Playlist of the Month: February 2015

I’m back with another of my playlists! Be excited.
This time, I’m reading the songs off of my phone, instead of hopping back and forth between iTunes and a writing app on my laptop. This is ever so slightly easier.

Safe & Sound (feat. The Civil Wars) – Taylor Swift. I did mention that this one would pop up again.
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field. Seriously, this is one of my favorite songs.
Fix You – Coldplay. The first part of these lists is always full of repeats, I start each one off by scrolling through the previous month’s list.
Violet Hill – Coldplay. Coldplay, much?
Cemeteries of London – Coldplay. Not one of their most famous songs but still one of my favorites.
Sheets – Damien Jurado. Jurado, not Rice. I know this now.
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay. There will be more Coldplay, don’t even worry.
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone. Another perennial favorite of mine.
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman. Exactly as sad as I like my music.
Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks. Also sad! I like sad music, okay?
Your Hand In Mine – Explosions in the Sky. This is the “Friday Night Lights” version, but the original is just as good. I tend to switch back and forth between the two.
Night of the Hunter – 30 Seconds to Mars. I finally looked up what the bit of french at the start of the song is and it’s just ‘the night of the hunter.’ Oh. Okay.
Vox Populi – 30 Seconds to Mars. Crowd effect!
Atlas – Coldplay. What, you thought I was don with Coldplay? You must be new here.
Viva La Primadonna [Marina and the Diamonds and Coldplay] – phenste. Mashups!
Zombie – The Cranberries. I’m sure I’ve listened to more than one song by The Cranberries, but I couldn’t name another, so here we are.
Up in Flames – Coldplay. Slightly plaintive, I think.
Safe and Sound – Capital Cities. Apparently I wasn’t tired of this song yet?
Pyres of Varanasi – THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS. Yes, I do have “30 Seconds to Mars” and “THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS” as two separate artists in my phone, still.
Viva La Vida – Coldplay. I’ve sung an a cappella version of this song. It was fun.
Scream My Name – Tove Lo. That’s a fun name to say.
It Takes A Lot To Know A Man – Damien Rice. Rice, not Jurado. I know this now.
No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio Mix) – Mogwai. Hmm. Needs more Mogwai.
Mutatis – Blueneck. Definitely needs more Blueneck.
2013 – Daniel Kim. Pop Danthologies are great.
2014 – Daniel Kim. Still where I get most of my pop music listening.
Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) – Fences. I’m fairly certain this one is only in here because I kept listening to it and going “is it about being gay or not? WHAT DOES IT MEAN”
Immortals – Fall Out Boy. Probably one of the ‘hardest’ songs in this list.1
Always In My Head (Live At the Royal Albert Hall, London) – Coldplay. Okay, okay, I think this is the last bit of Coldplay this time around.
Hero – Darren Hayes. “Ladies and gentlemen listen up please, I don’t want to be your hero.”
Thunderstruck – 2CELLOS. I feel a little bit bad for their bows in most of their songs.
Mombasa – 2CELLOS. For some reason my brain just notices this song at weird times. That, or Shuffle in iTunes really likes it, because it seems to come up a disproportionately large amount of the time.
I Will Wait – 2CELLOS. I’m just… not even going to comment on these three songs.
Glad You Came – Bryson Andres. It’s a cover! I love me some instrumental covers.
Hold My Hand – The Fray. Helios was a great album.
Shadow and a Dancer – The Fray. These two were, I believe, my favorites off the album, but the whole thing is worth a listen.
Grizzly Bear – Angus & Julia Stone. They’ve got an album or two that I don’t have yet and I need to get on that.
Paloma – Carbon Leaf. Also really good at getting stuck in my head.
Fun – Troye Sivan. Troye pops back up in my playlists from time to time. I think he’s got a new album coming out soon?
Arcadia – The Kite String Tangle. My sister told me about this song. Months later, it popped up on a popular radio station. She was mad.
Oblivion (Slinger Remix) – Bastille. I don’t think I have any Bastille songs that aren’t remixes, now that I think about it.
Run Boy Run – Woodkid. If you listen to Woodkid and don’t watch the music videos, you’re doing it wrong.
I Love You – Woodkid. Seriously, look it up. They’re epic.
Don’t Wait – Mapei. I’m not sure what the vocal effect in this song is – it slips past my mind a little bit, or something – but I like it.
Ain’t No Friend – Lower Than Atlantis. Oh man, I forgot about Lower Than Atlantis.
Oasis (Vocal Mix) – Mitis & Crywolf. Someone gave me a Mitis song last summer. This is a delayed result of that.
Got Love – Tove Lo. Is this one a repeat? I don’t know if it is.
Ignition – Casa Murilo. This one is fun to sing along to!
My Favourite Faded Fantasy – Damien Rice. More Damien Rice! He’s gonna wind up back in my current playlist, at this rate…
Set The Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol. Ugh, Snow Patrol. So good.
Break Your Plans – The Fray. More of Helios!
Same As You – The Fray. And more! Such a good album.
La La Latch – Pentatonix. It kept getting stuck in my head and I finally gave in and put it in here.
Lina – Casa Murilo. Oh, Lina…
Final Masquerade – LINKIN PARK. Similar to 30 Seconds to Mars/THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, I’ve probably got Linkin Park and LINKIN PARK as two separate artists in my iTunes.
The Trooper (Overture) – 2CELLOS. It just makes me think of the ‘mom’ cover of the William Tell Overture that some comedian did.
Wake Me Up – 2CELLOS. More instrumental covers!
Shape of My Heart – 2CELLOS. It’s so quiet.
Oaso San-Voyou Remix – Totorro. Very rythmic, in such a way that it’s also in my ‘sleep’ playlist.2
Satisfaction – 2CELLOS. It’s so not quiet.
They Don’t Care About Us – 2CELLOS. It’s… not really quiet or loud? I dunno man.
Favorite Record – Fall Out Boy. It took me a while to listen my way through this entire album – good songs, but just… louder than what I tend to like.
Street Spirit (Fade Out) – 2CELLOS. This one is pretty quiet.
Time – 2CELLOS. Alright we’re clearly past TWO cellos here, that’s like ten or twelve.
Immortal – Marina and The Diamonds. Second song about immortality in this list! Go me.
Weeds – Marina and The Diamonds. Marina is wonderful.
Forget – Marina and The Diamonds. Although I think she wears the exact same dress in all of her music videos, which makes me wonder if they just did all of them in one shoot or something.
Take Me to Church – Hozier. Almost entirely sure this is in here because of the music video. Considering the content of the video, the actual lyrics of the song are… very heteronormative.
Shots – Imagine Dragons. This song just seems less catchy than they were actually trying for.
Savages – Marina and The Diamonds. Probably one of my favorites off this album.
Smoke And Mirrors – Imagine Dragons. This one came out better than Shots, I think.
Die Young In The Cave (Bootie Edit) – DJ MikeA. More remixes! It’s wonderful, and the album art I’ve got for it is hilarious.
Never Too Late – Bryan Rice. Suddenly, Danish pop!
Can’t Pin Me Down – Marina and The Diamonds. An interjection from Marina…
Bomb Shelter – Bryan Rice. And back to Denmark.
Stay Awake (feat. Bryan Rice) [Radio Edit] – Bryan Rice & Guéna LG. I may or may not have gotten in a small Twitter fight with this guy at one point.
These Arms – Bryan Rice. I was in a bad mood, don’t mind me.

So, that was February. The Fray, Marina and The Diamonds, 2CELLOS, and Bryan Rice were the big winners, from the look of things.
Now that I’m thinking about it, I should see if I can get iTunes to give me a CSV dump of these playlists.3 Those could make some interesting graphs.
Coming whenever I’ve got time: March!

  1. Don’t ask what exactly I mean by this because I’m not entirely sure. 
  2. That list doesn’t actually get much use, it’s mostly there as a fallback for when I don’t have enough internet for my “Explosions in the Sky” Pandora station to run. 
  3. I checked: no CSV, but it’ll do XML. Maybe one day when I’m really bored I’ll put something together to read that and make graphs out of it. There’s gotta be a framework for that somewhere online… 

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