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Playlist #1

In Rate My Playlist on October 30, 2009 at 11:49 pm


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I’m not a huge fan of Halloween, but I am a big fan of songs about satan, witches, werewolves, mummies, and other spooky things.

WARNING: This Playlist may make you want to creep around in the dark and participate in general tomfoolery.  Now give me some candy!


Playlist #2

In Rate My Playlist on October 30, 2009 at 11:48 pm

RMP Halloween Playlist 2

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I really wanted to make an all black metal album focusing on the war between the Viking black metal from Norway and  Death black metal from Sweden, but decided that songs about Odin and church burning were really for a different playlist.  P.S. if you play this record backwards there is a nice recipe for chocolate zucchini bread.

Playlist #1

In Rate My Playlist on October 17, 2009 at 8:51 pm


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CLAP YOUR HANDS! But I feel so lonely CLAP YOUR HANDS! But it won’t do nothingCLAP YOUR HANDS! But I have no money CLAP YOUR HANDS! Are you up to something?CLAP YOUR HANDS! Where’s my milk and honey?CLAP YOUR HANDS! But I just look funnyCLAP YOUR HANDS!

Playlist #2

In Rate My Playlist on October 17, 2009 at 7:49 pm


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Handclaps are awesome…handclaps in songs are just downright delightful.  Check out and download our Playlists this week.  We present our favorite songs that feature our beloved natural instrument.  Hope you enjoy!

Ryan’s Playlist IV – Favorite Road Trip Songs

In Rate My Playlist on September 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

On the eve of a big road trip this weekend (and after a much needed break to focus on other areas of our lives), we are back with a new playlist for you!  We decided on the theme of our Favorite Road Trip songs a couple months ago when aspirations of a Labour Day vacation were still fresh on the mind…boy were we off.

We pushed forward anyways and here you go; a couple songs about hitting the open road and a handful of others that help me get to the final destination…no matter how many KM’s away.

Free mp3 – Ryan’ Favorite Road Trip Songs

1.Rock Island Line – Johnny Cash

2.Keep the Car Running – The Arcade Fire

3. Open Road – Slightly Stoopid

4. Built for Speed – Stray Cats

5. Down the Road – Dead Moon

6. Nothing But Green Lights – Tom Vek

7. Groovin’ – The Young Rascals

8.Car – Built to Spill

9. Ramble On – Led Zeppelin

10.Drive – Blind Melon

Justin’s Playlist III – Favorite Cover Songs

In Rate My Playlist on August 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm

These are some of my favorite songs re-imagined  by  my favorite artists.  Some songs are done in completely new ways, like Brazilian Seu Jorge’s(aka Knockout Ned from City of God) acoustic cover of Bowie’s, “Starman.” Other songs are loving homages to the original, like Edmontonian Krystle Dos Santos‘ cover of Nina Simone’s, “Ain’t Got No.” I had no idea some songs even existed until contemporary artists covered them: Nirvana’s cover of Bowie’s “The Man who sold the world.”

Of course, how could a list of cover songs not include a cover of Cohen’s Hallelujah? Rufus Wainwright, K.D. Lang, and of course Jeff Buckley all do great versions, but, I decided to include a less popular Cohen song: “Famous Blue Raincoat,” as covered by Hayden.

Free mp3: Justin’s Favorite Cover Songs

1. Dancing in the moonlight – Toploader (King Harvest) 3:48

2. Whiskey in the Jar – Metallica (The Dubliners) 8:50

3. Move it on over – George Thorogood (Hank Williams) 13:07

4. I heard it through the Grapevine – Kaiser Chiefs (The Miracles, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye) 18:03

5. Girl, You’ll be a woman soon- Urge Overkill (Neil Diamond)21:00

6. The man who sold the world – Nirvana (David Bowie)24:33

7. Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies (Velvet Underground)27:60

8.Starman – Seu Jorge (David Bowie) 31:12

9.Ain’t got no( I got life) Krystle Dos Santos (Nina Simone) 33:18

10. Famous Blue Raincoat – Hayden (Leonard Cohen)41:00

Ryan’s Playlist III – Favorite Cover Songs

In Rate My Playlist on August 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Well after an extremely humbling (and undeserved) defeat in week 2, I am ambitious to switch things up for this week.  Gone are the days of sappy love ballads and crowd pleasers…this weeks theme is our favorite cover songs!  I didn’t really have any focus coming in to this week but I knew there was a few amazing songs that I wanted to include (Dead Flowers, Tyrone, Don’t Look Back) and some cool bands and artists (Fishbone, Peter Tosh, MIA).

In the end, what you get is everything from heroine rock (who doesn’t love the Big Lebowski?) to party anthems (Jump on It) to one of the best Queen covers of all time…in all it’s angry glory.  If Paul Anka isn’t your cup of tea or you are easily offended by Nirvana covers, don’t skip to the end because My Morning Jacket’s cover at the end of it all is a real treat.  Enjoy…or don’t, I’m just here for the free food!

Free mp3:  Ryan’s Favorite Cover Songs

1. Dead Flowers – Townes van Zandt (Rolling Stones)

2. Hard to Handle – Black Crowes (Otis Redding) 4:44

3. Scarlet Begonias – Sublime (Grateful Dead)  7:51

4. $20 – MIA (Pixies) 11:22

5. Shakey Ground – Fishbone (Temptations) 15:42

6. Stone Cold Crazy – Metallica (Queen) 19:17

7. Jump on it! – Sir Mix-a-lot (Sugarhill Gang) 21:39

8. Don’t Look Back – Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger (Temptations) 26:45

9. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Paul Anka (Nirvana) 30:21

10. Tyrone – My Morning Jacket (Erykah Badu) 33:05

Ryan’s Playlist II – Alternative First Dance Songs

In Rate My Playlist on July 28, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Well, as wedding season has  sprung within my family and friends, Justin and I have decided to go with the theme of the summer and offer up a special little treat.  Everyone who has been to a wedding can attest that the “first dance” between Man and Wife is both cheesy and awkward for all party attendees. Instead of bringing presents or money to celebrate your specialist of days, this is for you…alternative options to Josh Groban or Eric Clapton for your first dances.  We’re not saying any of you have to use these songs…but it would sure make our day a little more special.

Free mp3:  Ryan’s Alternative First Dance Songs

1. Islands in the Stream – Kenny & Dolly (0:00)

2. Burning Love – Elvis Presley (4:07)

3. I’ll Be Your Man – The Black Keys (6:59)

4. Paris 2004 – Peter, Bjorn and John (9:17)

5. In The Cold, Cold Night – The White Stripes (13:06)

6. Rock Your Baby – Georce McCrae (16:04)

7. In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine & Iris Dement (19:25)

8. This Modern Love – Bloc Party (22:56)

9. Heart – Stars (27:23)

10. Family Tree – TV on the Radio (33:22)

Justin’s Playlist II – Alternative First Dance Songs

In Rate My Playlist on July 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

If I ever get married (which is doubtful),  most of these songs will be featured on my wedding playlist…including the anti-love song by Joy Division.  I definitely didn’t go as alternative as I could have, but I think this playlist has a good mix of sappy and different.  I don’t think i can go as far as to say it is the perfect mix, but i think it is close.  You get a little classic, a little nu-classic, a little blues-classic, and a little anti-love love song classic!  Enjoy!

Free mp3:  Justin’s Alternative First Dance Songs

1. Song for the Asking – Simon and Garfunkel

2. That Teenage Feeling – Neko Case

3.  First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes

4. Ice Cream – Sarah Mclachlan

5. Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis

6. Queen Bee – Taj Mahal

7.  In love with you – Erykah Badu and Steven Marley

8. Like a star – Corrinne Bailey Rae

9.  Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

10. Love will tear us apart –  Joy Division

Justin’s Playlist I – Best Songs Ever

In Rate My Playlist on July 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

It was nearly impossible to create the “Best Songs Ever” playlist.  Do you try to create a playlist that recognizes different genres, songs that changed how music was produced, or songs that affected you personally?  I’ve created a play list that has both personal significance and historical significance.   I hope you like it… and I expect to see your top 10 in the comments section.

Justin – Best Songs Ever

1. Oh! You Pretty Things – David Bowie

2. Hyperballad – Bjork

3. Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie

4. Panic – The Smiths

5. Heart of Gold – Neil Young

6. Elephant Gun – Beirut

7. The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel

8. Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys

9. What’d I Say – Ray Charles

10. Take Me to the River – Al Green