Five Easy Lists for Lovers. e.Songs

... I think it has to do with the nature of visual memory. Not only do I remember photographs better than I remember moving images. But what I remember of a movie amounts to an anthology of single shots. I can recall the story, lines of dialogue, the rhythm. But what I remember visually are selected moments that I have, in effect, reduced to stills. It's the same for one's own life. Each memory from one's childhood, or from any period that's not in the immediate past, is like a still photograph rather than a strip of film. And photography has objectified this way of seeing and remembering.

-Susan Sontag, Interview

"Five Easy Lists for Lovers. e. Songs"

01. Peter Gabriel - Love To Be Loved
02. Ray LaMontagne - Three More Days
03. Band of Horses - For Wicked Gil
04. Lady & Bird - Walk Real Slow
05. Henryk Gorecki - Pieces in the Old Style 1 (william Orbit remix)
06. Labradford - by Chris Johnston, Craig Markva, Jamie Evans
07. Pere Ubu - Humor Me
08. Shellac - Steady as She Goes
09. Pixies - Is she weird
10. High Dials - Strandhill

note: A belated list from last June, with slight tweek. It's a MdM type of mood list. Mellow, atmospheric and softly ambient. This one with William Orbit, Labradford, and mix of psych rock and no wave classic. I don't think I will ever complete this list. So this will be a 3 out of 5 series, unless somebody has better idea what to fill the b and c part. Enjoy. I like the songs in this list.

see also: a.Bossa Nova , d.New Wave
image credit: unknown


  • At 8:35 PM, August 29, 2006, Blogger music is art said…

    *love to be loved* is one of my very favorite peter gabriel songs... it gives me chills.

    words, they climb all over you
    til they uncover you from where you hide

  • At 9:23 PM, August 29, 2006, Blogger francis said…

    love this mix. wickid gil is heartwrenching

  • At 8:44 AM, August 30, 2006, Anonymous angeles said…

    Is this another cruel list? :)

    4.5.6. lady & bird, henryk gorecki and labradford
    definitely liked them, like a subtle maraschino cherries inside ;)

  • At 11:38 AM, August 30, 2006, Anonymous chateauteau said…

    c'est beau et immense, merci.

  • At 2:44 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Mayumi Masaya said…

    if i may... ?

    Run-Lindstron and Prins Thomas
    6 Days- DJ Shadow
    Crazy Love-Colder
    Do Re Mi- Isolee
    By Your Side- Cocorosie

    loved the list, thank you squashed x

  • At 4:59 PM, August 30, 2006, Anonymous cecilia said…

    Hello squashed!

    Was on vacation these past weeks, I was happy to tune in and see you're still throwing the smooth gems around here, the whole list from start to finish is excellent as usual.

    Love, love, love.

  • At 8:32 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    musicisart said... *love to be loved* is one of my very favorite peter gabriel songs "

    the list is actually a bastard list originally was thinking for a contest. Asking people to find out the "william Orbit" connections It's his remixes. A little early days electronica trip...

    but got to lazy. That song has very nice voice. sexy.


    "francis said... love this mix. wickid gil is heartwrenching "

    thanks. Yeah Band of Horses. I must be the last person who hasn't posted Band of Horses track yet. The entire album is pretty nice. with a slight touch of dark and moody.

  • At 8:38 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    angeles said ... Is this another cruel list? :) "

    no, this is just half lazy list. I have a rule not posting two cruel lists in a row or people will throw things at me... :P ...kidding. There is no rule I just make stuff up along the way. Whatever sounds nice gets posted.


    mayumi said...

    Run-Lindstron and Prins Thomas
    6 Days- DJ Shadow
    Crazy Love-Colder
    Do Re Mi- Isolee
    By Your Side- Cocorosie

    Hey thanks. I'll check them out. I've never heard Lindstorm and Prins Thomas. Sounds interesting.


    "cecilia said... Hello squashed!"

    helloooooo..... thanks for the thunbs up appraisal. I be sure to show this when people say I only post weird noise. haaa..!

  • At 11:17 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    haven't heard lindstrom and prins thomas!!!??? after all the loving I've been throwing them on the past months?

    tsk tsk tsk.

    I posted "feel a.m." & "run" in the past but I already cleaned them from the archive... will send you to you if you want em. Their self-titled album is one of the most enjoyable releases I've heard this year.

    William Orbit is a genius. I've always thought he'd do a million-dollar song if he'd take that synth sample from tom tom club's "wordy rappinghood" to use it into one of his pop productions (weird but his name and samples always come to mind when I listen to catchy synths)-

    The remix he did to Samuel Barber's adagio is also very nice, but I think I'll favor this gorecki remix you posted over that one.

  • At 12:22 AM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    who, when, what?

    must be one of those +++lnd++couldbe a s ngtit but yd hv to figr i-ou+++.mp3 file name I have.

    I was going to post the adagio. But the dang thing rip at 10MB+ It'll take me 20 tries to load it. so forget it.

    The gorecky above is from a double length CD I found in a second hand CD. It has 2 version of Adagio. and the second CD come with series of him doing bunch of classics. ravel piece is great. (but gigantic)

  • At 12:24 AM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    Amazon title listing of the CD


  • At 5:50 AM, August 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hm, beautiful list, but hm, i dont agree about the Shellac-song, well its a typical boy list, so maybe...

    actually Lady and Bird is not an artist's name but an album's name - la chanseuse est Keren Ann... with some really delicate albums...

    Run-Lindstron and Prins Thomas !!! yes, thanks to Moka's postings and my permanent reading/listening habits of this per-blog-fect i also have the album now

    than you very much, squashed, for the pleasant musicminutes


  • At 10:04 AM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    hey hey hey..... "typical"? :P

    admitedly the live 'shellac' track is too loud. and the list should have stop with Pere Ubu. but I love the opening 'clap', the drum and steve entrance. It has studied melancholic quality to it. My brain just demand a math rock piece in it to balance the labradford track. I didn't make this list late at night, so I want some action.

    Plus, I got to make people listen to shellac. Take that world! :P

    ......okay fine. I'll make a perfectly smooth deep night mood list.

  • At 11:50 AM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Mayumi Masaya said…

    have to agree with anonymous on the 'boy' list part. i thought it was a bit of a male playlist, hence my add.

    but, no squashed, it's not typical :-)

  • At 12:24 PM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    coming up next. The revange of bubble gum TWEE middle school screaming girl list!


    (come to think of it. I think that sort of list will give me nightmare and make curl in the corner for weeks.)

  • At 1:55 PM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Mayumi Masaya said…


    sooo middleschool...

  • At 7:54 PM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    tsk tsk tsk.

  • At 8:59 PM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    mayumi said... sooo middleschool... "

    I had a bland middle school years. I am compensating. This time I start the food fight.

    but seriously, in term of general music preference I don't think gender play as much role as most people think. What people listen on the background, general cultural scene during formative year, mass media play bigger role than straight up boys vs. girls.

    Of course there are works with that in mind, consciously aware of gender status during creation. Most what I like are difficult and unfamiliar. And when right come down to it, most people don't have time contextualising or enjoying constant bombarment of new material.

    Personally, I think I try to be aware of that sort of thing. There are limitation and failures no doubt, but if people follow what I post, I can argue that I do post less mainstream, new works done by women.

    Should I establish different criteria? I don't think that's fair, specially if I try to present the works as "good" music. Equal among the greatest.

    But on the other hand, I do post a lot of dorky lists. I also try to explore new area that I feel I have to spend time.

    But all in all, I have to agree that the whole thing need revamping. The general character of MP3 blog in is still very much one way musical consumption. A person post, another listen/read/download.

    So I would encourage everybody to chime in and give input.

    But I still get to start the food fight. haa...

  • At 3:04 AM, September 01, 2006, Blogger Mayumi Masaya said…

    i thought the list was great. intuitively, i suspected that it was created by someone male, without any preconceived criterion about how one posts regardless of their gender.

    "But I still get to start the food fight."

    bring it on!!! x

  • At 10:00 AM, September 01, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    I had a small serious discussion with my friend about whether there is fundamental difference in term of music preference in gender.

    So far, there is no definite answer. There are small category of works that seems to attract male or female more, but that's not absolute either. (eg. mathrock) but as time progresses I suspect the work will spread and gets picked up by everybody.


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