VALENTINE’S DAY MIX #3: FOR SAD MEN

This is my favorite mix.

PFU #003

USE: Dealing with Heartbreak – Depression and Bargaining Stages. For Him.

  1. James Brown – Goodbye My Love, Parts 1 & 2
  2. Peter, Bjorn, and John – The Chills
  3. Al Green – Don’t Hurt Me No More
  4. Willie Nelson – Both Sides Now
  5. Chuck Berry – Wee Wee Hours
  6. The Walkmen – Many Rivers To Cross
  7. Johnny Thunders – You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory
  8. Elvis Presley – That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
  9. The White Stripes – A Martyr For My Love For You
  10. Little Stevie Wonder – Sunset
  11. Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki
  12. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Sympathetic Noose
  13. Pavement – Here
  14. Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home
  15. Waylon Jennings – Delia’s Gone
  16. Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning
  17. The Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Want To Get Over You
  18. Otis Redding – You Don’t Miss Your Water
  19. Neil Young – Heart of Gold
  20. The Make-Up – Time Machine
  21. LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great

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Winners! PFU’s Best of 2010

 

Yes, I know. This blog is supposed to focus on specific practical uses for music. However, this year was, in my opinion, one of the better years for music in quite a while. That moment when you get a new record and it’s so good you can only to feel happy to be alive. I had that feeling a lot this year. I felt that a look back at some of my favorite tracks would be a solid enough use to warrant a post. Keep in mind this is not a music review. I’m not try to say: “given the state of music today I feel that these tracks are the most relev-“. No. No, I am not. Honestly, I kind of hate that sort of thing. These are just some of the songs that made me happy, in a year when new music made me happier than most year in recent memory.  We are all at strange whims to music, and when people go against those natural urges to be “thorough” or “hip”,  it’s just silly. I know I probably missed several great releases and they will be conspicuously absent to some, but…I don’t get paid to do that. Feel free to alert me of some great tracks on your own list. I hope you enjoy the great songs I was lucky enough to catch this year. There are way too many, and they are in no particular ranking. I’ve left the album info on the files so you can find the albums easier in case there is something unknown that you really like. Go and buy it.

PFU #014: The Best of 2010 [Pt. 1]

USE: Reflecting on a great year of music.

  1. Anti-Pop Consortium – Volcano [Four Tet Remix]
  2. Boyz IV Men – Garbaggio
  3. The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
  4. Sunol – Save Me A Place [Fleetwood Mac Cover]
  5. Freddie Gibbs – National Anthem (Fuck The World)
  6. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
  7. The Strange Boys – Be Brave
  8. Angelina Lucero  – I’m On Fire [Springsteen Cover]
  9. Glass Candy – Feeling Without Touching
  10. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
  11. David Cross – I Can’t Get Beer In Me
  12. Tobacco – Fresh Hex [ft. Beck]
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Revolution’s A Lie
  14. Daft Punk – End of Line
  15. Tame Impala – I Don’t Really Mind
  16. Class Actress – Terminally Chill [Neon Indian Cover]
  17. Sonny & the Sunsets – Too Young to Burn
  18. The Roots – How I Got Over [ft. Dice Raw]
  19. Cults – Go Outside
  20. Caribou – Sun
  21. Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied
  22. Yeasayer – O.N.E. [Glasnost Remix]
  23. She & Him – Gonna Get Along Without You Now [Skeeter Davis Cover]
  24. The Magnetic Fields – You Must Be Out of Your Mind
  25. New Young Pony Club – The Optimist
  26. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  27. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – River Styx
  28. Röyksopp – Forsaken Cowboy
  29. Antoine Dodson & The Gregory Brothers – Bed Intruder Song

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PFU #015: The Best of 2010 [Pt. 2]

  1. Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
  2. Kid CuDi [ft. LCD Soundsystem, Chip Tha Ripper, & Christian Bale] – All Talk
  3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
  4. Proxy [Todd Buker] – In Just [Demo] [ft. Jason Williamson]
  5. Kanye West – Power [ft. Dwele]
  6. Thee Oh Sees – Mega-Feast
  7. Vandertramp – Step Into My Arms [Demo Mixdown #1]
  8. Wild Nothing – Gemini
  9. Of Montreal – Famine Affair
  10. White Fence – The Love Between
  11. Girl Talk – Let It Out
  12. Destroyer – Chinatown
  13. Amon Tobin – Hey Mr. Tree
  14. Bonobo – Kong
  15. Boyz IV Men – Trance Armstrong
  16. Das Racist – Rapping 2 U [ft. Lakutis]
  17. The Hood Internet – Nuthin’ But A Journal Thang [Dr. Dre vs Class Actress]
  18. Lykke Li – Get Some
  19. LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit [Soulwax Remix]
  20. PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead
  21. The Drums – The Future
  22. Dan Auerbach – The Prowl
  23. El Guincho – Bombay
  24. Chromeo – Hot Mess
  25. Midnight Juggernauts – Lara Versus The Savage Pack
  26. Miike Snow – Animal [Mark Ronson Extended Dub Remix]
  27. Twista – The Heat [ft. Raekwon]
  28. Louis C.K. – Cell Phones and Flying

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PFU #016 – The Best of 2010 [Pt. 3]

  1. Jose Gonzales [Junip] – Rope and Summit
  2. The Chemical Brothers – K+D+B
  3. Hot Chip – Hand Me Down Your Love
  4. Girl Talk – Jump on Stage
  5. Daft Punk – Derezzed
  6. Cut Copy – Where I’m Going
  7. Janelle Monбe – 57821 [ft. Deep Cotton]
  8. Caribou – Odessa
  9. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
  10. MGMT – Congratulations
  11. New Young Pony Club – Lost A Girl
  12. Crystal Castles – Not In Love [ft. Robert Smith]
  13. Ratatat – Neckbrace
  14. Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab
  15. DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. – Romerex [Dance Theme]
  16. The Black Keys – Sinister Kid
  17. Best Coast – Crazy For You
  18. Baths – Aminals
  19. New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together)
  20. Ty Segall – Girlfriend
  21. Surfer Blood – Harmonix
  22. The Fresh and Onlys – Waterfall
  23. Deerhunter – Helicopter
  24. Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
  25. The Gaslamp Killer – Monsterfromtheunderground
  26. DJ Shadow – Def Surrounds Us

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PFU #017 – The Best of 2010 [Pt. 4]

  1. Brian Eno – 2 Forms of Anger
  2. Beck’s Record Club – Devil Inside
  3. Gonja Sufi – DedNd
  4. Gil Scott-Heron – Me And The Devil
  5. Girls – Thee Oh So Protective One
  6. Scissor Sisters – Running Out
  7. Twin Sister – Lady Daydream
  8. Sunol – Headlands
  9. The Walkmen – While I Shovel The Snow
  10. Band of Horses – Factory
  11. Uffie – Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans
  12. The Art Museums – Oh Modern Girls
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Beverly Kills
  14. Crocodiles – Flash Of Light
  15. Nice Face – Nobody’s Dead Here
  16. Japanther – Surfin’ Coffin
  17. La Roux – Bulletproof [Glasnost Remix]
  18. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  19. The Strange Boys – Night Might
  20. David Cross – The One Show About Drugs and Stuff
  21. Lemonade – Lifted
  22. The Clientele – As The World Rises And Falls
  23. Marnie Stern – Nothing Left
  24. Javelin – Vibrationz [Album Version]
  25. Ceo – Come With Me
  26. Toro Y Moi – Blessa
  27. Jacuzzi Boys – Bricks or Coconuts
  28. Beach House – Silver Soul

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PFU #018 – Best of 2010 [Pt. 5]

  1. Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Lovesick
  2. Spoon – Got Nuffin’
  3. Miike Snow – Billie Holiday
  4. Das Racist – You Outta Know
  5. M.I.A. – Born Free
  6. The Vaselines – Sex With An X
  7. Ducktails – Don’t Make Plans
  8. Deerhunter – Revival
  9. Wolf Parade – Little Golden Age
  10. The Morning Benders – Promises
  11. Dr. Dre – Forgot About Dre [ft. Eminem] [Tape Bros. Remix]
  12. PS I Love You – Facelove
  13. Wavves – Idiot
  14. Crooked Fingers – Black Rose
  15. Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa
  16. Foals – Total Life Forever
  17. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Trick Pony
  18. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
  19. Arcade Fire – Month of May
  20. Holy Fuck – SHT MTN
  21. Smith Westerns – Weekend
  22. DOM – Jesus
  23. Kanye West – Good Friday [ft. Common, Pusha T, & KiD CuDi]
  24. Caribou – Bowls
  25. Daft Punk – Fragile
  26. Abe Vigoda – Beverly Slope
  27. Curren$y – Breakfast
  28. Forest Swords – Rattling Cage
  29. Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
  30. Blackbird Blackbird – Heartbeat
  31. Lætitia Sadier – Summertime
  32. LCD Soundsystem – Home

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Sadgasm. The Heartbreak Anthology: Part 3

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Good Evening. Let’s Get Sad. To that place where someone leaves you and advice and logic are useless. The mind usually leaps into a mode to fix its own imbalance as quickly as possible. This, of course, is usually the worst sort of reaction because heartbreak isn’t commonly a quick fix. Even if there is hope for a relationship most often there is a sizeable amount of arduous time apart required to recalibrate yourself and then properly recognize, accept, and mend the toxic elements that brought everything down. That’s if you’re lucky.

This mix is for men, and a woman’s mix will be following shortly. However, I think they all the sadness mixes will work for both sexes, much more than the anger mixes. Sadness usually makes us be a bit more accepting of another point of view because, well, we want everything to be ok.

I think that the brain has a hard time suddenly losing what it had come to assume was an essential element, no matter the amount of clues beforehand. The natural human reaction to say or do anything to solve a long view problem overnight (like a rotten relationship) eventually reminds us all that we, despite our quasi-sophistication, cannot escape becoming very irrational and dishonest with ourselves at our core.  This is a generalization, but seeing how most cultures defend this behavior in art, music, etc. as an inescapable defining human characteristic, I’d say its close enough to declare embedded in us. I don’t think we can evolve out of it. So…here’s what we get back for all of that intractable self destruction and pain.

Some of these songs are by the people who “cause” this sadness and the rest were written by really, really desperate and devastated people at their most irrational and broken. They’re so fucking good.

 PFU MIX #003

USE: Dealing with Heartbreak – Depression and Bargaining Stages. For Him.

 
 
  1. James Brown – Goodbye My Love, Parts 1 & 2
  2. Peter, Bjorn, and John – The Chills
  3. Al Green – Don’t Hurt Me No More
  4. Willie Nelson – Both Sides Now
  5. The Walkmen – Many Rivers To Cross
  6. Chuck Berry – Wee Wee Hours
  7. Johnny Thunders – You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory
  8. Elvis Presley – That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
  9. The White Stripes – A Martyr For My Love For You
  10. Little Stevie Wonder – Sunset
  11. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Sympathetic Noose
  12. Sammy Ward – Bread Winner
  13. Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki
  14. Pavement – Here
  15. Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home
  16. Waylon Jennings – Delia’s Gone
  17. Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning
  18. The Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Want To Get Over You
  19. Otis Redding – You Don’t Miss Your Water
  20. Neil Young – Heart of Gold
  21. The Make-Up – Time Machine
  22. LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great

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