Breakin’ up

What to say really besides, well … it sucks. Like any good music-obsessive, I have my go-to songs for that oh-so-special occasion. There’s Death Cab for Cutie’s “Tiny Vessels” or Tegan and Sara’s “Where Does the Good Go.”

If I’m feeling especially feisty, there’s always Rilo Kiley’s “Breakin’ Up” or “Silver Lining” — which, by the way, has one of the most amazing break-up lyrics ever: “I never felt so wicked as when I willed our love to die.” Keep in mind that the song was written by Jenny Lewis to perform with a band that includes her ex-boyfriend. Even better, she co-wrote “Breakin’ Up” with said ex. That would be tough, which is why the songs make me love her that much more.

Good break-up songs are one of the key reasons I appreciate occasional Top 40 offerings. Admit it, doesn’t blasting the All-American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell” and singing along help you feel better after a split? Or how about Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep“? (Yes, I know I’ve referenced it before, but it’s just. that. good.)

What are your favorite break-up songs? Help a girl out and post some comments, peeps! 🙂


Pandora’s Box

Of late, Pandora (the Internet radio site) and I have had a complicated relationship. OK, let’s be honest: all my relationships are complicated, but Pandora is proving to be especially so. For example, it tried to play Flo Rida on my “Placebo” station the other day. Fail, Pandora. Epic fail.

It does, however, have occasional moments of brilliance. This afternoon, I’m casually listening to my “Stars” station when — WHAMO! — Natalie Imbruglia’s voice starts filtering through my headphones.

Ms. Imbruglia (much like “My So-Called Life) had a tremendous impact on my formative years. Her album “Left of the Middle” came out when I was 15 and trying to figure out who the hell I was and what I was going to do with myself.

So, when Pandora brought up this blast from the past, I had to go back and listen to all the songs off that album. Shockingly, I still knew most of the words and, terrifyingly, I treated the newsroom to a sort of karaoke performance (but without the backup music/vocals). Lucky for them, most of the newsfolk had left for the day.

Try this song on for size.

Damn you, Jordan Catalano

I think watching “My So-Called Life” stunted my emotional development. Do you remember that scene (and you totally do if you’re between the ages of 22 and 35) when Jordan finally holds Angela’s hand in the middle of the hallway? It’s, like, the turning point in their relationship?

Yeah, well … as a result my brain has always connected the song playing in that scene (Buffalo Tom’s “Late at Night”) with that warm, fuzzy feeling.

I encourage you to 1) check out the scene from the show. If you watched it at all when you were a teenager, it will pull up all those feelings again.

2) Listen to the song on its own. It’s raw and beautiful.

I blame this song and the show for ruining my idea of love. I think I ended up too much of a romantic for this era.

Here comes the bride

My baby sister is getting married on Saturday and, having been dubbed the maid of honor (not “dishonor” … yet), I’ve been privvy to all her planning decisions. It’s safe to say Sarah and I are complete opposites, but not in a bad way; we just have very different tastes.

Among the differences is our taste in music. I don’t know for certain, but I suspect Sarah will walk down the aisle and back to traditional classical music. I, on the other hand, decided to go with a different approach. I walked down the aisle to Nancy Wilson’s “Elevator Beat” and our recessional song was Joey Ramone’s cover of “What a Wonderful World.”

I don’t know where we would have fit it in, but I love the song “Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating into Space” by Spiritualized. Just as “Elevator Beat” is, the song is off the soundtrack to Vanilla Sky, one of my favorite movies. I think the theme of the movie resonates in those songs and, I suspect, that’s why I’ve had such an affection for them for so long.

If you’re married, what did you pick as your recessional/processional songs? And if you haven’t made that leap, have you ever thought about the songs you’d choose?

Fleeting Top 40 love

I have incredible love/hate with Top 40 music. In general, it’s awful. AWFUL, I tell you. But occasionally, there are gems that catch my ear by surprise. I’m often way behind in finding out about those songs, though, because I happen upon them by chance.

The problem with these songs is that I love them so fervently and listen to them so frequently, I usually fall out of love with them quickly.

My current Top 40 obsession is Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” The song and video give me chills every time I hear/see them.

Past loves include Eminem/Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You.” Brilliant songs …

I suppose these are my guilty pleasures in a way. Any songs you love that you don’t like to admit?

Music to vent to

(I totally know I ended my headline with a preposition, but oh, well …)

As much as I love my job (and I do — you HAVE to love it for as little as you get paid), sometimes it can be really frustrating. Most of the time, it’s the news itself that gets me fired up; you won’t believe some of the just incredibly awful stories that come through the wire. But occassionally, it’s the people in the news business that frustrate me. Music is really my only way to vent when that kind of situation arrives and I have a sort of go-to list of angry songs that I can blast in my headphones.

Today’s song is on that playlist and I may or may not have my headphones blasting it right now (hint: I totally do).

What are your go-to venting songs?


Breaking back into blogging

One of my Facebook friends recently started a blog about music and it sparked something in my already overwhelmed brain: I miss blogging and I love music, so why not combine the two?

My idea at this point is to do a song of the day, just whatever suits my mood. I’m pretty temperamental, so (a warning) there might be multiple songs of the day in some instances.

I have a pretty wide range when it comes to music, but I can pretty much assure you you’ll never find country on here. Not current “country music,” I should clarify. I love indie pop, but am known to delve into the Top 40 if a particular song strikes my fancy.

In general, I’m obsessed with the Swedes (the Cardigans, the Hives, the Knife, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn & John, the Radio Dept., Shout Out Louds, the Sounds) and Canadians (Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, the Dears, Islands, Metric, the New Pornographers, Stars, the Stills, Tegan & Sara, Wolf Parade).

Let’s kick things off with a combo of my two favorite (at the moment) Canadian bands: Stars & Metric