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13 Reasons in Riverdale: The Playlist

13 reasons

Two fair to middling teen oriented TV series I’ve devoured in the last month. Each with their own particular aesthetic, but soundtracks that seemed to blend fairly effortlessly together.

That’s how the 13 Reasons in Riverdale playlist was born:

1. Kids in America – Riverdale Cast

2. Young & Unafraid – The Moth & The Flame

3. Laser Gun – M83

4. Dance Hall Days – Imperial Mammoth

5. The Night We Met – Lord Huron

6. I Feel Love – Riverdale Cast

7. Love is Mystical – Cold War Kids

8. Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

9. Gold – Kiiara

10. Hey Hey, My My – Battleme

11. 13 Tapes – Eskmo

12. Rendezvous Girl – Santigold

13. The Walls Came Down – The Call

14. Love as a Weapon – Little Scream

15. Cowards Starve – Protomartyr

16. Believer – Imagine Dragons

17. Killing Moon – Roman Remains

18. Bury – Union

19. Into The Black – Chromatics

There’s a YouTube playlist here.

And a Spotify playlist here.

I am also happy to burn people a CD copy as well. Happy listening!


Dragon Age Origins Playlist: For the Grey Wardens

Dragon Age Origins header

After dusting off the blog and posting this week, I thought the Mass Effect playlist seemed a little lonely, and was reminded I’d crafted a similar item for Dragon Age: Origins.

This is mostly effective towards the Alistair/Warden camp, but feel it could be appropriate for most FemWardens and their love interests. Perhaps. I dunno. Sheeit.

Here it goes:

1. White Blank Page – Mumford and Sons

2. Breath of Life – Florence and The Machine

3. Run Boy Run – Woodkid

4. The Next Time You Say Forever – Neko Case

5. Dark Moon, High Tide – Afro Celt Sound System

6. Poison and Wine – The Civil Wars

7. Lodestar – Sarah Harmer

8. Gray Stables – Iron and Wine

9. Grown Unknown – Lia Ices

10. Lovers – David Gray

11. Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac (for Morrigan)

12. Road – Nick Drake

13. Good Woman – Cat Power

There’s also a YouTube playlist for those interested parties. And while I’m at it, I’d love to suggest reading the Dragon Age: The Silent Grove comic book which is supposedly a bridge story between DAO, DAII and the next installment. It features characters from both series, introduces some newbies and has, as promised by the title, DRAGONS. I spotted in TFAW in hardback form while picking up a beautiful, gorgeous Garrus Vakarian action figure. Yes, had to name drop Garrus. Frakking stud.

Oscars 2011: Movie Score and Soundtrack Playlist

Every year since the inception of our hosting an Oscar party, I’ve crafted a mix CD for our guests based on the films released in that year. Not all of the scores and soundtracks I poach from are on the Oscar docket. Indeed, with such paltry pickings this year, very few of the tracks align with the Academy Award nominees.

Here is the tracklist for this years winners:

  1. Earth to Asgard – Patrick Doyle (Thor)
  2. The Wolf – Fever Ray (Red Riding Hood)
  3. They’re Calling My Flight – Cliff Martinez (Contagion)
  4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Emily Browning (Sucker Punch)
  5. container park – The Chemical Brothers (Hanna)
  6. Immigrant Song – Karen O, Trent Reznor (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
  7. How To Kill a Vampire – Ramin Djawadi (Fright Night)
  8. Nightcall – Kavinsky (Drive)
  9. Moses vs The Monsters – Steven Price, Felix Buxton, and Simon Ratcliffe (Attack The Block)
  10. Magneto – Henry Jackman (X-Men: First Class)
  11. The Circus Sets Up – James Newton Howard (Water for Elephants)
  12. The Show – Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball)
  13. Man or Muppet – Jason Segel & Walter (The Muppets)
  14. Star Spangled Man – The Star Spangled Singers (Captain America)
  15. Hold On – Wilson Phillips (Bridesmaids)
  16. Love Will Take You – Angus and Julia Stone (Breaking Dawn)
  17. Can You See Jane? – Patrick Doyle (Thor)
  18. Mah Na Mah Na – Mahna Mahna and the Two Snowths (The Muppets)


99 Problems – Hugo (Fright Night)

Iron – Woodkid (Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Trailer)

YouTube Playlist HERE

Some of the tracks are disabled because YouTube and record labels are stingy, ridiculous jerks who don’t understand new media, but whatevs. You can get a sense of the entire compilation together through the playlist feature, even if you have to listen to some tracks as stand alones. Pretty good stuff. Handing this mix CD out as a party favor on Sunday!

As always, if you ask me nicely I can mail you a burned copy of the CD via the good old US postal service. Possibly with a special, nerdy treat included. Email me at if you’re interested! 

LINK LOVE: 2/7/2012

There were too many great links this morning to pick only ONE for ye old Facebook. So here they are, collected into a nice happy digest. Enjoy!

1. Superheroines in Comfy Pants +  How RPGs Talk To Women

Those links are straight from The Mary Sue, which is a great female centric nerd blog you should already be following on FB, Twitter or through some other social media venue.

Personal favorite:

Bat Woman in Comfy Pants

Bat Woman in Comfy Pants by MichelleSix


2. Lana Del Rey’s The Hunger Games

The perfect spoof and mash-up of the songstress everyone loves to hate + the increasing hysteria surrounding The Hunger Games.


3. Neko Case is Recording a Song for The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games coverI predicted this! A Neko Case song kicks off every one of my Hunger Games playlists. She already has so many great songs to choose from, it seems strange that she would need to record another. Ah well, I guess that’s how these soundtrack thangs work. Along with tracks from Arcade Fire and The Secret Sisters, this is absolutely going to be a must buy. Looks like there will be two separate albums – the actual score by T-Bone and James Newton Howard. And then another full of conventional songs inspired by The Hunger Games. It’s going to be released March 20, 2012. Om nom nom.

4. New Spiderman Trailer

Funny, we were just remarking about this last night after receiving the San Diego Comic Con catalog where Peter Parker and Mary Jane are posing front and center. I was in the “looks alright to me” camp, and Dan was in the “I like the web-shooters” camp. Our buddy and current house guest Troy who is easily the more Spidey-obsessed seemed a bit “meh” all around and was much more excited about the potential new Star Trek series.

Mockingjay: Playlist

Mockingjay Book Cover

Here are the first two in case you forgot. 🙂

The Hunger Games Playlist

Catching Fire Playlist (UPDATED w/ Adele and Muse!)

The tempo here stays pretty consistent with the mood of revolution and war. Until around song 13, when the entire book changes. At least for me. Probably for you as well. We all know what happens. So yeah *spoiler alert* for this entire playlist.

ALSO: Made some alterations to the Catching Fire list and added a few songs. I blame this entirely on So You Think You Can Dance for introducing me to the Turning Tables song by Adele. Then I started scouting up applicable Adele songs – and found some excellent Florence + The Machine tracks.

Here’s the last video:

Which some of you will note there are TWO of in this particular playlist. This breaks the cardinal rule of creating playlists – you should not have multiple songs by the same artists. Really though – should I be blamed if they make awesome and fitting songs? Don’t think so.

1. Deep Red Bells – Neko Case*

Katniss returns to District 12. Again. *Many of you will have noted a Neko Case song kicks off every playlist. Firstly because she’s awesome. Secondly because her haunting country-twang fits the coal-mining District 12 so aptly. Thirdly, she will be in town in early July and I will be there with bells on. That is all. 🙂

2. Fair – Remy Zero 

Peeta is revealed to be alive in the Capitol.

3. Bird Song – Florence + The Machine 

Katniss agrees to become the Mockingjay (really, does she have any either choice?)

4. You and Whose Army – Radiohead

Katniss participates in rebellion.

5. Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

Peeta’s mind is hijacked by the Capitol. Attempted murder and angst ensues.

6. Born Free – M.I.A.

*This video is quite disturbing* But pretty in-line with The Hunger Games in a lot of ways. And this song echoes Katniss sentiments of being free from the Capitol.

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Catching Fire: Playlist

Catching Fire Book Cover

The best things come in threes, and these Hunger Games playlists are no exception. Dan finished up the second book yesterday so I have the immense pleasure of posting yet another playlist.

This is for the second installment in the series – Catching Fire. As you might be able to tell from the song selection, the overall tempo and tracks are ramped up a bit more than the first playlist The Hunger Games, because the threat from the Capital is greater and the revolution is really starting to kick off.

Again, it flows chronologically with the progression of the book and offers up different perspectives along the way. Sometimes referencing specific passages, sometimes just capturing the emotional landscape of the chapters.

After spending a lot more time with this playlist, I’m starting to think it’s the better of the two. Which means the third will probably be that much more awesome.

Here’s another YouTube video:

1. Look For Me (I’ll Be Around) – Neko Case 

Katniss returns to District 12 and attempts to resume life. Much melancholy ensues.

2. Love’s Not a Competition (But I’m Winning) – Kaiser Chiefs 

Gale’s perspective?

3. A Wolf At the Door (It Girl. Rag Doll) – Radiohead 

President Snow makes a visit.

4. Fear – Sarah Mclachlan 

Post-visit and the victory train lap around Panem. Lots of snuggle time with Peeta.

5. Spies – Coldplay 

The sense of unease grows and the noose tightens around District 12.

6. This Fire – Franz Ferdinand 

Katniss makes her decision to rebel. Again.

7. Winter Song – Sarah Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson 

Peeta and Katniss snuggle fun time. Again.

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The Hunger Games: Playlist

Hunger Games Book CoverFinally forced Dan’s hand and got him to start listening to The Hunger Games Trilogy. I had to wait patiently for him to finish the entire Aubrey-Maturin series – roughly 21 audiobooks.

He started the first book on Wednesday and is now half-way through the second. I put together a playlist of songs at his insistence and we listened to it in the car on the way to the beach for Father’s Day yesterday. We drove my parents in the Prius and since we were all raving about the series, my Dad wanted to listen to the first audiobook.

So yeah – my house is currently inundated with The Hunger Games madness.

Thought I’d share the playlist I put together for the first book. I can’t reveal the second and third until Dan is done with those book because he claims I will include spoiler songs. Which is probably true.

Here is a YouTube video with three clips of the audio tracks. I wanted to include them all, but YouTube and the copyright lawyers took a shit. So, this is my second best option:


1. Magpie to the Morning – Neko Case

2. Let’s Get Lost – Beck and Bats for Lashes

3. Cinder and Smoke – Iron & Wine

4. How to Disappear Completely – Radiohead

5. Burning Girl – Frente!

6. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

7. This Place is a Prison – The Postal Service

8. The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance – Vampire Weekend

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Dr. Walter Bishop: Fringe Mix CD

Happy May 4th: May The Fourth Be With You! By request – I have completed the Fringe Mix CD Trilogy with the last edition: Dr. Walter Bishop. As with the previous two entries – Agent Olivia Dunham and Peter From Boston, they are somewhat autobiographical and follow the emotional life of what is known about the character from Seasons 1 and 2.

Out of all three – Walter’s was the easiest and most fun to put together. Maybe because we already know the dude loves to dance.

His musical genre is almost all classic rock with some blues and jazz thrown in for good measure. The perspective is his, so some of the songs are a bit more ironical or tongue-in-cheek and should not be taken at face value. My theory is that Walter is kind of an egomaniac and somewhat delusional about himself. Until of course, he starts to wake up post-asylum.

This mix is also heavily Peter centric, with some references to Elizabeth Bishop and Olivia Dunham. Rather than a Mix CD someone else put together for him, I like to think that Walter is music savvy enough to have created this himself. I can see him sitting around in the lab on a rainy day constructing it.

So here’s what Walter would want you to believe:

1. Dear Mr. Fantasy – Traffic

2. Well Respected Man  – The Kinks

3. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

4. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane

5. Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend

6. The Sun – Mirah  (couldn’t find a decent YouTube video except for this, it sounds different from the original) / While We Have The Sun – Mirah

7. Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ – The Velvet Underground

8. St. James Infirmary Blues – Louis Armstrong

9. Trouble – Ray LaMontagne

10. Where Is My Mind? – The Pixies

11. Cry Baby – Janis Joplin

12. Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker

13. From The Beginning – Emerson, Lake and Palmer

14. Crimson and Clover – Tommy James & The Shondells

15. Love and Happiness – Al Green (a great Fringe vid!)

16. Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson

17. One Way Out – Allman Brothers

18. Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles

Check out this YouTube playlist somebody put together of all the tracks!

If you are a true Fringe enthusiast you’ll probably notice some of these songs actually appeared in the TV series. I scouted them all out from the first two seasons and used the ones which were most Walter-like. As always – you can download these songs and make your own copy, or I can be bribed to burn and mail you one with beer and candy. Email me at if you are interested.

And what do you think? Is this Walter?

Agent Olivia Dunham: Fringe Mix CD

Art by Natalie Nourigat

My passion for Fringe extends beyond just the always lovable Peter Bishop to the equally cool Olivia Dunham, who I decided needs to get a little music love as well.

I set up this playlist to be an echo of the one I created for Peter – not because I think of them as soulmates, but more like soul twins. They’ve both been duped on many levels and are haunted/messed up from past relationships and all the crazy shit they deal with in the Fringe division.

Again – the tracks follow the emotional life of Olivia and are in chronological order based on her growth throughout the first two seasons. I haven’t been able to watch ANY of the third season yet, so I cannot speak to what’s happening there.

I’d just like to think, in some alternate universe, somebody thought Olivia Dunham was worthy of a Mix CD. And it turned out like this:

1. The Funeral – Band of Horses (the opening track HAS to be the same band!)

2. Swan Dive – Ani DiFranco

3. The Sweets – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

4. 9 Crimes – Damien Rice

5. I Go To Sleep – Sia

6. Your Ghost – Greg Laswell

7. Lotus Flower – Radiohead

8. Keep the Streets Empty For Me – Fever Ray

9. All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers

10. Monument – Mirah

11. Boy With a Coin – Iron & Wine

12. He Woke Me Up Again – Sufjan Stevens

13. Tightly – Neko Case

14. Lights – Interpol

15. Doubt – Wye Oak

16. What If This Storm Ends? (Lightning Strike Part One) – Snow Patrol

If you ask me nicely I might be persuaded to send you a copy in the mail or deliver it in person – feel free to email me at . I’m interested in hearing what playlist or tracks you would put on an Agent Olivia Dunham mix CD. You can post them in the comments here!

Peter From Boston: Fringe Mix CD

Finished up Season 2 of Fringe last week and found myself obsessed with a song from the episode Northwest Passage. It’s the first track on the “Peter From Boston” mix CD a diner waitress gives Peter. She claims to be able to make playlists based off of reading people’s auras, which she usually only  gives to regulars.

Here’s a clip to refresh your memory (or provide some context for you non-Fringe lovers):

The first track “Is There a Ghost” by Band of Horses was so haunting (pun not originally intended), I downloaded it the next day and started ruminating on what the rest of the CD would look like. Here’s the fantastic scene which inspired me: **SPOILERS**

I’m a closet play-list maker. Whenever a big event is happening in my life, I make a playlist. As a big fan of matching music and images…I felt like the Peter From Boston mix was a challenge.

It took about six hours to troll through my entire music library and put this mix together. In the end it sort of tells a story – moving from Peter’s youthful angsty ignorance, ambivalence towards his parents, meeting Olivia and working with the Fringe division, learning about his past, his messed-up relationship with Walter and realizing that he has feelings for Olivia. Some of the songs apply to all these things. Some are very specific.

Enough musing…here’s the tracklist with links to YouTube videos of the songs:

1. Is There a Ghost? –  Band of Horses

2. Things That Scare Me – Neko Case

3. Daddy’s Eyes – The Killers

4. Bodysnatchers – Radiohead

5. Academia – Sia

6. A Comet Appears – The Shins

7. Everywhere I Go – Lissie

8. Slow Life – Grizzly Bear (ft. Victoria Legrand)

9. Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne

10. I Melt With You – Modern English

11. Blinding – Florence + The Machine

12. Public Pervert – Interpol

13. Little Shadow – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

14. Go Places – The New Pornographers

15. My Lady’s House – Iron & Wine

16. White on White – Fredrik

Three runner-ups which almost but didn’t quite nearly make the cut:

1. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

2. Willie – Cat Power

3. All the Trees in the Field Will Clap Their Hands – Sufjan Stevens

I’ve already burned two copies of the mix and handed them out. Plan on making another for my buddy Smalls who has been obsessed with Fringe for far longer than I have.

Here are the folks who’ve been on the receiving end of the mixes so far:

Mike Cassella w/ Peter From Boston

Natalie "Tally" Nourigat w/ Peter From Boston

So, what do you think? Good? Bad? What songs would you put on a Peter From Boston mix? 



Another blogger’s version of the Peter From Boston mix