12 October 2007

Mix Tape Friday: Mighty Aphrodite

I think we need girls gettin' groovy to guide us into the weekend. There’s no real theme here today, other than we’re featuring only female vocalists. Well, maybe there is a theme; these are some of my favorite songs.

You go, ladies!

Kirsty MacColl: In These Shoes

Jill Sobule: I Wanna Be a Supermodel

Imani Coppola: Legend of a Cowgirl

Amy Winehouse: You Know I'm No Good

Labelle: Lady Marmalade

Lucinda Williams: Hot Blood

Madonna: Music

Holly Golightly: A Length of Pipe

P.J. Harvey: Big Exit

Moe Tucker: Too Shy

Rilo Kiley: The Moneymaker

The Pretenders: Mystery Achievement

Suzanne Vega: Blood Makes Noise

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Maps

Björk: Human Behaviour

Annie: Chewing Gum

10,000 Maniacs: Candy (Everybody Wants)

Bananarama: Robert De Niro's Waiting

The Pipettes: ABC

The B-52's: Deadbeat Club

Regina Spektor: Better

Sam Phillips: I Need Love

Joan Osborne: Right Hand Man

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: Do You Wanna Touch Me

Aretha Franklin: Chain of Fools

Gladys Knight & The Pips: On and On

Throwing Muses: Ruthie's Knocking

Francine Reed: Wild Women

Here’s the Moxie’d mix zip, in case you’re not up to downloading each individual track.

Find the Stipe! Where’s my darlin’ Michael hiding out and singing with today? Bonus points if you can also find Peter Buck.

Lucinda Williams’ “Hot Blood” is one helluva sexy song. I love the way she purrs “Washin' your clothes, gettin' all the dirt out.” And, speaking of helluva sexy songs, Joan Osborne’s “Right Hand Man” nails it, too.

The B-52’s “Deadbeat Club” is a sentimental favorite. Cosmic Thing is their album about Athens, and this song reminds me the things I did and places I went during my UGA days — toga parties, Allen’s, parties in Normaltown (where I first saw The B-52’s perform). Ah, my misspent youth.

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At 10/12/2007 12:22:00 AM, Blogger Splotchy said...

Nice songs!

I hope you're not counting Fred Schneider as a lady.

I have that Moe Tucker album!

At 10/12/2007 12:41:00 AM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

No Liz Phair? I really like her.

I don't care if that Yeah Yeah Yeahs song was the hit single, it's f-ing hauntingly good.

I saw the Pipettes a few months ago and...well, that's not a bad song. I like them in theory more than actuality.

You make good mixes. And you make me want to make ones until I realize they won't be as cool and then I'm shamed. But at least my shame has a good soundtrack.

At 10/12/2007 01:19:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

Your playlist, as always, is awesome! I was just talking to my youngest the other day about how now she listens to more music with female vocalists. I'll have to play this for her.

Cool cool cool.

Have a great weekend!

At 10/12/2007 08:06:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

I'd say about 9 of these songs are among my favourites and I'm looking forward to the ones I haven't heard! Stupid work, getting in the way like that. Happy Friday and thanks for another excellent tape!

At 10/12/2007 09:53:00 AM, Blogger Allison said...

Ah, I zip file...true brilliance there. My disorganized desktop thanks you!!

At 10/12/2007 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Mother Goldstein said...

After your technical glitches last week today REALLY feels like friday.

Great mix - and "hells Yeah" on Lucinda - I love her.

You rock my fridays... Thanks for that.

At 10/12/2007 11:06:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

An excellent set, with the real version of "Lady Marmalade," one of James Honeyman Scott's best guitar efforts and "Right Hand Man."

Unfortunately, Gary Glitter behaviour has made it impossible to enjoy my favorite Joan Jett song, for the rest of my life.

At 10/12/2007 11:15:00 AM, Blogger landru said...

Well done on putting Throwing Muses in there. Sad no Kate Bush or Heart in there. Not sure the exact "theme" of this mix tape, so maybe I'm not getting the vibe, as they used to say ... somewhere ... probably in movies ...

At 10/12/2007 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Michael K said...

You kinda lost me with Jill Sobule and PJ kind of creeps me out for some reason but "Maps" and "Candy" are 2 of my all time favorite songs.

At 10/12/2007 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Moxie said...

Bless your heart for another zipped file, and for turning my name into a verb! Whoo hoo!

Great choices on here. I have done "Lady Marmalade" at karaoke on many occasions - I like to get audience participation on that one. And I'm lovin' the Winehouse pick...which reminds me, great episode of "Mad Men" last night! That Campbell is such a little shit and Don is so sexy in his flawed complexity!

At 10/12/2007 02:14:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

I just mentioned that stupid Bananarama song the other day. I can't remember why now.

It's hard for me to imagine a female mix tape without any Stevie Nicks.

At 10/12/2007 02:40:00 PM, Blogger Evil Genius said...

After the first track you could have listed a bunch of Jewel songs and I still would have said this was a brilliant mix. forthunately it IS brilliant even after track 1.

I miss my Kirsty. *Sniff*

At 10/12/2007 03:13:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

I see you stayed with MyDataBus. Me too.

At 10/12/2007 05:36:00 PM, Blogger pezda said...

Very good mix. Some damn fine tunes here. Thanks. I rather enjoy Jill Sobule's When My Ship Comes In. Oh, I'm going to see the Decemberists double show in November. Can't wait.

At 10/12/2007 06:42:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Lovely mix, as always! I second Allison on applauding the single zip file.

I am abysmal at spot the Stipey, but I did think of you today when I was grocery shopping and the started just blasting REM over the loudspeaker. It was pretty grand.

At 10/12/2007 07:01:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Robert DeNiro's Waiting! Brilliant choice, I haven't heard that song in years!

At 10/12/2007 07:28:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

SPLOTCHY: I would never do that to Fred. The girls sing the best parts of the song, so "Deadbeat Club" was a no-brainer on this. Moe Tucker lives in Georgia now; isn't that a great album?

PISTOLS AT DAWN: Liz made it until the final round. I just wasn't feeling it on this mix. She'll be on here very, very soon. You break my heart about seeing The Pipettes; I had tix for next week, but they postponed until November — the week I'm out of town, dammit. P.S. I'm glad I shame you.

BUBS: I hope your girl likes my girls. We need more Chrissies out there.

DALE: Which nine are your faves?

At 10/12/2007 07:32:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

ALLISON: You're very welcome! You just have to come back and tell me with previously unheard tracks you absolutely love.

MOTHER GOLDSTEIN: I'm glad I made Friday a Friday for you, doll. Isn't that Lucinda track hawt? I always want to strip when I listen to it.

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: That Glitter bastard, ruining it for the rest of us. But at least I impressed you with a few of my tracks.

LANDRU: You know, I had a Heart track in the mix until the very end. I adore Kate Bush, but she didn't seem to fit with this mix. There's no real theme today ... unless you count I Love These Chick Tunes as a theme.

At 10/12/2007 07:36:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MICHAEL K: Be sure to listen to this live version of "Candy." It's my favorite version. Why does P.J. creep you out?

MOXIE: You deserved to be verbed since it was a smart request from you a couple of weeks ago. Puh-lease post your karaoke'd "Lady Marmalade" one day! P.S. Haven't seen "Mad Men" this week; I'm off to OnDemand it after I catch up with the comments. I heart Don so much ...

BECKEYE: "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" is such a wonderfully dumb song, isn't it? There's a reason why Ms. Nicks didn't make this mix: I don't heart her.

EVIL GENIUS: I miss Kristy, too. So glad to know you love her!

At 10/12/2007 07:38:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

GRANT MILLER: Yep, I stayed. It's easier, and it's one of the few upload sites that our corporate firewall lets me access. I thought I was going to have to pay ... but it looks like it's still a freebie for us old-Bussers.

PEZDA: Thanks, Birthday Boy! You're so lucky to have tix for The Decemberists! They're not coming to Atlanta on this tour.

BARBARA: If you listened to the track with Stipey, you'd know immediately. And I'm so glad you think of me when you hear R.E.M.; that's all I want out of life!

SCOTT: Isn't is a fun song? My head always bops like a bobblehead when I listen.

At 10/12/2007 07:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank God for you every friday!

At 10/12/2007 09:00:00 PM, Blogger anandamide said...

The ladies rock.....perfect mix for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

At 10/12/2007 11:56:00 PM, Blogger Jacy said...

Great songs. I know you've probably already done this but I'd love to see a list of killer heartbreak songs -- listening to one right now on my iPod, "Goodbye" by Emmylou Harris -- and another list of hot sexy songs since they are in my head due to my acquaintance with hot young Colombian. For some reason U2's "Desire" won't leave my head.

Loving you as always from afar!

At 10/13/2007 01:38:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"There's a reason why Ms. Nicks didn't make this mix: I don't heart her."

Not even "Rumors???"

At 10/13/2007 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found him on cnn!

At 10/13/2007 01:58:00 PM, Blogger Jacy said...

Not even "The Edge of Seventeen," a song so ridiculous that it's kind of awesome?

At 10/13/2007 02:33:00 PM, Blogger jewgirl said...

there are some no joke, hot shit tracks on that list. Some I'd forgotten about. Women rule.

At 10/13/2007 06:11:00 PM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Great great great!

I'm with you re: the B52s, too. Chapel Hill was a sort of cousin to Athens. The most hilarious pairing I saw was their show opened by 38 Special. Bizarre crowd mix ;)

At 10/13/2007 08:24:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

How do I love Sam Phillips? Let me count the ways...

At 10/13/2007 10:14:00 PM, Blogger wapentake said...

Have to confess - a lot of these are new for me - must make time to listen soon.

Would have liked to see: Kate Rusby (most beautiful voice in England), some Cocteau Twins and early Everything But the Girl (student memories).

You girls know best of course...

At 10/13/2007 11:53:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

Great mix!

My favorite Sam Phillips song is When I Fall

Nice to see Velvet girl Moe Tucker in the mix!

At 10/15/2007 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

PJ creeps me out cuz she is creepy. There is something off about her that makes me feel like I am being hunted. Hard to explain. She's spooky.

At 10/15/2007 02:44:00 PM, Blogger DaBich said...

Amy Winehouse...what's all the fuss? UGH! LOL
Good mix!

At 10/17/2007 01:05:00 AM, Blogger The Idea Of Progress said...

Jill Sobule! A blast from the past!

Word verification: rrargzab

sounds like what a riotgrrl yells befoe beating up an emo kid.

At 10/17/2007 02:36:00 PM, Blogger Thomas L. Strickland said...

Did nobody bother to find the Stipe?

'Cause unless I'm mistaken, he's in your mix with Natalie Merchant on "Candy" ... the b-side of which was "To Sir, With Love," also featuring Stipe.


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