Abigail Cahill O'Brien

July Playlist

In Flotsam on June 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm

A bit of flotsam I may occasionally throw in the 5thjoy mix: playlists.  The focus will remain food, fashion, and home – but isn’t music almost always the backdrop?

Would you like to see this become an once-in-a-while feature?

I used to listen to music on my laptop in our little New York studio, ensconced in a private auditory bubble.  Now here we are in a rambling house, hosting generation-spanning dinners and a revolving cast of weekend guests, and the wordless music I write to won’t do.

The July list has to please a crowd:  it’s got to have a little folk, some really good 80s tunes, a mostly sunny disposition, and it can’t drive me bonkers.

Side note: we haven’t invested in a music system, mostly because we’re convinced whatever we choose will be obsolete in 3.2 seconds (although this looks promising), but also because we’re fond of this radio.

In no particular order:

  1. Sweet Disposition / The Temper Trap
  2. This Time Tomorrow / The Kinks
  3. Unthought Known / Pearl Jam
  4. Here Today / The Beach Boys
  5. I’m Amazed / My Morning Jacket
  6. Summertime / The Sundays
  7. Under African Skies / Paul Simon
  8. Elenore / The Turtles
  9. Touching the Ground / Brandi Carlile
  10. Never Going Back Again / Fleetwood Mac
  11. Head Full of Doubt Road Full of Promise / The Avett Brothers
  12. Six Different Ways / The Cure
  13. Amongst the Waves / Pearl Jam
  14. America / Simon & Garfunkel
  15. Two of Us / Aimee Mann and Michael Penn
  16. In Your Eyes / Peter Gabriel
  17. The End / Pearl Jam
  18. Home / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  19. Nick of Time / Bonnie Raitt
  20. No Reason to Cry / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  21. The Weight / The Band
  22. Cool, Clear Water / Bonnie Raitt
  23. Bright Side of the Road / Van Morrison
  24. Something Good Coming / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  25. Fugitive / David Gray
  26. Living for the City / Stevie Wonder
  27. Maybe I’m Amazed / Paul McCartney
  28. Heaven Can Wait / Charlotte Gainsbourg
  29. Far Away / Ingrid Michaelson
  30. Sound and Vision / David Bowie
  31. White Blank Page / Mumford & Sons
  32. Kathy’s Song (Live) / Simon & Garfunkel
  33. Wildflowers / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  34. The Way I Am / Ingrid Michaelson
  35. Maybe / Ingrid Michaelson
  36. Be OK / Ingrid Michaelson
  37. Chicago / Sufjan Stevens
  38. Plundered My Soul / The Rolling Stones
  39. Giving Up the Gun / Vampire Weekend
  40. Finer Feelings / Spoon
  41. The Mystery Zone / Spoon
  42. I Should Have Known It / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  43. Gloria / Van Morrison
  44. Tenderness / General Public
  45. Ten Thousand Words / The Avett Brothers
  46. Laundry Room / The Avett Brothers
  47. Loving Cup / The Rolling Stones
  48. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper / Blue Oyster Cult
  49. Well Respected Man / The Kinks
  50. You Still Believe In Me / The Beach Boys
  51. God Only Knows / The Beach Boys
  52. Cecilia / Simon & Garfunkel
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  1. Nice! I heart the Avett Bros. to an embarrassing degree. Just discovered Ingrid Michaelson recently thanks to my 14-year-old nephew (he has great taste).

    • Sarah, do you listen to WERS? Seems like they play the Avett Bros. almost hourly.

      • Not regularly. Another nephew (this one an 18-year-old musician) told me about The Avett Bros. Love their unsophisticated sound, if you know what I mean. And they play the banjo. What’s not to like about that?

  2. We have a Sonos system so if you ever want to tech-chat about it let me know. (Jasper set it up so he’d be better at explaining the tech aspects, I just like to chat!)

    • Fantastic Natasha! I’ll take you up on that when we’re ready to get serious. Of everything I’ve looked into, it’s the most appealing. And knowing it’s Natasha & Jasper-approved gives me even more confidence in it.

  3. keep it up…i like your ‘ear’. i’m a huge WXPN fan (member supported radio from the univ. of pa.). found you via joey & gmg…he’s posted lots of my pix ( ciabat/kevinshoots)

    • Kevin! Your pictures are stunning, I’ve admired them on GMG. I’ll check out WXPN. College radio is a great way to discover new music, especially if you don’t live in a big city where bands roll through. Thanks for popping by and leaving an encouraging word.

  4. very kind, thanks. they stream live http://www.wxpn.org. (upper right? on the home page)and someting for everyone, but my fave is the long-running “sleepy hollow” every sun.6-10 a.m.

  5. Is there a way to play the whole 52 continuously? This is a great mix! Obsolete(ism)isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker with sound systems – we’re playing LPs and listening to music on Harmon Kardon (sp?) speakers bought in 1989 (the ones on the stems with the wood-grain finish on top).

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