Happy Valentine’s Day, one and all! The lovely and talented Judith and I went out to a wonderful Madison restaurant called Vin Santo last night, for our romantic meal. Tonight, we’ll be celebrating her mom’s birthday with her family.

I’m finally happy with my latest compilation CD. Of course, I seldom actually burn these things, since my iPod and laptop have kinda taken the place of any CD I’d play in the car stereo or elsewhere. But still, I like this mix. It’s got kinda a mellow loungey vibe to it.

(And a note to Scott Bateman – “Hey Ya” is NOT included for ironic purposes. I don’t listen to commercial radio that much, so I’m not as sick of it as others must be by now…)

SONGS FOR SWINGING MUSKRATS, VOLUME IV

Hey Ya! – OutKast
Animal – R.E.M.
Seek You – Mellow (CQ Soundtrack)
These Boots Are Made For Walking – Suede Shades
Would You…? – Touch And Go
Zipcode – Saint Etienne
Mayfly – Belle & Sebastian
There There (The Boney King Of Nowhere) – Radiohead
Swing, Swing – The All-American Rejects
Extraordinary – Liz Phair
You Were The Last High – The Dandy Warhols
Going Underground – Buffalo Tom
Start! – The Jam
Too Young – Phoenix (Lost In Translation Soundtrack)
Downtown – Petula Clark
I Count The Tears – Rosanne Cash
I Love You – Mellow (CQ Soundtrack)
Amsterdam – Guster
Le Responsable – Jacques Dutronc
Big Sur – The Thrills
Warm Tape – Red Hot Chili Peppers
I’m a Cuckoo – Belle & Sebastian

There’s also a cool 60s feel that comes from the CQ Soundtrack cuts, as well as the Belle & Sebastian and Saint Etienne tracks (and, obviously, Petula Clark).

I absolutely love Saint Etienne, and have picked up their CDs for years now. Funily enough, I’d never be able to pick them out of a lineup. I may have seen one photo of them over the last decade. Never seen a video of theirs, never seen ‘em live. But man, I love their music…

So all in all, the mix has a nice feel to it. I think Nick Hornby would be proud.

John

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