t listened to it in a while. And sure enough, my iPod started playing “Green Gloves” that same day. (Not that I’m complaining, because “Green Gloves” is a good song.)

Okay, I’ll admit that’s kind of a stretch. But my iPod also seems to put on a soundtrack of songs that fit my mood. Maybe that’s just me subconsciously choosing to play songs that suit whatever mood I’m in. Still, it’s odd to consider just how many of them seem to come up within close proximity of each other.

It even applies to the radio sometimes too. I remember I was on my way home from a counseling appointment and listening to a rock station when all of a sudden the new (at the time) Puddle Of Mudd single comes on. It’s the one that goes, “Maybe I’m the one who is a schizophrenic psycho.”

But the trend that gets to me the most is when I get a song stuck in my head that lowers my confidence when I pay attention to the lyrics. Like, for example… one of these next five songs is practically guaranteed to get stuck in my head somehow whenever I meet a pretty girl. I like all of these songs, too, so I’ll listen to them anyway. But if I listen closely and start thinking about the lyrics (or even particular lines that stand out), it can really do a number on me.

Yeah, I know it’s just music. But music can be a pretty powerful thing when you listen closely. That’s why it’s so magical. I just wish these next five songs would stop casting their particular spells on me!

And yeah, this is meant as a self-deprecating post. I figure it’s always best to have a sense of humor about yourself, because if you didn’t you’d drive yourself crazy.  That said… not all of this post is going to be funny. Now, on with the list…

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Feb. 13, 2009: Show #12 – Valentine’s Day Special

Hey everyone. In an attempt to lighten the mood of this blog somewhat after the last post’s journey into the realm of scary music (not to mention the darker reaches of my imagination), here’s the playlist from my Valentine’s Day special on Feb. 13, 2009.

1. Jimi Hendrix, “Foxey Lady” (Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix)

2. Blur, “Coffee & TV” (13)

3. The Smashing Pumpkins, “Cupid De Locke” (Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness)

4. Spoon, “Finer Feelings” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)

5. Daft Punk, “Something About Us” (Discovery)

6. The Fall Of Troy, “Quarter Past” (Manipulator)

7. The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Permission To Land)

8. We Are Scientists, “Lethal Enforcer” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

9. Coldplay, “Yellow” (Parachutes)

10. The Police, “Next To You” (Outlandos d’Amour)

11. Green Day, “Extraordinary Girl” (American Idiot)

12. Queens Of The Stone Age, “In My Head” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

13. Foo Fighters, “Big Me” (Foo Fighters)

14. The Strokes, “12:51” (Room On Fire)

15. Cake, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” (Comfort Eagle)

16. Bloc Party, “Sunday” (A Weekend In The City)

17. Minus The Bear, “Pachuca Sunrise” (Menos El Oso)

18. Muse, “Unintended” (Showbiz)

19. Radiohead, “All I Need” (In Rainbows)

20. My Morning Jacket, “Knot Comes Loose” (Z)

21. Garbage, “Milk” (Garbage)

22. The Beatles, “Something” (Abbey Road)

23. Snow Patrol, “Grazed Knees” (Final Straw)

24. Weezer, “Across The Sea” (Pinkerton)

25. The Beach Boys, “God Only Knows” (Pet Sounds)

26. U2, “All I Want Is You” (Rattle & Hum)

27. Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” (So)


Feb. 6, 2009: Show #11

Here’s the playlist for my Feb. 6, 2009 show on WMUC2. I’ve been trying to update the Download page to add more show files, but no luck so far. Stay tuned just in case.

1. The Strokes, “Juicebox” (First Impressions Of Earth)

2. Interpol, “Narc” (Antics)

3. The Hives, “A Get Together To Tear It Apart” (Veni Vidi Vicious)

4. Led Zeppelin, “Heartbreaker” (Led Zeppelin II)

5. Pearl Jam, “Spin The Black Circle” (Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003)

6. Bloc Party, “Better Than Heaven” (Intimacy)

7. Daft Punk, “Digital Love” (Discovery)

8. Kings Of Leon, “Closer” (Only By The Night)

9. The Police, “Deathwish” (Regatta De Blanc)

10. Minus The Bear, “We Are Not A Football Team” (Highly Refined Pirates)

11. R.E.M., “I Don’t Sleep, I Dream” (Monster)

12. Foo Fighters, “Statues” (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace)

13. Coldplay, “Don’t Panic” (Parachutes)

14. The Clash, “The Card Cheat” (London Calling)

15. The National, “Abel” (Alligator)

16. My Morning Jacket, “Off The Record” (Z)

17. Incubus, “Paper Shoes” (Light Grenades)

18. Nine Black Alps, “Behind Your Eyes” (Everything Is)

19. Citizen Cope, “Son’s Gonna Rise” (The Clarence Greenwood Recordings) — for Dan O. from the Jersey Shore

20. Breaking Benjamin, “Forget It” (We Are Not Alone)

21. Snow Patrol, “Take Back The City” (A Hundred Million Suns)

22. Battles, “Leyendecker” (Mirrored)

23. Nirvana, “Lounge Act” (Nevermind)

24. Green Day, “Longview” (Dookie)

25. Muse, “Hysteria” (Absolution)

26. Radiohead, “Dollars & Cents” (Amnesiac)

27. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Around The World” (Californication)

28. The Beatles, “Back In The U.S.S.R.” (The White Album) — you won’t hear this in the download file because I had to go over by a couple minutes to fill dead air until the next host arrived


Dec. 12, 2008: Show #9, #9, #9, #9…

#9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9…

So here it is! The last of the “old show” playlists! The last show of the Fall 2008 semester! And the last one before Christmas. We’re pretty much all caught up now.

1. The Whigs, “Like A Vibration” (Mission Control)

2. Coheed & Cambria, “A Favor House Atlantic” (In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3)

3. Foxboro Hot Tubs, “Mother Mary” (Stop Drop And Roll!!!)

4. Muse, “Exo-Politics” (Black Holes & Revelations)

5. Razorlight, “In The Morning” (Razorlight)

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Hard To Concentrate” (Stadium Arcadium)

7. Snow Patrol, “Last Ever Lone Gunman” (When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up)

8. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer” (Rated R)

9. Jimi Hendrix, “Freedom” (Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix)

10. Kings Of Leon, “Use Somebody” (Only By The Night)

11. Interpol, “Obstacle 1” (Turn On The Bright Lights)

12. Alkaline Trio, “Mr. Chainsaw” (From Here To Infirmary)

13. Double Dagger, “Camera Chimera” (Ragged Rubble)

14. Bloc Party, “Talons” (Intimacy)

15. Rancid, “Ruby Soho” (…And Out Come The Wolves)

16. Minus The Bear, “Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse” (Highly Refined Pirates)

17. The Fall Of Troy, “Chapter II: A Strange Conversation” (Phantom On The Horizon)

18. At The Drive-In, “Pickpocket” (In/Casino/Out)

19. Incubus, “I Miss You” (Make Yourself)

20. R.E.M., “Nightswimming” (Automatic For The People)

21. The National, “Fake Empire” (Boxer)

22. My Morning Jacket, “Wordless Chorus” (Z)

23. Radiohead, “Scatterbrain (As Dead As Leaves)” (Hail To The Thief)

24. Everclear, “Hating You For Christmas” (So Much For The Afterglow bonus track)

25. Thurl Ravenscroft, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

26. The Beach Boys, “Little Saint Nick”

27. The Pretenders, “2000 Miles”

28. Chuck Berry, “Run Rudolph Run”

29. The Kinks, “Father Christmas”

30. The Lonely Island, “Dick In A Box (feat. Justin Timberlake)” (from Saturday Night Live)