Wednesday October 19th 2011, 6:07 am
Guest Mixtape: Tastebuds.fm’s Songs To Wake Up To
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Alex Parrish and Simon Brewer from Tastebuds.fm have teamed up to give us their “Top 12 Songs To Wake Up To”, featuring tunes by the likes of The Tallest Man On Earth, Beirut, Calexico and more. If you are a music lover (which I’ll just go ahead and assume you are since you are reading this blog) and haven’t checked out Tastebuds.fm yet, you really, really must.

It’s the brilliant new dating (and friends-seeking) website that matches you up based on your music taste (as imported from your Last.fm profile or from bands that you have individually listed). Never again will you have to suffer through a date with someone who counts the latest releases from Celine Dion and Enrique Iglesias among their desert island discs.  A really helpful tool if you ask me (my ‘Friends’  profile is here…say hi!). Without futher ado, I give you Alex and Simon’s mixtape, after the jump.

Tastebuds.fm’s Songs To Wake Up To

I guess this list was inspired by that feeling you get when you first wake up and there’s that residual feeling from your dream sequences, and in many cases you may even have a song stuck in your head. Well I thought it’d be pretty neat to have one of these 12 songs in your head, that or at least playing these songs just as you have awoken to begin your day in such a positive way.

1. Beirut – The Shrew
Gotta love Beirut’s attempt at making a Mariachi-esque sound.  He really nails it with this song on March of the Zapotec. The horn eruptions on this track are astounding and as usual Zach Condon delivers a stunning display of his vocals. The humdrum of the brass brings together Beirut’s classic gypsy-style orkestra stylings but this time with a Mexican ‘charro’ feel.

2. Tallest Man on Earth – I Won’t Be Found
Swedish folk artist Tallest Man on Earth delivers such a refreshing folk sound just with his trusty guitar. When he sings, it almost feels as if his lyrics have such legitimacy to them almost to the point that they could be tall tales of yonder. His unique nasal twang would easily lead you to assume he is not Swedish and of the dust bowl era.

3. Zooey Deschanel – Sugartown (Nancy Sinatra Cover)
Everyone loves Zooey, everyone. This girl is ‘so hot right now’, to quote Mugatu from Zoolander. Her whimsical voice is like the call of the sirens, luring everyone towards her fervent clutches. This Nancy Sinatra cover was also performed briefly by her character Summer Finn at a karaoke club [in 300 Days of Summer], and since watching I made a point of making it a quintessential morning song.

4. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
What ever happened to his plan to make an album for every state of America? Ahh well you are forgiven Sufjan, thanks mostly to your amazing album Illinoise and of course with its magnificent centrepiece track “Chicago”; such a joyous track that I find so phenomenal. Stevens has the ability to evoke such a smorgasbord of feelings with this standout track.

5. Wilco – I’m the Man Who Loves You
I love it when a band can make a depressing song upbeat and lively, now that’s entertaining. This song clearly highlights the frustration of being in love with someone; such an expressive track, I like to think this track covers a guy trying to simplify the woes of his present relationship and make reconciliation with his love. I just really enjoy the arrangements and instrumentation in this album.

6. Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood
Gotta love the Whoooaaaa-ohhhhhhhhhhhh-ohhhhhhhh at the beginning of this track, one of the many phonetic sounds that I like to associate with awakening and or some kind of rising. This song is just truly amazing. No one can deny the beautiful harmonies that the Fleet Foxes can create. This song is the the best evidence of their ability to tell a story with their music by essentially splitting the song into two exclusive parts that conveniently fit thematically with each other.

7. Calexico – Inspicion
Only found out recently this was a break up song, I guess the fact that it was in Spanish ultimately prevented me from knowing of the message in this song without translating it or asking someone. Despite the message being about getting over your first love,  I cant help but want to tango or something to this song. Alright I know this song is ALSO Mariachi-esque but hey, this was the mood I was in the week I compiled this mix-tape. Also who wouldn’t want to wake up to this song.

8. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – Big Guns
This woman has an amazing voice, the former child actor…yes she was in that movie with Fred Savage that was made ultimately to promote Super Mario 3 on Super Nintendo,  made an album with Texan gospel singers the Watson Twins that I immediately fell in love with, oh and her looks didn’t have anything to do with it cough cough. This treasured songbird can really strike a nerve inside you, the whole album including this track just resonates such a soothing effect. Got to love the way she delivers each song with such heart and a twinkle in her eye. Not to mention the cooling southern belle harmonies of the Watson Twins.

9. The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
For some reason this song reminds me of a sunrise, someone viewing a sunrise from a window sill. I remember the first time my friend showed me Funeral by Arcade Fire, I was like ‘What is This?!?!?!’ , this song truly reminds me of GOOD MORNINGS.

10. Kings of Leon – California Waiting (Studio Version)
Love this song, such a summer classic that just makes you want to go surfing and have bonfires on the beach Daniel Larusso style.Now I don’t want to step on any toes here but this song came out when I actually gave a crap about Kings of Leon, let’s just say that I didn’t really bother to listen to their other tracks after the 2nd album, but hey that’s me. Nevertheless their first 2 albums were some of the best albums I listened to growing up and I hold such early morning good time memories to this great track.

11. Iron and Wine – Tree by the River
Such an uplifting song, gotta love Iron and Wine’s lo-fi Americana sound on this album. The surface meaning of the track is clear, a past love in which he lost touch with. This song definitely merits large amounts of repeated listens.

12. Rilo Kiley – Go Ahead
Ahh we find ourselves coming back to Jenny Lewis, this time with her band Rilo Kiley. Although this track is quite minimal as it just features her voice and an acoustic guitar, unusual for this indie rock outfit. This song is like a gentle push out the door if you ask me, a reassuring nudge in some kind of direction saying ‘you can do it!’ haha. Oh Jenny Lewis.



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