MAINSTAYS ON THE MIXTAPES I MADE FOR GIRLS IN HIGH SCHOOL
My only pathway to talking to pretty girls in high school was through burned CDs. I had 80 minutes to send a clear message that they should all break up with their strong football boyfriends and come kiss in my basement.
- 1."Landlocked Blues" - Bright EyesConor Oberst's best sick-sweet love ballad, and the easiest to learn on an acoustic guitar and then sarcastically play at a party like I didn't learn it
- 2."Wrestlers" - Hot ChipOne big metaphor for how love is like competitive wrestling, which I'm not sure I'm on board with anymore, but made sense to me then
- 3."New York I Love You..." - LCD SoundsystemA slow-burner that I used to say was the musical pair to "Notes From The Underground". I do not think I properly understood either
- 4."No Name #2" - Elliott SmithAlways marking the emotional nadir of the mixtape, Elliott Smith songs connoted my depth of feeling and possible obsession with celebrity suicides.
- 5."Everywhere" - Vampire Weekend (fleetwood Mac cover)A good cover does double duty on a mixtape, because it demonstrates your vast worldliness and learnedness about intellectual property
- 6."Chelsea Hotel No. 2" - Leonard CohenA sleepy song with an offhand reference to a midday blowjob
- 7."Home" - Kanye West ft. John LegendThe original version of what became Homecoming ft. Chris Martin. Better and cooler and ideal for tracks 8-10 when the sad ballads wore thin
- 8."Hummingbird" - WilcoI used the opening line as the inspiration for a bad short story that I wrote. "Remember to remember me....."
- 9."Northern Lights" - BowerbirdsSweet, pretty song about sweet, pretty lights in the sky.
- 10."Jealous Guy" - John LennonA slight note of caution to the listener that I can be a violent and jealous bad boy
- 11."Love Me Tender" - Norah JonesVery subtle messaging here. An Elvis cover, and a really great one at that. Norah Jones got so popular that everyone had to pretend not to love her, but I refuse.
- 12."Re: Stacks" - Bon IverThe clear winner of his first album. "When your mooOOoOooney's gone, and you're drunk as hell".
- 13."Fireworks" - Animal CollectiveShort by Animal Collective standards and gets to the melody much more quickly. Still takes up a lot of real estate with 6 minutes but it is worth it.
- 14."Can You Tell" - Ra Ra RiotI saw this band play like 8 times. They played downbeat indie stuff with really good strings accompaniment
- 15."Fake Empire" - The NationalWhen I was 17 I went to a National concert and called a girl on my Nextel phone up so she could listen to them play this song. I bought her a tshirt.
- 16."Walkabout" - Atlas SoundStill one of my favorite songs in the world
- 17."Two Doves"- Dirty ProjectorsGerAaaaaaaaanium Kiiiiiissses