December Playlist

December 27, 2013

I was very fortunate to see a lot of great live music in 2013. I got off to a hot start in January with Muse and ended strong with Stevie Wonder in December. For my final playlist of 2013, each track represents an artist I got to see live this year (in chronological order). Enjoy and Happy New Year!

  1. Knights of Cydonia – Muse
  2. The Funeral – Band of Horses
  3. What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
  4. Sleep – Allen Stone
  5. Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
  6. Entertainment – Phoenix
  7. Retrograde – James Blake
  8. Holiday – Vampire Weekend
  9. Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Pepper
  10. She Don’t Have To Know – John Legend
  11. Cryin’ – Aerosmith
  12. Tom Ford – Jay Z
  13. Take Back The Night – Justin Timberlake
  14. Wake Me Up – Avicci & Aloe Blacc
  15. I’m On A Boat – The Lonely Island
  16. Wonderboy – Tenacious D
  17. Backseat Freestyle – Kendrick Lamar
  18. Bound 2 – Kanye West
  19. Sally’s Song – Danny Elfman (as performed by Fiona Apple)
  20. Violence – Blink 182
  21. As – Stevie Wonder

November Playlist: Holiday Season

December 3, 2013

November’s playlist is one that you can play the entire month of December. Happy Holidays!

  1. Santa’s Lost His Mojo – Jeremy Lister
  2. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Bruce Springsteen
  3. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  4. Christmas Is All Around – Billy Mack
  5. Christmas/Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  6. The Nutcracker Suite – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  7. I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey
  8. The Chipmunk Song – Alvin & The Chipmunks
  9. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  10. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  11. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon
  12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Weezer
  13. Goyim Friends – The LeeVees

October Playlist: Halloween Time

October 29, 2013

This month’s playlist is dedicated to setting the mood for Halloween time. All of these songs have a spooky, creepy, eerie feeling to them. Perfect leading up to Halloween.

  1. Intro – The xx
  2. Welcome to the Machine – Pink Floyd
  3. The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning – Smashing Pumpkins
  4. Lucky – Radiohead
  5. People Are Strange – The Doors
  6. Coldest Winter – Kanye West
  7. The 2nd Law (Unsustainable) – Muse
  8. Helena – My Chemical Romance
  9. Revolution 9 – The Beatles
  10. Bike – Pink Floyd
  11. Thriller – Michael Jackson (ft. one of the most influential music videos of all time)
  12. I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  13. Halloween Spooks - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Happy Halloween, everyone!


September Playlist: Summer’s Most Played

September 26, 2013

This month’s playlist includes the songs that I have listened to the most over the summer (according to iTunes “Plays” filter). The only qualification is that the song had to have been released from March – August 2013. There are some songs that are repeats from previous playlists.

  1. Holy Grail – Jay Z (ft Justin Timberlake)
  2. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke (ft T.I. & Pharrell)
  3. Get Lucky – Daft Punk (ft Pharrell)
  4. Who Did That To You? – John Legend
  5. Tom Ford – Jay Z
  6. Jolene – The White Stripes
  7. Back To Black – Beyonce & Andre 3000
  8. Somewhere In America – Jay Z
  9. BBC – Jay Z (ft Nas, Pharrell, & Timbaland)
  10. Black Skinhead – Kanye West
  11. Walk – Foo Fighters
  12. Vehicle – Ides of March
  13. Bound 2 – Kanye West (ft Charlie Wilson)
  14. Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford & Sons (w/ The Best Music Video Of All Time)

August Playlist: Mash-Ups

August 27, 2013

Tired of the same old song? Looking to listen to something new? That’s what mash-ups are for.

  1. Ignition (1901 Remix) – R. Kelly & Phoenix
  2. Sloop John Bonham – The Beach Boys & Led Zeppelin
  3. Drake & Diane – Drake & John Mellencamp
  4. Crazy Little Thing Called Rehab – Amy Winehouse & Queen
  5. Hello Brooklyn – Jay Z & Marvin Gaye
  6. Cry Me A Superman – Eminem & Justin Timberlake
  7. Gettin’ Lucky Wit It – Daft Punk & Will Smith
  8. Red Hot Chilipop – Red Hot Chili Peppers & Lil Wayne
  9. 7 Nation Teen Spirit – The White Stripes & Nirvana
  10. Juicy In The USA  - The Notorious B.I.G & Miley Cyrus
  11. Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay Z & The Verve
  12. Fat Bottom Girls Come Together – Queen & The Beatles
  13. Troublemaker, You Drive Me Crazy – Olly Murs & Britney Spears
  14. Suit & Treasure – Justin Timberlake & Bruno Mars
  15. I Wanna Blur Some Lines – Whitney Houston & Robin Thicke
  16. Stayin’ Hot – The Bee Gees & Nelly

Alex’s All-Childhood Team

August 10, 2013

For one day in 2013, 90s baseball was alive and well. Ken Griffey Jr was honored in Seattle, while Hideo Nomo, Eric Karros, and Tommy Lasorda shared a laugh pre-game in Los Angeles. All this got me thinking, what would my All-Childhood Team roster look like? Of course, it’d be a bit biased towards Dodgers. But besides that, who would it be? So here we go. This is strictly based on how I will remember baseball during my childhood, who I followed, and players who, to this day, stand out in my memory. 25 man roster.

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Catcher - Mike Piazza

1st Base - Eric Karros

2nd Base - Craig Biggio

Shortstop - Derek Jeter

3rd Base - Chipper Jones

Outfield - Ken Griffey Jr, Tim Salmon, Shawn Green

Starting Pitching - Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Hideo Nomo, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz

Relief Pitching - Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Eric Gagne, Troy Percival

Bench - Cal Ripkin Jr, Tony Gwynn, Todd Helton, Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Raul Mondesi, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra

Manager - Tommy Lasorda

These players couldn’t make the 25 man roster, but they deserve a shout-out.

Honorable Mention: Eric Young, Chan Ho Park, Tim Wakefield, David Wells, Mark McGwire, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Larry Walker, Tom Glavine, Mark Grace

Not mentioned above, but worth mentioning just because 13 year old Alex thought they were awesome…these guys:
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July Playlist: Summer Mix

July 24, 2013

We’re in the dog days of summer, so this month’s playlist is a collection of songs you can listen to while you take a drive or relax by the pool/beach (or imagine you are). These songs are either about summer or just remind me of summer.

  1. Saturday In The Park – Chicago
  2. Hot Fun In the Summertime – Sly & The Family Stone
  3. Waterslide – The Bonedaddys
  4. Heaven – Los Lonely Boys
  5. I Get Around – The Beach Boys
  6. Through with You – Maroon 5
  7. Absolutely (Story of a Girl) – Nine Days
  8. In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry
  9. Summer Girls – LFO
  10. Corona and Lime – Shwayze
  11. Flake – Jack Johnson
  12. Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  13. Make Some Noise – Beastie Boys (BONUS: Great song. Better video)
  14. Summer Love – Justin Timberlake
  15. Summer In the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  16. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) – The Rolling Stones
  17. Stay With Me – Rod Stewart & The Faces
  18. The Song Remains The Same – Led Zeppelin
  19. Hot Summer Night – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 
  20. Life In The Fast Lane – The Eagles

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