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Old 03-28-2011, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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post a playlist of the top ten songs that fuel your continued love for music, the most incredible songs you've ever heard.
any genre, any artist, any album.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Kandi - One EskimO
Flowers in December - Mazzy Star
You Make it Real - James Morrison
She's Only Happy in The Sun - Ben Harper (he does this one the best.)
Sly - The Cat Empire
Sleeping Sickness - City and Colour
Sideways - Citizen Cope
He Lays in the Reins - Iron and Wine
Today - Joshua Radin
Samson - Regina Spektor



my favs for sure.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Since I was in high school, I'd periodically make playlists entitled Infinite Songs, inspired by my reading of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower in my youth. One thing that always stuck with me was Charlie's mentioning of "infinite" songs, and I always made mixes which I believe resulted in that same sort of feeling. I made one a few days ago, actually, and I feel that my "infinite" songs are definitely "soul completion" songs.

1.) Dave Matthews Band - Everyday

All through high school, I really didn't like Dave Matthews Band. I did, however, like this one song. Lately, I've been using the album to actually give DMB a second chance. This song really is lovely - there's something about the chorus which makes chills run up and down my arms. Also, the transition into the bridge is, to me, quite beautiful and really pulls at something inside. Instrumentally, it's not the absolute most brilliant, but it is quite effective.

2.) Esben and the Witch - Marching Song

I was almost taken aback at how strong an emotional response this song elicited from me. It's dark, but I can't help but hang on every word, feel every drumbeat. It's gotten a lot of plays from me in the past few days. Wonderful, wonderful song - and something I definitely connect with.

3.) The Mountain Goats - No Children

One of the most soul-wrenchingly painful songs for me to listen to, but it seems like I can't stop myself from turning to it at least once a day. Minimal, easy instrumentals, and lyrics that really ache. Damn near perfect.

4.) Jeremy Messersmith - A Girl, A Boy, And A Graveyard

A friend recommended I listen to Jeremy Messersmith a few months ago. This song immediately stood out to me as being almost perfect. It's melancholy, but it's kind of hopeful. Tragic. Beautiful.

5.) Phish - Horn

A lot of this has to do with the solo - one of the prettiest guitar bits I've heard in my life. Every piece of this song, a shorter composition for the band, is perfect. Just...perfect. It's really hard to articulate precisely what the music in this song makes me feel, but it makes me feel it beyond anything else. It's quite overwhelming. I have definitely cried listening to this song at least a dozen times.

6.) Tim Buckley - Hallucinations

Buckley's voice, the lyrics, and the absolutely perfect music for the song make this one of the greatest songs I can ever dream of hearing. Definitely more in the "freak-folk", "psych-folk" genre, but it doesn't feel as artificial and "psychedelic for psychedelic's sake" as a lot of the other songs in the genre. Truly a superb work.

7.) Soft Machine - All White

I cannot even count the amount of mixes I've put this song on. There's just something about it that is indescribably wonderful to me. The mood, precise placement of all sounds. Just a top notch track.

8.) Queen - The Prophet's Song

Probably my all time favorite Queen song. It gives me chills every single time I hear it. Very perfect. Mercury's voice, the music, the bizarre (yet wholly fitting) vocal interlude. I've never gotten tired of this song, and I have listened to it on a regular basis since I was in high school.

9.) Regina Spektor - Oedipus

In my opinion, the perfect Regina Spektor song. It doesn't get repetitive or boring, has a wonderful story, and is vocally flawless. The melody lines are also lovely. It's just one of those songs that I was immediately drawn to.

10.) Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

People can say how overrated this song is all day, but that won't make me love it any less. It seems to describe my entire point in life at the present moment precisely. It's kind of a universal feeling, I'd imagine, but it feels so personal somehow. Very special song to me, from the first time I heard it.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Top 10 songs? Alright I'll have a go at this, and I'll probably hate my list right after I'm done. In no specific order, and only one per band to make it more interesting:

Radiohead - In Limbo


Pixies - The Happening


Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)


Led Zeppelin - Over the Hills and Far Away


Moby - Porcelain


R.E.M. - E-Bow The Letter


The Tea Party - Sister Awake


The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon


Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart


Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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These songs are among my absolute favorites for different reasons, but they all share the fact that they appeal for a deeper reason than simply sounding pleasing to my ears, i.e. lyrical content, invoking a specific emotion, etc. And I tried to stick to music that was unique and creative in an exciting way, as these are finds that inspire me to continue absorbing music like a sponge. Some new and some old, and no particular order.

Lali Puna - Faking the Books



Lyrics appealed to me a lot at one time when I was struggling to find some sort of meaning in what was going on around me and really figure out who I am through a haze of drugs.

American Music Club - Another Morning



Mmm... just beautiful.

Bill Evans Trio - Alice in Wonderland



Probably my favorite jazz song, this just carries me away.

Railcars - Bohemia Without a Sea



I love the oddly surreal, upbeat quality I find in this music. Like a happy albeit chaotic dream.

Noise Addict - It Was Never About the Audience



I doubt that anyone in the world shares my feelings here, but I ****ing love this entire album. Simple, quickly recorded, and upbeat, but he manages to capture the innocence that he held 16 years before, from a more mature and traveled perspective. This is music stripped down to the best elements... the fun of jamming with old friends, joking around, and it's got good straightforward lyrics as well, no deeper meaning or anything to try to decipher.

Parts & Labor - Fractured Skies



I just love the way the blend beeps and blips and crushing distortion into something so melodic...

The Sight Below - Murmur



Great release from one of my favorite labels. They wash down down music with reverb and soft drone to make some very chill and fantastic music.

Weezer - Memories



Just takes me back. I know it's cliche and all, I just can't help it. I spent my life from elementary school through high school raised on Bam and the crew, and it really reminds me of a lot of good times, friends that have passed on or that I only get to see once in a while, and so on.

The Cure - Fascination Street (Extended Remix)



I just love this song. One of the first records I ever bought.

Flying Saucer Attack - My Dreaming Hill



Does music get any better than this? Great riffs, crunching distortion, and an absolutely timeless feel. True pioneers, them.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Since I was in high school, I'd periodically make playlists entitled Infinite Songs, inspired by my reading of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower in my youth. One thing that always stuck with me was Charlie's mentioning of "infinite" songs, and I always made mixes which I believe resulted in that same sort of feeling. I made one a few days ago, actually, and I feel that my "infinite" songs are definitely "soul completion" songs.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower was one of the most incredible books I have ever read. Also, love love love the Jeremy Messersmith song A girl, A boy and A graveyard. I often find that when I create playlists like these, the process is similar to that of therapy.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The Perks of Being A Wallflower was one of the most incredible books I have ever read. Also, love love love the Jeremy Messersmith song A girl, A boy and A graveyard. I often find that when I create playlists like these, the process is similar to that of therapy.
Just listened to it for the first time fantastic song!
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Just listened to it for the first time fantastic song!
its the beautiful thing about MB. I've learned of so many fantastic artists, albums and songs by just being apart of this community.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeh it seems like a goldmine for new things to listen to.
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