1. Your Favorite Album Opener
2. A Song About Animals
3. A Song That Makes You Want To Commit A Felony
4. A Song About Sex
5. A Song Michael Bolton Should Cover
6. The Worst Song In The World
7. Wildcard: Your Guilty Pleasure
8. If Snoop Dogg's 'Doggystyle' Came Out In 1944
9. A Song < 2:00
10. A Remix Better Than The Original
11. A Song From The Last Record You Purchased
12. A Song That References Video Games
13. A Song With A Swear Word In The Title
14. The Song That Got You Through High School
15. Your Favorite Album Closer
1. "The Greatest" - Cat Power (from The Greatest)
I thought this was a supremely challenging decision, since there are many openers I think entirely set the tone for a wonderful album. However, Chan Marshall wins this one for her soulful telling of, well, a fall from ill/del-usions of success. Her voice is smooth and rich, and it will always be my favourite on the album.
2. "Wild Packs of Family Dogs" - Modest Mouse (from The Moon and Antactica)
This death ballad is just different enough from MM's other songs to please me every time I hear it. As this is a mix tape, I also think Brock's rasp is a nice accompaniment and follow-up to the sultry coo of Marshall.
3. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" - Danger Mouse (from The Grey Album)
To me, this mash-up is heaven; Jay-Z and The Beatles complement each other so well, it's near (if not real) genius. Danger, you must be some sort of demi-god. Also, maybe I owe to this an explanation of what felony I'm committing. It makes me want to illegally sample The Beatles too!
4. "Evening on the Ground (Lillith's Song)" - Iron & Wine (from Woman King EP)
Nothing like a little Biblical transgression every now and again. Though not strictly about sex, "Evening on the Ground" tells the story of Lillith, who was Adam's first partner in Eden. Unlike Eve, however, she became Adam's equal, and was expelled when she refused to submit to his bidding. Of course I appreciate a little feminine power, and Sam Beam tearing away with an electric guitar is something that you have to hear to truly appreciate. Also, the snarl of We were born to fuck each other / One way or another is a refrain worth recounting.
5. "One Last "Whoo-hoo!" For The Pullman" - Sufjan Stevens (from Come On! Feel the Illinoise)
0:08. Need I say more?
6. "Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus
It was the first thing that came to mind, and there is absolutely no way I want this played with the rest of my mix. The end.
7. "Don't Matter" - Akon
Lame music, bad grammar, hot guy. Which part isn't guilty?
8. "Don't Fence Me In" - Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Don't fence me in with missionary position. Let me do it Doggystyle.
9. "Building Skyscrapers in the Basement" - Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (from Hearts of Oak)
Short but sweet and displays Ted's talent well. The music is eerie and I like the line I know some things I'd rather not / Like the time ahead is all the time you've got.
10. "Sea Lion Woman (Chromeo Remix)" - Feist
While Leslie Feist has my heart with her husky voice and soulful delivery, this remix actually makes me want to get up and dance. And dance and dance and dance. The beats don't mask her great voice at all, just draw attention to different parts of the song.
11. "Werewolf" - CocoRosie (from The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn)
I found these sisters by recommendation from my brother. I guess they count as 'freak folk' but mostly I see them as fun and interesting. Werewolf is my favourite track from the album.
12. "But She Beat My High Score" - Say Hi to Your Mom (from Numbers & Mumbles)
I have to say there is absolutely no chance of me ever being this girl. However, this little lo-fi pop song honestly has me picturing a victorious girl with eyes the colour of pea soup finally able to type her name at the top of the Space Invaders high score chart. It's as sweetly angsty as anything else Eric Elbogen has ever written and hello male inferiority complex.
13. "Fuck and Run" - Liz Phair (from Exile in Guyville)
A nice (I guess I use nice kind of ironically) song about a girl who would like to be in a relationship but instead, well, fucks and runs. She uses lots of repetition in her writing 'I want all that stupid old shit / Like letters and sodas / Letters and sodas' and the song is quite simple and understated. It's the epitome of old school Liz Phair.
14. "Bullshit Maze" - Jennifer O'Connor (from Over the Mountain, Across the Valley, and Back to Stars)
I can't honestly say it 'got me through' high school, but it echoed my frustrations, especially senior year. How can you argue with Once in a while I stop / In this bullshit maze that I run / I look at my feet and then / I look up, at the sun / I wonder to my, myself if I'm having any fun / And then I run / And start again. Plus Jen is undeniably cool and genuine.
15. "Sons and Daughters" - The Decemberists (from The Crane Wife)
I like a good outro in the future tense. This is upbeat and hopeful and an overall sprightly finisher to the album.