Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Till Next Time

Here we are; it’s the very last week of Twisted Mix Tape.  All my favorite blog hops are leaving me!  Hopefully some of the buddies I’ve met through this blog will join me in the fun of my new blog hop every Friday.  Five for Friday will be an ever changing theme of lists of five.  Last week I divulged some of my personal weaknesses.  Go check it out!  It’s not too late to link up and share.  And be sure to come back this Friday…and one after and the one after that.

Goodbyes, I kind of suck at them.  So I’ll take Jen’s word that this is simply a “see you later”.  We’ll all return to share music and life later.  And if she doesn’t return to host, I know at least a few of us would be honored to take up the helm.  Thanks Jen for introducing me to so many great bloggers and friends.  You rock!

Here are my 5 goodbye songs….they follow the theme a bit loosely, but are solid jams nonetheless.

The Cars- Touch and Go

 

Tegan and Sara- Call It Off

 

Ballyhoo!- Walk Away

 

Marcy Playground- Bye, Bye

 

 

And of course I’m going to end with 311.  As the song says, I’ll be here a while.  So come say hi Twisted Mixtapers.  Don’t be strangers!

311- I’ll Be Here a While

 

Stay positive and love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to: 

Eating:  Arugula and pecan salad.

 

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: So So Def Melissa Allstars

Jen asked for guilty pleasures this week.   I think I could likely fill an entire week’s place list with some of the turds hiding in my list.  Even a music snob is subject to allowing a not-so-cool character into the party every now and then.  Most of what resides in my closet of musical skeletons is so tightly wrapped in nostalgia that I’ll never be able to part from it.  And I’m not embarrassed.  These songs, at some point in my life, were on repeat in my room, on my Walkman, or in a friend’s car.  I went with a theme within a theme this week and picked all rap/hip-hop tunes.  While I was a atl rock chick for sure in HS, these jams infiltrated a nearly embarrassment-free, guitar heavy, meaningful/deep lyrics laden Seattle love fest.

First on the list is a not so safe for work jam out of Atlanta Ga.  Yes, a bunch of country-ass white girls used to roll through the street’s of Branford, FL blasting this.

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Luniz- I Got Five on It

I’m sure my Mom and Dad loved this.

INOJ-Love You Down

Again, I’m sure parent’s were thrilled with the message.

OK, these two take us back a bit further.  My older cousins listened to these songs, so of course I thought they were the coolest.

Linear- Sending All My Love

Timmy T- One More Try

Bonus:

I should do an entire playlist dedicated to songs that were played at every dance I ever went to in HS.  That list would be so amazing awful/awesome that the internet may explode.  Here’s one of those songs.

12 Gauge- Dunkie Butt

Folks, twerking isn’t new.  Miley is simply ripping off 90s jam dance moves.  And parents our music wasn’t as innocent as you’d like to remember.  Case in point-

Yes, I still love every song on this list.  Sorry, I’m not sorry.

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to:  Market Place on NPR

Eating:  Hummus wrap

Drinking:  Water

Random thought:  Where are all of the animals on Walking Dead?  Some of them would have made it away from the zombies, right?  No birds, dog, cats at all?

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Up in the Air

Here’s my quickie, lunchtime contribution to TMT.  This week Jen asked for songs inspired by letting go and moving on.  My list is meant to be a journey from acknowledging an issue, attempting to take control of it,  feeling helpless and then finally moving on.  Given that I’m pressed for writing time today, I’ll let the music speak for itself.

Come a Little Closer- Cage the Elephant

Up in the Air- 30 Seconds to Mars

Falling to Pieces- Faith No More

Stop the Fu*king Car- Circa Survive

Leave it Alone- Broken Bells

Bonus:

Julian Hatfield does a wonderful cover of this Foo Fighter’s song.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  Spoon – The Mystery Zone

Eating:  Grits, lima beans, and ch’kin fingers

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Till My Lungs Collapse

Workout songs!  This is just the mixtape I needed today! Thanks for the boost Jen!

I love music and I love fitness.  I REALLY do love it, I know that seems odd to 90% of you.  I’ve often said running or hitting the gym is my therapy.  I’ve said the same thing about music too.  So workout music must be doubly therapeutic right?  Thing is, not a lot of my music “likes” always lend them selves well to a hardcore workout.  Rock works, but guys in with long beards and oddly high voices (ie. my indie picks) do not.  I tend to find myself listening to either heavy rock or rap or rappish hip-hop with some techno/dance/dubstep added in for good measure.   A lot of the stuff I love to sweat to would not be something I really listen to during the day.

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Here are five songs that may pop up on my playlist:

Galvanize- The Chemical Brothers

This one is my absolute favorite.  It will give me a burst of motivation anytime I need it.  I’ve hit repeat on many an occasion.

Eminem- I’m a Soldier

Hard to pick one Eminem song for this.

Eve- Tambourine

Skrillex- Bangarang

When is dubstep okay to jam to?  When you’re on the Step Mill.  It makes me feel like a Transformer.

Die Antwoord- Fatty Boom Boom

**Okay, this song…and all of their songs are NSFW**  Likely one of the strangest bands I listen to and that’s saying A LOT.  Also, love how crudely they pick on Gaga.  Song actually starts at 1:55.

 

Bonus:

One rock song for you because you know that’s my fave.  I left them out of the main list because this genre gets a feature nearly every week, and I couldn’t choose just one or five…or 20.

Pantera- Walk

Pantera is perfect for lifting.

 

What do you workout to?

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to:  Queens Of The Stone Age – “You Got A Killer Scene There, Man…”

Eating:  Tofu scramble and protein pancakes.

Random fact:  This may be the first year I’m actually lamenting my birthday a bit.  I have adored my 30s so far, but sometimes getting older sucks!

 

 

 

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: We Can Dance If We Want To

Dance music.  Initially this prompt made me think of clubbing.  Clubbing makes me think of douche bag dudes (ala Jersey Shore) and drunk chicks dressed like hookers (ala….well, Jersey Shore).  I’ve never been a clubber.  While I was a teen in the 90s, I missed the whole rave moment (thank God) and I’ve always preferred going to a show or hanging at a bar  instead of a dance club.  Really the only type of dance club I’ve ever remotely enjoyed is a gay one, but that’s a story for another time.  Until that time, here’s a picture of me and my best friend Bee tearing it up on stage at Jungle (Atlanta).  Yes, we have choreographed moves.  Yes, there was alcohol involved.

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Okay, on to Jen over at My Skewed View’s prompt for the week: Dance music.  Actually, this prompt really wasn’t as challenging as I first thought.  I came up with this list in no time flat.  I’m giving you 3 from the 80s, 2 from the 90s, and 2 from today.

 

80s PICKS

THE decade for dance in my humble opinion.  Nearly every song is danceable.  New Wave is actually dance music for snobs.  Or Brits.  Or snobby Brits.

When Smokey Sings- ABC

One of my favorite 80s groups.  This song just oozes 80s from the first note.  Try not to dance.

Head to Toe- Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam

Give me a synthesizer beat and some shoulder pads and see if I can sit still.

 

Push It- Salt n Pepa

Still my jam.  Timeless classic.

90s PICKS

The 90s were FULL of dance music.   After all, there had to be an opposite to the grunge/alt rock movement.  Most of it is bad and falls under the guilty pleasures category-

Better Off Alone- Alice Deejay

And some of it…..seriously, WTF is this?

Blue (Da Ba Dee)- Eiffel 65

Yes, I owned this album.  I thought I’d bleached it from my memory, but it cropped back up today.  Just….wow.  It should have been on my list two weeks ago:  Embarrassing Albums I Owned.   Take it easy on me, I’m baring some of life’s biggest lapses of judgement through this list.

Today’s PICKS

Oddly enough, when you listen to a lot of the indie music today, it is actually dance music!  While rock owns my heart, I have plenty of room for this too.  It’s an 80s synth rehash with a slight rock vibe.

Punching in a Dream- The Naked & Famous

Midnight City- M83

This song got played to death, but for some reason I just never tired of it.

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to:  Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden – Blue Hotel

Eating:  Leftover taco.

Random thought:  You know you’re a book nerd when you’re super excited to start your next book while you’re still reading your current book.

 

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Can You Believe I Own This Album?

I’m a music snob.  Shocker, right?  I’m sure you couldn’t tell that by the obscene number of music related posts.  I like to think I have excellent taste in music.  It’s clearly way above average.  I mean, I check off the majority of the music snob test questions:

  • I make music references that I’m confident no one will get….but then I’m a little disappointed if they do get them.
  • I love the obscure.  It makes me feel like a pioneer when I find a new band……but then I’m secretly upset when they become mainstream.
  • I love, love, love sharing new music with folks…..but then I’m disappointed if they have already heard of it.
  • If you don’t agree with my music taste,  I judge you as having poor taste in music…..but we can still be friends (though Trailor Swift would make it iffy).
  • I have never and will never listen to anything mainstream and am proud of every album I’ve purchased……YEAH RIGHT!

You see, my musical selections are not beyond reproach.  There are many musical skeletons in my closet.  I wish I could blame them all on the wayward tastes of a younger me, but alas, no.   Sometimes I just like the things I know I shouldn’t.  Sometimes I like things that are hot garbage!  And you know what guys, that’s A-OK!  That’s what separates me from a nasty hipster.  You see, I actually like all of the oddball, weirdo shit I listen to AND I also like some (be it few and far between) with which no self-respecting hipster would dare mar their listening sensibilities.  Snob, yes.  But as this week’s Twisted Mixtape will reveal, even the biggest snob falls short of perfection.

This week Jen asked us for a Biggest Mistake type of playlist, well I think we can all agree that purchasing what follows could easily fall under that header:

Can you believe I own this album?

Fefe Dobson- 2003

The song:  Take Me Away

I’m not sure how to explain the moment that caused this purchase.  Oh wait, it is was this damn song.  Isn’t she super cute with her tough girl persona?  More believable than some I’ve seen.

Tracy Lawrence- For the Love (2007)

The song:  Find Out Who Your Friends Are

This song is the complete antithesis of what I like, so I’m not sure how or why this snuck into my shopping cart or why I listened to it on repeat.  Note:  I did in fact hate the rest of the album. 

Afroman- The Good Times (2001)

The song:  Because I Got High

Did I really need to buy this whole album?  I’m sure I could have guessed at the contents.  At least Jay and Silent Bob are in the video.

Chumbawamba- Tubthumper (1997)

The song:  Tubthumping

I still like this song.  So there.

Actually, I dig this whole album.  It’s full of super odd, political music with bizarre interludes.

Limp Bizkit- Several albums (late 90s, early 2000s)

Yeah, everyone knows Fred Durst is a douche.  Yeah, the lyrics and vocals are kinda whatever.  But the music rocks.  I listened to them.  A LOT.  I blame Matt.

The song:  Pollution

DJ, hard, and rap-rocky, yep, pure late 90s.

So let me have it!  I’m awaiting the daggers from you fellow music snobs.  Bring it!

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to: Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone

Eating:  Seasame ch’kin stir-fry.

Random thought:  I should be far more embarrassed of buying Sugar Ray’s later album than anything on this list.

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Dealer’s Choice

Here’s my meager attempt at keeping my blog somewhat current in the face of what can only be described as chaos!  Writing time remains at nil and lunch time remains at “hurry up and throw some typr of nutrients down your throat”.  So my post for Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday this week is somewhat unstructured and slightly half-assed.  This week Jen gave us a dealer’s choice meaning we can pick whichever theme and songs we wish.  So given my time constraints, I simply set my iPod to shuffle and made you this little playlist.  I think for nearly zero effort, it turned out pretty good.  It’s also a great representation of the variety of music I enjoy.  If you’d like to read a music post I actually put some time and thought into, check out last week’s Five for Friday where I give you my 5 favorite albums of 2013.

Queens of the Stone Age- Never Say Never (Cover of Romeo Void)

Telepopmusik- Don’t Look Back

Led Zeppelin- D’yer Maker

Outkast- Speedballin’

The Lemonheads- Dawn Can’t Decide

 

Stay positive & love your life!

 

-Melissa

 

 

 

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Your Lying Eyes

So this week Jen asked for cheating songs.  Despite the name of my mix tape, I’m not giving you The Eagles.  Also not appearing on this list is that shitty song by Hinder.  That song makes me want to do permanent damage to my eardrums thus ensuring I never have to hear it again.  So let’s just hop into this so you can see what IS on the list!

Shame for You- Lilly Allen

One British accent and some tongue in cheek lyrics deliver a fun and bubbly cheating song.

Notable lyrics:

Spreading your seed all over the town
getting too greedy and messing around:
Oh my gosh you must be joking me
if you think that you’ll be poking me

Human- The Human League

Pretty funny that this is now in an insurance commercial.  My friend Claire and I like to dramatically perform the spoken word portion of this song:  “The tears I cry aren’t tears of pain….”

Notable lyrics:

I wouldn’t ever try to hurt you
I just needed someone to hold me
To fill the void while you were gone
To fill this space of emptiness

And staying in the big 80’s….

Tempted- The Squeeze

Notable lyrics:

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What’s been going on
Now that you have gone

 

One Way Out- Allman Brothers Band

As told by the other man.  You have to be sneaky unless you want a “Hey Joe” situation.

Notable lyrics:

Ain’t but one way out baby, Lord I just can’t go out the door.
Ain’t but one way out baby, and Lord I just can’t go out the door.
Cause there’s a man down there, might be your man I don’t know.

 

Criminal- Fiona Apple

When guilt consumes you.

Notable lyrics:

I’ve done wrong and
I want to
Suffer for my sins
I’ve come to you
‘Cause I need
Guidance to be true

Bonus:

Here’s a nice little ditty by your favorite emo band-

I Write Sins Not Tragedies- Panic at the Disco

 

Supposedly Brandon Boyd wrote the song Pardon Me in response to a cheating girlfriend-

Pardon Me- Incubus

 

Stay positive & love your life!

 

-Melissa

 

 

Today:

Listening to:  Soundgarden – Halfway There

Eating:  Spicy Cheese Its

Drinking :  Water

Random fact:  I wanted to include Zeppelin’s Heart Breaker, but I couldn’t decide if it is truly about cheating or a hooker with which he unfortunately fell in love.  Six of one, half dozen of the other?

 

 

 

 

 

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: What’s the Story Morning Glory?

This week Jen over at My Skewed View asked for us to create a playlist of songs that tell a story.  Initially I thought, sweet, that leaves this open to damn near anything.  After all, doesn’t all music tell a story?  No?  Okay, doesn’t all music with the exception of maybe dubstep tell a story (unless blenders converting into transformers is a story)?  I mean, it may not be a deep story, but it’s a story nonetheless.  But I get it, she wants GREAT stories.  She wants a saga.  She wants ahem, EPIC (shudder).

Still there are so many great stories out there!  How do I keep this to (around) five?  Great googly moogly, Led Zepplin could fill out every participant’s list with 5 unique songs.  And then you have Billy.  Is there a Billy Joel song that doesn’t tell a story?

Here are mine….last on the list as usual.  Some how I’m always late when I post at lunch time.  Y’all TMers are CHEATERS I tell ya!  I guess I’m gonna start writing my next Tuesday post right now and wait with bated breath till Jen’s link goes up so I can yell first triumphantly.  I need to get back in with the cool kids.

Anyway, here’s my list and despite the name, I didn’t feature any Oasis (sorry Lance).

What’s the Story Morning Glory?

 

Billy Joel- The Downeaster Alexa

Shall we get Billy out of the way first?  I struggled to pick one, just one, Billy Joel song (hello, Leningrad, Goodnight Saigon, Captain Jack…..Allentown!), but this has always been a favorite of mine.  Tell me a great story about gritty fishermen, their warm hearts, and their families Billy!

Notable lyrics:

So if you see my Downeaster “Alexa”
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trawling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel

 

10,000 Maniacs- Poison in the Well

Natalie Merchant has one of the coolest voices in music ever.  Let’s just go ahead and acknowledge that.  This song used to make me so curious as a kid.  I imagined an actual town with an old fashioned well.  There was someone poisoning the village.  Yeah, it’s just as chilling when taken as a metaphor.

Notable lyrics:

O, they tell us there’s poison in the well, that someone’s been a bit untidy and there’s been a small spill. Not a lot, no, just a drop. But there you are mistaken, you know you are. I wonder just how long they knew our well was poisoned but they let us just drink on.

 

Led Zeppelin- Battle of Evermore

Any song that references Tolkein is epic by definition.

Notable lyrics:

Queen of Light took her bow, And then she turned to go,
The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom, And walked the night alone.

Oh, dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light.
The dark Lord rides in force tonight, And time will tell us all.

Pearl Jam- Jeremy

Yeah, I couldn’t do this list without including some PJ!  I am still reeling from the concert at Voodoo.  When they played this song…..chills.  Such a sad, sad story of abuse and bullying coming to a horrible end.

Notable lyrics:

Daddy didn’t give affection
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

 

The Allman Brothers- Melissa

The song that spawned my name.  I used to HATE hearing this as a kid.  I’d get super embarrassed.  But it is a cool story about a music man on the road who can only be fulfilled by one.

Notable lyrics:

Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah.
The gypsy flies from coast to coast

Knowing many, loving none,
Bearing sorrow havin’ fun,
But back home he’ll always run
To sweet Melissa..

 

Bonus- Lana Del Rey- Gods & Monsters

If you still haven’t checked her out, do yourself a favor.  Talent.  This song is about the recklessness of those in the music industry (drugs, fame, youth, etc.).

Notable lyrics:

In the land of Gods and Monsters
I was an Angel
Living in the garden of evil
Screwed up, scared, doing anything that I needed
Shining like a fiery beacon

 

My Skewed View

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to: Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

Eating:  Leftover potatoes and lima beans

Drinking:  H2O

Random fact:  I saw the Broadway play “Movin’ Out” which was review based on all Billy Joel songs.   It was great!

 

 

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Voodoo Fest Edition (A review, sort of)

I’m baaaaccckkk!  Hot on the heels of another solid trip to NOLA for Voodoo Fest, Jen gives us a free-for-all theme.  Well thanks lady!  This gives me the post space needed to do a quickie review of my experience this past weekend.

Let’s start with a list of the bands I saw and then I’ll give you my favorite song played by some of them.

Pearl Jam– This is going to get an entirely separate post of its own.  Let’s just say that they killed it.  I was in awe the entire time.  Mouth cramps from smiling too hard.

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Nine Inch Nails- Trent Reznor does not age.  Vampire?  This set was so heavy, just like it should be.

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The Cure–  They played all of the songs I wanted to hear except two.  Considering how many albums they have and the fact that I did get to hear one of my favorites that they’d never played live before, I consider it a win.  Also, Robert Smith looks exactly as I expected him to look, like a Tim Burton created old man.  But his voice is still flawless.

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Paramore– This was band I wasn’t really amped to see.  I’ve never been a big fan.  And I actually only intended to check  out a few minutes of their set.  Yeah, I stayed for the entire thing.  Converted fan.  Hayley Williams and her band are the real deal.

The Gaslight Anthem– They rocked it out hard.  Much bigger fan now.

Alkaline Trio– Nice, hard set.

Cults- Meh, descent show but nothing too memorable.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewin– Wow.  I was seriously impressed with their show and stage presence.  This really isn’t my standard musical preference, but they threw a party AND put out positive vibes.  His intro to “Same Love” create a few tears.  Touching.

Youngblood Hawke- High energy.

The Virginmarys– Only caught the tail-end.

Kid Rock– We only stayed for the first 20 minutes of this.  His music tends to all blend together for me. I kept thinking “Wait, didn’t he already play this song?”  And his opening video was a bit preaching and ‘Murica.

Moon Taxi– Some sound problems and the stage lighting was bit annoying.  But they sounded great.  A cover of NIN’s “Closer” got off to a rocky start, but they pulled it together at the end.

Matt & Kim–  Spazzes…in the best way possible.  These guys were all over the place and so much fun to listen to and watch.  Kim is a straight-up maniac!

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Allen Stone–  Magical voice.  This guy is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder.  He has so much soul.  I expect him to blow-up in the coming months.

Robert Delong–  This was the only show I caught on the techno stage.  I must be truly getting old because I didn’t “get” the other bands playing there.  It all sounds like video games on crack to me now.  This guys we checked out because he actually sings (granted with a lot of effects) and plays instruments.  A fun set.  He’s worth checking out for some upbeat stuff that would be great for running or working out.

Here are my favorites:

Pearl Jam- Chloe/Crown of Thorns

I nearly lost my shit when they played this.  Wasn’t expecting it at all.  For those of you who don’t know, this is a Mother Love Bone song.  They were arguably the birth of grunge.  Andrew Wood died just prior to their debut album being released.  I love this damn song so much.  Song cuts in around 2:00.

Nine Inch Nails-  Terrible Lie

I need to note that the guitarist and Daryl Dixon could be twins.

The Cure- Burn

In another, holy shit, am I getting to hear this moment, they played their song from  The Crow soundtrack.  It’d never been played live before.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- Same Love

Tears.  Mary Lambert gave me chills.

Paramore- Brick by Boring Brick

The Gaslight Anthem- 45

Matt & Kim- Let’s Go

Allen Stone- Sleep

This guy is ridiculously talented.  And he was a blast to watch.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  Paramore – Playing God

Eating:  Pasta

Drinking:  Need caffeine.

Random fact:  Pearl Jam has now likely topped my favorite live shows list.  The only possible contender is Foo Fighters.  There are other bands I like more, but these guys know how to put on a live show, deliver unexpected songs, and interact with the crowd.  So many other bands just get up there and play.  That’s great, but I want to feel engaged.  That, to me, is what live music is about!