Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Twice as Nice (Duos and Duets)

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means, time for another Twisted Mix Tape!  This week our hostess with the mostest, Jen over at My Skewed View, gave us this directive:

Duets or Duos

(Two people who don’t normally sing together singing a song or a musical group that is 2 people, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates, etc.)

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Like Sonny & Cher?

Guess what, I read that “or” as an “and” thereby circumventing the rules this week and including 10, count ’em 10, awesome songs:  5 duos (as in bands with two vocalists singing together) and 5 duets (special pairings).  Ha, Jen, you can’t make me play by the rules!  And since my list should be twice as long as the rule followers, I’m calling it:

Twice As Nice

Let’s start with the duos-

Standing on the Shore- Empire of the Sun

As I’m still fairly new to this mixed bag of musical goodness we call TMT, you all haven’t quite learned that my taste is all over the map.  Seriously, my music collection looks like someone dropped acid and was let loose in Best Buy.  With that being said, let me introduce you to one musical niche for which I’m a sucker, Australian pop.  Yep, anything coming out of the land down under that includes some synthesizers and weird poppy elements is going to find its way right onto my iPod.  Case in point, this duo.  If you’re not already familiar, get ready for a WTF moment.

The Greatest Sum- The Avett Brothers

Right from that insanity into The Avett Brothers.  See what I mean?

This is one of my very favorite love songs.

Wild-Royal Teeth

Here’s some newer pop.  Royal Teeth, I can’t decide if this is a really stupid name for a band or if it just sounds too “hard” for the type of music it is.  Name aside, I dig these guys; mostly the female vocal.  And she’s so stinking pretty that I almost can’t stand her.  She looks like a porcelain doll.  Plus these guys have a keytar in their band.  That is always a bonus.

The Con- Tegan and Sara

Hard to pick a favorite by these two.

Home- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Still my favorite song by this group.  Every time I see them live I have the urge to run off and join a hippie commune.  Life would be so real, man.

And now the duets…… 

You Don’t Know Me- Ben Folds & Regina Spektor

Who hasn’t felt this way in a relationship?  “It was that we were the cliche’, but we just carried on anyway.”  This is a good one to crank up in the car and have a little sing-a-long fun.

Congratulations- Justen Furstenfel (Blue October) & Imogene Heap

This one kills me every single listen.  It’s so beautifully painful.

Beautiful- G. Love & Tristan Prettyman

G. Love is beyond underrated.  This guy…..pure musician.

Say Hello to Heaven- Chris Cornell & Eddie Vedder (Temple of the Dog)

I guess this really belongs in a super group mix, but I can’t complete a list of duets without featuring two of my favorite vocalists together.

Jackson- Florence Welch & Josh Homme

Who doesn’t love this Johnny Cash/June Carter classic?  Also, it’s a way for me to sneak Josh Homme into yet another post.

And since I’m already cheating the system and always looking for ways to push more 311 on people, how about we close with my favorite song by my favorite band:

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Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  The xx – Angels

Eating:  Arugula and heirloom tomato salad.

Drinking:  H20

Random fact:  My Mom and Dad called me Honeybee as a child.

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Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Music of the 90s Part 2

I’m back for my second week of participation in http://jenkehl.com/ ‘s Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday.  I had so much fun with these guys last week that I had to come back for more!  It’s also week 2 of the 90s.  And there’s not a decade about which I’d be more eager to blog.  The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: “Try to create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. As we move through the decades the assumption is you know about the music in the past, but not what is to come.”

The start of the 90s saw me entering 4th grade and closed out with me in my sophmore year of college.  So as you can imagine, there was A LOT of change going on for me both personally and musically.  I started the decade loving stuff like NKOTB, Madonna, and Tiffany.  In the mid 90s I was sporty flannel and emulating the grunge scene.  By the end of the decade my musical taste had broadened to include everything my parents cruelly subjected me to as a kid (ie. the music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s which I greatly adore to this day), all of the alternative rock bands that defined my high school years, and the few decent bands that emerged in the late 90s (there weren’t many).

In last week’s TMTT post I included some of my favorite angst ridden songs and I’ve already written about the 90s albums that I consider to be the most definitive of my teenage years.  Today I give to you songs from some great bands of the 90s that I really didn’t get into until  after the 90s were over.  Sure, I might have jammed to some of their songs that were played on the radio (for those who actually got air play), but I never owned any of their albums and wouldn’t have really named myself a fan.

Bands of the 90s:  Better Late Than Never

 Foo Fighter- Big Me 1996

As I mentioned in previous posts, I love Nirvana.  And I just wasn’t eager to acknowledge Dave Grohl in his new, more peppy positive role.  I found myself enjoying their music, but just never made the leap to fan.  It wasn’t really until the last several years that I’ve really started to dig these guys.  It mostly spawned from my deep admiration for Dave (musical genius)  and the fact that their music is evolving.  They just get better and better (unlike other aging bands….looking at you Red Hot Chilli Peppers).  Their latest album is amazingly good.  I’ve listed to “Rope” several million times at this point.

Also, if you haven’t seen these guys live yet, do yourself a huge favor. I’ve seen them twice now.  They put on one hell of a show.  And they play an insanely long set.  The first time I saw them, they were on stage for over 3 1/2 hours!  No one does this.  It was probably the best concert I’ve ever experienced and that’s saying a lot!

Screaming Trees- Alice Said 1991

The Screaming Trees never really came across my radar in the 90s save “I Nearly Lost You” on the soundtrack for the movie “Singles”.  And funny enough, it was this soundtrack that sent me in search of their music years later while in grad school.  Mark Lanegan just has such an interesting voice that every time the song would come on I’d think, I really need to listen to more of these guys.

Fugazi- Promises 1989 (close enough….)

Technically born in the 80s, these guys saw their biggest success in the 90s.  And somehow I didn’t hear song one till around 2000.  But then there was no looking back.  Punk rock with more musicality.  I was hooked.  “13 Songs” was on repeat in my car for so many months that it’s ridiculous.

Our Lady Peace- Starseed 1994

Just like with Screaming Trees, a compilation disk led me to these guys.  I can’t even remember what the song was or what the disc was at this point.  It was some sort of 90s alt rock promo disc.  “Somewhere Out There” was all over the radio but I don’t feel it’s very representative of their standard sound.  I guess the mainstream loves a good ballad.  I ended up picking up 2 CDs in a CD Warehouse (used CD store for those of you not familiar) several years ago and really got into them.  Matt also missed out on these guys in the 90s and is now a big fan.

Bonus, they are still making great music.

Queens of the Stone Age- Regular John 1998

I was only a few years late to the show for these guys.  I picked up when a lot of others did, the release of “Songs for the Deaf” in 2001.  I immediately went out and bought their first two albums and have purchased every album since.  Josh Homme is perfection.  I love the weird guitar that you can immediately peg as QOTSA.  I love his odd voice.  I love that Dave Grohl has drummed for them.  And I especially love that I will finally get to see them live this year at Music Midtown. 

Oh, and in case you couldn’t already guess what I think about their new album….love it.

So I cheated a bit and went over my five songs in terms of Youtube videos, but I technically only listed five 90s songs.  So it’s like, whatever dude.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Eating:  Couscous and black-eyed peas.

Drinking:  H2O

Random fact:  I always feel a bit taken aback when I discover a “new” band that’s been around for a while.  It’s a combination of feeling dumb for not previously being aware that they existed and feeling deprived of all of their musical goodness over the years.

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Me (second from the right) in 1999ish.  I really need to dig out some OLD pictures so I can seriously embarrass myself.

Five for Friday: Five Famous Dudes I Find Oddly Attractive

Attraction comes in many forms. It can be a look, a smell, a shared life theory. It can stem from admiration or basic carnal desire. Sometimes we find ourselves oddly attracted to people who aren’t our “type” or what we think our type is. And sometimes they aren’t even close to what anyone would consider conventionally good looking. When people typically make a list of famous guys to which they’re attracted, they offer up names like Brad Pitt and Channing Tatum. Shocker. What a boring list. Today I bring you a different kind of list. These are people I find attractive that really kinda aren’t…..at least not in the shallow, conventional looks department sort of way.

Number 5- Steve Jobs

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Why- The man was brilliant. Intelligence is attractive. And not only was he smart, he was super successful. Apple continues to grow and innovate.

Ok, so this one’s a bit of a cheat. Steve Jobs was actually HOT in his youth. And it is a bit morbid since he’s dead. He probably should have been saved for a list of dead dudes who were attractive…or something like that.

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See?!

Number 4- Bill Clinton

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Why- He was president. Power is attractive.

Sure he is a shitty husband. And he is old as dirt now. But in his prime, Bill was the man. And for a president, he’s smoking hot. Go look at the list and get back to me.

Number 3- Bobby Flay

Why- Bobby can throw down in the kitchen AND he’s gotten filthy rich doing it. Cooking skills are hot.

I don’t know what else to tell you on this one. Sometimes I don’t get the “why” either.

Number 2- Jack White

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Why- Pure musical genius. He can write, sing, and play various instruments. And he does it all well. How many successful projects has he been involved with? About a million. I own music from 3 different bands plus his solo project.

Yes, he does look like a cross between the Crow and the Joker, but so what. 1. I thought Brandon Lee was hot. 2. Heath Ledger played the joker. Again, hot. Great, two more dead guys mentioned.

Number 1- Conan O’Brien

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Why- Funny? Smart? Successful? Yeah, but even I don’t get this one. I’ve just always had a “thing” for him.

Honorable Mentions:

Dave Grohl- Again, another musical genius.

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Josh Homme- That voice. That guitar.

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Ok, this one IS a definite cheat. Because he’s clearly good looking.

Observations:

What’s Attractive Check-list: Intelligence, success, power, musical prowess, business savvy, culinary skills, humor. I’m sure a lot of people would list these qualities.

How three gingers made this list, I’m not sure. Maybe I have a secret ginger crush? I kinda do dig Ron Weasley….

Who’s on your list?

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to: Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Day

Eating: Leftover squash, aspargus, black rice, and spinach

Drinking: H2O

Random fact: My favorite type of beer is IPA.