A playlist for winter

http://timeentertainment.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/the-shining.jpg?w=720&h=480&crop=1It was 80 degrees outside today, so I’m not sure that this playlist actually compliments the climate I’m in, but for those who are already experiencing snow or want to pretend you are, here is a playlist for you.

Some of these songs don’t include any references to snow or wintertime (and I promise- very few references to Christmas), but it’s a nice collection of melancholy and delicate. A few of the music videos for the tunes also align with the theme.

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1. “Immigrant Song”- Led Zeppelin

That infamous “Ahhaahhhhh…ah!” gives this such a primal feel, it belongs to scenes of hunting in the fierce winter winds of… England?

Also, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Karen O did a fantastic cover version for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.

2. “In the Cold, Cold, Night”- White Stripes

Before Jack White was in a gazillion other bands
Before Jack White was in a gazillion other bands

Megan White was never the focus of the band, so it’s nice to see her take the spotlight and sing this simple, slightly bluesy track.

3.  “Let Me Sleep”- Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder has a great voice and all, but he must be one boring Christmas buddy. Anyways, here’s a rarity from their Lost Dogs two-disc collection.

4. “Glósóli”- Sigur Rós

It is just such a beautiful, breathtaking song. Sigur Rós are one of those bands that make mesmerizing music videos that compliment the music- “Glósóli” included.

5. “Untitled”- Interpol

I always imagine a visual of New York City on a chilly evening when “Untitled” is playing, or maybe just a crowded subway and people pushing each other during rush hour.

6. “White Winter Hymnal”- Fleet Foxes

The whole debut album by Fleet Foxes could be applied as sounds for winter. However, this one doesn’t just mention the season in the title, it also perfectly fits the mood of wintertime forests and cabins.

7. “A Hazy Shade of Winter”- Simon & Garfunkel

They probably wouldn't get away with those hairdos in the music industry now.
They probably wouldn’t get away with those hairdos in the music industry now.

Leave to Simon & Garfunkel to create an upbeat tune about dreary winter weather. However, it is a beautiful song, and shows off their famed songwriting prowess.

8. “Violet Hill”- Coldplay

Go ahead haters, hate away. I like this album and I shall listen to it anyway.

9. “This Ship Was Built to Last”- The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit are an underrated British band led by the smoky vocals of Liela Moss. They even opened for Jane’s Addiction this year.

10. “Breaking Down”- Florence + the Machine

A beautifully arranged song about gradually losing sanity. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Florence Welch.

11. “Farewell to the Fairground”- White Lies

Happy times with White Lies
Happy times with White Lies

There’s a U2-ish quality to this building track, whose video perfectly correlates with the theme.

Are there any other songs I should add? Just let me know!

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Anti-Valentine’s playlist (part 1)

A playlist for the rest of us.

Ahh, Valentines, the time of the year I find myself eye-rolling the most. For some, it may be more about sobbing or feeling lonely, but no worries. Here’s a playlist of songs to remind you of how awful you feel!

This is part one of the playlist. Yes, I am a pessimist.

1. “Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely”- Hüsker Dü

Husker Du...happier than their music

If you don’t know about the influential band Hüsker Dü, please listen to Candy Apple Grey right now.

2.  “There’s No Home for You Here”- The White Stripes

This song is in the middle of angry and happily independent. The lyrics appear to be resentful, but the music isn’t as dark.

3.  “Heartbreaker”- Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin…isn’t that reason enough?

4. “Gonna Leave You”- Queens of the Stone Age

Please make a Josh Homme/Nick Oliveri spy movie!

Singer/guitarist Josh Homme has one of my favorite voices in rock, yet Bassist Nick Oliveri sings on “Gonna Leave You.”

5. “One Step Closer”- Linkin Park

Yes, I included a Linkin Park song. Don’t judge me! I have to occasionally relive my middle school years just like everyone else.

6. “Hyper Music”- Muse

An obvious but fantastic nod to the guitar genius Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, “Hyper Music” doesn’t seem to have aged much over the course of more than 10 years.

7. “No Compassion”- Talking Heads

David Byrne sounds somewhat like a jerk if you listen to the lyrics, but it is David Byrne we’re talking about, so you never know what’s going on in that arty head of his.

8. “Monkey Wrench”- Foo Fighters

There’s no way I can play this song without a smile on my face. This song may not necessarily be about a romance, but it’s still applicable. The Foo Fighters will always be one of those bands that bring back good memories.

9. “Breakin’ Up”- Rilo Kiley

Dance beat, Jenny Lewis’ sweet voice, and liberating lyrics…not all breakup songs are sad!

10. “Smile”- Lily Allen

Back when Lily Allen was (more) innocent

I’m not a huge fan of Lily Allen, but she does know how to create music that is equally acerbic and upbeat.

11. “You’re Gonna Miss Me”- 13th Floor Elevators

What are the lyrics? I don’t know, but it sounds nice!