music to makes messes to, the September 2009 mix

Office afternoon

I spend my week mostly alone, in a small office and dyeing space at my home. Outside of shouting at the squirrels, it's pretty quiet here. I listen to NPR in the mornings, then listen to music as I dye the day away. The music is a huge part of how I do what I do. Here's what's in the rotation this month:

  • Polite Dance Song: Bird And the Bee
  • Sugarfoot: Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybees (If you can sit still through this, SEE A DOCTOR NOW- there is something seriously wrong with you.)
  • Little Plastic Castle: Ani DiFranco
  • Lion In a Coma: Animal Collective (That's right, I am that hipster.)
  • Collect Call: Metric
  • Paranoia in B Major: The Avett Brothers
  • This Year: The Mountain Goats
  • Respect: Otis Redding (It seems like blasphemy that it isn't Aretha, but Otis sings the hell out of every song he never wrote.)
  • Bratislava: Beirut
  • You Don't Know Me: Ben Folds
  • Me Gustas Cuando Callas: Brazilian Girls
  • The Ghost Inside Our House: Cloud Cult
  • Love This Life: Crowded House
  • O Valencia: The Decemberists
  • Pretty In Pink: The Dresden Dolls
  • V Neck Sweater: Greyboy Allstars
  • Instant Pleasure: Rufus Wainwright (Note to self: do not accidentally play this around 14- year- old daughter. She will find it distressingly amusing and repeatedly request you burn her a copy.)
  • Evil: Howlin' Wolf (What is with that line about another mule kicking in your stall?!)
  • Boy With A Coin: Iron And Wine
  • Home and Dry: Pet Shop Boys
  • Get Better: Mates Of State
  • M79/ Oxford Comma: Vampire Weekend (Proof that even bands with sucky, sucky names can rock.)
  • Red House: Jimi Hendrix
  • Our Hell: Emily Haines
  • I Just Want To Make Love To You: Muddy Waters
  • The District Sleeps Alone Tonight: The Postal Service
  • They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhh!: Sufjan Stevens (And sometimes it really is all about the title. I'd love this song even if it wasn't completely awesome.)

What are you listening to these days?

  One thought on “music to makes messes to, the September 2009 mix

  1. lex
    September 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I guess I’ll have to find that song Sugarfoot so I can tell if I’m due at the doctor’s office 🙂
    This time of year, I always put Indigo Girls – Mystery into the mix, just because it reminds me of autumn so much. When I first got that album it was late August-ish, and the lines “I could go crazy on a night like tonight, when summer’s beginning to give up it’s fight,” really resonated with me, and still does.
    Also in the list yesterday:
    Trouble – Bonnie McKee
    Stricken – Disturbed
    Last Request – Paolo Nutini
    Here’s Where I Stand – Camp Soundtrack
    Freakshow – Ani DiFranco
    At This Moment – Billy Vera and the Beaters
    Jeremy – Pearl Jam
    It’s All Good – Fantasia
    Nasty – Janet Jackson aka Ms. Jackson
    I Made It Through the Rain – Barry Manilow (yeah, I’m a fanilow, I blame my mom.)
    Father & Son – Ronan Keating feat. Yusef
    Got 2Be Down – Robin Thicke & Mary J. Blige
    Blow It Out – The Features
    Single Ladies – Beyonce
    In the Ghetto – Cartman (a classic!)
    Speed of Life – Sugarland
    Jealous Girls – The Gossip
    Til the Money Comes – Jonathan Coulton
    La Fiesta – Will Smith
    Love of My Life – Cowboy Mouth
    Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley
    La Vie Boheme – Rent
    Gravel – Ani DiFranco
    Crazy (acoustic) – Seal

  2. September 7, 2009 at 8:33 am

    ooh, we have very similar tastes in music 🙂 i am gonna have to check out some of the ones I am not familiar with. thanks for the list!!

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