The flags are waving for me…

For my July playlist we are going with a summer theme, and summer is in full effect. My favourite summer holiday is the Fourth. I love BBQ, beers, sparklers, and fireworks! Iced tea and lemon Italian ice are summer staples. My summer wardrobe comprises of mainly red, white, and blue, with a little nautical mixed in and this playlist will make you grab a burger, a sparkler and an ice cold beer.

  1. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
  2. Surf Colorado – Bowling For Soup
  3. California Girls – The Beach Boys
  4. Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
  5. Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven) – Lizzy Grant
  6. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
  7. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  8. Island in the Sun – Weezer
  9. Rockin’ Me – Steve Miller Band
  10. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  11. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  12. Rock Lobster – The B52’s
  13. Catalina – The Descendents
  14. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
  15. Summer Wind Was Always Our Song – The Ataris

This playlist like many before is just as eclectic as I am. I took a lot of time putting this one together, and I had a lot of fun doing it! So may of these songs are really good, and a little all over the place. I am so looking forward to Augusts playlist! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Gramma (Blue Ribbon Spakler Trailer Heaven) by Lizzy Grant

 

I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that…

This month’s playlist is all about songs from the 1980s, which as most 90s kids know was an interesting time for most pop culture, but I managed to find a few diamonds in the proverbial rough.

  1. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go – Soft Cell (If it’s not this version I’m outta here!)
  2. I Ran – A Flock of Seagulls
  3. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  5. The Tide is High – Blondie
  6. Centerfold – J. Giles Band
  7. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears For Fears
  8. Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison
  9. Take on Me – A-Ha
  10. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  11. Kayleigh – Marillion

In keeping with my general tastes, it’s mostly rock esque/new wave/prog/and a little pop. A lot of these gems are radio mainstays, so crank up the tunes, grab a Tab and watch some Care Bears, then rock out! And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Tide is High by Blondie

You’ve taught me everything, without a poison apple…

I was thinking that I haven’t put a playlist up in a while, and hardly get time to really listen to a lot of music any more. If I’m lucky I can listen to a couple of songs on my lunch break, or when I am folding laundry.

  1. Roll To Me – Del Amitri
  2. Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
  3. The Set Up – Reel Big Fish
  4. The Impression That I Get – Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  5. Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe
  6. No Rain – Blind Melon
  7. 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
  8. Drain You – Nirvana
  9. Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger
  10. Your Boyfriend Sucks – The Ataris

I went 90s this time, and quite frankly I could have gone on and on and on, but I decided to keep it to a manageable number. I grew up in the 90s and so many of these songs were on the radio, or I discovered them in my teens and I was hooked. I’ve always been a rock fan, and the derivatives I most enjoy are Punk, Emo and Ska. There wasn’t really a lot of punk in the 90s. Emo was starting to become more and more mainstream, and Ska was in it’s heyday. The other day J was telling me that he was teaching himself how to play Drain You, which is super rad. And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Drain You by Nirvana

Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah, On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be

Summer is starting to really wind down, I know, I know, it’s so sad, but it’s so incredibly true.  So I thought I might share some of my favourite Doo Wop hits.  Doo Wop music was really great, it’s a genre that most people my age would never listen to, but with my love of Grease, Shag, Mad Men and just the 1950s and 1960s, it’s no wonder I am a fan!

  1. Come and Go With Me -Dion
  2. Under the Boardwalk -The Drifters
  3. Be My Little Baby -The Ronnetts
  4. Stagger Lee -Lloyd Price
  5. Stand by Me -Ben E. King
  6. Wonderful World -Sam Cooke
  7. The Wanderer -Dion
  8. Sherry Baby -The Four Seasons
  9. One Fine Day -The Chiffons
  10. Sixty Minute Man -Billy Ward and the Dominoes

I have been listening to Doo Wop heavily for about two years now, I even have a Pandora station!  It’s good old American and so many of the songs are still really great today!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters

As if everybody would know exactly what I was talking about

This month’s playlist is exploring some of my favourite Paul Simon tracks.  Paul Simon is one of those artists that you can listen to at almost anytime in your life and a song you never paid much mind to instantly becomes your anthem.

1.Kodachrome

2. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

3. Me and Julio Down by the School Yard

4. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

5. Rene and Georgette Magritte and Their Dog After the War

6. Train in the Distance

7. Slip Sliding Away

8. Mother and Child Reunion

9. Loves Me Like a Rock

10. Have a Good Time

11. Call Me Al

12. Graceland

13. Obvious Child

A lot of his music is on the singer/songwriter side.  It’s melodic, prolific, and calm.  It’s great to put on and chill.  I have been listening to this music since I was a young child, and I still love it.  The memories that these songs hold are some of my favourites.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

In the stillness of remembering what you had…

June we are exploring some of my favourite tunes of the 1970s.  A lot of the music I heard growing up was what my parents listened to.  They listened to a lot of rock, my dad listened to some heavier stuff, while my mom listened to Bruce Sprinsteen and Southside Johnny.  I fall somewhere in the middle, with a major concentration in punk rock.  Here are just some of my favourite tunes from the 1970s!

1. Fire – Jimi Hendrix
2. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
3. Train, Train – Blackfoot
4. Rosalita – Bruce Springsteen
5. Old Man – Neil Young
6. Heart of Glass – Blondie
7. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
8. Maggie May – Rod Stewart
9. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
10. Black Betty – Ram Jam
11. Heroes – David Bowie
12. Spanish Bombs – The Clash
13. Kings and Queens – Aerosmith
14. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend – The Ramones
15. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

I really enjoyed putting this playlist together, and so many of these songs have great memories attached.  I think I knew every line to Bohemian Rhapsody before I started kindergarten.  I got a reissue of London Calling when I was in high school on vinyl, and the first time I listened to the album in it’s entirety I felt right at home.  More recently I have really gotten into Fleetwood Mac, Dreams is definitely one of my favourite songs.  Happy listening.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All from now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

And if she had to live it all over again you know she wouldn’t change anything for the world…

This month we are exploring some of my favourite music from high school.  I listened to a lot of EMO/Punk/Alt Rock/Rock mostly from the late 90s and early 00s.  A lot of these songs I listen to all of the time, and some I haven’t heard in forever.

1. I’m Not Okay (I Promise) – My Chemical Romance
2. Parker Lewis Can’t Lose – Fall Out Boy
3. Polished and Poisoned – Monty Are I
4. You’re So Last Summer – Taking Back Sunday
5. Jesus Christ – Brand New
6. Daddy’s Little Defect – Sugarcult
7. Cigarette Song – Yellowcard
8. The Calendar Hung Itself – Bright Eyes
9. Gives You Hell – The All American Rejects
10. A Favor House Atlantic – Coheed and Cambria
11. Space – Something Corporate
12. You Charlatan – Project Rocket
13. Stuck On You – The Reunion Show
14. I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone – The Ataris
15.Almost – Bowling For Soup
16. Mass Pike – The Get Up Kids
17. Blue and Yellow – The Used
18. Thrash Unreal – Against Me
19. Catalina – The Descendents
20. Lemon-Aid – Gob

A lot of this music just spoke to me when I was an angsty teen.  I had blue hair, pyramid stud belts, mix matched earrings and a wide array of concert tees.  I was mad at the world, myself and my life.  Music was my escape, I felt free and home.  This month I went a bit over board with my selections, but there is so much more that I wanted to share.  And On that note, it’s time to end!  Happy listening.
All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Trash Unreal by Against Me!