Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Booktracks - Rob Sheffield's Love Is A Mixtape

I cannot count how many times, while reading Rob Sheffield's Love Is A Mixtape, I thought: "Hey, that's it! That's how things work, or should! It's really like this!". Naturally, I don't share 100% of the author's musical tastes (let's say, 73,8%). Neither I share(d) a sentimental relation like the one he had with his wife Renée, full of mixtapes, romance, gigs, fun and grief (though I must confess I often long for something like that... without the grief part).

But many feelings and thoughts (and dirty playlist-making obsessions), yes, they seemed to come out of my mind. And many parts of the book, they're so great that I'd really like I wrote them before him. It's a nice book, believe me. There are some sad moments in it. Some melancholy for the golden age of 90s, as time goes by. Mostly, though, it gives you free laughs. A lot of them. I'm European, I have been raised by High Fidelity, so somehow I see it as kind of an American answer to Nick Hornby. With less Britannia and more Pavement. Generating the same, light, witty reading pleasure.

It's a book full of playlists. Or better, mixtapes. Title's not a trick: every chapter starts with one.
Yes... right guess, I spotified all of them. :o)
If you decide to read it, here you find - definitely and literally - the right soundtrack.

"Every time I have a crush on a woman, I have the same fantasy: I imagine the two of us as a synth-pop duo. No matter who she is, or how we meet, the synth-pop duo fantasy has to work, or the crush fizzles out. I have loads of other musical fantasies about my crushes - I picture us a Gram-and-Emmylou country harmony duo, or as guitarists in a rock band, trading off vocals like Mick and Keith. But for me, it always comes back to the synth-pop duo. The girl is up front, swishing her skirt, tossing her hair, a saucy little firecracker. I'm the boy in the back, hidden behind my Roland JP8000 keyboard."

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#1 RUMBLEFISH (ides o'march 1993)
Songs available on Spotify: 16/20 (80%)

Pavement – Shoot The Singer
The Smiths – Cemetary Gates
Belly – Feed The Tree
Sloan - Sugar Tune
L7 – Shove
Lois – Bonds in Seconds
Grenadine - In a World Without Heroes
The Pooh Sticks - Sugar Baby
The Chills – Part Past Part Fiction
Whitney Houston – I'm Every Woman
L7 – Packin' A Rod
R.E.M. – Man On The Moon
10,000 Maniacs – Candy Everybody Wants
Royal Trux - Sometimes
Bettie Serveert – Palomine
Morrissey – We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Passionate Kisses
Pavement – Texas Never Whispers
Boy George – The Crying Game
Belly – Slow Dog

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#2 ROLLER BOOGIE (december 1979)
Songs available on Spotify: 16/20 (80%)

Van Halen – Dance The Night Away
Gary Numan – Cars
Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights
Cheap Trick – Surrender
Electric Light Orchestra – Turn To Stone
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Boston – Don't Look Back
Donna Summer – Bad Girls
Foreigner – Feels Like The First Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
M – Pop Muzik
Michael Jackson – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
The J. Geils Band – Must Of Got Lost
The Knack – My Sharona
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall
The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Aerosmith – Dream On - Live
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
The J. Geils Band – Give It To Me
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

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#3 TAPE 635 (june 1980)
Songs available on Spotify: 22/24 (91,66%)

Cheap Trick – Surrender
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
Electric Light Orchestra – Turn To Stone
Electric Light Orchestra – Sweet Talkin' Woman
Steely Dan – Reelin' In The Years
The Cars – Just What I Needed
The Eagles - Life in the Fast Lane
The Rolling Stones – (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Cheap Trick – Ain't That A Shame (live)
Cheap Trick – Clock Strikes Ten
The Guess Who – American Woman
Supertramp – The Logical Song
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin' Jack Flash
Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E's In Love
Gerry Rafferty – Get It Right Next Time
The Knack – My Sharona
The J. Geils Band – Where Did Our Love Go (live)
Cheap Trick – Dream Police
Nick Lowe – Cracking Up
Squeeze – Cool For Cats

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Songs available on Spotify:

R.E.M. – It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Thelonious Monk – Memories Of You
ABC – That Was Then But This Is Now
Eric Carmen – She Did It
Yazoo – Nobody's Diary
Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Little Wing
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Bold As Love
The Beatles - What You're Doing
The Beatles - Yes It Is

The Dogmatics – Cry Myself To Sleep
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
Aretha Franklin – Don't Play That Song
Aretha Franklin – Day Dreaming
Aretha Franklin – Angel
Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back To Me [That's What I Am Going To Do]
Alex Chilton – Take It Off
Lou Reed – Bottoming Out
Johnny Thunders – It's Not Enough
Baby Astronauts - Lost at Your Party
The Verlaines - Death and the Maiden
The Flying Lizards - Sex Machine

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#5 BIG STAR: FOR RENEE (october 1989)
Songs available on Spotify: 34/37 (91,89%)

(Big Star full Sister Lovers album)
Big Star – Kizza Me
Big Star – Thank You Friends
Big Star – Big Black Car
Big Star – Jesus Christ
Big Star – Femme Fatale
Big Star – O, Dana
Big Star – Holocaust
Big Star – Kanga Roo
Big Star – Stroke It Noel
Big Star – For You
Big Star – You Can't Have Me
Big Star – Nightime
Big Star – Blue Moon
Big Star – Take Care
Big Star – Nature Boy (Alternate Mix)
Big Star – Till The End Of The Day
Big Star – Dream Lover
Big Star – Downs
Big Star – Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
The Bats – Sir Queen
Velvet Underground - Radio Ad
(Big Star full Radio City album)
Big Star – O My Soul
Big Star – Life Is White
Big Star – Way Out West
Big Star – What's Going Ahn
Big Star – You Get What You Deserve
Big Star – Mod Lang
Big Star – Back Of A Car
Big Star – Daisy Glaze
Big Star – She's A Mover
Big Star – September Gurls
Big Star – Morpha Too
Big Star – I'm In Love With A Girl
Big Star – O My Soul
Lucinda Williams - I Just Wanted To See You So Bad
The Raincoats – Only Loved at Night
Marti Jones - Lonely Is (as Lonely Does)

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#6 SHEENA WAS A MAN (november 1989)
Songs available on Spotify: 14/16 (87,50%)

Young MC – Bust A Move
Digital Underground – Doowutchyalike
Tone-Loc – Wild Thing
Roxanne Shante – Live On Stage (Hip Hop Version)
Public Enemy – Fight The Power
Kings of Swing - Stop Jockin' James
Tone-Loc – Funky Cold Medina
Heatwave – The Groove Line
Inner City – Good Life
Big Daddy Kane – Ain't No Half-Steppin'
LL Cool J – I'm That Type Of Guy
The Lady Supreme - I'm That Type of Girl
Kool Moe Dee – They Want Money
Roxanne Shante – Go On Girl
EPMD – Strictly Business
Roxanne Shante – Have A Nice Day (Remix)

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#7 PERSONICS (august 1990)
Songs available on Spotify:

The Beach Boys – Don't Worry Baby
Stray Cats – I Won't Stand In Your Way
Isaac Hayes – Don't Let Go - Single Version
The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes
The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)
Honey Cone – Want Ads
Lyle Lovett – God Will
The Barbarians – Moulty
Holy Modal Rounders – Bird Song
Tom Waits – The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
Ten City - Right Back To You
Aretha Franklin – Angel

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songs available on Spotify: 27/31 (87,09%)

Chris Bell – You And Your Sister
Yo La Tengo – Satellite
Big Star – Nighttime (demo)
Aerosmith – Angel
The Beatles - Tell Me What You See
The Style Council – You're The Best Thing
Meat Puppets - This Day
R.E.M. – Talk About The Passion
Otis Redding – Come To Me
Yo La Tengo – The Summer
Al Green – You Ought To Be With Me
Van Morrison – Sweet Thing
Matthew Sweet – Winona
Bonnie Raitt – I Can't Make You Love Me
Big Star – I'm In Love With A Girl
The dB's – From A Window To A Screen
Billie Holiday – These Foolish Things
Roxy Music – More Than This
Matthew Sweet – Your Sweet Voice
George Jones – Color of the Blues
Yo La Tengo – Did I Tell You
Ray Charles – Carryin' That Load
Prince – Slow Love
Big Star – Blue Moon
Marshall Crenshaw – All I Know Right Now
The Beatles - All My Loving
Al Green – Let's Stay Together
Dusty Springfield – So Much Love
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Yo La Tengo – Yellow Sarong
Big Star – Thirteen

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Songs available on Spotify: 22/28 (78,57%)

Morrissey – That's Entertainment
Unrest – Yes She Is My Skinhead Girl
Unrest - Sex Machine
The Dead C. - Scarey New
The Dead C. - Phantom Power
Love Child - Know It's Alright
Pavement – Angel Carver Blues/Mellow Jazz Docent
Sonic Youth – Personality Crisis
Nirvana – Sliver - Single Version
Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
Pavement – Debris Slide
Superchunk – Cool
Unrest - Cherry Cherry
Royal Trux - Lick My Boots
Teenage Fanclub – Everybody's Fool
Teenage Fanclub – God Knows It's True
Perfect Disaster – Takin' Over
Yo La Tengo – Yellow Sarong
Yo La Tengo – The Summer
Yo La Tengo – Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Yo La Tengo – Ecstasy Blues
Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
Urge Overkill – The Candidate
Blake Babies – I'm Not Your Mother
Blake Babies – I'll Take Anything
Blake Babies – Gimme Some Mirth
The Pooh Sticks – Young People
The Pooh Sticks – The Rhythm Of Love

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#10 THE COMFORT ZONE (april 1992)
Songs available on Spotify: 24/28 (85,71%)

Vanessa Williams – The Comfort Zone
The KLF (feat. Tammy Wynette) – Justified And Ancient
U2 – One
Hi-Five – I Can't Wait Another Minute
Kris Kross – Jump
Enigma – Sadeness - Part I
Paula Abdul – The Promise Of A New Day
Linear - TLC
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Mariah Carey – Love Takes Time
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
Prince & The New Power Generation – Cream
Madonna – This Used To Be My Playground
Right Said Fred – I'm Too Sexy
Sir Mix A Lot – Baby Got Back
Tom Cochrane – Life Is A Highway
The Escape Club – I'll Be There
TLC – Baby-Baby-Baby
En Vogue – Giving Him Something He Can Feel
Lionel Richie – Do It To Me
ALT And The Lost Civilization – Tequila
George Michael & Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Trey Lorenz – Someone To Hold
Corina – Temptation
Nikki - Notice Me
Natural Selection - Do Anything
Mint Condition – Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)
Hi-Five - I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)

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#11 DANCING WITH MYSELF (august 1993)
Songs available on Spotify: 24/29 (82,75%)

Meat Puppets - Up On the Sun
Penelope Houston – Qualities Of Mercy
The Chills – Part Past Part Fiction
Bettie Serveert – Tom Boy
Pavement – Box Elder
Madonna – Rain
New Order – Regret
Juliana Hatfield – Ugly
Lucinda Williams – Sweet Old World
Morrissey – Sing Your Life
The Replacements – Kiss Me On The Bus
The Shams - Time
The Smiths – Cemetry Gates
R.E.M. – Sitting Still
Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
New York Dolls – Trash
X - Breathless
Jordy - Dur Dur D'Etre Bébé
Snatch - Up and Down
Rupaul – Supermodel
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage, Up Yours!
L7 – Fast And Frightening
KC & The Sunshine Band – Shake Your Body
Shonen Knife – Shonen Knife
Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
Blondie – I'm Gonna Love You Too
X – In This House That I Call Come
L7 – Till The Wheels Fall Off

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#12 HOW I GOT THAT LOOK (august 1994)
Songs available on Spotify: 25/28 (89,28%)

Liz Phair – Supernova
Sebadoh – Skull
Pavement – Gold Soundz
Sugar – Your Favorite Thing
Everything But The Girl – We Walk The Same Line
Hole – Plump
Superchunk – The First Part
Dinosaur Jr. – Feel The Pain
Frank Black – Headache
The Offspring – Come Out and Play
Fuzzy - Flashlight
Stereolab – Ping Pong
Veruca Salt – Seether
G. Love & Special Sauce – Baby's Got Sauce
Archers Of Loaf – Freezing Point (Vs. The Greatest of All Time)
Saint Etienne – I Was Born On Christmas Day
Pavement – Elevate Me Later
Sebadoh – Rebound
Liz Phair – Whip-Smart
Guided by Voices – Gold Star For Robot Boy
Dinosaur Jr. – I Don't Think So
Sugar – Believe What You're Saying
Rollerskate Skinny – Bow Hitch-Hiker
Grifters – Cinnamon
Sloan – Coax Me
Weezer – Undone -- The Sweater Song
The Wedding Present - Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Palace Brothers - All Is Grace

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#13 52 GIRLS ON FILM (may 1995)
Songs available on Spotify: 25/29 (86,20%)

Adam Ant – Strip
The Human League – The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
The B-52's – 52 Girls
Yazoo – Situation
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
Depeche Mode – Just Can't Get Enough
Ray Parker Junior – I Still Can't Get Over Loving You
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy
The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl
Bow Wow Wow – C30, C60, C90 Go
Adam & The Ants – Stand And Deliver
The B-52's – Legal Tender
Prince – Delirious
Eurythmics – Sex Crime (1984) (live)
ABC – Be Near Me
Mecano – Me Colé En Una Fiesta
Peter Godwin - Images of Heaven
Peter Schilling – Major Tom '94(English Version)
November Group - The Popular Front
Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
The Comsat Angels - Will You Stay Tonight?
Kim Wilde – Tuning In Tuning On
Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
Dominatrixx – Dominatrix Sleeps Tonite
Intodeep – Last Night (a Dj Saved My Life)

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#14 CRAZY FEELING (april 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 23/28 (82,14%)

Sleater-kinney – One More Hour
David Bowie – DJ
Bob Dylan – If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Lou Reed – Crazy Feeling
Lois - Capital A
Roky Erickson – You Don't Love Me Yet
Sleater-kinney – Little Babies
Leadbelly – Rock Island Line
The Softies – Excellent
The Softies – The Best Days
Morrissey – Interesting Drug
Lois feat. Elliott Smith - Rougher
The Rolling Stones – Doncha Bother Me
The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
Yo La Tengo – Green Arrow
Peter Green & Mick Fleetwood – Albatross
Peter Green & Mick Fleetwood – Looking For Somebody
Peter Green - Like Crying
Peter Green – Man Of The World
Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
Lou Reed – A Gift
Yo La Tengo – The Lie and How We Told It
Steely Dan – Barrytown
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Lou Reed – Ooohhh Baby
The Byrds – You Won't Have To Cry
Bob Dylan - Tell Me Mama
Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby

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#15 PARAMOUNT HOTEL (june 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 23/28 (82,14%)

Leonard Cohen – Joan Of Arc
Pavement – AT&T
Frank Sinatra – How About You
The Divine Comedy – Becoming More Like Alfie
The Germs – What We Do Is Secret
The Rentals with Damon Albarn - We Have a Technical
The Softies - COunt To Ten

The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group – Mij Amsterdamn
Tindersticks – Dancing
Julie London – Daddy
Pavement – Give It A Day
Blondie – (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Smog - Inspirational
Pavement – Black Out
Pavement – Father To A Sister Of Thought
Pavement – Best Friend’s Arm
Pavement – Fight This Generation
Pavement – Kennel District
Frank Sinatra – Swingin' Down the Lane
April Stevens – I Want A Lip
Arto Lindsay - Clown
U2 – Staring At The Sun
Gloria Ward - Oh Honey
Leonard Cohen – Avalanche
Roxy Music – Prairie Rose
Tindersticks with Isabella Rossellini – A Marriage Made In Heaven
Frank Sinatra – Too Marvellous For Words

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#16 MMMROB (june 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 26/29 (89,65%)

Hanson – MMMBop
Donny Osmond - Last of the Red Hot Lovers
The Osmonds - The Honeybee Song

Urge Overkill – Sister Havana
Donnie Iris – Ah! Leah!
Kiss – Christine Sixteen
Adam Ant – Friend Or Foe
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Echo And The Bunnymen – Seven Seas
Pixies – Palace Of The Brine
Camper Van Beethoven – The Humid Press Of Days
Talking Heads – Houses In Motion
Soul Coughing - Blue Eyed Devil
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Skee-Lo - The Tale of Mr. Morton
U2 – Mysterious Ways
The Breeders – Fortunately Gone
Cibo Matto – Spoon
Liz Phair – Stratford-On-Guy
R.E.M. – Fall On Me
The Psychedelic Furs – Highwire Days
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Cities In Dust
Luscious Jackson – Deep Shag
Soul Asylum – Summer of Drugs
The Who – Drowned
Thurston Moore – Psychic Hearts
The Jam – Start!
R.E.M. – Begin The Begin
The Who – Music Must Change

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#17 HYPNOTIZE (october 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 21/22 (95,45%)

White Town – Your Woman
Sugar Ray – Fly
The Cardigans – Lovefool
The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
Meredith Brooks – Bitch
OMC – How Bizarre
Gina G – Ooh Aah (Just A Little Bit)
The Hed Boys – Girls + Boys (Seka Radio Mix)
Grace – Skin On Skin (Orange Mix)
Air Supply – Lost In Love
Janet Jackson – Together Again
Scritti Politti – Hypnotize
Sugar Ray - Danzig Needs a Hug
The Notorious B.I.G. – #!*@ You Tonight
Ghostface Killah feat. Mary J. Blige – All That I Got Is You
Billie Ray Martin – Space Oasis
Donna Summer – On The Radio
Kristine W – Sweet Mercy Me
Daft Punk – Around The World
Erasure – Victim Of Love
Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights
Serge Gainsbourg – Ford Mustang

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#19 GLOSSIN' AND FLOSSIN' (december 1998)
Songs available on Spotify: 22/23 (95,65%)

Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Oliver Momm Remix)
Sugar Ray – Ode To The Lonely Hearted
Aerosmith – No More No More
The Rolling Stones – She's So Cold
T. Rex – Bang A Gong (Get It On)
Frankie Valli – Can't Take My Eyes Off You
The English Beat – Save It For Later
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Dusty Springfield – I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Abba – Mamma Mia
Heart – Magic Man
Vanessa Williams – The Comfort Zone
Fleetwood Mac – Gold Dust Woman
Ozzy Osbourne – Flying High Again
Stevie Wonder – Boogie On Reggae Woman
Abba – S.O.S.
Paul Mauriat – Love Is Blue
OutKast – Rosa Parks
Jay-Z (feat. Jermaine Dupri) – Money Ain't A Thang
The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
Mase (feat. Total) – What You Want
Husker Du - Never Talking To You Again
The Rolling Stones – Waiting On A Friend

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#20 BLUE RIDGE GOLD (april 2000)
Songs available on Spotify: 32/34 (94,11%)

Perez Prado – Why Wait
Elvis Presley – Moonlight Swim
Ray Charles – Wichita Lineman
Nan Vernon - Moon River
The Standells – Riot On Sunset Strip
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
April Stevens – Teach Me Tiger
Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki
The Shadows – Spring Is Nearly Here
Neil Diamond – I Am...I Said
Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
The Dave Clark Five - Catch Us If You can
The Shangri-Las – Bulldog
Louis Prima – My Conochetta
Glen Campbell – Gentle On My Mind
The Tornados – Telstar
Stereo Total – Supergirl
John Denver – Thank God I'm A Country Boy
The Three Suns – Delicado
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
Nico – These Days
Merle Haggard – I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
Santo E Johnny – Sleepwalk
Dressy Bessy – Jenny Come On
Sweet – Wig Wam Bam
Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song
Louis Prima – That Was A Big Fat Lie
Ella Mae Morse – The House Of Blue Lights
Rooftop Singers – Walk Right In
Gloria Wood – Hey! Bellboy!
Petula Clark – A Sign Of The Times
Nellie Lutcher – Fine Brown Frame
The Quin-Tones – Down The Aisle Of Love
Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

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#21 VIA VESPUCCI (december 2002)
Songs available on Spotify: 32/33 (96,96%)

Elton John – Mellow
Fairport Convention – Tale In Hard Time
Gary Stewart – Out Of Hand
Lou Christie – Two Faces Have I
The Dovells – Bristol Stomp
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – No More Tearstained Make Up
Gary U.S. Bonds – Quarter To Three
Ronnie Wood – Mystifies Me
Jerry Butler – For Your Precious Love
Elton John – Dirty Little Girl
The Beach Boys – Johnny Carson
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
The Everly Brothers – All I Have To Do Is Dream
The Five Americans – Western Union
Stevie Wonder – Golden Lady
Tom T. Hall – I Miss A Lot Of Trains
Lonnie Donegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight)?
The Monkees – Daydream Believer
The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
Lou Christie – The Gypsy Cried
Swingin' Medallions – Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
The Jive Five – Hully Gully Callin' Time
Ray Barretto – El Watusi
Freddy Cannon – Palisades Park
Chubby Checker – The Fly
Joe Jones – You Talk Too Much
Dion – Love Came to Me
Brenda Lee – Sweet Nothin's
Tommy James & The Shondells – Mirage
Merrilee Rush – Angel Of The Morning
Ohio Express – Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Fats Domino – I'm Walkin'

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Previously booktracked:
- Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch
- Nick Hornby's High Fedelity
- Luca Castelli's La Musica Liberata (sweet child o'mine)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pitchfork Best New Music of 2012 (february update)

Time to open the Pitchfork magic box, again. This playlist is based on Best New Albums section of the US webzine. It only features albums reviewed in 2012 (for 2010 and 2011 playlists, see below). It's a good start. I love Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory and - by now - we have 100% of albums available on Spotify. The playlist will be monthly updated. Enjoy!

Source: Pitchfork.
Albums available on Spotify: 3/3 (100%)
(links are to Pitchfork reviews)

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory (8.6)
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions (8.4)
John Talabot - fIN (8.5)

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lite (three tracks each album): HTTP, URI (SR0823)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI (SR0824)

lite (three tracks each album): HTTP, URI (SR0182)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI (SR0506)
lite (three tracks each album): HTTP, URI (SR0576)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI (SR0577)

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Imperial Williams (a 80 minutes tribute to 80 year-old John Williams)

Few days ago, great composer John Williams celebrated his 80th birthday. This is a little tribute to his work, a playlist made with some of his most popular movie themes. It's amazing how many and how universal they are: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jaws, Superman, Schindler's List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the latest Tintin and many more. These tunes manage to bring you back into a magic and dreamful world: push the play button, close your eyes and you will suddenly find yourself in a soundscape filled with childhood memories: flying bikes, lost arks, tyrannosaurs, lightsabers. 80 minutes for 80 years. Enjoy!

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(a 80 minutes tribute to 80 years-old John Williams)

1. Main Theme from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
2. Flying Theme from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
3. Olympic Fanfare
4. Theme from The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
5. Flight to Neverland from Hook (1991)
6. Main Title from The Poseidon Adventure (1973)
7. Main Theme from Jaws (1975)
8. Main Title from Home Alone (1990)
9. Slave Children's Crusade from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
10. The Imperial March from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
11. Cantina Band from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
12. Main Title from The Reivers (1969)
13. Theme from Jurassic Park (1994)
14. Theme from Schindler's List (1993)
15. Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan (1999)
16. Title Theme and Love Theme from Superman (1979)
17. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2003)
18. Wild Signals from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1978)
19. Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Friday, February 3, 2012

RockFirst Top 30 Britpop Albums of the 90s

Doctors told me I have to listen to Britpop from the 90s, now and then. It's for my health. So it's good when I find charts like "Les 30 meilleurs albums de Britpop des années 90" by french magazine Rock First. I don't like all of them. But the list includes some of the greatest albums of my university years (Oasis vs. Blur, plus Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Verve, Pulp...). I made the usual two playlists, out of it. Mammoth and lite. Nostalgically enjoy! And point your finger at Trashcan Sinatras, whose A Happy Pocket is the only album missing.

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Source: Rock First / Acclaimed Music.
Albums available on Spotify: 29/30 (96,66%)

30. The Trashcan Sinatras - A Happy Pocket
29. Echobelly - On
28. Lush - Lovelife
27. Sleeper The It Girl
26. Kula Shaker - K
25. The Bluetones - Expecting To Fly
24. Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals
23. Cast - All Change
22. Stereophonics - Word Gets Around
21. Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
20. Saint-Etienne - Tiger Bay
19. Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
18. Elastica - Elastica
17. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
16. The Verve - Urban Hymns
15. The Charlatans - The Charlatans
14. The Auteurs - New Wave
13. Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up
12. The Boo Radleys - Wake Up!
11. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Felling Sinister
10. Paul Weller - Wild Wood
9. The Divine Comedy - Casanova
8. Radiohead - The Bends
7. Blur - Parklife
6. Supergrass - I Should Coco
5. Oasis - Definitely maybe
4. Pulp - Different Class
3. Suede - Suede
2. Oasis - (What's the story) Morning Glory?
1. Blur - The Great Escape

Listen on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR820)
Lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR821)