tags: #ORT2012, Amy Millan, Beck, Chuck Berry, Cuff The Duke, Dan Mangan, Elvis Costello, Fiona Apple, Future Bible Heroes, Hortense Ellis, James Taylor, Local Rabbits, Odds, Sleater-Kinney, Sloan, Stereolab, Stevie Wonder, Telekinesis, The Apples In Stereo, The Beatles, The Corin Tucker Band, The Everly Brothers, The Flashing Lights, The Muppets, The Ride Theory
On Friday after work, Joseph, Helen, Emily and I all piled into Caroline (my car), and headed east along to 401. From Toronto to Ottawa. Since Ottawa is approximately five hours away (though that’s not counting rush hour traffic), I divided that in four, and we each had 75 minutes to fill with music. Each way… here’s my play list for going east.
- Movin’ Right Along – The Muppets
Had to start with this as soon as I saw it. Nothing says “road trip” better than this song.
- Maybellene – Chuck Berry
Catchy, popular, and a song about driving a car. Thought this to be appropriate.
- Doris Daytheearthstoodstill – Future Bible Heroes
Helen told me that most of her CDs are showtunes and Doris Day, so immediately my mind went to Doris Daytheearthstoodstill.
- You Turn Clear in the Sun – Telekinesis
- The Ballad Of Poor John Henry – Cuff The Duke
We need some country.
- Mystery Dance – Elvis Costello
As Allegra would say, “Play the hits!” I mostly wanted catchy pop songs, and this is a great choice for that.
- Fast As You Can – Fiona Apple
This is again, catchy, and was a huge hit when we were all teenagers. Perfect for this group, I hope.
- Cybele’s Reverie – Stereolab
C’est en français, and we’re going to Ottawa, that seems appropriate.
- Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor
Something a bit more mellow, and Taylor’s early material was quite Beatley, and who doesn’t love Beatley?
- My Girl June – The Ride Theory
Speaking of Beatley, this song is SUPER-Beatley, and fuckin’ awesome.
- Back In The USSR – The Beatles
And how about the Beatles? Again, playing the hits.
- Someone Who’s Cool – Odds
And what bigger hit is there than “Someone Who’s Cool?”
- Jumpers – Sleater-Kinney
Perfect example of pop-perfection
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Again, hits… and this song is absolutely undeniably brilliant. I imagine everyone will dig it.
- Never Had To Fight – Local Rabbits
Why not play the blog’s namesake? I’m sure Emily likes the Local Rabbits. I know she owns one of their 7″ records.
- Doubt – The Corin Tucker Band
Probably the best song on her solo record, and it’s good enough to be a Sleater-Kinney track
- Cry Together – Hortense Ellis
Bring us a bit down, but beautiful.
- Lord Only Knows – Beck
Get back to the country, and back to 90s. I absolutely love the transition from Cry Together to this. Also, “Going back to Houston, do the hot dog dance, going back to Houston to get me some pants.”
- Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers
Keeping it slow.
- Snowsuit Sound – Sloan
Again, more hits. Though not a single, still a fan almost everyone of my generation is quite familiar with. We’re not getting much faster, but getting heavier after Cathy’s Clown. I know at least Emily will know the song.
- Where The Change Is – The Flashing Lights
Speaking of Emily, when I first met her, we spent some time discussing our love for The Flashing Lights. Now here’s a song with a quick beat.
- Radio Sweetheart – Elvis Costello
I absolutely love the pedal steel on this song.
- Sunndal Song -The Apples In Stereo
I have a strange love for Hilarie’s Apples in Stereo songs. She’s pretty good at writing good pop songs, and the band has lost something since she left the band.
- Tina’s Glorious Comeback – Dan Mangan
I thought about going for one of Mangan’s more lively songs, but there’s just something about this tune that is unmatched by anything else he’s done.
- I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Amy Millan
I think everyone by now knows the Death Cab For Cutie original. I never heard it until after I had heard Amy Millan’s cover, and absolutely love this version. While I don’t like Millan’s other outings, I absolutely adore her solo records. I thought this was a good way to end the mix.
7/25 songs feature lady vocalists, slightly poor showing.
Only one song features non-human vocalists (a frog and a bear).
8/25 songs are CanCon, again poor showing.
11/25 are from ’90s bands, or their future solo efforts… can you tell when I was a teenager?