urgencytobleed: (i put a pearl in the ground)
So, I wanted to make a Halloween mix, an idea that I first tried out on here awhile ago (almost three years ago, what the hell?!?) but wanted to expand to a more CD-filling running time. At first, I was only using songs that had scary/Halloween-y words in the titles but then I ran out of those and focused on songs with a creepy/haunting vibe to them musically and, in the end, both of those groups ended up being pretty equally represented. So it's not exactly strictly Halloween-based anymore but it fits the spirit of the season well anyway. Enjoy the music!

All hail the queen. Still, I've never seen a witch this mean. )
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Song of the Day

Fiona Apple - Oh Well

Fiona Apple is one of the first "good" musicians I started to like - if I hadn't discovered her I would probably be listening to completely different music now, even if most of my current favorites don't sound a thing like her - and I've loved her for so long that I don't listen to her obsessively anymore and she gets kind of overshadowed by things I've started to like more recently. But then, every once in awhile, I'll hear a song on shuffle or watch a video of her performing or something small like that and I'll suddenly realize once again how brilliant she is and it's almost like the first time I heard her. Anyway, Extraordinary Machine is definitely my least favorite Fiona album but it's got a few truly mindblowing songs and this is one of them. I just love the lyrics so much. Possibly my favorite Fiona song of all is "I Know" from When the Pawn... (which is a truly brilliant album through-and-through so if you haven't heard it you should definitely get on that - I'd almost say it's perfect but I don't much care for "The Way Things Are"... ah, whatever, it's perfect anyway) and I think it shares kind of similar sentiment. In Fiona Apple terms, they both have kind of happy endings, or at least only mildly depressing ones - in "Oh Well" she wastes her time on a total loser and spends the whole song telling us how terrible he is only to end on the title words, deciding that it's not such a big deal after all; in "I Know" her man won't leave his other woman but she's being patient and at the end, utters some of the best final lines to a song I've ever heard: "If it gets too late/For me to wait/For you to find you love me and tell me so/It's OK/Don't need to say it". Both of these songs can be construed as either devastatingly sad or slightly uplifting, depending on how you look at them. Anyway, I'm talking too much. Just listen to the song.

P.S. If you're too lazy to go back through the tags and find "I Know", here it is. Because you need this song. It is only one of my favorite songs ever by anyone.
urgencytobleed: (mindy and leighton are so cute)
Here are a few random songs/artists I am loving at the moment. No *NSYNC this time, I promise. ;)

Click for music. )

And also, because I'm feeling generous and because no one is really getting anything out of me keeping them to myself, here are links to some random things I have uploaded in my MediaFire folder - a few albums, some songs. They are all good, I promise, so download whatever you'd like! Remember to change xx to tt for the links to work.

Links. )
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Song of the Day

Okkervil River - On Tour with Zykos

I realize I just posted a song of theirs not that long ago (and I was even too lazy to go find a new picture at that) but I have been insanely obsessed with this one lately. As in, listening to it everyday ten times obsessed. It is so beautiful and... melancholy. And the lyrics, oh my God, the lyrics are amazing. My favorite line: "How come I shout 'goodbye!' when God knows I just want to make this white lie big enough to climb inside with you." And a close second: "I want you to love me or I want you long gone." But the whole thing is just amazing, basically.
And... bonus song! I posted this ages ago when I put up a whole slew of cover songs but the link has been long dead, so I think it's safe to share it again. I don't listen to Fiona Apple much on a regular basis anymore but this song came up on shuffle the other day and I realized how damn good it is. And then I had to listen to it about twenty times. And it's not even her own song. And it's the Beatles which makes it even more impressive that she got it right. Damn, I really wish she would release something new. Across the Universe.

P.S. I know, I know, I said I wasn't going to post about Lydia anymore... but, well, I can't help it. And this is actually helpful to everyone, okay? You can currently get Illuminate in its entirety at Amazon mp3 for only $1.99. Which is an awesome deal if you've been wanting the whole thing but don't care if you have a physical copy of it. The only downside is that you have to be from the US to purchase it... but if you are, go, go, go! I'm not sure how long the price will last but probably not very, so get it while you can.
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Guess what? I finally got another mix done! And in time for Valentine's Day, too! Now, I don't really care about the holiday one way or another, but the general theme of this is "sappy love songs" so it's appropriate to post it at this time. It covers a pretty broad range, since I could only get so far with the 100% in love songs so some are sarcastically romantic ("Fucking Boyfriend", "Marry Me"), some are depressingly romantic ("I Know I Know I Know", "My Invitation", "I Know"), some were chosen simply because their titles seemed to fit (any of them with "heart" or "valentine" in the title), and the rest of them are pure, unabashedly sugary, head-over-heels-in-love songs. So, whether you're going to bask in a lonely depression or spend some time with a special someone, I hope you enjoy this!

Download entire mix (69 MB)
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It's still a month until Christmas but seeing as it is already completely white and miserably cold outside, this seems to be the perfect time to bust out the Christmas tunes anyway! Now, I don't know about you, but most Christmas music annoys me, so aside from a few traditional songs (though performed fantastically, of course) I've tried to mostly include ones that can be easily enjoyed all year 'round. Some are explicitly about Christmas while others are more vaguely winter-y or contain a fleeting mention of Christmas but are just so awesome that it's enough to count. Hopefully, this mix will bring you more enjoyment over the holidays than whatever crappy radio station playing those generic cheesy Christmas songs. As always, below the cut, you can find the tracklisting with links to each individual song or download the entire thing in a ZIP file.

Sew up the bad that you've done - tomorrow Christmas day comes. )
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Oct. 31st, 2007 11:38 am
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Happy Halloween! I was going to make an entire 80-minute mix of Halloween-esque songs but I didn't think of the idea until yesterday and realized that it probably wouldn't be very good if I tried to compile it in such a hurry. So, instead, here are ten songs that sort of evoke a Halloween-y feeling. They aren't really directly related; most of them just give off a creepy/scary/haunting vibe lyrically and/or musically and then there's a few that mention appropriate things like ghosts, coffins, dead people, etc. I don't know many actual Halloween songs and I guess it's better to go with songs you can actually enjoy year-round anyway! Here they are...

We are the living dead, yeah, the living dead! )
urgencytobleed: (ki i wanna fuck it up)
So, I guess it's officially my birthday now. Here are a few (appropriately depressing) songs that mention this joyous occasion.

  • Carissa's Wierd - Heather Rhodes
There will be no tragedies; your lullabies, they are sounding like sirens now. Just like Heather Rhodes when she was seventeen years old, put another cigarette out in the square of my back. Memories might last for years and birthday cakes, they always taste like crap.

  • Fiona Apple - Love Ridden
Love ridden, I've looked at you with the focus I gave to my birthday candles. I've wished on the lidded blue flames under your brow and baby, I wished for you.

  • The Good Life - Your Birthday Present
Do you wonder how I am or whatever became of me? Do you envision my thin face where the beaten go to drink? I didn't want to cut that cord; you sucked the life right out of me. Do you regret choices you've made? I guess I was a mistake. I guess I'm your big mistake. Well, happy birthday anyway.

  • Sondre Lerche - Happy Birthday Girl
I know it may take some time to get this day off your mind.

  • Tori Amos - Pretty Good Year
Greg, he writes letters with his birthday pen. Sometimes he's aware that they're drawing him in.
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So, the past few days, I've been working on making a mix of songs that are extremely personal to me and I think I've finally got it as good as it'll get. This is different from my usual themed playlists because I tried to make it as if it's an actual mix CD, so it's about 80 minutes worth of music and I tried to organize the songs in a way that made sense thematically and sounded good. I'm no expert at that, though. Since it's meant to be listened to in a specific order, I've uploaded the whole thing as a ZIP file but seeing as I've posted quite a few of these songs in the past, I've also uploaded them all individually if you prefer that. The only difference is that the ZIP contains an instrumental song as the first track because I think it works well as an intro. I didn't upload that one on its own because it's not as important as the other tracks plus it's a Shannon Wright song and I've had stuff by her reported and removed from my Box.net account in the past and didn't want to risk it again. Most of these songs are terribly depressing, so it goes... it seems to be easier to find songs that describe me when I'm depressed than when I'm happy. Alright, enough talk. Below the cut are links to each individual song as well as relevant lyrics from them and below that is the link to download the entire mix. Enjoy! (Oh yeah... I promise it's a complete coincidence that two of the songs have nearly identical titles.)

I'm ready to go... )
Download entire mix (69 MB)
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Fiona Apple

After not listening to her much for awhile, I've been completely obsessed with Fiona again lately, especially When the Pawn which is about as perfect as an album can get. So, to celebrate how totally fucking amazing she is, here are a few songs...


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