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Amanda's Choice: Music Inspired by 2005

Amanda's Choice: Music Inspired by 2005
Created by: meander
Tracks: 22
Length: 01:19:01
Keywords 1. 2005
2. annual
3. mix
Created on 3/08/08 01:37pm
Level 4
Points 1976
Total visitors 38
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description:
I was under a lot of stress in 2005, and the cover art is a reflection of that. My body’s response to stress is to concentrate it all in my stomach in an acidy, uncomfortable, gut burning, no-fun mess. As a result I probably drank litres of Pepto-Bismol over the year. The stress was mainly due to working around the clock to finish my thesis, coupled with my natural inclination to be neurotic and stressed out. Then in November when this mix was almost finished, my father had a stroke and passed away about 10 days later. Hence the somber tone of the first two songs. When I listen to this cd, I tend to start it on track three. I still have a hard time listening to the first two songs as they take me somewhere I don’t normally want to go.

tracklist

1 Radiohead : How to Disappear Completely
Kid A, and in particular this song, was my constant companion when my father was in the hospital. “I’m no [...]
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Track 4 from Kid A
Length: 00:05:56
Year: 2000
Track Description:
Kid A, and in particular this song, was my constant companion when my father was in the hospital. “I’m not here. This isn’t happening. I’m not here. I’m not here…”
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2 Death Cab for Cutie : What Sarah Said
I bought this CD two days after my father died. Thank you Ben Gibbard, it was just the comforting album I nee [...]
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Track 9 from Plans
Length: 00:06:20
Year: 2005
Track Description:
I bought this CD two days after my father died. Thank you Ben Gibbard, it was just the comforting album I needed. And Sarah was right when she said “love is watching someone die.”
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3 Stars : Your Ex-Lover is Dead
This is when the mood shifts. This is the song that was slated to start this CD until November 13. Stars are [...]
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Track 1 from Set Yourself on Fire
Length: 00:04:16
Year: 2005
Track Description:
This is when the mood shifts. This is the song that was slated to start this CD until November 13. Stars are such a fantastic Canadian band and a real joy live. If you ever get the chance to see them, I suggest you do. I saw them at Hillside in 2005. As Torque said, they write songs on two subjects: death and fucking. I like this song for the strings, Amy Milan’s vocals, and the line “I’m not sorry I met you, I’m not sorry it’s over, I’m not sorry there’s nothing to say.”
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4 The Most Serene Republic : content was always my favourite colour
Damn this is an awesome song! I used to bike home from Calhoun’s (a coffee shop in Kits that I wrote my the [...]
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Track 2 from Underwater Cinematographer
Length: 00:04:16
Year: 2005
Track Description:
Damn this is an awesome song! I used to bike home from Calhoun’s (a coffee shop in Kits that I wrote my thesis in, a.k.a. “my office”) and this song would just make me so happy. The clapping! Well that started an obsession with clapping songs. And the guitar at the 1:42 mark with the la la las… Very happy music and a lot of fun to bike to (and yes, I’m aware that’s not a brilliant idea). These guys also put on one of the most memorable shows I saw that year. It was at Lee’s Palace in Toronto and before the show they band handed out kazoos to the crowd. They brought up a bunch of audience members during their set for a kazoo chorus. They came out in dirty shirts and during their first few songs, someone was hanging clean laundry over a clothesline they had strung up across the venue. It was gimmicky, but their youth and enthusiasm for playing made the evening really work.
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5 The Shins : New Slang
I know it’s super cliché to love this song since Natalie Portman proclaimed “it will change your life” [...]
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Track 6 from Oh, Inverted World
Length: 00:03:51
Year: 2001
Track Description:
I know it’s super cliché to love this song since Natalie Portman proclaimed “it will change your life” – but she was not wrong. It’s still my most listened to song. But seriously, how can you not worship the Shins? I love the clapping, how it fades in and out, and the lyrics “I’m looking in, on the good life I may be doomed never to find.”
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6 Clem Snide : i love the unknown
I saw these guys play Richards in 2005. They came out in matching white suits with their “spirit animal” [...]
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Track 6 from Your Favourite Music
Length: 00:02:44
Year: 0000
Track Description:
I saw these guys play Richards in 2005. They came out in matching white suits with their “spirit animal” embroidered on the back. They have some incredible songs. I like this one for the strings and his voice. I don’t really think I love the unknown (actually it kind of scares the shit out of me) but I do love this song. Mind you, my life could actually be described as the unknown. I’m not known for making plans or for having my shit together.
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7 Iron and Wine : Love and Some Verses
I am a sucker for a man playing guitar and singing - which basically sums up Iron & Wine. Sam Beam is so talen [...]
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Track 6 from Our Endless Numbered Days
Length: 00:03:39
Year: 2004
Track Description:
I am a sucker for a man playing guitar and singing - which basically sums up Iron & Wine. Sam Beam is so talented, and his voice is so wishful in this song (as an aside, if you haven’t heard the album he did with Calexico, get it! It’s so good). This song is the perfect soundtrack for driving at night in the summer in northern Ontario. For some reason it makes me think of driving back to Ottawa from Meech Lake in Gatineau Park after night swimming in the heat of a Southern Ontario summer - I don’t know why, it’s never been the soundtrack for that. But I also love the line “I long to say this in your ear, I’ll love you that way.”
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8 The White Stripes : We're Going to Be Friends
In December 2004 I had a new roommate move in and she had a huge black Great Dane with a lame back leg. He wa [...]
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Track 12 from Going Back to London
Length: 00:02:14
Year: 2001
Track Description:
In December 2004 I had a new roommate move in and she had a huge black Great Dane with a lame back leg. He was goofy and beautiful and for some reason I used to sing this song to him. And well, I am a fan of Napoleon Dynamite.
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9 The Unicorns : The Clap
Ahhh!! The Unicorns! How I love thee! I discovered them while in Victoria when I there presenting at a confe [...]
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Track 6 from Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
Length: 00:01:26
Year: 2004
Track Description:
Ahhh!! The Unicorns! How I love thee! I discovered them while in Victoria when I there presenting at a conference. They were playing this in the hostel and I immediately went down the street to buy their album “who will cut our hair when we’re gone?” This song is on here because I made two mixed cds on clapping in 2005. Yep, I found a theme and ran with it. It’s surprising how many songs have clapping. I do have a third one half finished.
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10 The Arcade Fire : Wake Up
I saw the Arcade Fire twice in 2005. The first time was when they headlined at Hillside, and the second time [...]
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Track 7 from Funeral
Length: 00:05:35
Year: 2004
Track Description:
I saw the Arcade Fire twice in 2005. The first time was when they headlined at Hillside, and the second time in Vancouver at the Forum (which is a dreadful venue). That Hillside concert was one of the most memorable I have been at, partly because it was outside, and I didn’t know what to expect. But the energy! Their first song was Neighourhood #2 (Laika), during which William Butler and Richard Reed Parry were dressed in helmets, and proceeded to “drum” each other’s heads, and well, anything else on stage. It was insane! Wake up was the last song of their encore, but they had to be off the stage by 11:00pm, so they jumped into the crowd to play it. They ended up leading thousands of people to the gates of the park, while everyone was singing along. It was magical. Goosebumpy magical.
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11 Wolf Parade : Modern World
These guys opened for the Arcade Fire the second time I saw them. An Exclaim review of the band mentioned how [...]
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Track 2 from Apologies to the Queen Mary
Length: 00:02:52
Year: 2005
Track Description:
These guys opened for the Arcade Fire the second time I saw them. An Exclaim review of the band mentioned how they have “an arsenal of keyboards that sound like they fell out the back of the New Pornographers’ van and were dragged across the prairies all the way to Montreal.” (Damn I love that description!). This is a motivating album to run to. And I like this song for the way the piano walks across the scales.
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12 Mark Mothersbaugh : Let me tell you about my boat
I watched the Life Aquatic a few times in 2005. Even though it’s more of a collective of funny, bitty sketc [...]
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Track 5 from the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Length: 00:01:38
Year: 2004
Track Description:
I watched the Life Aquatic a few times in 2005. Even though it’s more of a collective of funny, bitty sketches with detailed diorama views than a cohesive story, I still love it. You gotta love Bill Murray. It kind of makes me want to dress a bunch of my friends in blue jammies, red toques, and Adidas and run around the city.
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13 Kings of Convenience : Failure
I saw the Norwegian Simon and Garfunkle play with Fiest at Richards in 2005. I was expecting a super mellow s [...]
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Track 5 from Quiet is the New Loud
Length: 00:03:33
Year: 2001
Track Description:
I saw the Norwegian Simon and Garfunkle play with Fiest at Richards in 2005. I was expecting a super mellow show, but no. These guys were hysterical! They are comprised of a super hunky hot guy and a Napoleon Dynamite look-a-like. It turns out the hunky hot guy was really shy but the Napoleon guy was so charismatic! He got the crowd dancing and singing along. It was fabulous! Check out their “Dance with me video” and you’ll know what I mean. http://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=C9r9sQ6PHOM
I also liked how they were calling “Fiest” “Lesley” all night.
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14 The Be Good Tanyas : The Littlest Birds
This is one of those songs that sticks in my head. It reminds me of buying pottery on Granville Island. I lo [...]
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Track 1 from Blue Horse
Length: 00:04:06
Year: 2000
Track Description:
This is one of those songs that sticks in my head. It reminds me of buying pottery on Granville Island. I love the bluegrass beat, the female harmony, and the banjo – ahh! The Banjo! And of course the line - “I love you so dearly, I love you so fearlessly.” It also reminds me of an Al Purdy’s poem “Insomnia,” in which all of these birds keep waking him up to tell him about their adventures to their wintering grounds.
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15 Sarah Harmer : I'm a mountain
“Oh, I spent the day in a shopping mall, to the biggest storm of the century.” That line reminds me of me [...]
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Track 4 from I'm a mountain
Length: 00:03:09
Year: 2005
Track Description:
“Oh, I spent the day in a shopping mall, to the biggest storm of the century.” That line reminds me of me. I make a show of being a good environmentalist who is practices simple living, but… Actually, I shouldn’t be too hard on myself, because I’m really not THAT bad. I don’t have a car, I try to eat local as much as I can, I turn off my power bars at night, I eat mainly vegetarian, and I work for a group committed to reducing urban sprawl through design based on sustainability principles – BUT, I do love to shop. Although I mainly shop at consignment stores in Vancouver, when I’m back in Toronto I definitely know my way around the mall. The second line that reminds me of me: “Now how did they get that lady on TV, laughing so unnaturally, for a Wall-Mart ad? Is it not as bad as I thought?”

As an aside, I believe that Sarah Harmer is one of Canada’s most talented musicians. Her voice is delightful. She is one of the only artists who have reduced me to tears during a performance. That was at the Tulip Festival in Ottawa during her Weeping Tile song “Dogs and Thunder.” It’s about a family dog that they have to put down. Talk about tear jerker… And she donated a lot of the proceeds for this album – I am a Mountain – to a non-profit group working towards preserving the Niagara Escarpment. One of the tours she did before this album was playing in tiny venues and towns along the Bruce Trail, which they were hiking and canoeing along. Impressive!
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16 Elvis Presley : Viva Las Vegas
This is on here for two reasons – my dad LOVED Elvis (we used to dance to Elvis all the time) and I went to [...]
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Track 0 from songs
Length: 00:02:21
Year: 0000
Track Description:
This is on here for two reasons – my dad LOVED Elvis (we used to dance to Elvis all the time) and I went to Vegas in September 2005 for my friend Dillon’s wedding. That was a great weekend and one which featured myself and two friends running through Caesar’s Place trying to get to the wedding before the bride walked down the aisle (we were in the wrong hall). Vegas is surreal. I wonder what the per capita ratio of asphalt is there? I’m guessing pretty big. I didn’t wind up broke, but I did loose everything I gambled – all $3 worth.
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17 Jason Collett : I'll bring the sun
This poppy song from BSS member Jason Collette makes me want to dance and smile. This song reminds me of Calg [...]
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Track 6 from idols of exil
Length: 00:03:36
Year: 2005
Track Description:
This poppy song from BSS member Jason Collette makes me want to dance and smile. This song reminds me of Calgary. I did a road trip there with a few friends through the Rockies that summer to catch a bit of Stampede. That was a funny weekend. At one point I was sporting a cowboy hat and ended up scoring free tickets to see Sam Roberts play at Cowboys (which is possibly the worst bar ever). While we were there, a friend passed along this album. I love it’s poppy, re-imagined country flare.
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18 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah : Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
Oh man, I was bit by CLHSY bug that year! I picked up their album since I had the aforementioned compulsion w [...]
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Track 12 from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Length: 00:04:34
Year: 2005
Track Description:
Oh man, I was bit by CLHSY bug that year! I picked up their album since I had the aforementioned compulsion with songs with clapping and I was intrigued by their name. I listened to hardly anything else for a good month. This is a fantastic running cd. I had a really hard time choosing which song, but this one was such high energy at their Vancouver show, that it won out. That show was insane! That was the tour where they were opening for the National but people kept coming in droves to see them and then leaving before the National played their set. By the time the show rolled into Vancouver, the National had conceded the headlining spot for CYHSY. It was fantastic! It was such a packed house, filled with white-belted hipsters with high expectations. Despite the lack of banter, the deer caught in headlights stage presence of the band, and the fact that the show started an hour later than it was supposed to because of a never-ending sound check, they did not disappoint. Alec was absolutely hysterical to watch! He was swaying back and forth while singing and probably actually sang into the microphone about 50% of the time. It almost seemed as if he was dodging it. And if he was in my choir back in early 1990-something day, he would have had a verbal lashing from Mr. Garth Allen. Talk about abandoning singing rules with lazy phrasing and complete lack of enunciation. No trumpet lips or projecting from your diaphragm there. And damn! I love it.
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19 Mark Mothersbaugh : techno song
I want this song as my ringtone, but I don’t really know how to make that happen. In the summer that year, [...]
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Track 14 from The Life Aquatic
Length: 00:00:55
Year: 0000
Track Description:
I want this song as my ringtone, but I don’t really know how to make that happen. In the summer that year, I took the digital projector home from work a few times, hooked it up to my laptop and showed movies on a bed sheet hung off the deck in my backyard. Those parties were a lot of fun. One of the screenings featured “The Life Aquatic.”
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20 The Postal Service : there's never enough time
“In due time, we find there’s barely time, for us to breathe.” This year was insane for me with grad sc [...]
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Track 2 from such great heights
Length: 00:03:33
Year: 2002
Track Description:
“In due time, we find there’s barely time, for us to breathe.” This year was insane for me with grad school, work, and late night thesis wrestling. There just never seemed to be enough time (story of my life…).
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21 Broken Social Scene : Swimmers
I’m perpetually late (an understatement). This song is on here for the advice: “if you always get up late [...]
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Track 8 from Broken Social Scene
Length: 00:02:55
Year: 2005
Track Description:
I’m perpetually late (an understatement). This song is on here for the advice: “if you always get up late, you’ll never be on time.” Sage words.
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22 The Beatles : A Day in the Life
My favourite place to dance was Blow Up in Toronto featuring DJ Davy Love spinning Brit pop young & old. I us [...]
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Track 13 from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Length: 00:05:32
Year: 1967
Track Description:
My favourite place to dance was Blow Up in Toronto featuring DJ Davy Love spinning Brit pop young & old. I used to go with a friend and dance all night. It was fantastic. Unfortunately, Blow-Up ended in 2005, but fortunately I was there that weekend. We stayed until the end, and this song was the last one played. It was very fitting, and therefore a very fitting way to end this mix.
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I love it that you also love clapping. I go nuts for clapping and tambourines!!! And bells too.

Also, I too think New Slang is beautiful and wonderful. And i would like everyone to know that the first time i heard it was in that film. HA!
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this is pretty - i really like that clem snide track.
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