And now for the super-fun reasons for why these songs are on here!
Everclear - Local God - This song reminds me of the simplicity of youth. It was on the 'Romeo & Juliet' soundtrack, and it seriously brings me back to watching that movie with my girlfriends, sobbing our eyes out and trying to interpret Shakespeare.
---Good track with a nice groove and lyrics. I should like Everclear more, but I don't.
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole - Last summer, I was working for a chain of cafe/bakery type kiosks that are mostly in malls and the like. They had lost their owner/operator, so a guy from head office was out looking after the place and hiring all new staff. He was definitely one of the coolest bosses I've ever worked for, especially a head office one. Anyway, we bonded over Muse and before he took off after selling the place, he burned me the newest Muse CD as a gift.
---I've had this song for a while. Just got the CD. Knights of Cydonia would have been a good choice as well.
Beastie Boys - Fight for Your Right - A good friend of mine always "sings" Beastie Boys whenever we go karaoke-ing.
---This track made me dig up my cassette version and play it until I wore it out. Thanks!
Faith No More - Epic - Rock Band. 'Nuff said.
---Okay, music is awesome! I get it already!
Jully Black - Seven Day Fool - This woman is so cool. I saw her being interviewed and she was so down to earth, it made me want to listen to her music. Then I did, and I fell in love with it. And no, she's not like Amy Winehouse, pasty white crack-***** with an oddly deep jazz voice. This woman is originally from Jamaica and moved to Toronto when she was young.
---Have to agree with smurph and lucky, this is some good stuff. I'd already imagined her as a sober Amy Winehouse
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon - A friend of mine burned me a CD with this song on it, and it just makes me want to belt out the lyrics. I choose not to sometimes, because not everyone needs to hear that, but when I'm alone in the car...
---TheGov included a Kinks song as well, but I bet that's because he'd been watching the latest Wes Anderson film. I've never gotten into the Kinks, but also have never heard a song of theirs I've hated.
Elliot Smith - Miss Misery - It's Elliot Smith! How could you not want something by him on a CD?!
---This track has been on my hard drive a long time. Nice.
Jack Johnson - If I Had Eyes - I started liking his music when 'In Between Dreams' came out, however I soon tired of the CD when we kept playing it over and over and over again (I worked at a music store at this point). So when this new album came out, I was wary, but I was very happy with the results.
---First really heard this guy on the Curious George soundtrack. He's got that laid-back vibe thing down pat, but the songs are so gorgeous that they're hard to resist (unless you're one of the many James Taylor-haters around here).
Ashley MacIsaac - Sophia's Pipes - I used to be a highland dancer, so any fiddle/bagpipe music is right up my alley. That, and I've met Ashley MacIsaac at a ceilidh, at a highland games, in Canada, about 10 years ago when he was still hugely popular.
---The best part of this track is that you used to be a highland dancer! Just kidding. I love this stuff. I can see how smurph would want to kill himself any time he heard it, though. Location, location, location.
Coheed & Cambria - Welcome Home - A) Rock Band B) Sweet Jesus, I loves me some gritty punk-ish-emo-ish-rock-ish music. This is also a fantastic song to jog/run to
---Queensryche wants their sound back.
The Trews - Hold Me In Your Arms - A lot harder than their last CD, I was thoroughly impressed and in heart with this song. (Not Ready to Go was their big single off the last CD). Oh, and Canadian!
---Pretty basic, but pretty good. Sticks in my head like an arrow.
Papa Roach - To Be Loved - I was working at a restaurant that let us listen to whatever we wanted when working in the prep area. Most of the kitchen staff was male, and I appreciated their taste in harder music. So I spent about 6 hours looking for music that would appease them, and this little gem rolled out. I purchased it on iTunes and said that the quality was kind of crappy (it is, and its not something I would expect from iTunes). They apologised and gave me a song credit. Yay!
---I used to work at a restaurant where we were only allowed to listen to country music so that to this day I can do an admirable Randy Travis even though I can't stand his songs. As it stands, I've never much cared for Papa Roach, either.
Alexisonfiire - Crisis - I ****ing love these guys. I didn't used to. When they first came out, I hated the entire genre of screamo. However, after a few listens I came to really enjoy it (Also heart Billy Talent). Also, Canadian!
---Music is decent enough. Too screamy.
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor - My boyfriend turned me on to this band, and I haven't looked back since. I was also going to try to make this swap mix all songs with the word 'Dance' in it, but I didn't get very far.
---These guys are too faux sarcastic/faux whatever for my taste. Make some real music, then you can be as ironic as you like.
The Faint - Paranoiattack - Whilst working at a music store years ago, we would put on whatever music we felt like while closing. One of the guys put a cd by this band on, and I was blown away by their awesomeness.
---Good track. Agree with smurph it would be better sans vox.
Jully Black - Until I Stay (Remix) - Gratuitous remix part. I had to have something to go with the next song, or it would seem really out of place.
---More Jully goodness. This is what these swaps are all about people. I'd never have known about her if not for kitty. Thank you.
Nelly Furtado - Do It - Yes, I know. All the controversy about her doing a hip-hop album after her previous were all indie/alt rock. Don't care. It makes me want to groove, and that's the intention.
---Never heard much Furtaco, uh, tado, but this has a good groove. If her other stuff is more indie/alt, I'd probably like it better.
Placebo - Running Up that Hill - I have ****ing loved Placebo ever since I saw Cruel Intentions when I was like 13. Oh, and also Big Shiny Tunes 2 (collaboration from a Candian music company). Oh, and also the whole alt-rock phase of the mid nineties. Blur's 'Song 2' anyone? As well, I loved the OC, and on one of their better episodes, this song was playing for a big part of it. Then a band called Santa Esmerelda did a cover of it, and it made me feel bad and evil things hearing it done by another band.
---Quite enjoyed this track. It's low key and sincere. There's more going on than you think.
There you have it folks. I would have included this as liner notes, but I don't own a printer. Hence no cover art.