For Kelly, Playlists Part II

Chi-town or bust: This is a list made for my little Chicago Roadtrip to see Paul Westerberg. It’s filled with songs about cars and Chicago. Includes such gems as Someone Take the Wheel by the ‘Mats, 1000 Miles from Nowhere by Dwight Yokam, Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago by Soul Coughing, and 35 other songs — oddly enough none of which are by the band Chicago. If you ever need a Chicago song, I can hook you up.

I Write the Book: So I’m a nerd, remember this. This is a list filled with songs about books, reading, and/or authors. Super Nerdy. It includes Hey Jack Kerouac by the 10,000 Maniacs, Walt Whitman’s Niece by Billy Bragg & Wilco, I Wrote Holden Caufield by Screeching Weasel, and 36 other songs.

King Dork: Remeber the nerdy! This is a list of songs either performed by Frank Portman about the book or songs mentioned in the book. Can we say obsessed? I hope so. It includes the brilliant I Wanna Ramone You by Frank Portman, King Dork by Frank Portman, Glad All Over by The Dave Clark Five and about 9 other songs.

LfD Tribute Songs: These are bunch of spoof songs some of my Westernerd friends Wolfdogg and Zook wrote. They are utterly hilarious in a totally inside joke kind of way.

Mono: Apparently I decided that I needed immediate access to Westerberg’s Mono album.

Open Season: See Mono.

Ray’s List: This is a list of songs that Ray wanted me to burn when he was up here in September. It includes songs he chose like Redemption Song by Bob Marley, Street Fighting Man by the Stones,and ABC by the Jacknson 5. Plus it has songs I thought he should hear like Your Little Hoodrat Friend by The Hold Steady, Guided by Wire by Neko Case, and She Moves in Her Own Way by The Kooks.

Shake Your Butt: Self-explanatory, no? Hey Ya! by Outkast, Body Movin’ by the Beastie Boys, Baby One More Time by Britney Spears, and about 21 other songs.

Smoo Smooberry: This was a list for a CD I was supposed to burn for my all-time favorite Westernerd whom I have a giant crush on. I never did burn the CD because I am the queen of slack. The list is very last winter. It includes Free Life by Dan Wilson, I Can Never Take the Place of Your Man a Prince cover by Eels, Your Misfortune by Mike Doughty, and about 9 other songs.

Supa G It’s your Happy New Year Mix, SupaG it’s your Happy Birthday vol.1, and SupaG It’s your Happy Birthday vol. 2 These are all mixes by my Westernerd friend Zook who makes the best mixes of punk rock stuff I’d never even heard of. I love it.

Superman: These are all Superman songs. I warned you about the nerdiness. The list includes Sunshine Superman by Donovan, Superman by The Kinks, Pocketful of Kryptonite by The Spin Doctors, and about 14 other songs.

Top 25 Songs 2005: My most-listened-to songs from last year. Includees To Destruction by Dolorean, Since U Been Gone by Ted Leo, You Remind me of Home by Ben Gibbard, and well, 22 other songs.

Top 25 Most Played: This an iTunes list it made on its own. It has all the songs I play the most, including Guided by Wire by Neko Case, Judy and the Dream of Horses by Belle & Sebastian, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John, and 22 other songs.

Winter Doldrums: This is the most recent addition to the playlists list. Songs from the right here and now. It includes a lot of songs we talked about at Grumpy’s and that were sang that last night of class. Plus it includes Split Needles (Alt Version) by The Shins, Instant Karma by John Lennon, Panama by Van Halen, and 36 other songs.

Writing: This list is the only thing I can listen to when I’m writing fiction. It has Matthew Sweet’s 100% Fun album and Liz Phair’s Whip-smart album.

Zook’s songs that remind him of me: ALL TIME FAVORITE. Zook sent me this mix CD for my birthday or Christmas a few years ago. It’s so awesome. SO AWESOME. Each song reminds him of something I’ve said or wrote about. It includes Jackass by the Bloodhound Gang (because I introduced Wolfdogg to Michael B as Jackass, Dead Flowers by the Stones (because it’s the best Stones song ever in the history of Stones songs), The Writer by Even in Blackouts (duh). It’s just a big pile of awesome.

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