Semi-Obscure Pop/Rock Playlist #2

You like music? So do I. Use your savvy non-braindead skills to seek out these tunes…

1. Charli XCX – “Stay Away.” Charlotte Aitchison’s “Stay Away” baffles me for the fact that it isn’t a hit song that started slowly (like “Somebody That I Used To Know” or “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and ended big, with radio success and the artist on SNL. It’s got that 90’s feel, meets The Knife or something Lovefoxxx-approved, from Drive.

2. Santigold – “Go!” Feat. Karen O. Master of My Make-Believe, the latest from Santi White is everything you could want from a sophomore album. It’s different but not so different that you have trouble identifying and all the songs are top-notch experimental frenzies, everything M.I.A. wishes she’d done with MAYA.  Continue reading “Semi-Obscure Pop/Rock Playlist #2”

Britney Spears’ Favorite Songs Of The 80s

Britney Spears Tweeted that she was thrilled with the new Vevo setup and that she had made her own personal list of favorite 80s songs including vanilla classics like “Billie Jean” and “Straight Up.”

1. Salt-N-Pepa – “Push it”
2. Robert Palmer – “Addicted To Love”
3. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
4. Kim Carnes – “Bette Davis Eyes”
5. Duran Duran – “Hungry Like The Wolf”
6. Dan Hartman – “I Can Dream About You”
7. Corey Hart – “Sunglasses At Night”
8. Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”
9. Paula Abdul – “Straight Up”

VERY weirded out that there’s no Madonna on here since she always used to list her as an all-time favorite. Oh well. Who’s interested in hearing Britney sing snippets of ALL these songs? Just me?

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Semi-Obscure Pop Playlist #1 (Oooh Girl)

I’m assuming you all like pop music? And I’m guessing you’re sick of what’s on the radio so I thought I’d type up a quick list of uber pulpy organic juice for your sad ginger winter skin to soak up.

1. Nicola Roberts – “I.” Former Girls Aloud member gone Lily Allen solo, but 100% higher (pitched) and 200% more annoyed at England’s paparazzi.

3. Dev – “Take Her From You.” Pregnant “In The Dark” pop star + pro-bodybag dragger.

4. Natalia Kills – “Love Is Suicide.” Most underrated “Perfectionist” pop of 2010, 12 and 13.

5. Grimes – “Oblivion.” Circumambient Canadian helium/Rooney Mara-bangs expert Claire Boucher.

6. Lights – “Toes.” “Best New Artist” Juno-winner Valerie Anne Poxleitner.

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Did Steve Jobs Disapprove Of Contemporary Music?

According to his iPod selection (it was dissected in his new biography, by Walter Isaacson) and several quotes, Steve Jobs was not that interested in today’s musical stylings. He much preferred 60’s and 70’s music.

Bob Dylan was by far his favorite musician (his iPod contained 21 Dylan albums) who he also looked up to, someone he may have learned “constant innovation” from.

So if innovation is what kept Apple alive through the years, can we attribute the company’s success to Bob Dylan? No, not completely. But it’s still intriguing.

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Download: Summer’s End Reggae Mixtape

I hate to say “end of summer,” but it really is almost over. School supplies are being advertised and the only perk is that I won’t die of heat exhaust (even in Oregon) and all the little twerps will be back in school.

I’ve compiled a playlist of all my favorite reggae songs, from the 60’s to the 90’s, originating from Jamaica, Africa and even France.

Reggae is universal, especially for people my age (and older) and one of the most fitting sound of summer besides relentless pop music.

Download: Summer’s End Reggae Mixtape (zipped folder, 121 MB)

Complete tracklist after the jump…

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