One of my favorite new Friday rituals is that when I get off work (usually a little early since it’s Friday), I put on my “5 Star” playlist (i.e. a playlist of all my favorite songs — the playlist itself has 864 songs while my entire iTunes library has a little over 65,000 songs: so these are the top songs) and then I narrow that down even more by listening to my favorites of my favorites — essentially “6 Star” songs. It’s a nice way to end the week and feels a bit nostalgic (I’ve noticed that most of the 5-star songs are over 5 years old). I was telling one of my friends about this and got the idea to post some of the songs I’ve listened to lately. Not sure if I’ll do this regularly or what. Check em out!
I haven’t been a huge fan of mash-ups for quite a while but this is a nice one. Feels like an entirely new song that heavily samples others.
Dense & Pika Remix
Rinse & Repeat
Brodinski & Myd Remix
Stay (feat. Forrest)
I haven’t been able to track down the lyrics yet, but it’s something like, “Stay with me. I’m never going to leave. Can’t you see it’s something that I’ll never be. I’m never going to ask you anything. What you feel is just something I’m never going to feel” and I find it so powerful and amazing.
That German deadpan or whatever that I love so much…
The Love Track
David Garcet Remix
Fred Falke Remix
Journey To Jupiter
I only wish a journey to Jupiter would sound this fun.
In case you all were wondering, here are some brief thoughts on the fall 2015 television season.
American Horror Story: Hotel – Even though I don’t know what is going on half the time I love the visuals and especially the music The Leftovers – The opening scene of the second season was so surreal I’ve gone back to watch it a couple times now. Somehow this show feels perfect and magical. I enjoyed season 1 but I’m loving season 2. PS: These two shows also have the best songs in them…
Favorite New Shows
Scream Queens – I’ve loved every Ryan Murphy show and this one is no different. Thankfully I went into it with enough American Horror Story experience so I knew not to worry about a coherent plot or anything like that. Quantico – It’s cheesy but I dig it.
Shows I Dumped
The Blacklist – I didn’t understand or care what was happening and lost interest. I figure if after the show ends people say it was great I can go back and watch.
Shows I’m Wayyyyyy Far Behind On
e.g. shows that I figure I’ll watch eventually but let them build up on my Tivo
The Walking Dead – I started watching the season but it didn’t grab me and I’ve been bored with it the past few seasons.
Gotham – I watched the first two…
Fargo – I blame this on the episodes sometimes being so long. Plus I binged season 1 and I think that may be the best way to watch the show.
The Affair – Ditto. Binged this last year and even though I love it I figure it’s a good binge-able show.
Heroes Reborn – I got through the first 3 episodes and it didn’t grab me. I figure I’ll wait until it’s done and watch a couple episodes at a time.
Arrow and Flash – Love em! Some of my favorite shows to watch every week. Heroes Reborn – See above. I’m behind on this one… Supergirl – Somehow I remember the “leaked” pilot to be not as good as the one that aired? But I think I’m wrong. I’m enjoying it more than I expected. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Unfortunately sort of “bleh” for me. I’m not loving the Inhumans stuff. That said, the where was Jemma? episode was absolutely amazing. Gotham – See above. I want to love this show, I really do…
Best Shows I’m Not Watching
1. You tell me.
2. Anything streaming. I’ll watch those when I have days off later in the winter or something…
So nice having Soulwax remixing things again… they make this song so much more dancey
Ewan Pearson Remix
It’s Annie so of course I like it, but I gotta admit I like her slightly darker stuff better.
Loco Dice remix
I Want Your Love
This is such a great cover. Bonus: Nile Rodgers (who produced the original Chic version) did the song with her!
S-Man & Man Without A Clue
Drop the Needle
Kevin Knapp remix
Ahhhhhh why do I love so many Chris Brown songs?!?!
Hot Chip Remix
Love what Hot Chip do with this song — they stretch it out even more. And while I love how “Hot Chip-y” most Hot Chip remixes sound, this one feels like a totally natural version of the original — as if it were some alternate take.
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Don’t Stop the Dance
Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye mix
I’ve always dug this song but heard it on American Horror Story: Hotel the other week and was reminded of what a great song it is. I usually try to go for remixes whenever possible and this excellent one by Greg Wilson (who has appeared on a few of my charts) is pretty close to the original but stretches it out a bit.
I dunno about you, but I like the charts where I have tons of songs and I don’t want to edit it down much more than charts where I only have a few songs and with the exception of like 1 of them, it was tough to come up with.
Mike Mago & Dragonette
I’m not sure why it took me so long to find this song but I absolutely love it.
Figure It Out
I recently started getting back into running and this song showed up on my old “Gym Songs” playlist.
Drum Machine (feat. The New Sins)
The vocals on this song sound like Peaches.
Auxiliary tha Masterfader
A Copycat Remix
Claptone Night Remix
David Garcet Remix
Guy Gerber & Miss Kittin
Rumors On The Dance Floor, Part 2
Joe Goddard Disco Remix
…and thus begins finally really digging the latest Hot Chip. It took some time and a few remixes (yesterday another awesome remix dropped that’ll be on next month’s chart I’m sure) but now I’m starting to love it. This seems to be a trend when it comes to Hot Chip.
Bodycheck (feat. Born in Flamez)
Let It Happen
This is awesome and not just because it’s an excuse to put the song on a chart again.
Big Boi (of OutKast) + Phantogram.
Goodnight Moon 004 (feat. Mark Verbos)
Tutti Frutti (Feat. Elly Jackson)
I’m very much loving the new New Order album, Music Complete. Tons of great tracks but this one always stands out for me (and no, it’s not a cover of the Little Richard classic).
Weight In Gold
Carly Rae Jepsen
I knew it had great reviews and all, but I definitely enjoyed this album more than I expected.
Embrace The Martian (Feat. Kid Cudi)
I’ve been thinking a lot about Mars lately. (water and movies)
When I first heard this song I was like, “Whoa! I love this!! Who is this Flush person that created it??” so I go to the SoundCloud page for the song and oh turns out that Flush is the new project/alias of one of my all-time favorite DJs: Aeroplane (who has made a few chart appearances already)
Simple Love (feat. J’Danna)
I got this song stuck in my head for days and then it finally came up during a shuffled playlist and I was like, “Of course! Another great Duke Dumont track!” (he’s also made a few apperances on the chart before — with both original songs and remixes).
Lay Me Down
Andy Bell Remix
John Hancock III
Pete Oak’s Slowhand Remix
Benjamin Fröhlich Basic Refix
Actor Out of Work
Stephanie All Night
A relatively older song (from 2011) that I re-discovered while listening to a Richard X Pandora station at work.
I love how dark and slighty twisted this sounds. Who’s afraid of the dark?
I Want You
I Can’t Lose
Duke Dumont Remix
Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special album continues to be amazing. And it’s been a while since I’ve had a Duke Dumont remix. (Last time he remixed Tensnake’s “Love Sumblime” and his take was killer.)
It was tough choosing which song from his new album I should include here. Really love his new album Wildheart. Bonus points: After I picked this song I found out that it was produced by Cashmere Cat!! — a producer I really love (and has appeared on two of my charts).
Cliff Lothar Solid Pleasure Remix
“Bugatti” was definitely a grower for me. When I first heard it I didn’t really like it much. Then I heard this remix the other week and I started loving the song. My favorite part of this remix is the really spaced-out/computered-out background voice that sort of echoes/calls things out.
Ready Player One
This song is so fucking energetic. And has such an amazing 80s vibe. It’s a shame there isn’t a music video for this (hmmm… maybe I could make one?)
Felix da Housecat
Freakz on Time
Brand New World
Louis La Roche
We seem to be haunted by the randomness of life and alternate versions of reality.