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V-Day Mix

What good is romance in America if there isn’t a mixtape to express said feelings? In honor of Valentine’s day, here’s a little mix for you all… and it ain’t all emo (remember, blues and rock were wearing themes of love and romance quite well and long before emo came through). Enjoy:

1. Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! – “Trunk of My Car

What a build up and a great song…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOI9KWjYfqE]

2. The Cure – “Close To Me

Duh… with an irresistible beat and lyrics that fit perfectly with the theme, you can’t go wrong here.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d4-pDw_dHw]

3. Andrew W.K. – “She Is Beautiful

Sure, it’s a bit gender-biased, but this song rips!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZyhB1-Yb4U]

4. Oh No! Oh My! – “Oh Be One

Repetition does the trick here…

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5. Nina Simone – “I Love Your Lovin’ Ways

Nothing wrong with a classic.

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6. The Faces – “Stay With Me

Ditto.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0T9Ag7Co5Q]

7. Chef – “Simultaneous

Nothing wrong with a bit of humor either…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QHL_JkVgj8]

8. Head Automatica – “Beating Heart Baby

The dude from Glassjaw, the producer from so many great hip-hop albums, and one hell of a record…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQFOiCnuX98]

9. Dinosaur Jr. – “Sludgefeast

According to Our Band Could Be Your Life, most Dinosaur Jr. songs are about J’s longing for companionship, but this is the one that’s the kicker.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnImVkzEzI8]

10. TV on the Radio – “Ambulance

One hell of a haunting song, and one of their best to boot.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiHPldMq0Bc]

11. Friendly Fires – “Paris

Everything about this song has an element of romantic longing, from the title (Paris is the city of romance) right down to the lyrics.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSdeDJUxF-0]

12. Muscles – “Chocolate Raspberry Lemon and Lime

Short, sweet pop song about love, with metaphors!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whkInc1QfOs]

13. OutKast – “Happy Valentine’s Day

Great and funky way to knock home the theme o’ the mix.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRwYjcMFIV0]

14. The Pixies – “La La Love You

Apparently this song was made as something of a joke, but it’s so damn adorable and great.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IyC6BQqkms&feature=related]

15. The Promise Ring – “Red & Blue Jeans

Simple and catchy, right down to the repeated “do dos” like a Motown chorus line.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9lZ7anrKPE]

16. Eagles of Death Metal – “Speaking In Tongues

“I Only Want You” is too easy, and this song seems to bubble with more sexual proclivity than some of their other songs (and that’s saying a lot).

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__uekZ9v95U]

17. Spiritualized – “Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

A simple mantra, an unforgettable song.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWAKmzahiYU]

18. Lucero – “Mine Tonight

Nothing like the age old tale of a hard working American coming home to the one he/she loves…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKvQF4EeT0I]

19. Sunny Day Real Estate – “Guitar and Video Games

Tales from the bedroom, and updated with references to teenage-friendly technology.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L29MXPm4UFE]

20. The Beta Band – “Dry The Rain

Slow grooving song that ends with “I need love,” provides a good end note for this mix.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s5xnh6t-wE]

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