Monday, October 15


Had fun putting this list together with sister on Saturday afternoon. I was genuinely surprised that more tracks from bands like Operation Ivy and Fugazi didn't pop up. Maybe since the crash, C hasn't overtaken my iPod as much as I had suspected.

As Brad would say, here's what the robot who lives inside my iPod picked for me on Saturday afternoon. Fun idea, Lacey.

1. Everything Must Go: The Weakerthans
Love The Weakerthans. First heard them when they opened for the Promise Ring. A fun discovery because C recognized the singer-songwriter from his days with Propagandhi.

2. I Don't Know What I Can Save You From: Kings of Convenience
Great song, great album. I like Riot on an Empty Street even more. That's where I first heard Feist, I think.

3. Bad Light: Built to Spill
Built to Spill is an old favorite. This song comes from my most-loved album, Keep It Like A Secret, which reminds me of riding the DC metro during the summer of '03. It was also the summer of the Postal Service. "Else" became one of my favorite songs that season.

4. Beercan: Beck
Beck is amazing because he is a chameleon. But I don't know if I've ever really listened to this song. I'm more familiar with Sea Change, Mutations and Odelay. I'm sitting here listening and the lyrics go something like "Shake your bootie, let it all get loose." And that make me like Beck, and this song, all over again.

5. I Want to Live: Cat Stevens
How do you not love Cat?

6. Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl: Broken Social Scene
This album is so good and was so very unconventional at the time. I think Tim introduced me to it. Or maybe it was Matt and Celeste. I can't remember. But band members went on to make some of my favorite music: Leslie Feist (I digress, maybe this is where I first heard Feist), Amy Milan (Stars) and Emily Haines (Metric).

7. Think Long: Mates of State
Mates of State were my favorite band for a long time. I don't listen in much anymore. But I'm still good at singing the girl parts.

8. Influence: Jurassic 5
Like lots of the good things I know of, Jurassic 5 was an introduction from Brad. I've always memorized lyrics really easily and these ones are super fun to rhyme along with. I really like that tap-dancing song, too.

9. Mull of Kintyre: Wings
Thanks to MJ and Steph, I listened to Paul McCartney and Wings in high school. I have no idea what this song is about, but just hearing it again makes me wish we could have one last sleepover/sneak-out in/from Steph's bedroom.

10. We Suck Young Blood: Radiohead
I sometimes get scared when I listen to Radiohead alone. Their sound can be pretty unsettling and this song is case-in-point. I love them, though, and consider them to be the most influential band of our time.

Wanna do the iPod Shuffle? See the directions here.

*I have to admit that I skipped one track because it was an episode from TAL and I thought music was supposed to be the point, here.


lane said...

I was so happy Mates of State were on your list! I remember you liked them a long time ago and I thought they were dumb. Then, of course, a couple years later I realized they were cool (I'm always late on the uptake on that stuff--you're always ahead).

You're another person in my life who keeps me music-informed! Fun to read your list.

Robin said...

I'm glad you said that about Radiohead; I was worried that I was the only one who was a little freaked out by them...

I will have to check out the others on your list, I hardly know any of them.

alyson. said...

love the list.
love Kings of Convenience and Built to Spill. and I totally agree with you on Beck. he's so oddly fantastic.

jo said...

you got such a great list, ali! i also did the ipod shuffle yesterday and got a nice one too, i think! i really like broken social scene and kings of convenience. it´s so much fun to look at everyone´s lists!

100 Percent Cottam said...

ooh, i'm totally doing this! fun, fun!

jamieanne said...

Shiz, besides the Radiohead song, your list makes me feel uneducated and dumb. When it comes to music, that is. You've always been superior to me that way.

kaili said...

excellent list, ali. Very pleased to see the high level of Canadian content on there - the Weakerthans are my all-time favourites, We danced to "My Favourite Chords" at our wedding - the new album is absolutely amazing...I am going to see them in a few weeks.

You inspired me to make mine - check it out -

Cheers, Kaili.

Jeremy said...

Good shuffle!

Kristi said...

Hooray! I love music recommends. I can't wait to check these songs out.

laceyJ. said...

Wowzer... You list wasn't embarrassing at all! Glad you embraced the Shuffle! Isn't it fun?