My Mixtape Mondays – March 10, 2014
First Name: Sarah
Occupation: Client Services Analyst
Mixtape Name: And I Still Feel the Same
1) Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis
2) What I Didn’t Know by Athenaeum
3) Leaving Town by Dexter Freebish
4) Santa Monica by Everclear
5) Desperately Wanting by Better Than Ezra
6) Out of Habit by Blue Flannel
7) What A Catch, Donnie by Fall Out Boy
8) Shame by Empires
9) The Silence by Bastille
10) Fool’s Game by This Century
11) The District Sleeps Alone Tonight by The Postal Service
12) Don’t Forget Where You Belong by One Direction
Side A are songs that I loved when I was a preteen. Oasis is the first band that I decided I liked on my own, so of course they’re first. While ‘Wonderwall’ would be the obvious mid-90s Oasis track, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ has always been my favorite.
Athenaeum & Dexter Freebish are one hit wonders that have never not been stuck in my head. I used to think when they finally made a movie of my ever so interesting life, ‘Leaving Town’ would be the song playing during the opening credits.
'Santa Monica' is a perfect wanderlust song to me. 'Desperately Wanting' won out for the battle of Better than Ezra versus Gin Blossoms and then beat 'Good'.
'Out of Habit' has been one of my favorite songs since 1998, I think Blue Flannel had another more popular track, but the message of the song resonated with my middle class suburban upbringing.
Side B are all songs that I’ve been listening to a lot lately and seem to have the same despondency as what I was drawn to when I was younger. “I’ve got troubled thoughts and the self esteem to match, what a catch” is literally my favorite Pete Wentz lyric ever, so ‘What a Catch, Donnie’ is always in rotation.
Empires is one of those bands that gives you chills and honestly it was difficult to pick one track of theirs, but ‘Shame’ really displays what I like about the band: that grungey blue collar rock sound & Sean Van Vleet’s powerful vocals and slightly creepy lyrics. ‘The Silence’ has a great first line: “Tell me a piece of your history that you’re proud to call your own”.
Bastille has great lyrics period, but ‘The Silence’ really speaks to me. ‘Fool’s Game’ by This Century is one of my favorite songs about love. ‘The District Sleeps Alone Tonight’ is admittedly closer to age to side A than the rest of the tracks from B, but I never stop listening to it. And I thought to end this mix on a slightly positive note and really it wouldn’t a mix without One Direction, so we have ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’.