Ah, lucky Day 13 of Mixmas. It’s hard to believe Christmas has already come and gone. Similarly, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been listening to Menomena’s Friend and Foe for over a year now. In that seemingly short span of time, it’s quickly become one of my favorite records of the new decade. It should be no surprise, then, that it’s a huge honor to have the fellas of Menomena represented at Mixmas.
“The Top Five Best Songs Featuring the Word ‘Na’ Repeated Over and Over and Over and Over and Over and Over” by Danny Seim of Menomena
There’s nothing fun about driving a beat-up old van across the country on a rock tour. Sure, sometimes exciting things happen like when you hit a bird and then discover it imbedded in your radiator 200 miles later. But even with those little happy accidents, there’s really nothing to make a state like Montana fly by any faster. Well that is, of course, unless you have a loaded iPod.
Here’s what Brent and I came up with along the treacherous snowy stretch from Missoula, Montana (by the way, great city… Just don’t eat the Thai food) to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho:
MP3: The Beatles – Hey Jude
A no-brainer. Just make sure you have the real version of this song and not the one on the recent “Love” remix album. The remix starts out familiar enough, but then mashes into some kind of Girl Talk thing at the end and makes Brent want to crash the van out of shock and horror.
See the lucky winner of the Clear Channel-sponsored “You Can Be in a
Beatles Video!” contest at 5:57 – HERE
MP3: Blink 182 – All the Small Things
Why is this song on my iPod? BECAUSE THE REST OF BLINK 182’s ENTIRE CATALOGUE IS ON THERE, TOO! What else am I supposed to fill up 8000 gigabytes of storage space with? There are only so many Neutral Milk Hotel albums out there, you know. Extra points if you can name another song in the entire universe that prominently features the word “commiserating”.
Ok, so this video is still kinda funny – HERE
Steam – Kiss Him Goodbye
For starters, here’s a revelation: There was a band called “Steam”! Secondly, Steam did this song first, not The Nylons, who merely performed the 80s version that I have on my iPod (and in my heart, 4 lyfe). And finally, Steam’s lip-synching abilities make Britney Spears look like Mili Vanilli.
See proof – HERE
MP3: Journey – Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’
Another Journey classic; another classic journey… Into the emotive realm of Steve Perry’s multi-tracked tenor. The end of this song always leaves me with tears in my eyes. It’s just so vast, so gorgeous. No one – not even Bobby McFerrin – will ever make a-capella vocals sound this beautiful in rock music again. Period.
Extra props to the keyboardist at 3:38 – HERE
MP3: Roxette – The Look
This song by Roxette not only features some killer “Na Na Na’s” in the main hook, it also proudly showcases The Best Muted Pause For Dramatic Effect This Side of Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” (TBMPFDETSoF”WR”). Roxette and Fugazi together in the same sentence! Thank you very much, my work here is done.
TBMPFDETSoF”WR” can be found at 3:10 – HERE
Day 12: Josh Grier of Tapes n Tapes
Day 11: Michael Nau of Page France
Day 10: Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond
Day 8: Holy Fuck
Day 7: Jay Underwood of the Light Footwork
Day 6: Matt Kretzman of Tapes n Tapes
Day 5: Jason Nesmith of Casper and the Cookies
Day 5: Matthew Pelham of the Features
Day 4: Keith Lowen of De Novo Dahl
Day 3: Fishboy
Day 2: David Crane of BOAT
Day 1: Scott Carney of Wax Fang
Day 1: Ivana XL
Mixmases from ’05 and ’06 below…
Mixmas 06 (MP3s removed)
Day 12: Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
Day 11: Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear
Day 10: Allan Vest of The Starlight Mints
Day 9: The Light Footwork
Day 8: Casper and the Cookies
Day 7: Sure Juror
Day 6: Ryan Allen of Thunderbirds Are Now!
Day 5: Michael Nau of Page France
Day 4: Greg from Oh No! Oh My!
Day 3: Tony Miller of Ideal Free Distribution
Day 2: Ivana XL
Day 1: Daniel of Oh No! Oh My!
Mixmas 05 (MP3s removed)
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