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Summer 2013 Mix - The Way That I Want It To Stay
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Summer 2013 Mix - The Way That I Want It To Stay

1. Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
2. Filter - Happy Together
3. Alt-J - Tesselate
4. The Shivers - Beauty
5. Ben Folds - Cologne
6. Heartless Bastards - Came A Long Way
7. Dan Black - Cocoon
8. Rasputina - Wish You Were Here
9. Damien Jurado - Johnny Go Riding
10. The Raincoats - Lola
11. Walk The Moon - Iscariot
12. Babybird - If You'll Be Mine
13. Little Green Cars - Please
14. Jack White - Love Is Blindness
15. Cursive - What Have I Done?
16. Of Monsters And Men - Love Love Love
17. M. Ward - Let's Dance
18. Josh Ritter - Joy To You Baby
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MY MOVIE RATING SYSTEM
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A+/5* Movies I would go out of my way to buy so they can sit proudly on my shelf with the rest of my collection.
A/4.5* Movies that I would copy and keep in my binder of burned movies.
B+/4* Movies I would recommend to friends & family, and would want to be there, in person, as they experience the film..
B/3.5* Movies I would still recommend, but would be okay just asking the person later what they thought.
C+/C//3*/2.5* Movies I would give another day in court if someone I was hanging out with really wanted to watch one, but I’d still point out all the shit I didn’t like about it.
D+/D//2*/1.5* Movies that were pretty much a complete waste of my time, but I can still tell the film-makers at least TRIED, and can even see why someone else might enjoy it, even though it’s not my thing.
F+/F//1*/0.5* Movies that make me mad knowing they exist on the same planet as I do.

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Spring 2013 Mix - It'll Be Very
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2013 Very Artwork

1. Little Green Cars - The John Wayne
2. Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
3. Boyce Avenue - Titanium
4. Summer Camp - Veronica Sawyer
5. Walk The Moon - Tightrope
6. Sparklehorse - Don't Take My Sunshine Away
7. Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole (Call Me Maybe Mix)
8. Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
9. Dan Black - Ecstasy
10. Rogue Wave - Eyes
11. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Live Piano)
12. Neutral Milk Hotel - Untitled/Communist Daughter
13. Alt-J - Breezeblocks
14. Jens Lekman - Rocky Dennis Farewell Song To The Blind Girl
15. The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
16. Rogue Wave - Maps
17. The Joy Formidable - Whirring
18. Fun - Carry On (Acoustic)
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For Month of February 2013
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Walked 37.6 Miles in 12 Hours 4 Minutes - Burned 7872 Calories
Aerobics/Calisthenics 21 Minutes - Burned 535
Total Time: 12 Hours 25 Minutes - Calories Burned: 8407
Average: 1.3 Mile, 27 Minutes & 300 Calories Per Day
Weight: 330 - No Change

THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING: Sweet Home Alabama
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So, Dakota Fanning grows up to be Reese Witherspoon….. Innnnteresting……. OMG she’s a PYROKINETIC!!! Awwwwww. He buys her a white harem… Candice Bergin… This bitch. Who is this lesbian coven she has to answer to? OMG they’re all beautiful creatures!!! Does the hound dog represent Cerberus, the guardian dog of hell? Matthew McConaughy looks FANTASTIC! They just insinuated that Reese Witherspoon’s family owned slaves… This film just took a dark turn. Swoozie Kurtz looks TERRIBLE! How many characters does Matthew McConaughy play in this movie??? Selma Blair looks about the same.. “Just because I talk slow, doesn’t mean I’m stupid.” That’s some Gumpian wisdom right there. Oh honey, look out for Juke Boxes… Famous actresses aren’t known to fare well in places like this… Holy crap first slavery, now abortion and homosexuality… This movie is NOT afraid to go there. What did that dog being underwater so long have to do with anything? Is that how she’s going to solve the case of the underwater codger, her mystery dog can stay underwater for minutes at a time and investigate? Why is this movie so political? And by political I mean ABYSMAL??? What is happening? Why is she learning things? When everything went pear shaped? What is she, a time lord? Ohh… She’s a double agent! Ohhhhhhh. His mom’s the MAYOR. Her witch doctor and the high priestess of her coven just arrived!!! Do they need to melt all that gold for a spell? A storm is coming. Oh my god! She’s a more vile antihero than Alex in A Clockwork Orange! I hope they get struck by lightening. This must be the second film in a trilogy… Where our heroes are at their lowest, and the bad guys win in the end? What is the b story with this dog? Leonard Skinner is rolling over in his grave.

RETCON: 2008 MIX: SQUISH!
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I've always wished I had put more thought into this mix. There are a ton of songs on here that I just love, and a few I threw on just cause they were what I was listening to at the time... good, fun songs, but just not a FIT for this mix, or my general mix aesthetic. I also paid about the LEAST amount of consideration to play order of any mix... In the end, it really was just a chore to listen to with all the distractingly clumsy song choices and the clunky flow of it all. Anyhoo... For personal reference, here's the changes made.

ORIGINAL TRACKLIST:
1. Theresa Anderson - Na Na Na
2. MIA - Paper Planes
3. Alicia Keys & Jack White - Another Way to Die
4. Girl Talk - Shut the Club Down
5. Rhymefest - No Sunshine
6. Theresa Anderson - Birds Fly
7. Daedelus - Fair Weather Friends
8. Smitten Bayou - Girls Grind Girls
9. Okkervil River - Black
10. Amanda Palmer - Oasis
11. The Ocean Blue - Vanity Fair
12. Metro Station - Now That We're Done
13. Conor Oberst - Cape Canaveral
14. Coldplay - Lovers in Japan
15. Josh Rouse - O, I Need All the Love
16. Smitten Bayou - Sweet Mystery (live)
17. Chris Garneau - Runt
18. Kyle Andrews - Your Tester Bunny
19. Regina Spektor - Us
20. Incubus - Here In My Room
21. Bon Iver - For Emma
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REVISED TRACKLIST:
1. Theresa Anderson - Na Na Na
2. Alicia Keys & Jack White - Another Way to Die
3. Amanda Palmer - Oasis
4. Daedelus - Fair Weather Friends
5. Okkervil River - Black
6. The Ocean Blue - Vanity Fair
7. Metro Station - Now That We're Done
8. Regina Spektor - Us
9. Incubus - Here In My Room
10. Theresa Anderson - Birds Fly
11. Conor Oberst - Cape Canaveral
12. Josh Rouse - O, I Need All the Love
13. Coldplay - Lovers in Japan
14. Smitten Bayou - Sweet Mystery (live)
15. Chris Garneau - Runt
16. Kyle Andrews - Your Tester Bunny
17. MIA - Paper Planes
18. Bon Iver - For Emma
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My Top 10 Favorite Movies (And The Rest)
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So on the first day of this year I saw CLOUD ATLAS for the third time and decided it's now my favorite movie. It struck me as funny that, after 33 years of watching and loving movies, my favorite would lie in the most recent. So this got me thinking, just what ARE my favorite films? Could I even compile such a list? Well, apparently I can. I started by going through my DVD collection and pulling forward possible contenders. Then I discovered I was marking every third or fourth film. Of course I love ALL these movies, that's why I own them. So I decided to write out a list, since just the physical mass of a stack of DVDs seemed overwhelming (or as overwhelming as compiling a trivial list of favorite movies can be). I decided to make a few rules to simplify things. First I eliminated films by writers/directors I love that simply can't even be ranked among THEMSELVES let alone compared to others in my collection. Then I eliminated films in a series for pretty much the same reason. Then I just had to think, do I love X movie BETTER than Y... I ended up with a list of about 40. I then sat down, highlighting the ones I KNEW were at the top, and suddenly I found myself with only 8! Then I remembered CLOUD ATLAS which, of course, isn't in my collection yet. So I had 9. Everything else seemed like apples and oranges at that point... but then it hit me, by eliminating films in a series, I had eliminated the one movie that, in my opinion, is the BEST I've ever seen. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. So here we go.

TOP 10 (BY YEAR)
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975
2. The Neverending Story 1984
3. The Breakfast Club 1985
4. The Color Purple 1985
5. Heathers 1988
6. The Silence Of The Lambs 1991
7. Natural Born Killers 1994
8. Deconstructing Harry 1997
9. Magnolia 1999
10. Cloud Atlas 2012

As for the rest on my “short” list, here they are in no particular order: Pleasantville, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, American Beauty, The Royal Tenenbaums, Clue, Groundhog's Day, The Witches Of Eastwick, She-Devil, Beaches, Back To The Future 1 & 3, Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, After Life, Raise The Red Lantern, Nightbreed, Quills, Series 7, Young Adult, Ed Wood, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Winter's Bone, Harold And Maude, Gummo, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Clockwork Orange, As Good As It Gets, Return To Oz, The Dark Knight, 200 Cigarettes, Moulin Rouge, Mysterious Skin and Rachel Getting Married

As for the writers/directors whose films I mostly adore: Charlie Kaufman, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino and John Waters
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2012 Songs Acquired - Top Plays
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1. Shearwater - Dread Sovereign - 86 Plays
2. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - The Bed Song -  84 Plays
3. Fiona Apple - Hot Knife - 84 Plays
4. Lana Del Rey - Radio - 83 Plays
5. The Lumineers - Ho Hey - 83 Plays
6. The XX - Sunset - 80 Plays
7. Discovery - Osaka Loop Line - 75 Plays
8. Japandroids - Continuous Thunder - 74 plays
9. Santigold - Disparate Youth - 73 Plays
10. The Bewitched Hands - Hard To Cry - 72 Plays

2012 Music Acquired
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THE FOLLOWING ALBUMS WERE ACQUIRED WITHIN THE FIRST 9 MONTHS OF 2012

ALBUMS I LOVED
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Passion Pit - Gossamer

FIONA APPLE ALBUMS THAT ARE REALLY QUITE GOOD
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine Leaked Version

ALBUMS I'M PRETTY SURE I LIKED
The Bewitched Hands - Birds And Drums
Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow

ALBUMS BY ARTISTS I LOVE THAT I COULDN'T REALLY GET INTO
Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials
Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror
Santigold - Master Of My Make Believe
Dashboard Confessional - Dusk And Summer
Dashboard Confessional - The Shade Of Poison Trees
The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

ALBUMS BY ARTISTS I LOVE THAT WERE DREADFUL
Cursive - I Am Gemini
Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine
Tori Amos - Night Of Hunters
Brand New - Daisy

OLD ALBUMS FINALLY ADDED TO MY DIGITAL COLLECTION
Nirvana - In Utero
Madonna - The Immaculate Collection

SOUNDTRACKS
Dream A Little Dream
Cloud Atlas

MIX ALBUMS
SPRING: I Don't But I Always Will
FALL: The Body You Wanted
SPECIAL: The Lucky Ones
LAST: Esquimaux

IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR, I BEGAN A 35 DAY PLAYLIST PROJECT (EXPLAINED HERE).

THE FOLLOWING ALBUMS WERE RATED AND REVIEWED AS THEY CYCLED THROUGH THE PLAYLIST
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Theatre Is Evil - A
Japandroids - Celebration Rock - A+
Discovery - LP - A+
Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart - D (removed from library)
Jeremy Messersmith - The Silver City - A
Shearwater - Animal Joy - A
The XX - Coexist - A
The Lumineers - The Lumineers - B+
Death Cab For Cutie - Something About Airplanes - C-
Wild Nothing - Nocturne - B+
Kyle Andrews - Robot Learn Love - A+
Fiona Apple - Tidal - B+
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Theatre Is Evil Bonus* - A+
Cat Power - Sun - B
Japandroids - Post Nothing - A
Kyle Andrews - We Were Colors (Rarities)* - A
Django Django - Django Django - A
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits - B+
Zola Jesus - Stridulum II - A+
Summer Camp - Welcome To Condale - A+
Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose - A+
Lana Del Rey - Paradise EP - A-
*Self-compiled collection

THESE ALBUMS WERE ADDED TO THE 35 DAY PLAYLIST, BUT ARE YET TO BE REVIEWED
The Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever
Dashboard Confessional - Alter The Ending
Rainer Maria - Past Worn Searching
The Cure - Disintegration

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