I am ALL OVER the place this week!

Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear Snobbits!

I don’t really have a whole lot to say today (here, anyway), but wanted to let you know that I’ve been the super busiest this week elsewhere.

In case you missed it, I’m over at Insatiable Booksluts musicslutting it up with an anti-Valentine’s Day mix tape.  Click here for Valentine’s Day Can Suck It.

I’m also over at TipsyLit today talking about eReading with my kids.  You can find that post here.

Click!  Read!  Listen!  Comment!

I will love you even more than I already do if you do, promise!

romione

Christmas Songs that (I) Don’t (Think) Suck

I know.  Normally at about this time I’d be doing a Naughty and Nice list for the year, but I’m tired and have had some wine and don’t feel like talking about that stuff.  Nope. Instead I want to talk about something else.  Christmas music.

Mrs Claus with the Naughty List

It’s ubiquitous.

If you’re anything like me, you hate it.

Hate.

It.

Luckily, I’m here to share a handful of holiday songs with you that won’t leave you wanting to slit your throat with the nearest, sharpest piece of fake mistletoe.

1. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping

Preeeetty sure you all know this one.  That’s okay!  For years and years this was one of two Christmas songs I could tolerate without wanting to start stabbing people in the face.  It still makes me happy.  Even though it’s overall kind of depressing.

Oh, and this video makes it even better.

2. Billy Mack – Christmas is All Around

In addition to hating Christmas music, I hate Christmas movies.  Well, most of them.  I don’t hate Love Actually, though (and our drinkalong a few weeks ago was AMAZING, if you missed it, I feel sorry for you).  Bill Nighy as Billy Mack’s parody-ish version of The Troggs definitely makes the list of songs that get me in a holiday mood.

3. DJ Miko ft Marcie – My Chimney

I heard this song ONCE eight years ago on a local indie station.  If they said who did it, I missed it.  But I’ve sung it to myself every year since then, and google searches of the lyrics I remembered turned up nothing.  NOTHING.  Until last night.  When I found it.  And it was pretty much the inspiration for this entire post.  Bonus song, Hey, Mr Santa.

4. The Vandals – Oi to the World

Yes, No Doubt covered this song, but I HAAAAAAATE that version.  I have issues with No Doubt, anyway, but mostly it’s cos there’s NOTHING LIKE  a Vandals Christmas show.  Nothing.  Like.

Nothing.

Oi!

5. Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis

Hands down, this is my favourite Christmas song of all time.  It just isn’t the holiday season without multiple listens of this song…and my failed attempts at rapping along.  Cut me some slack, I’m prolly the whitest white girl you’ll ever meet.

But for srs.  Best.  Christmas.  Song.  Ever.

Now.  You tell me what songs you listen to to get you in the holiday spirit.  Maybe you’ll change my mind!  Maybe there will be more than five songs I like after all!

Top Five + Mix Tape: Fight Song Blog Tour Edition

I know, I usually write these posts over at Insatiable Booksluts, but Joshua Mohr’s new novel, Fight Song, comes out tomorrow so I thought I’d do one for this blog tour.  In Fight Song, we find that what could have been another mid-life crisis couched as fiction, is instead a hilariously magical window into a few days in the life of middle-aged video game programmer, Bob Coffen.  It’s fun and sweet and gross and awesome.  I highly recommend it.

fight song tour

Mix Tape

Handing the reins over to Joshua for a bit, here’s what he has to say about the role music plays on his writing:

Music is an important part of my writing process.  I’m always listening to loud rock and roll as I scribble.  Each novel has its own personalty and thus requires its own soundtrack.  Here are a some songs I compulsively listened to during the drafting process for Fight Song, as I got to know my characters and their passions/preoccupations:

  1. I’m Designer  - Queens of the Stone Age
  2. I’m Shakin’  - Jack White
  3. Hip Like Junk - 7 Year Bitch
  4. You Must Be Upgraded - The Flaming Lips
  5. Date with the Night - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  6. Life is Simple in the Moonlight - The Strokes
  7. Girls  - Iggy Pop
  8. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I Moved Your Chair - Arctic Monkeys

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I’ve put together the above songs – as well as a few that I thought of while reading Fight Song – as a playlist.  You can find it by clicking here.

Top Five

I’ve been trying to decide what theme I’d use for this book since I finished it, but then it came to me and was so obvious.  SONGS ABOUT FIGHTING, DUR!  Which is what I’ve done here.  They may not be the most aggressive tunes in the world, but they’ will totally work for this book.  Totally.

Top Five Songs About Fighting/Fights

  1. Elmer – Let’s Get in a Fistfight  (This one is silly and violent.  It makes me laugh a lot.)

  2. Verbal Abuse – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) (shut up, I love this cover so much)

  3. Primus – Fisticuffs  (Eff.  Yes.)

  4. Link Wray – Rumble (You probably know this from Pulp Fiction, if nothing else.)

  5. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (What?  I DARE YOU to tell me I’m wrong.)

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Not sure if this will be your thing?  Take a look at the following infomercial (which plays into some things in the book that I don’t want to spoil for you) and visit the rest of the tour stops.  You can find links to all of the participants over at TNBBC.

It Had to be Done Some Time

Everyone has (at some point) been asked the “You’re stuck on a deserted island, you only have [insert number here] books/albums/whatever the hell else FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, what do you pick?” question posted to them.

I’ve probably spent more time thinking about this than the average person, because that’s the way my brain works.  I can’t answer the book question, because my FAVOURITE books aren’t necessarily the books I’d choose.  If I were talking about books, I’d have to take into consideration compendiums and whatnot, and that’s just more work than I’m willing to put in at the moment.

So, today, I’m going to talk about the five ALBUMS I’d take with me – were I lucky enough to be stranded with an iPod (that only holds five albums, WTS?) and a way to keep it charged until I died of scurvy or some shit.  These are albums that I can (and have) listen/ed to over and over and will never ever grow tired of.

sj’s Deserted Island Top Five

(in chronological order)

1.  The Beatles – Rubber Soul
rubber soul
Yeah, maybe it’s a total cliché to choose The Beatles, but IDGaF.  This album has been one of my favourites for almost as long as I can remember.  I’m ignoring the fact that my “class song” when I graduated from high school was In My Life (because, ZOMG there was some terrible singing at graduation, no joke) and just thinking about how a few of my happy childhood memories stem from listening to this album with my Nan (who was a huge fan of both The Beatles and CCR) and the two of us singing Drive My Car whenever we were out together.

2.  Pixies – Surfer Rosa

surfer rosa

One could argue that this is my favourite album by my favourite band, so it should be my favourite album of all-time, right?  Eh, possibly.  It’s up there, as should be evident by its place on this list.  My main concern about having this on here is that my FAVOURITE FAVOURITE versions of a lot of these songs are off of bootlegs from the 80s (oops), so I don’t know how long I’d go without wishing that I had some of those available to me.  I know I’d be saying “Oh, but I really just want to listen to that version of Break My Body from Boston in ’87!” before too much time had passed, but here’s the thing – my very favourite song of all time is on this album, so it has to be on the list.  I had considered not telling you what my favourite song is, but I know no one would guess.  This is my all-time favourite song, ever.  So, there you go.

3.  Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

paul's boutique

OH, THE ARGUMENTS!  No, srsly, I’ve had so many FIGHTS about whether Paul’s Boutique is superior to Check Your Head (hint: it totally is) and friendships have been close to ENDING because CERTAIN PEOPLE refuse to recognize the genius of what is obviously the greatest hip hop record ever recorded.  No.  Shut up.  I’m totally for realsies here.  FFS, Sounds of Science is better than almost any song ever released, I don’t understand how people can still want to argue this point or fail to recognize the genius of this album.  Bonus, go listen to Shadrach (or, if you can find it – get a copy of An Exciting Evening at Home with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego…you’re lucky, I’m not taking EPs with me on my island adventure or I’d be taking that one too, just for Your Sister’s Def [DRE!]) and try to argue with me.  You still don’t believe me?  I hate you.

4.  Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs

69 love songs

Okay, I admit it.  I feel like kind of a snapebalrog including this one because TECHNICALLY it’s THREE albums and not just one.  BUT, you really have to have all three albums together, or the title doesn’t make any snaping sense.  No, seriously – if you only have ONE, it would be 23 love songs and that’s just stupid. This album breaks my heart into tiny pieces with Reno Dakota, then puts it back together with The Sun Goes Down and the World Goes Dancing.  I giggle to The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side, and sob my face off to All My Little Words.  This is an album that just gets better and more fraught with personal meaning every time I listen to it.

5.  Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

take care

This album is still fairly new, but I’ve already listened to it (repeatedly) more than a lot of the other stuff in my personal library, and it’s actually the album that inspired this post tonight.  I was listening to Postcard from 1952 on repeat, and said to myself “I will never ever get tired of this song.”  It’s true.  According to iTunes, I’ve listened to this song over 100 times since the album came out less than 2 years ago, and I’m still not anywhere close to being sick of it.  Don’t let my adoration for this one song cause you to think the entire album is less than stellar, though.  It’s all amazing.  Even more amazing?  This video, and seeing them perform the album live (even though I’ve never been to Belgium).  It’s gorgeous.  No, really.  Put this on and close your eyes, and spend an hour and twenty minutes being swept away by the music.  [happy sigh]

There are runners up, but these are my definitive list, as of the fifth of February, 2013.  What’s on yours?

Sidenote:  Thank you to everyone who commented on Sunday’s post.  Your kind words mean the world to me.  I was going to reply to each comment, but it was too difficult.  Thank you for understanding.  <3