Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tunerrific Tuesday

Hi friends. Let's get right to it.

HIMYM: "Columns" was a pretty good episode, but the episode I absolutely LOVED was "First Time In New York." NPH in Dirty Dancing was hilarious. If you missed the ep, someone posted it here. Just follow the directions at the top of the page with the login and password and whatnot. But shh, don't tell anyone.

The Class: Thanks to someone we'll call "Princess Sparkle," I haven't given up on this show. And shockingly, really really shockingly, it continues to make me laugh at least a few times. Out loud even. Thus, I shall continue to watch. They usually have the most recent episode up on Innertube.

Heroes: I haven't watched last night's episode, but it definitely seems like Heroes has learned a thing or two from the mistakes of Lost. Mini-mysteries throughout the season that actually have answers, episodes that actually move the plot forward, keeping new characters ancillary... now if we could only get NBC to stop making up lame promotional catch-phrases. Although I still like throwing in their old catch-phrase into daily conversation:

PERSON: That's weird, where did I leave my keys?
ME: I don't know man, save the cheerleader, save the world.
PERSON: I hate you.

Oh and it's nice to see Christopher Eccleston again. Well, "see," considering he's invisible. If you like campy sci fi shows with a good dose of heart, check him out in Doctor Who. I had to screen all the Who episodes at my old SCI FI job, and they were surprisingly entertaining.

Veronica Mars: I've been a bit harsh on the show this year, and I think most of the criticism has been deserved. So, you can trust that I'm not biased when I say that this episode was quite enjoyable. Mac is a great character, Piz is not (Piz? Che? Why these names, teen dramedy showrunners, why?). And I've asked before what on earth happened to Weevil's face earlier this year, and I guess the answer is Francis Capra was on some medication earlier this season that made him all bloated and whatnot. Mystery solved.

Speaking of mysteries, I really don't know if I'm going to keep enjoying the show with the same amount of Season One passion now that they've dropped the season-long mystery angle, but we shall see.

The CW has started to stream full episodes here.

Office: Delicious. "Traveling Salesmen" was the best episode of the season thus far, and one of the series' best as well. All their recent awards are much deserved, and I am still Team Karen all the way. One of my favorite recent lines is from "The Return":

ANDY: You, me, bar, beers, buzzed. Wings, shots, drunk. Waitresses, hot. Football, Cornell/Hofstra, slaughter. Then quick nap at my place, and we hit the tiz-own.

I love Ed Helms, apparently he's a nice guy in person too.

Side note, both "Traveling Salesmen" and "The Return" were co-written by Michael Schur, who is married to The OC's J.J. Philbin. I hope they name their kid Shakespeare.

Also, check out Ken Jennings' take on the differences between the UK and US versions.

Lastly, a NY Times article on the use of "unhip songs" on the show.

Scrubs: The past few episodes have been a bit off for me. I was very excited about the musical episode, and though I appreciate how well it was produced, it seemed a bit too heavy on the cute and too light on the funny. I did enjoy the "Guy Love" song though. Watch Braff and Faison perform it live on Kimmel (thanks Krissi for the link).

Bill Lawrence suggests that the show will be back for a seventh season, either on NBC or ABC, but whether it'll return with Braff is still up in the air.

30 Rock: I haven't caught up on the past few episodes yet, but WATCH THIS SHOW. SUPPORT COMEDY! You can catch up here.

Extras: This season has been great so far. As much as I loathe all things Orlando Bloom, I did love his episode. Watch a clip here. The Bowie ep was okay, but here are all the clips of his cameo for your Bowie-fans, myself included. And Daniel Radcliffe's antics were brilliant, loved the unwrapped condom bit. Watch his full episode here, here and here. I'm looking forward to the Chris Martin cameo...

Speaking of Daniel Radcliffe, I was greatly disturbed by these pictures. Looks like someone wants you to see his sorcerer's stones... to board his Platform 9 3/4... looks like- okay, I'll stop.

Looks like someone wants to show off his Nimbus 2000. Thank you, I'll be here all night.

Grey's Anatomy: Well, The OC started it, Grey's did it twice in one episode, and Friday Night Lights did it best (more on that below), but it seems like marriage proposals are all the rage this season. I loved the two-parter, and "Great Expectations" was pretty good. I didn't really get into the Amish best friends story though. "From the cradle to the grave," really?

Anyway, all the backstage drama seems a bit ridiculous, so I don't think there's much to say in that area. I just think all problems can somehow be solved by Kate Walsh, check her out in this preview. Wowsers.

Regardless, for the next four weeks, NONE OF YOU should be watching Grey's on Thursdays, just catch up online or on Fridays. What you really should be watching is...

The OC: Four episodes left. Goodbye cruel world. It's great to see the show ending with back-to-back great episodes. Loved "The French Connection," though I was dumped right after watching the episode with my ex. And "The Groundhog Day" was hilarious as well.. reference to Oldboy, use of Silversun Pickups' "Lazy Eye," and Taylor in a groundhog costume, pretty awesome I do say.

Of course, a large part of this season's goodness can be attributed solely to Autumn Reeser. I've been preaching Taylor Townsend gospel from the beginning, and I'm glad many of you are seeing the light. Check out her TV Squad interview here, and hopefully, I can get my act together and have an Autumn interview for you to read on this blog very soon.

I'm sure you've all heard by now, but Josh Schwartz has two pilots in the works. One's called Chuck for NBC, a "high concept action dramedy about spies and twentysomethings," and the other is Gossip Girl for the CW. I'll try to get some more inside scoop for you in the coming weeks.

I'll do a proper OC-sendoff here later in February, but thanks again to the cast and crew for an amazing last season.

So what show will I champion now that the OC is no more? Only the best drama on television of course. Everyone must watch...

Friday Night Lights: PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW! THE POWER OF NIELSEN RATINGS COMPELS YOU! In a recent EW article, Kevin Reilly hinted at a second season renewal, but it's far from a sure-thing.

The show consistently makes me teary, it has the best music on television, and it's absolutely beautifully shot. I don't want to ruin anything, so just go catch up on episodes here and here.

This past episode has a marriage proposal that puts all the other shows' proposal stories to shame. I watched it with my friend Kelley, and by the end, we just hung our heads and didn't speak for a few minutes. And by we, I mean me. And by hung our heads, I mean buried my face into my body pillow. And by didn't speak, I mean bawled like I was watching Field of Dreams for the first time.

SPREAD THE WORD!!!!
(about the show, not about my tendency to cry alone in my room with a bottle of scotch in hand)

Lastly, you may or may not have noticed that I took your referral fee comments to heart and signed up for LinkShare. If you run a blog, you should as well (but through this link here so they know I referred you). Anyway, that's why all the iTunes links are now going through a forwarding link first. All in all, this shouldn't change anything on your end, but on my end, it'll hopefully help with the upkeep of this site. Bandwidth don't come for free, my friends. All that being said, click below for the tunes, and leave a comment!

How I Met Your Mother - "First Time In New York"
"Gotta Have You" - The Weepies [buy album]
"Love is Strange" - Mickey & Sylvia [buy album]
"Always Love" - Nada Surf [buy album]
"(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes [buy album]

How I Met Your Mother - "Columns"
"Whatever It Is" - Ben Lee [buy album]

Veronica Mars - "Show Me the Monkey"
"One Week" - The Barenaked Ladies [buy album]
"Lara's Theme (From Doctor Zhivago)" - Maurice Jarre [buy album]
"Fair" - Annuals [buy album]
"Long, Long Time" - Linda Ronstadt [buy album]
"Greenland" - Kingsbury Manx [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "Nevermind"
"Saving Grace" - Tom Petty [buy album]
"I Turn My Camera On" - Spoon [buy album]
"Cochise" - Audioslave [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "What To Do While You're Waiting"
"Your Hand in Mine" - Explosions in the Sky [buy album]
"Upward Over the Mountain" - Iron & Wine [buy album]
"Yee Haw" - Jake Owen

Friday Night Lights - "Little Girl I Wanna Marry You"
"Figure" - Richard Buckner [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "Six Days - Part 1"
"Rest Of My Life" - Michelle Featherstone [buy album]
"Love Will Come Through" - Travis [buy album]
"Lonely Hearts Still Beat The Same" - The Research
"Passion Play" - William Fitzsimmons
"Beggars Prayer (demo)" - Emiliana Torrini

Grey's Anatomy - "Six Days - Part 2"
"Here It Goes Again (UK Surf Version)" - OK Go [buy album]
"Fidelity" - Regina Spektor [buy album]
"The Way I Am" - Ingrid Michaelson [buy album]
"Falling Awake" - Gary Jules [buy album]
"Life in Disguise" - The Slip [buy album]
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Susanna & The Magical Orchestra (Joy Division cover)

Grey's Anatomy - "Great Expectations"
"Enchantment" - Lily Frost [buy album]
"Ships" - Umbrellas [buy album]
"Love Show" - Skye [buy album]

Scrubs - "My House"
"Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" - Tchaikovsky [buy album]
"Where Do You Go" - Sister Hazel [buy album]

Scrubs - "My Friend With Money"
"The Girl From Ipanema" - Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz [buy album]
"Isn't She Lovely" - Stevie Wonder [buy album]
"The Crane Wife 3" - The Decemberists [buy album]

The OC - "The My Two Dads"
"Forever" - The Explorers Club [buy album]
"It's Because We've Got Hair" - Tunng [buy album]
"The Commander Thinks Aloud" - The Long Winters [buy album]
"Somewhere in Between" - M. Craft

The OC - "The French Connection"
"Turn On Me" - The Shins [buy album]
"I Ain't Losin' Any Sleep" - The Sunshine Underground
"I Spy" - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
"The West Coast" - Jason Schwartzman
*audio ripped from broadcast

The OC - "The Dream Lover"
"Dear Mr. Supercomputer" - Sufjan Stevens [buy album]
"The New e Blues" - The Western States Motel [buy album]
"Garcon Glacon" - April March [buy album]
"Hidden In The Sand" - Tally Hall [buy album]
"Tel Que Tu Es" - Charlotte Gainsbourg [buy album]
"Return To Me" - Sparklehorse [buy album]
"Du Temps" - The Low Standards [buy album]
*myspace link

The OC - "The Groundhog Day"
"Gronlandic Edit" - of Montreal [buy album]
"Lazy Eye" - Silversun Pickups [buy album]
"Leave Home" - Chemical Brothers [buy album]
"High Lonesome Moan" - Pajo [buy album]
"And I Was A Boy From School" - Hot Chip [buy album]
"The House We Live In" - The Stills [buy album]

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Break-Up

Goodbye 2007, where the hell are you 2008?

Hello friends, I have missed you all. Terribly sorry for disappearing on everyone. The reason was three-fold:

1) Things kinda hit rock-bottom in my personal life. All the while, my writing partner and I were juggling four feature projects, as well as prepping for staffing season, so the little will power I had went to writing.

2) I'd only been home five days in the past three weeks. Between flying to Chicago for the family, flying to PA to see the girlfriend, and Greyhounding it to NY for my well-being, it's been a bit hectic.

3) While visiting the lady in PA, I was dumped. I took it pretty hard to say the least.

But ultimately, I think we all know that the real reason I've been standing on high ledges lately is because The OC's last day is quickly approaching. WTF, Fox. At least let them finish out a full season. W.T.F.

But I'm back now, bitches. And in the words of one of the greatest lyricists of the 20th century, Chumbawumba, "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down."

On a side note, the break-up occured on the same day Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake called it quits. Apparently, Drew Barrymore and Fabrizio are done as well. I know, I know, stock up on bottled water, stay indoors, the end is very f-in nigh.

According to this blog, the research in a recent survey indicates that "most people reasses their relationships at the beginning of the year - between New Years and Valentine's Day," and January 11th, the day of my dumping, which Yahoo! has decided to dub National Break Up Day, is "the peak day for hitting bottom." Awesome. It feels good to be a statistic.

I don't know how personal I want to get on here, but a friend of mine suggested blogging about it, seeing as how I actually met Ms. X through this blog. The story puts the movie, The Break-Up (B), to shame (which you should rent sometime, it is painfully realistic). Our tale starts with a lot of good, ends with a lot of bad, but in terms of specifics, I suppose there's no point in airing out dirty laundry. Actually, I probably would air it out had it been something insignificant, like dirty socks, but this is like the "boxers with cutesy hearts, arrows and 'i heart [significant others' name]' across the back that life swipes from you to shat upon multiple times only to return with a note that reads 'she never loved you'" kind of laundry. What? You don't have a pair like that?

One of the worst post-break-up symptoms is having every single insignificant thing remind you of the other person. For example, the other day, I was walking down the street and saw a sign for "Fruits and Vegetables," my ex is a vegetarian. Down another block and I spot a Duane Reade, my ex reads (yes, literacy is one of my many high standards). Down the street some more and I see an Arabic sign I could not understand, but I'm told it said, "Nothing In This World Will Ever Stop the Pang You Feel In Your Chest Right Now... Deli."

But getting serious for a moment, I actually do care about this person still. A lot. Though I was the one being dumped, I think it has been equally brutal for both parties. And now this blog really is sounding like a 14 year-old's LiveJournal.

So anyway, if I'm not gonna go into juicy details, then why bring this up at all on here?

Well, click below, and I can tell you one positive outcome for you readers in all of this:

THE BREAK-UP MIX
Crushing My Silly Pipe Dreams '07

That's right folks, a break-up mix. I have enough favorites to fill a thousand cds, it's taken me hours just to narrow it down to these 75 songs. Yes, I overpack for trips too. This isn't necessarily a list of my favorites (songs like "With or Without You" and "Pictures of You" would be on a favorite list), but rather, just a handful of songs I thought you would enjoy, songs that track the different post-break-up stages. They don't necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of yours truly, though some certainly do. Whether you've been the breaker or the breakee, leave a comment and let me know your favorite songs and sob stories!

P.S. If you liked this post, you might also like "Love is a Mix-Tape" by Rob Sheffield. Read it, and let me know!

P.P.S. I know many of you were just hoping for latest episode tracks, but I still have to catch up with my DVR. You can break my legs later.

1. "I'm Going Down" - Bruce Springsteen [buy album]
A pre-break-up song. The dude knows it's coming... "I pull you close, but when we kiss I can feel a doubt. I remember back when we started, my kisses used to turn you inside out. I used to drive you to work in the morning, Friday night I'd drive you all around. You used to love to drive me wild, but lately girl, you get your kicks from just driving me down."

2. "This Mess We're In" - PJ Harvey (w/Thom Yorke) [buy album]

3. "It's Time" - Elvis Costello [buy album]
My all time favorite break-up song by, on most days, my favorite artist. How great are these lyrics? Well not "great" as in "yay, it's so great this is happening to me," but rather, "wow, spot on, that was great."

4. "Fireflies" - Rhett Miller (w/Rachael Yamagata) [buy album]

5. "If You Leave" - Nada Surf (OMD cover) [buy album]
Like most 25 year old males, I naturally think of "The Goodbye Girl" episode of the OC. Great cover. If you read the blog regularly, you already know of my undying love for all things Nada Surf, you should also check out their version of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out."

6. "Seen It All Before" - Amos Lee [buy album]
I usually find all the "Starbucks" artists kinda eh, but this man can sing. "Go ahead baby, run away again. Growing tired of chasing you. I know you only have time to love me, you've got nothing better to do."

7. "Lost Cause" - Beck [buy album]
This song would be WAY up there on a favorite break-up songs list. This entire album would. Utterly depressing and honest, it's my favorite Beck album. I've always enjoyed the video too.

8. "Good Woman" - Cat Power [buy album]
How I want to remember the ex.

9. "Communication" - The Cardigans [buy album]
For those of you that have dismissed The Cardigans as a one-hit wonder with "Love Fool," you are bad, bad people. They have some amazing songs in their catalogue. This is one of them.

10. "A Letter to Elise" - The Cure [buy album]
I almost decided to do all Cure and Smiths songs for this list. But then one of you would've offed yourself, and I just didn't want to be held responsible for that. Seriously though, how awesome is this song? Way up there on the best break-up songs of all time list.

11. "The Bleeding Heart Show" - The New Pornographers [buy album]
My favorite New Pornographers track, the ending of this song blows my mind every time. Not exactly sure what the song's about, but it involves a bleeding heart, so it works.

12. "Gone for Good" - The Shins [buy album]

13. "Last Goodbye" - Jeff Buckley [buy album]
Has this song ever not been on a break-up mix?

14. "Where It Ends" - Boy In Static
Boy In Static is an amazing emerging artist; he is also a good friend from college I used to play music with, back when he was better known as Alex Chen. He was on The Notwist's European label and recently switched over to Mush Records. In the past two years, he's released his first album and toured US and Europe with 13 & God (side project of The Notwist and Themselves). This track, a song he actually wrote prior to a break-up, is going to be on his upcoming album, Violet, which hits stores May 29th, so go show some love! In the meantime, check out his myspace, especially his lyrics.

15. "Look What You've Done" - Jet [buy album]
Sure, it's a blatant Beatles ripoff, but it's a good ripoff.

16. "Caroline No" - The Wedding Present (Beach Boys cover)

17. "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight" - Whiskeytown [buy album]

18. "For No One (live)" - Elliott Smith (Beatles cover)
I wanted to post the Beatles song, but I'm pretty sure I'd get sued. Next best thing is an Elliott Smith's Beatles cover. Also check out his cover of Lennon's "Jealous Guy."

19. "Telescope Eyes" - Eisley [buy album]

20. "Let It Die" - Feist [buy album]
As you'll see, there are a handful of OC songs on this list. If only my life were a teen dramedy and my rebound girl could be an Olivia Wilde who likes to make out with other girls.

21. "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying" - Belle & Sebastian [buy album]
Love the lyrics. "Here on my own now after hours, here on my own now on a bus." That was me last week, on a Greyhound at 3 a.m. from Harrisburg to NY, sitting behind two gentlemen openly talking about drug deals gone wrong.

22. "One Foot In Front Of The Other" - Bright Eyes [buy album]
I was debating between this and "I Believe in Symmetry" as my sole Bright Eyes contribution, but the lyrics for this song won out. Also check out "I've Been Eating (For You)".

23. "My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon" - Fall Out Boy [buy album]
I can't hide it, I absolutely love Fall Out Boy. Hmm, maybe that's why I got dumped...

24. "Rootless Tree" - Damien Rice [buy album]
The chorus: "Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, and all we've been through." I heart subtlety.

25. "Dog Problems" - The Format [buy album]
The Format is one of the most underrated bands out there right now. Their first album was pretty good, but they've really matured with their latest. Also check out "I'm Actual," "Inches and Falling," and "If Work Permits." They also put on my favorite concert of 2006.

26. "Die, Die My Darling" - The Misfits [buy album]

27. "Bitches Ain't Shit" - Ben Folds (Dr. Dre cover) [buy album]
If we're going through the five stages of grief here, this would be under Acceptance. I kid, I suppose this goes under Anger. One of my favorite covers ever. Of course, can't mention Ben Folds and break-ups without referencing "Song for the Dumped". Last week, I lived out the line, "Wish I hadn't bought you dinner right before you dumped me on your front porch."

28. "Happier" - Guster [buy album]

29. "Blue in the Face" - Alkaline Trio [buy album]
Every break-up mix should have some form of Alkaline Trio on there.

30. "Against All Odds" - The Postal Service (Phil Collins cover) [buy album]

31. "And So It Goes" - Billy Joel [buy album]
Saddest. Song. Ever.

32. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" - Grant Lee Phillips (Smiths cover) [buy album]
Grant Lee also did a great cover of The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" (another song I wanted to post), which was featured on How I Met Your Mother.

33. "Pain In My Heart" - Otis Redding [buy album]
And this is where we enter the Depression stage of grieving.

34. "Unspoken Words" - Showoff [buy album]
My friend Devin introduced me to this song. I believe at the time it had helped him through a break-up. Way to pay it forward, Dev. I hate you. Check out the group's myspace for another good pop-punk post-break-up song, "Turn Out The Lights."

35. "Love Hurts" - Roy Orbison (Boudleaux Bryant cover) [buy album]
I suppose I could've posted the Cher or Nazareth version, but I know we all love us some Orbison.

36. "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" - Weezer [buy album]
The Blue Album never gets old. A million memories associated with this album.

37. "Since You're Gone" - The Cars [buy album]

38. "Another Lonely Day" - Ben Harper [buy album]

39. "Take It Down" - Patty Griffin
"Tears all rusted on my face, and I'm just an empty place, where your love used to fit." Awesome.

40. "What Can I Say" - Brandi Carlile [buy album]
Brandi, I know how you feel, call me.

41. "Crying (live)" - Jimmy Gnecco (Roy Orbison cover)
Hands down, Jimmy Gnecco, lead singer of Ours, has the best male voice in the history of contemporary music. Recordings do not do him justice. GO SEE HIM LIVE.

42. "What Difference Does It Make?" - The Smiths [buy album]
All Smiths songs are great for the broken-hearted, so I just picked one out of a hat. Fortuantely, this happens to be one of my favs. I also wouldn't have minded "I Know It's Over."

43. "Toby Take A Bow" - Casiotone For The Painfully Alone [buy album]
Speaking of the Smiths, gotta love the lyrics here: "I've never seen you so awful, I found you at the bottom of a Russian novel. Gold medal and a crown, a cardigan and a frown. So maladjusted and clever, the greatest Smiths fan ever."

44. "Burn" - Ray LaMontagne [buy album]

45. "God Give Me Strength (live)" - Elvis Costello
Written for the movie "Grace of My Heart", the lyrics are painful and amazing. I think I remember first hearing this when Costello performed it live on Letterman and being rendered speechless. Still need to Netflix "Grace of My Heart". Anyone seen it? I also recommend the following: "I Hope You're Happy Now," "She," "I Want To Vanish," "Big Tears," "Indoor Fireworks," and every song Costello has ever written. With the exception of a few tracks off of "Goodbye Cruel World."

46. "You Have Killed Me" - Morrissey [buy album]
I don't get any of the references to the Italian figures in this song, but all I need to hear is the repetition of "you have killed me, you have killed me" and I'm right there with ya, Morrissey.

47. "It's a Motherfucker" - Eels [buy album]
Also listen to "I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart".

48. "Oh, Lonesome Me" - Neil Young (Don Gibson cover) [buy album]
I like the line, "I'll bet she's not like me, she's out and fancy free. Flirting with boys with all her charms, but I still love her so, and brother don't you know, I'd welcome her right back here in my arms."

49. "Lost In Time" - Stellastarr* [buy album]
Lyrically, "On My Own" is probably their best break-up song, but I wanted to ease you readers into the wonderfulness that is Stellastarr*. My ex actually introduced me to their music, so at the very least, I know we met for a reason. The Smiths meets U2 with a female bassist who sings? How had I gone so long without them?? Check out this song, then go see them live on their upcoming tour. Anyone in LA wanna check them out on Feb.7th?

50. "Graduation Day" - Chris Isaak [buy album]

51. "You Are My Sunshine" - Johnny Cash (Jimmie Davis or Rice Brothers? cover) [buy album]
Also wanted to go with "I Still Miss Someone" and "Cry, Cry, Cry".

52. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" - Joseph Arthur (Smiths cover) [buy album]

53. "Love of My Life" - Queen [buy album]
Another group that my ex opened my eyes too. Sure, I had enjoyed Queen prior to meeting her, but I hadn't fully explored the Queen catalogue. Freddie Mercury was a god amongst men. I said above that Jimmy Gnecco has the best voice in the history of contemporary music, but Freddie is a very, very close #2.

54. "Can't Let Go" - Lucinda Williams [buy album]

55. "I Want You" - The Kooks [buy album]

56. "Nothing Better" - The Postal Service [buy album]
Love the lyrics, the back and forth between the guy and girl. Of course, it's the girl that's leaving. What? Ladies are leavers, it's true. You look up 'leaver' in the dictionary, and right there next to it is a picture of ladies.

57. "I Don't Want To Get Over You" - The Magnetic Fields [buy album]
Another drastically underrated band. Their three-volume album, "69 Love Songs," can pretty much get you through any up or down of a relationship. I was torn between this track and "All My Little Words" for this post, but I decided to go a little light-hearted instead. And by a little light-hearted, I mean still pretty depressing.

58. "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" - Colin Hay [buy album]

59. "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" - Eddie Vedder (Beatles cover) [buy album]

60. "Do What You Have To Do" - Sarah McLachlan [buy album]
I know what you're thinking. Fall Out Boy, John Mayer and Sarah McLachlan all on one mix? I'm starting to realize why I'm again single, it's all making sense now. But come on, you know you've listened to the entire Surfacing album in one sitting, right before you settled down to crochet while watching A Walk To Remember. No? I'm the only one? Mother of God.

61. "I'll Miss You" - Ween [buy album]

62. "Dry Your Eyes" - The Streets [buy album]
What my life looks like these days. Well, add smog, traffic, and a lot of annoying people everywhere.

63. "Recovery Room" - The Jealous Sound [buy album]

64. "Pretty Pathetic" - Smoking Popes [buy album]

65. "Since U Been Gone" - Ted Leo (Kelly Clarkson cover)
I've yet to meet anyone that doesn't like (or secretly like) this Kelly Clarkson song. If you don't, let's never meet.

66. "We're Just Friends" - Wilco [buy album]

67. "Winter" - Joshua Radin [buy album]
I loved the use of this song on the "My Screw Up" episode of Scrubs.

68. "Dear Chicago" - Ryan Adams [buy album]

69. "Comfortable" - John Mayer [buy album]
John Mayer recently blogged a solution to all the recent Grey's Anatomy backstage drama: Make Dr. Burke Gay. Love that idea. Also love these lyrics.

70. "Daisychains" - Youth Group [buy album]
Also featured on "The Summer Bummer" episode of the OC.

71. "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead" - Stars [buy album]

72. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Elliott Smith [buy album]
Elliott's got a plethora of heartache songs to choose from, actually wait, that's the only type of songs he has to choose from. This is his ultimate "I'm over you" song though. You also can't go wrong with "Waltz #1", "Waltz #2", "Miss Misery"... the list is endless.

73. "If You See Her, Say Hello" - Bob Dylan [buy album]
It was tough keeping it to one Dylan song for this mix. He has so many brilliant lyrics about love gone wrong. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," "Abandoned Love," "I Threw It All Away," "Farewell Angelina".... all genius. What's your favorite Dylan track?

74. "It'll All Work Out" - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers [buy album]
The lyrics are perfection. Almost makes me want to rent Elizabethtown (a movie my ex and I had been meaning to watch together). While we're talking Tom Petty, you should also check out "Change of Heart."

75. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Rolling Stones [buy album]
But you get what you need. Sing it brother, sing it.

*EDIT: Some GREAT recommendations in the comments. Thank you all. I've even posted two new links in the comment section, but I had to add one here that I had completely overlooked until I was reminded tonight; it definitely needs to be on this break-up mix:
76. "I Fall To Pieces" - Patsy Cline

VIDEO BONUS

We Are Scientists "covering" one of the best break-up songs of all time.


While we're doing ridiculous covers, here's my junior high friend, Jesse Lukes, performing his awesome take on Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time."


One of my favorite scenes from The Office.


My favorite scene from The Office.


After watching the above Office clip, it's almost impossible not to laugh during this music video. Good to see Mischa again though, reminds me of the earlier seasons of the OC. Ah, such simpler times. Simpler times.


I just wanted to post this so I could quote: "Love doesn't exist, that's what I'm trying to tell you guys. And I'm not picking on love, 'cause I don't think friendship exists either."

Monday, January 22, 2007

After These Messages, We'll Be Riiiiight Back

Captain Oats will return on Wednesday with apologies, explanations, reviews, love advice, the cure for the common cold, the solution to world peace, and most importantly, mp3s.

Thanks for your patience. Love you, mean it.

*EDIT: Blogger's been doing maintenance all morning, finally able to log-in. Check back later tonight! Like really late. Just know you have 75 songs coming your way. =)