07 March 2008

Mix Tape Friday: Boys + Girls

According to Weather.com, it’s going to be a frigid weekend — but my personal forecast predicts a hot and steamy one, as I get Favorite Boy all to myself. And so, in honor of my lovely weekend-to-be, we’re listening to duets this Friday morning.

Some of these are true duets, some are bands who feature the singing strengths of both their male and female members. Either way, listening to boy/girl duets never fail to please.

The First Mix Tape Friday Contest results will be announced Sunday evening. One lucky winner will snag the chance to co-produce the March 28 mix tape. Exciting, isn’t it?

This is the second duet in the mix tape series; Guys and Dolls featured many of the songs you’re about to whine about not being on this one.

Grab a guy, or a doll, or both … find a dark, cozy corner … and snuggle or frug to these boy/girl-ettes.

Aimee Mann + Michael Penn :: Two of Us

The Decemberists :: Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)

Dwight Yoakum feat. Sheryl Crow :: Baby Don’t Go

Marvin Gaye + Tammi Terrell :: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

Omar feat. Angie Stone :: Be Thankful

Chumbawamba :: Tubthumping

Basement Jaxx feat. Me'shell Ndegeocello :: Right Here’s the Spot

Mick Jagger + Tina Turner :: State of Shock

The B-52’s :: Bushfire

The New Pornographers :: Miss Teen Wordpower

Ronnie Spector feat. Joey Ramone :: You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory

Jonathan Richman + Moe Tucker :: I’m Sticking with You

Syd Straw + Evan Dando :: For Shame of Doing Wrong

R.E.M. feat. Natalie Merchant :: Photograph

Jeff Buckley + Elizabeth Fraser :: All Flowers in Time Bend Towards the Sun

Buddy + Julie Miller :: The River’s Gonna Run

Dean Wareham + Britta Phillips :: Moonshot

Glen Hansard + Marketa Irglová :: When Your Mind's Made Up

Billy Bragg + Kirsty MacColl :: A New England

Gregg Allman + Cher :: You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me

John Prine + Bonnie Raitt :: Angel from Montgomery

Lyle Lovett feat. Rickie Lee Jones :: North Dakota

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals feat. Norah Jones :: Dear John

Otis Redding + Carla Thomas :: Knock on Wood

The Postal Service feat. Jenny Lewis :: We Will Become Silhouettes

Macy Gray + Robert Bradley :: Down on Me

B.B. King feat. Tracey Chapman :: The Thrill Is Gone

Al Green + Annie Lennox :: Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Josh Ritter feat. Blake Hazard :: Tonight You Belong to Me

Warren Zevon feat. Emmylou Harris :: Please Stay

It’s date night. You’re probably spending your extra minutes primping the hair, shining the shoes. I don’t want to hold you up, so download the zip file and get back to fabulizing yourself.

Several of these pairings — Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, Dwight Yoakum and Sheryl Crow, Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser, Buddy and Julie Miller, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová, Gregg Allman and Cher — are (or were) coupled. Rumors still swirl around about Marvin and Tammi; I hope they spent some lovely nights together.

And that’s all for today. I’m off to get boy favors ...

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At 3/07/2008 01:31:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Ha ha! I got here beofre your bandwaidth was used up. Thanks for doing these, I made CD yesterday with stuff I got from you. You rock.

At 3/07/2008 02:54:00 AM, Anonymous Mix Tape Girl said...

I think I snuggled and frugged AD too much tonight. But he deserved it for taking me to see Phantom of the Opera. Ohh..Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser, I love that song. I'll have to play these songs and wake AD up to snuggle again. he he

At 3/07/2008 11:03:00 AM, Blogger lulu said...

As usual, a wonderful mix of old favorites and new surprises.

Thank you!

At 3/07/2008 11:16:00 AM, Anonymous Tim said...

I got to see Postal Service ft. Jenny Lewis do that one at The Earl. Amazing.

Another great mix.

At 3/07/2008 01:05:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

I do love the John Prine/Bonnie Raitt nubmer, but I haven't heard a lot of these. Downloading frenzy this weekend.

I would add "The Core." One of my fave duets. And of course, "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart." :)

And I don't know if it really counts as a duet, but Maria McKee really puts some lovely harmony vocals on Counting Crows' "Sullivan Street."

At 3/07/2008 01:29:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

I don't know most of these songs either but I am sure I will find some new favorites in here. Have a lovely time with Favorite Boy!

At 3/07/2008 03:15:00 PM, Blogger Tony Alva said...

Wha? No Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks doing 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around'?

At 3/07/2008 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Mathdude said...

The usual thorough job compiling your mix tape! TA above has a good one. The only one I could think of is Steve Earle/Emmy Lou Harris' Comin' Around.

At 3/07/2008 04:35:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

Thanks Beth. I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

At 3/07/2008 04:47:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

I'm spending a lot of time doing my hair. Sorry if I'm hogging the mirror.

At 3/07/2008 06:53:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm a big fan of boy-girl harmonies, so this is just a fab way to start the weekend. Thanks!

Immaculate Machine have some great boy-girl melodies too, and there is of course a New Pornos connection there.

Have a splendid weekend!

At 3/07/2008 09:55:00 PM, Blogger Paul said...

I was actually listening to that Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser duet tonight while I was at work. Really love that song.

At 3/08/2008 12:13:00 AM, Anonymous filegod1 said...

good lord these are some good duets. I know by now your weekend is going exactly the way you planned it. you lucky girl. Just be careful not to Knock on wood, too much. Could result in a Bushfire. If that happens, a full blown chumbawamba could be the result.

At 3/08/2008 06:19:00 PM, Blogger Earl Cootie said...

I was surprised not to find Kelly Hogan & John Wesley Harding's cover of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe". Oooooh, that one almost makes me cry. But this looks like some mighty good stuff too. Can't wait to get in and listen.

At 3/08/2008 09:56:00 PM, Blogger Gifted Typist said...

Primping and downloading. So sweet. Have a great wk/end with the special boy.

At 3/08/2008 11:06:00 PM, Blogger Mathman6293 said...

Beth, I memed you.

At 3/09/2008 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous Favorite Boy said...

What a great mix-tape, and an even better weekend. Hope you enjoyed yourself.

At 3/09/2008 12:51:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Perfect! We were just at a wedding last night.

At 3/09/2008 01:18:00 PM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

To romance and all its attendant preparations, delights and surprises . . .

At 3/09/2008 05:11:00 PM, Anonymous stickyfingers said...

Where the hell is the Captain and Tennille with muskrat love.

At 3/09/2008 06:37:00 PM, Blogger Mountjoy said...



It Takes Two (the Marvin and Tammi version, NOT rod and Tina though...)

Mockingbird by husband and wife James Taylor/Carly Simon

Aretha and George Michael - Knew You Were Waiting

Of course Elton John and George Michael almost qualify with Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

And my personal fave, Melissa Etheridge with Bruce on her Unplugged version of Thunder Road.

At 3/09/2008 07:22:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

No X? John Doe and Exene write the sweet duets for my life, like "When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch."

At 3/10/2008 08:55:00 AM, Blogger Winter said...

Loves it, thank you.

At 3/10/2008 11:47:00 AM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

I think someone was so busy with Favorite Boy that they forgot about a certain contest...

At 3/10/2008 04:51:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

You better tell all what fruggin is.

At 3/10/2008 05:32:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...


MIX TAPE GIRL: If he were still alive, Jeff Buckley could sing my phone bill with an American Idol reject, and I’d still swoon.

LULU: You’re welcome!

TIM: You live an amazing live-music life.

BECKEYE: Eric Clapton’s “The Core,” with Marcy Levy? I’ve just grown … bored … with Clapton over the last decade.

At 3/10/2008 05:34:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MOXIE: I did!

TONY ALVA: I had Stevie/Tom in the first round of songs … but, well … I just don’t like the song, so I cut it.

MATHDUDE: That would have been a great addition, but I wanted to use Emmylou with that lovely, heartbreaking Zevon tune — and only R.E.M. gets to show up more than once on my mix tapes.

MELLOWLEE: I did — and I hope you did.

GRANT MILLER: You’re always hogging the mirror, Miller.

At 3/10/2008 05:38:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BARBARA BRUEDERLIN: I should have consulted with you on this one, ma’am. Immaculate Machine would have worked very well, and I’m sorry to have let Ms. Calder down.

PAUL: Isn’t it lovely?

FILEGOD: You are too naughty, my friend. No wonder I have the bawdy mouth I shock with today.

EARL COOTIE: Brilliant duet — but I’m saving that one for this week’s mix tape.

GIFTED TYPIST: I did, I did, I did. He spoiled me a bit rotten.

At 3/10/2008 05:47:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MATHMAN6293: How fun! I have a bunch to answer, so it looks like this will be The Week o’ Memes.

FAVORITE BOY: It was a lovely weekend, wasn’t it?

TENACIOUS S: They should have hired me to deejay the night away …

ERIK DONALD FRANCE: You always leave such lovely comments …

STICKY FINGERS: How dare you besmirch Keef with rodent love!

At 3/10/2008 05:51:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MOUNTJOY: I included another Marvin & Tammi, and (except for R.E.M.) I allow just one appearance per artist per tape. I feel bad about overlooking the Melissa/Bruce tunes ... but not the rest.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: Dammit! How could I forget X — I saw John Doe just last week.

WINTER: You're welcome.

TENACIOUS S: You are correct, ma'am — but the winner will be revealed tonight.

OLD LADY: Good idea. Young'uns, the frug is a dance from the 1960s. The B-52's mention it in "Rock Lobster," and Rilo Kiley has a song named for the dance.


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