Since a profile like this is supposed to help you get to know me, I thought I'd offer some explanation for the songs I chose for my play list. Obviously these are not all the songs I like and some of them aren't even my favourite songs. They do represent songs that I want you to hear for various reasons. Some of them have a special meaning. Some are incredible songs. Some are rare gems you've probably never heard before. Some are just examples of the style of music I like in case you want to know more about what I like.
So.. here we go.
1. God Thinks
by Voltaire. Starting with an anti-religious song was mandatory, no? Clever lyrics and a catchy tune to get you hooked. Did it work? Read along with the lyrics
2. Devil Got My Woman
by Skip James. You'll definitely need the lyrics
for this one but if you can't feel the pain and loneliness, you don't have a soul. (oh wait...)
3. Twice The First Time
by Saul Williams. Saul Williams shows why he's the world's most beloved slam poet. As you can imagine, I'm a big fan of lyrics. I like my songs to tell stories, and this is one powerful story.
by Saint Etienne (Way Out West mix). The first time I heard this song was in a club and I was mesmerized. It was the first time I went up to a DJ to ask about a song. He said it was "Angel by Way Out West" and it took me over a year to find it since "Way Out West" didn't seem to exist. Imagine my surprise to learn it was a remix of a song done by Saint Etienne, who just happened to be my favourite band. Yeah, this was before the Interwebz. Sarah Cracknell's voice is... guh *swoon*. At least listen to 1:30 - 2:00 if it's not your cup of tea.
by Ryan Adams. I <3 covers and this one is amazing.
6. Palo Alto
by Radiohead. I like Radiohead and this is a B-side that I've always related to.
7. Rock Palast
by Saint Etienne. Random selection more indicative of Saint Etienne's style.
8. Mad World
by Gary Jules. Remember what I said about covers? I particularly like it when the whole meaning of the song changes based on how it is done. Plus, Donnie Darko was awesome.
by Hayden. Back to the storytelling. Hayden is one of Canada's greatest storytellers and this is one of many reasons why.
by Sloan. This is pretty much classic Sloan. This song is so fun, I figured you needed a change of pace after track 9.
11. Between Us To Hold
by Hayden. Just so you know Hayden and I aren't completely cynical. At least, not all the time.
12. Lucky Number 9
by The Moldy Peaches. Just a fun song you may not have heard. I like this kind of indie stuff.
13. True Love
by Cecil Seaskull. I always felt that Cecil
Castellucci was an underrated storyteller so I've been disappointed her music career never really went anywhere. However, I've just discovered that she's now living in LA and is writing books and making movies. Shows what I know.
Enjoy.. and if you have any song suggestions for me, drop me a line.