July 2007 – They’ve Got The Sex

What can I say? It’s something about the heat of summer, I guess?

1. Thinking About Sex Again – The Waitresses: Oh come ON. This one is obvious. Also, I saw this really hokey movie about cheerleaders with a song by the Waitresses (“I Know What Boys Want”) in it, and I decided to download some. And then I listened to this song, and it cracked me up, so on to the list it went.

2. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: This is one of those 90′s classics that clearly warped my brain because (oh my my, oh HELL YES) it makes me want to stand up and sway all 90′s-liciously around the room, and then make a really soppy chick flick about some girl in Indiana. (Also, holy crap is the music video CREEPY.)

3. I’ve Got the Sex – The Mountain Goats: John Darnielle himself introduces this song best:

So there you are, in your room. And you’re not by yourself all though you feel as though you are. And the same thing is going on in your attendants mind but no one is saying anything about it. Because a lot of people, including the people in this song think
‘If I just don’t say anything, then magic will happen and everything will change’
Nothing will change, only thing that’s going to happen is that they’re going to fall back into an old behavior pattern and for somewhere between twenty minutes and three hours depending on how much they’ve have had to drink, it’s going to feel really really intense. But afterwards it’s a bad situation.”

See? I told you he was a genius.

4.  Paint’s Peeling – Rilo Kiley: Awww, Rilo Kiley. Jenny Lewis is freaking adorable. And I like this song. Wanna make something of it?

5. Living In Twilight – The Weepies

6. It’s All Been Done – The Barenaked Ladies: This song–I remember singing this at Nightfall in Old Tucson when I was in…maybe 7th or 8th grade? I went with Rosie, who I talked to again lately, and oh MAN has her lif

7. Jenny – The Mountain Goats: This is one of those songs that people always request at MG concerts and that they hardly ever play. It’s awesome. HI-DIDDLE DEE DEE, GODDAMN, THE PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME.

8. Lay, Lady, Lay – Bob Dylan: Claire and I went with my parents to see Bob Dylan play at the end of the summer, and it was simultaneously very strange and pretty damn cool. This song is very very sexy.

9. Add Me to the List – Christine Lavin: “This song is a testimonial to friends’ advice” I used to listen to this in the car on my way to work kind of ridiculously often. I’m not bitter, I’m not sad, I’m not angry, I’m not mad….

10. SuperSexyWoman – Sufjan Stevens: She’s super super smart. I like her for her mind….

11. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan: I know it’s wrong to think Bob Dylan is sexy, but I swear to you, I can’t help it. It’s like an automatic reaction.

12. The Folk Song Army – Tom Lehrer: The link is to the first part of the LP, and The Folk Song Army is the fourth song, but I highly recommend the whole thing. Tom Lehrer is hilarious.

13. The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel: If you don’t already know and love this song, you’re not human. Get on it.

14. This Little Light – Neko Case: Kind of country, I know, but also a good song, so give it a try.

15. My Little Blue One – Cowboy Mouth: It was the radio…you’re gone and I don’t even think of you my little blue one.

16. One Chance – Modest Mouse: I really like the beginning of this song…it sort of builds up until he starts singing, and then becomes the song. This is incoherent. Whatever. Listen to it.

17. All The Old Showstoppers – The New Pornographers: I know that cool people aren’t supposed to like Challengers, but, um, I do. Sorry cool people.

18. Shine Like a New Pin – Camera Obscura: Camera Obscura is basically Belle and Sebastian, only less Scottish.

19. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight – James Taylor: This song is also inexplicably sexy. I did a lot of singing it sitting outside on a pool chair at night. Yes, I AM quite weird, thank you.

20. The Way You Want It – Keane

21. Old Coyote – The Weepies