Thursday, February 18, 2010

February Playlist

One of the best gifts a friend can give me is a mixed CD (if that friend has good taste in music, that is). I love making mixed CD's for my friends, and I especially love tailoring it to their individual personalities. Two of my dearest friends from law school are in town this weekend from NYC, and I whipped up this February Mix for their listening pleasure.

1. Tik Tok by Ke$ha - She may prance around New York Fashion Week sans pants, and you may not be the biggest fan of her glitterific makeup, but she sure knows how to deliver pop music. Upbeat and cheerful, this song is best listened to in the car, with windows down, and with your best girlfriend (or gay boyfriend) bopping along in the passenger seat.

2. The Party by St. Vincent - One of my faves by St. Vincent (aka Annie Erin Clark). Her voice is addictive AND she toured with Sufjan Stevens, which makes her extra cool.

3. Horchata by Vampire Weekend - I'm new to Vampire Weekend, but I am seriously digging them. I have fond memories of the first time I heard this song because I was in the middle of kicking my friend's ass at Scrabble during my trip to D.C.

4. These Friends of Mine by Rosie Thomas - My favorite thing about this song is how it begins.

5. Set the Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol feat. Martha Wainwright - You may recognize this song from the Dear John preview, but I swear I had it before it came out! (Btw, if you're new to Snow Patrol, download "Run" ASAP.)

6. Need You Now by Lady Antebellum - The lyrics are pretty awful, but I still dig this tune and can't help but sing along. (Plus, let's be honest, we've all been there.)

7. Roslyn by Bon Iver & St. Vincent - Yes, this is from the New Moon soundtrack. Yes, it's still a really really good song despite that fact.

8. Possibility by Lykke Li - Yes, this is ALSO from the New Moon soundtrack.

9. Hallelujah (feat. Charlie Sexton) by Justin Timberlake & Matt Morrisson - Um... gorgeous/will-bring-you-to-tears/who-is-this-Matt-Morrisson-guy-cause-he's-got-an-AMAZING-voice kind of good.

10. Jackson by Hem - One of the most incredible covers I've ever heard.

11. Safe and Sound by Azure Ray - FAVORITE NEW BAND!! Can't stop listening to this album (the "Azure Ray" one). Sweet and melancholy and perfect. "Love is how it's lost not how it's found." LOVE IT.

12. Dream by Priscilla Ahn - The first time I heard this song was when I watched this video. Um... I want to be her. Just a little bit.

13. We Are the World 25 for Haiti by Artists for Haiti - Yeah yeah I know it's nothing compared to the original, and I know the rap is questionable, but I still get all warm and fuzzy when I hear it, AND it's for a good cause.

Happy listening!


Sallie Ann said...

What a great, meaningful gift. But the only one I'm familiar with is Hallelujah. I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan, but really love Rufus Wainwright's version. It's so beautiful. I heard Justin and friends, and that was lovely too.

Globetrotting Cacti said...

LOVE your playlist. A couple of the songs I absolutely adore. My son (11 months old) loves Keisha and will dance whenever tiktok comes on (in that baby bopping kind of way!). I am a huge snowpatrol fan and saw them support U2 at Stade de France in Paris a few years back and they were incredible. A version of this song was played for a charity event in the UK with Cheryl Cole singing the female lead and was pure magic.

Not heard the We Are The World cover but the UKs Haiti relief single is Everybody Hurts (REM) and is currently at number 1 over here.

Thanks for sharing. Will check out some of the tracks that I have not heard.

Globetrotting Cacti said...

PS (!).... I know Keisha has a dollar sign in her name but my keyboard does not have a dollar sign on it!!! Just in case you wondered.....

Phoenix Peacock said...

Love this list! Snowpatrol's Chasing Cars was my husband and I's first dance at our wedding. I will have to check out a few I havent heard before.

Rachel said...

Love the playlist! :) I've been lookin for new music :)