Friday July 31st 2009, 12:19 pm
Mixin’ With Michael Runion
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Michael Runion, musician and frequent collaborator within the world of Rilo Kiley (including playing on lead singer Jenny Lewis and bass player Pierre de Reeder’s solo records) has given us his “Ten Songs To Remind You That Sad Songs Are The Best” Mixtape. It features tunes by Neil Young, Roger Miller, Camera Obscura and more. Runion will be performing tonight at the Bootleg Theater here in Los Angeles alongside NYC band Chief (who just signed to Domino Records) and Echo Park band Mini Mansions. Check out Runion’s mixtape after the jump.

Ten Songs to Remind You That Sad Songs Are The Best:

1. Jackson C. Frank “blues run the game”
England, Spain, don’t matter where he’s going, it’ll be rough.

2. Sharon Van Etten “I Wish I Knew”
One of my favorite singers in the world right now. One of the best songs of her new record “Because I Was In Love.”

3. Neil Young “Love In Mind” (live on bbc version)
Kills me in less than 2 minutes. That’s a powerful man right there.

4. Camera Obscura.  “The Last Song”
Tracyanne Campbell is in my top three for female voices right now. Could listen to her sing a Stain’d record and be happy. Doesn’t hurt that she writes so many sad songs. Good for us.

5. Richard Hawley “The Ocean”
Off his beautiful record “Coles Corner.” “Don’t leave me down by the ocean.” Yikes.

6. Ted Lucas “It’s So Easy”
As positive a song that you’ll find on this list. Money still got in the way, though.

7. The Whispertown2000 “New York Minute”
One of my favorite current bands. Off their first record, “Livin’ in a Dream.” I wish I didn’t have to try so hard, too.

8. The Pastels “The Viaduct”
I wish the girls in the Pastels sang more. I like Stephen Pastel, but his voice asks a lot of a listener. Here he takes a back seat while Aggi (i think it’s aggi) takes care of us. “Were we ever inspired, just for a moment, or was this a lie. Slackness in the blackness.”

9. Morrissey “I Know Very Well How I Got My Name”
My favorite singer with a Suedehead b side. Never disappoints me, ever. Except at Coachella this year.

10. Roger Miller “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town)
A war veteran can’t satisfy his woman. He’d kill her if he could reach his gun, but he can’t, so she’s gone. What a terrible song. Goodnight.

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