So, I’ve mentioned once or twice1 that I make a new playlist every month. The system, to be more specific, involves two parts. First is a folder, within iTunes, for each year. Within that folder, I have a playlist for each month. The playlist first gets created on the first of the month, and I use it – both for listening and for filling in music – for the duration of the month. At the end of the month, I make the next playlist and the whole thing starts over.
I had a request to share some of these playlists, so I guess I’ll start doing that! It seems like fun, and it means I’ve got a bit of a backlog to get through, so here goes.2 For your listening pleasure, January 2015.
Look After You – The Fray. A classic.
Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks. In case you’re feeling too happy.
Fireflies – Owl City. I dunno man, it’s just there.
Twisted Logic – Coldplay. There’s always gonna be Coldplay, with me.
Speed of Sound – Coldplay. This one gets stuck in my head a lot.
What If – Coldplay. Now I feel like listening to this one again. I inception’d myself.
Til Kingdom Come [Hidden Track] – Coldplay. Another one that I wind up singing a lot.
Zombie – The Cranberries. I dunno the lead singer’s name, but I love her accent.
Vox Populi – 30 Seconds to Mars. Gotta love that crowd effect.
Fix You – Coldplay. Admit it, you sing along.3
Night of the Hunter – 30 Seconds to Mars. I’ve got like three different versions of this song, I think…
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field. This shows up in a lot of my playlists and I love it. If you want to know why, go watch Warehouse 13. You’ll know.
Viva La Primadonna – phenste.4 Mashups are fun, and I may or may not have an acapella version of this as an Evil Plan for the future.
Sheets – Damien Jurado. A good one for singing.
Viva La Vida – Coldplay. It’s a classic!
Your Hand In Mine – Explosions in the Sky. This is and forever will be the single greatest song of all time.
Cemeteries of London – Coldplay. Man, that was a good album overall.
Violet Hill – Coldplay. Like I said, a good album.
Pyres of Varanasi – THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS.5 This one is fun.
Safe and Sound – Capital Cities. You are already humming the one riff from this song.
Atlas – Coldplay. This list is, what, half Coldplay so far?
Up in Flames – Coldplay. Mylo Xyloto!
Safe & Sound (feat. The Civil Wars) – Taylor Swift. This one also shows up in a lot of these lists. I just enjoy it a lot.
Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire. The Hunger Games soundtracks are all really good, to be honest.
Hero – Darren Hayes. This pops back into my head at random.
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay. Also great for singing along to!
Try – Colbie Caillat. The music video for this one makes me smile.
The Fault In Our Stars (MMXIV) – Troye Sivan. Oh god, mah feels.
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman. This one was a ‘what was that song my dad always used to play?’ find.
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone. There’s like ten words in this whole song but it’s so great.
Ignition – Casa Murilo. Ooh, I forgot about this one.
The One Moment – OK Go. Somebody told me to listen to OK Go, so I did.
Giving Up – Haerts. Haerts is a strange word to say, even in my head.
Plastic Covered Furniture – Have Mercy. I like the beginning of this song but I’m not sure about the rest of it.
Long Long Way – Damien Rice. I think I downloaded this because I thought it was Damien Jurado?
Trusty And True – Damien Rice. I mean, clearly it was a good decision.
The Box – Damien Rice. Seriously, though.
I Don’t Want To Change You – Damien Rice. I’m actually adding this one back into my current playlist. It’s gone self-referential already.
It Takes A Lot To Know A Man – Damien Rice. Last one. I think.
Let It Go – Saint Saviour. No, it’s not Elsa.
Adrift – Tarwater. I can’t remember if this is post-rock or ambient, and I’m too lazy to move the window I’m typing in over to see. What does that say about me?
Mutatis – Blueneck. Oh man, Blueneck.
Father, Sister – Blueneck. I’m flashing back to the bus rides I had all January.
Broken Fingers – Blueneck. I’m adding some of these back into my current list again, dang.
Man Of Lies – Blueneck. Fun fact: I’ve pulled a Damien Jurado/Damien Rice kind of confusion with Blueneck and another band.
King Nine – Blueneck. The other one, whose name I can’t remember, was screamo I think?
Sirens – Blueneck. Needless to say, it was very different.
Counting Out – Blueneck. Alright, last one I think.
Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON. According to Wired, I believe, this is the song of the summer. It just… came out forever ago?
Animal – XOV. Ooh, we’ve hit the Hunger Games again.
Scream My Name – Tove Lo. This is too energetic for me to listen to right before I go to bed.
The Leap – Tinashé. I really just couldn’t remember which song this was.
Lost Souls – Raury. I was going to say something about this song but now I’m thinking about Rory on Doctor Who.
All My Love (feat. Ariana Grande) – Major Lazer. I also completely forgot about this one.
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde. I have an instrumental cover of this somewhere.
Dead Air – CHVRCHES. Just… try to say ‘CHVRCHES’. Like, “Chvrches” I mean, not “churches.” It’s fun!
Lesser Oceans – Fences. And another chunk of one album.
My Mountain Is Cold – Fences. Like I said.
Sunburns – Fences. Don’t remember this one.
Running Off The Gods – Fences. Or this one.
Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) – Fences. I’m still unsure on if this one is supposed to be a gay allegory or not.
The Lake – Fences. I do remember this one. A bit of an earworm, I think.
O (Live At Royce Hall, Los Angeles) – Coldplay. More Coldplay!
Oceans (Live At E-Werk, Cologne) – Coldplay. I’m not actually much of a concert-goer.
Another’s Arms (Live At the Beacon Theatre, New York) – Coldplay. And yet, all this live music.
Midnight (Live At the Royal Albert Hall, London) – Coldplay. I wonder how long it took them to make this album?
True Love (Live At the Enmore Theatre, Sydney) – Coldplay. I mean, we’re at, like, three continents already?
Always In My Head (Live At the Royal Albert Hall, London) – Coldplay. Oh good, they got multiple songs from one concert at least.
On the Frame – Beta Radio. I don’t really remember this one…
First Began – Beta Radio. But I do remember this one. Slightly nostalgic, somehow.
I Am Mine – Beta Radio. And I remember singing this one in the shower. Huh.
The Lord is Out of Control (Nils Frahm Remix) – Mogwai. Ugh, yes, this song.
No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio Mix) – Mogwai. I love Mogwai’s names. Just… for everything.
Re-Remurdered (Blanck Mass Remix) – Mogwai. Seriously, that name.
Teenage Exorcists – Mogwai. I mean, this is the band that brought us “The Sun Smells Too Loud” on the album The Hawk is Howling, so…6
Better Not Wake the Baby – The Decemberists. I think the best word for this one is ‘rollicking.’
Carolina Low – The Decemberists. Definitely not rollicking.
Cavalry Captain – The Decemberists. Now that I think about it, the lead singer’s voice kinda reminds me of the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie.
The Singer Addresses His Audience – The Decemberists. This is one that you should listen to the lyrics closely, it’s funny.
Strong Hand – CHVRCHES. “Chuh-ver-ches?”
Recover [KDA Remix] – CHVRCHES. I have a weakness for remixes of songs, I think.
The Days – Avicii. How did I even get Avicii?
Remains (Bastille Vs. Rag N Bone Man Vs. Skunk Anansie) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille. This is hopefully the longest song title in this list.
Weapon (Bastille Vs. Angel Haze Vs. F*U*G*Z Vs. Braque) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille. I’m looking forwarded to how confused my Markdown processor gets by the third name in there.7
Axe To Grind (Bastille Vs. Tyde Vs. Rationale) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille. What’s the non crossfaded version sound like?
The Driver (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille. This one would probably be the easiest to do that comparison on, I assume.
Bad_News (Bastille Vs. Mnek) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille. My laptop really doesn’t like ‘Mnek.’
Bite Down (Bastille Vs. Haim) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille. Last bit of Bastille for a while.
Silver – The Neighborhood. I’m glad I don’t have to type the album name, because that would also confuse the crap out of Markdown.
Oaso San – Totorro. Isn’t that a movie?
Motte-Rock – Totorro. The band name, I mean.
Home Alone – Totorro. I mean, I know I’ve got Google right here, but actually checking sounds like a lot of work.
Return – The Phoenix Foundation. I have… no memory of this song.
Driving Home for Christmas – Blueneck. You thought we were done with Blueneck, didn’t you?
Miracles – Coldplay. Okay, apparently we were.
2014 – Daniel Kim. Pop. Dan. Thology.
2013 – Daniel Kim. Fun fact: these are where I first hear a large chunk of the year’s pop hits.
Immortals – Fall Out Boy. I have a sped-up Fall Out Boy song somewhere that’s better than the original.
Novocaine – Fall Out Boy. I’m slightly bothered that ‘fallout’ isn’t one word.
The Kids Aren’t Alright – Fall Out Boy. To be honest, this song is probably here by dint of the name alone.
Centuries – Fall Out Boy. Thanks to the internet, they probably will be remembered for centuries!
Irresistible – Fall Out Boy. I don’t remember this song at all.
Springworlds – Inventions. Don’t they have an album out now? I should look that up.
Mombasa – 2CELLOS. I feel like using a cello as a drum is slightly cheating.
Thunderstruck – 2CELLOS. On the other hand, this is some impressive cello music, so whatever.
I Will Wait – 2CELLOS. And a cover! Isn’t that how they got started? Who knows! (The internet does.)
And there we go! That big long list is my January playlist. That took longer to type than I thought, my fingers are tired.
I’m heading to bed now folks. Enjoy the music!