A couple of weeks ago and inspired by a One Tree Hill episode/character, my manly friend Gino wrote a blog entry listing a hundred songs he’d like his yet-to-be-conceived baby Baddie to listen to. People grabbed the opportunity to make their own lists (aka showing off their supposed impressive taste in music) and like how all self-serving internet-y things go, the entry quickly turned into a meme. Or something. And quite a useless meme, too! I mean, really…100 songs and no download links or, at the very least, a link to a hypem entry?!

But anyway. Thanks to Gino, I now have blog entry fodder. Instead of boring you, though, with a long list, I have decided to breakitdown! into ten parts (Shazam!— ten instant new blog entries to get me out of my blogging rut). Added lulz as I try (and fail!) to describe my choices.

(I also thought of categorizing the parts into playlists: breakup songs, favorite post-rock tracks, rainy day music, complements to caffeine and nicotine etc etc but I’m too lazy to. Moo.)

1. Við spilum endalaust – Sigur Rós
The train had pulled in to Ortigas station and just as the doors were about to hiss open, this song started playing on my iPod. Like I always do, I sighed. Quite loudly, because I heard myself despite having the volume turned way up. At the risk if sounding like a wide-eyed adjective-inept idiot, I’ll go ahead and describe this song as “pure magic”. And “beautiful…OMFG, beautiful”.

There are two songs that have this effect on me (sighing audibly, like I am exhaling my proverbial heavy heart); the first is this and the second is…

2. First Breath After Coma – Explosions in the Sky
Pling pling pling…my heart swells.

3. Flocks III – Collections of Colonies of Bees
The buildup, the buildup, I have a special place in my heart for songs that start slowly and tentatively and then just burst into brilliance (HAHAHAHAHA WTF AM I SAYING HAHAHAHAHAHA) and after it stuns and hypnotizes you, ends with a flourish, perfectly. At 10:47, I shake my head in awe. I probably look like a moron everytime.

4. Motorcyle Drive By – Third Eye Blind
I love that, no matter my situation in life, this song always seems to hit the bullseye. Perhaps there is a part of me that will always be 12, naively sad, and wanting. I am in love with the lines Careening through the universe, your axis on a tilt, you’re guiltless and free / I hope you take a piece of me with you. !!!

5. Charm Attack – Leona Naess
Yummy pop goodness, this defines my freshman year in college and is probably the best song I’ve ever shared with my female friends. I remember a girl friend and I singing-yelling “Watch out! He’ll charm you! Smoother than the LAweather that’showheholdshimselftogether heiscolderthanthewinter Iwrapmycoataroundtobetter *DEEP BREATH* COUNTERACT! HIS CHARM ATTACK! THAT LEAVES ME HUNGRY WELL! I’M NO SAVIOR BUT I TRIED TO SAVE YOU WITH! ALLLLL MYYYYY LOOOOOOOOOOVE” in the school hallways. Ah, so much love <3 for Leona Naess. 6. Lost Coastlines – Okkervil River
This is the kind of song that gets me out of bed at 3am to fish my iPod out of my bag (in the dark!), like a craving that needs to be satisfied, just so I’d have something lovely to lull me to sleep (and it fails to put me to sleep, of course, as these guys are such goooooooood lyricists that I end up listening listening to the words). “Is that marionette real enough yet to step off of that set to decide what her dance might be doing? Ruining the play to, in the ensuing melee, escape”. Seriously? Such eloquence <3 7. Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley
Did you say “no, this can’t happen to me”? Did you rush to the phone to call?
I did, I did.

8. World Spins Madly On – The Weepies
Opens with “Woke up and wished that I was dead” and ends with “I thought of you and where you’d gone and the world spins madly on”. Oh, heartache.

9. Hear Me Out – Frou Frou
#7 used to be my numero uno breakup song…until I discovered this song in a Hed Kandi album I downloaded a couple of years ago. While Last Goodbye screams of desperation— a more appropriate emotion during breakups, Hear Me Out is calm pleading and denial with a little bit of hope. “I’m a slow motion accident, lost in coffee rings and fingerprints. I don’t wanna feel anything but I do…and it all comes back to you”. Oh oh oh <3 10. Daniel – Juliana Hatfield
So simple and pretty and very girlypop 90s (nevermind that it gets repetitive towards the end). This song makes me wish I had blue eyes so I could shock a boy by telling him “My eyes are blue like you. Our babies will be born blue.”

Holy industrial hand wheels! I blogged! 11-20 some time this week!

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  • Reply philos June 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    What can I say? My taste in music is sorely lacking, not even one of my favorites made your list.

    Can you suggest a specific one among these that you think a guy who’s as musically inept as me can find moderately fascinating?

    Consider it an act of charity hehe…

    • Reply Helga June 2, 2009 at 1:30 am

      Haha, well, I have 90 more songs to list so perhaps some of your faves will show up! =)

  • Reply kath June 2, 2009 at 7:16 am

    OMFG i love how you described 1 and 2.
    number 9, number 9 is in my list too! :) yey! :)

  • Reply kath June 2, 2009 at 7:18 am

    omg what a bimbo my last comment is. sounded too excited–not that I am not. because I am.

  • Reply niki June 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Third Eye Blind!! <3

  • Reply Larry June 2, 2009 at 10:09 am

    “People grabbed the opportunity to make their own lists (aka showing off their supposed impressive taste in music)”

    Ouch. That hurt. :(

    Third Eye and Buckley. Me likey.

  • Reply alex June 2, 2009 at 10:15 am

    6 and 7 would be on my list too. ?

    • Reply Helga June 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

      Bakit ka may question mark!

      Hee, listening to #6, it makes me so giddy. You and Kath should make your listsss

  • Reply Melynn June 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Very nice selection Helga. Will add this in my playlist. =)

  • Reply BrianB June 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Endalaust is my fave Sigur Ros song, after Olsen Olsen. Will check the rest of your list to get purchase ideas

  • Reply jiggsfoo June 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Leona Naess!

  • Reply crisel June 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    What a surprise to see you have an update! =p

    Oooh, this is nice.. I might actually try to listen to them sometime.

    Another surprise is that you watch OTH. =p

  • Reply Cesar Noel June 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Last Goodbye is one of my favorite Jeff Buckley songs. It’s a shame the dude died drowning.

  • Reply Yona June 15, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Hey Helga! Glad to know buckley, juliana hatfield, and explosions in the sky made your list.

    Nothing from Beck, though. Go check out Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime. (this is from the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) Also, their album Sea Change. Uber-downer. :)

    Pretty diverse list, by the way. Cool…

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