The foggy winter weather here in San Francisco makes for some quality relaxation time inside. Sitting fireside with friends and loved ones, we need some music to set the mood!
Enjoy the SoundTracking Team Mixtape: Slow Jams and Slow Songs
This song is just so good. It’s smooth and emotional, crisp and cool. It reminds me of the winter of 2003/4, in the most emotional way. It was cold, I was living in Chicago, and Ryan Adams was pretty much on the top of my ‘play on repeat and fall in love with’ list. This is a sit by the fire, have a glass of red wine, and contemplate the seasons of life kind of song.
I think this song came out while I was pretty young, but it was such a hit and every time that I’d hear it I’d have to sing along. Such a 90s/00s classic. I can definitely picture Joe serenading his honey with this, a fire burning in the background, and snow on the ground outside!
No one does slow jams quite like the R (Brian McKnight could be a close second). One of the greatest R&B singers of all time in my book, the man can be as direct or metaphorical as he wants with his songs and still be (somewhat) tasteful. No matter the groove, lyric, or melody, no artist has a better catalogue of sit-by-the-fire-and-romance-it-up songs than the Pied Piper of R&B.
This is such a great song by the Raconteurs. It’s sweet, sensitive and realistic. This song also has some of my favorite lyrics. “I’m adding something new to the mixture, so there’s a different hue to your picture. A different ending to this fairytale. When the sunset into which we sail.” Slow jam genius!
This is an old-school 311 jam that has a good vibe to it. #slowjam
When I think “slow jam”, I think R&B. I stopped listening to the genre a long long time ago, but here’s a recent track that I actually like.
No slow jam mixtape would be complete without some lowrider oldies!
This is a heartbreaker. Usher wants to love her, but he’s got to let her go. It hurts not just him, but me too.
Planning life in front of a fireplace with hot coco is a must thing todo! What else can you do when you couldn’t go outside because of heavy rain :)
This slow jam classic / yacht rock favorite was so smooth Warren G had to sample it for “Regulate.”
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and since we all plan on indulging in a few more treats than we normally do, we thought what better to inspire the week’s mixtape than this?
Please enjoy the SoundTracking Team Mixtape: Guilty Pleasures. We’ve shared some of ours, but what are yours? Soundtrack them if you dare ;)
As always, stream our full mixtape on Spotify or Rdio!
Before I moved to the city I had a car in which I would blast Fall Out Boy’s album, “Infinity on High.” My friend actually had me borrow this album and said it was a “MUST listen.” Initially I resisted, then realized I really liked it! Though Fall Out Boy was popular with many, I would never openly admit to liking them until now… I would play this song in particular on repeat and scream the lyrics as I went for a drive. Shhh!
I used to like emo/screamo/hardcore, a lot. I must’ve had an angsty early-20’s. m(_ _)m *hangs head in shame*
Can’t believe I still like this song! Used to remember the whole 150 names of the pokemons and rap ‘em.
My guilty pleasure is any band featuring Chino Moreno. I only refer to it as being guilty because his music tends to be on the more emo side of life, and being 31 years old, I occasionally feel like an angsty high-schooler when listening to it, but the guy is such a ridiculously talented singer & songwriter, I still can’t pass his music up.
Because who can resist bobbing their head to that hook, that’s why. Bonus points for that flute too.
Not a guilty pleasure, just a pleasure. What up.
Rihanna fan? Guilty as charged!
A self indulgent fusion masterpiece. It was ground breaking at the time, shifting from baroque to bop in concepts and phrasing.
"Africa" has always been a favorite of mine - when I was a kid I used to ask my Dad to put on Toto IV all the time. Incidentally the song’s lyrics quoted here are often misheard - I’ve always sworn that ‘Olympus’ was really ‘an Empress’ though apparently ‘a leopress’ is commonly heard as well.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I am a total gleek. During finals a few years ago, I was trying to avoid studying for finals…and enter: Glee. I watched half of the first season in a day and was hooked, especially on their version of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Journey + Glee = perfection.
I’ve posted this song probably 20 times already, telling people it’s my not so guilty pleasure. And here it is again! When he says, “I need a girl who called me baabyy” I’m hooked. It makes me think of fairytale romances and driving off into the sunset. It’s perfect. In that fairytale this is the car that I want to drive off into the sunset in, along side my honey.
Ghosts, werewolves and pumpkins, OH MY! One of the most notable holidays in October will be celebrated this weekend… Halloween! We’re putting the last finishing touches on our costumes (from black cats to Richard Simmons) for the weekend’s wicked festivities and even though we might not be trick-or-treating, enjoying some Halloween candy is definitely in order.
Halloween is coming!
Each time I’ve heard this, I’ve felt creeped out. I don’t know if everyone remembers the era of Clay Aiken’s fame, but I was always puzzled about why all of those so called “Claymates” were so into this particular song. The lyrics just didn’t work for me—I always thought they would better fit a stalker’s anthem than a romantic ballad…to each their own, I guess!
My Halloween jam? This one. ‘Nuff said!
I really dislike Halloween. Possibly because my mom dressed me up with a mask and a collection of weird things wrapped around me. That’s me on the left. :)
This Duran Duran cover is almost better than the original, and is appropriate for Halloween. Enjoy!
A dark version of “Sweet Dreams.” He really did very well on this mix, gave me the bumps! Happy Halloween SoundTrackers.
I like this song, but the music video is what inspired my spooky post. Love the campy 80’s vibe and fun twist on the ghost theme.
Loving the soundtrack to the documentary “DMT: the spirit molecule” which talks about a substance that allows people to have out of body experiences. Some of the people who took the substance under the supervision of doctors thought they were dying while having the experience. Being somewhat spooky, the movie is especially perfect if you want to watch an informational movie around Halloween.
Halloween is my favorite holiday and this Danny Elfman track always gets me in the ghoulish spirit. Can’t wait to see all the sweet costumes and join in the debauchery! Happy Halloween everyone!
Wolfs and Ghosts!? What’s more scary? Probably there are more spooky things than this song. But I love it, and it has all the right Halloweeny autumnal themes.
Torn between two songs by Deadmau5, I originally was thinking of posting "2 of Us" (Deadmau5 Edit) by Supermayer but this one seems to be more fun. The lyrics- “After I’m gone, your earth will be free to live out its miserable existence, as one of my satellites, and thats how its going to be.” Creepy right? I’m very excited for all the parties going on this weekend. SoundTracking posts pending!
As NLCS playoffs take most San Franciscans’ minds off of work, we can’t say that we’re immune to the distraction. Watching inning after inning got us thinking…if you were out there, what would your walkout song be?
As always, enjoy our mixtape on Spotify or Rdio!
Now, without further ado, here’s the SoundTracking Team Mixtape: Walkout Songs edition.
Nothing gets me as pumped up as angry, loud, hardcore punk! I had a difficult time deciding between some old-school AFI, Boysetsfire, Ignite, or Thrice.. but I ultimately settled on this track. Imagine the opening guitar riff blasting through the speakers as I step up to the plate (or into a ring.. or cage…)
If i’m a relief pitcher coming in to save the game, this is my walkout music. love it.
An oldie, but this still gets me pumped up to step up. It’s not quite politically correct, so I dunno if this song blaring over stadium speakers is possible. But few other songs get me hyped up and feeling as dangerous to the competition as this does.
Oh man. How can I choose just one? So many songs get me pumped! BUT since Kat Williams stole my idea of a perfect walk out song with Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’,” I’ll have to go with Dada Life’s “Kick out the Epic Mother F**ker”. I would definitely walk out to this song and get ready to kick some ass!
As a Zack De La Rocha fan, it’s been hard for me to accept Audioslave, but if it’s killer riffs you crave, Tom Morello is the man to go to. #walkoutsong
I feel like I grew up with this song getting everyone pumped up on Bay pride, so I think it’s only natural that I’d want to walk out to it. But, if not E-40, I am a huge fan of Panda’s choice, too—whenever he goes up to bat, the music makes me feel like he’s gonna kill it and I can’t wait to see what he does.
Jamie has been saying since January that this is my “entrance music” so that must mean it’s true. Also, I love this song. The build up in the intro is so good. This would DEFINITELY be my ‘walk out’ music. And the photo is from January too, so this combo is AUTHENTIC. ;)
This song is simply a great song, but a fight song? Let’s set the scene for those familiar with it.
I’d like to emerge last, presumably after the first combatant rocked the arena with an adrenaline laced, testosterone fueled, nitro-burning funny-car of a tune. Moving slowly as a pall bearer, donning purple satin, I give two-handed handshakes along the way to fans and foes alike, perhaps slipping cash to some, perhaps not, maybe chewing gum? … have to think about that part (hard to do that in tape and gloves).
At precisely 1 minute, 14 seconds, the song crescendoes to its first chorus. I drop to a knee a la James Brown and serenade the audience with Karen Carpenter, oblivious to the impending battle.
Eventually, I climb into the ring at the end of the second chorus, remove the cloak and do my best thousand yard gaze while I loosen up with relaxed shadow boxing.
At best my opponent’s will is now broken as this song evokes memories of loss and heartbreak, at worst, it creates a cloud of confusion. The opponent will be either too angry or unfocused. Either way they are now unbalanced.
… not that I’ve given it much thought.
Walk out song? Wow, tough one. To me the walk out song definitely has to be either some hard rock song or hip/hop rap. I’m going with the latter, and seeing that I’m from Berkeley, and always wearin’ Vans these days, I’m going with The Pack. Walk out song runners up: “Power" by Kanye or "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne.
Baseball for me means traffic (I live very close to the stadium). I decided to go with a traffic themed song from Morcheeba.
Walking up to the plate, I would want a track which put me “in the zone.” This Junip ditty is just the thing; a steady build to a dark and rhythmic crescendo. Mmmm.
October marks the 30 year anniversary of the compact disc. Just 3 decades ago, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was the first commercial album released in CD format. And while the reign of the CD has definitely ended, we decided to celebrate its effect on the music industry and our lives.
This week’s mixtape theme: My first CD. We dug deep into our pasts (well it wasn’t that long ago, really) to share songs from our first CDs. Read on, reminisce, and, as always, enjoy our mixtape on Spotify or Rdio!
My first CD was technically a gift from my Dad which came with my first all in one stereo + CD player for my bedroom… you don’t wanna know the first CD I bought myself!
Dolores O’Riordan’s voice had me mesmerized from the first time I heard “Zombie” on the radio. As an Irishman myself, I was drawn to the sound of the motherland. Thus the first CD I bought for myself was The Cranberries - No Need to Argue. I was 13. It’s a great album top to bottom, and this is one of my favorite tracks. The photo is of my grandfather and grandmother on my mother’s side in Calistoga shortly after they were married.
Oh yes, my first CD. I remember I was still in elementary school and my mom drove me to Tower Records to pick this baby up. I proceeded to go home, listen to the full album, then created a dance routine to “Bug a Boo” with my best friend. Which we performed at the talent show later that year…
My first CD. I bought it because of this song. My summer babysitter at the time had such an influence on my taste in music. This one of the greatest albums ever.
The first CD I ever bought was Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. It was okay for a 9 year old to like MJ at the time. I remember my parents bought a CD player one day, telling me that it’s this cool new music format. I was excited and told my friends at school about this new cool thing we have at home. My friends just looked at me like, “WTF?”. Yes, this was 1993, a good 10 years after CD’s have been around. D’oh. On a side note, I also bought MC Hammer’s “Too Legit To Quit” on that same day. What was I thinking?
This was the first CD I wanted to buy. It came out in 1999 so I was 10 years old and obsessed with the song “No Scrubs”. I would even sing the lyrics and not understand what it actually meant. I took my parents to Best Buy and begged them to buy me this CD. I wanted it so badly! But when they saw the other song titles on the album ‘FanMail’ they immediately said no and I was bummed out. I turned to the radio to catch this song every chance I could. “No Scrubs” will always be a classic to me.
My first CD. Kinda says it all, I suppose. Happy 30th, digital music.
I can’t say for certain that these were my first CDs purchased as a youth, but I distinctly remember the hoopla around Guns ‘n’ Roses releasing not one, but TWO cds at the SAME time. Also, how great was old school, oversized CD packaging from back in the day?
This was my 16th birthday gift in 2000. I remember this gift coming a few days after my real birthday, after my mom scoured all of Manila to get me a copy of this in-demand and constantly out-of-stock record. The result? A consistent musical influence that touches every note I sing, to this day. (Thanks Mummy!)
First purchased on “The Carl Stalling Project”, I never knew of the actual composer (Raymond Scott) until many years later. One of my favorite composers of the 20th century.
My #firstCD was Licensed To Ill by @BeastieBoys in 1988. Paid for with baseball cards. What was yours?
The first disc I ever purchased, way back in the early 90’s, grew into a classic. Adolescent me would dance around in the living room blaring these songs every afternoon, much to my parents chagrin. Ahh, the good times.
"My First CD" was such a strong topic this week that lots of you posted tracks from your first CD too; we couldn’t exclude those! So we’ve added some of your first CDs to the mixtape this week, too! Thanks to all who shared their music memories!