Us - Regina Spektor
Favorite Regina Spektor song.
Phantom Limb - The Shins
Not entirely sure?
Breathe Me - Sia
It makes me tired, especially when my space heater's on, but I like the way she says "ouch."
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Nothing like falling in love with a Czechoslovakian stranger.
Only You - Yaz
Insanely romantic in a grab a Fruit Roll-Up, let's go watch Flight of the Navigator in the den sort of way,
Crushed Bones - Why?
My little brother introduced me to it, thus signifying the end of his Barenaked Ladies phase and the beginning of something much more tolerable.
This Year - The Mountain Goats
Although I rarely, if ever, get beaten by my stepfather, it's my anthem for '07.
If You Need a Reason - Mason Jennings
Something to listen to when God doesn't give me the things I ask for... like inner peace or ponies wearing shoes.
The Ringing in My Ears - Her Space Holiday
Reminds me of late nights in Creighton's journalism lab, talking shit about public safety, comfortably oblivious to the notion that one day, there will be bigger fish to fry than Red Bull stains on computer screens.
Mambo, Italiano - Dean Martin
The DJ played this no fewer than nine times at my cousin's Big Fat Italian Wedding reception. It's appeal is either rooted in nostalgia or masochism.
When U Love Somebody - Fruit Bats
Still debating whether or not love really tastes like a bitten tongue.
Last Night (Remix) - Diddy featuring Lil Kim, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Rich Boy, Yung Joc & Keyshia Cole
Makes me want to dance like only a select group of people is watching.
Bleed to Love Her - Fleetwood Mac
Imagining life's soundtrack over Camel Lights in the passenger seat of Annie Reap's mom's Saturn.
Tonight I Have to Leave It - Shout Out Louds
An NPR discovery.
Come Around (feat. Timbaland) - M.I.A.
Great Ghosts - The Microphones
A staple of seven hour drives to and from St. Louis. Appropriate for daylight, but detrimental once the road gets dark and Mary Clare falls asleep.
If Looks Could Kill - Camera Obscura
The first nine seconds remind me of a Chips Ahoy commercial, and the rest makes me wish I could sing.
Imitosis - Andrew Bird
If I ever choreograph a dance, it will be to this song. Leotards for everyone.