12 Days of Mixmas: Day 2
Ivana XL

It may sound funny to those unfamiliar with her works, but I was super excited to have Ivana XL contribute a mix to Mixmas. But for those who have experienced her songs in one way or another, it should come as no surprise that I’m a huge supporter of hers.

MP3: Ivana XL – First Train

If you’re a fan of female singers and wonderful guitar, do yourself a favor and check Ivana out this instant. If Cat Power ever needs to hire someone to stand in for her after some “stage fright,” then she should do her audience a favor and hire Ivana.

“Songs on Divorce and Breaking Up” as picked by Ivana XL

MP3: Fiona Apple – Parting Gift
Have you every heard anything so sad or perfect?? This song makes me CRAZY every time I listen.. especially the line “we went on whole hearted, it ended bad, but I love what we started.” Loss for words. Drop your pants. Awesome.

MP3: Cat Power – Good Woman
I’m such huge fan of Cat Power.. I was hooked on her stuff since her very first album but this song was hugely important for me.. It was one of those right time right place moments.. I think the reason I love her music so much is that it’s without frills and extra..stuff. Just really achingly blunt. You have to respect that.

MP3: Elliott Smith – Everything Reminds Me of Her
AHHHH so hard to pick just one breakup Elliot Smith song… This is my “stare at the floor” song… it’s a good cry cry cry song so it’s best to listen to sparingly and with as little red wine/cigarettes as possible.

MP3: Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Want to Get Over You
If you want to laugh and cry at the same time here’s the song… It’s an amazing thing when a band can melt sarcasm, an upbeat tempo and melody, and a really dim subject together so perfectly.

MP3: Lucinda Williams – Over Time
I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite song ever ever!!.. I must have had it on repeat for a good 3 months..all bummed out in my PJ’s and like.. eating icecream. Maybe everyone has that one breakup anthem? It always sounds to me like she’s on the verge of tears or just plain pissed.. I love this woman. I wish she was my auntie.

Mixmas 06
Day 1: Daniel of Oh No! Oh My!

Mixmas 05 (MP3 links don’t work)
Day 13: Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal
Day 12: Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
Day 11: Justin Rice of Bishop Allen
Day 10: Becca from The Light Footwork
Day 9: Jay from The Light Footwork
Day 8: Christian Owens from Bishop Allen
Day 7: The Rinse
Day 6: Chris of Gorilla vs Bear
Day 5: Dodge from My Old Kentucky Blog
Day 4: Ryan Allen of Thunderbirds Are Now!
Day 3: John Vanderslice
Day 2: Tapes ‘n Tapes
Day 1: Dean from Secret Unicorns Forum

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