Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday Night Playlist

In honor of Flanksteak who has spent the week relaxing in Hawaii with his sweet wife, Mrs. Flanksteak (JK, Erin) and also tonight's season finale of LOST, here is a playlist of songs to listen to while laying (lying) or frolicking on the beach. The above photo was taken by Flanksteak while driving 75 mph on a Hawaiian freeway and he said, "I realize the photo doesn't do this justice but checkout the Hawaiian remake of Weekend at Bernies - the mustache, the sunglasses it's all there!" So grab a chair or hammock, some sunscreen and the beverage of your choice and give these tunes a listen.

SONGS BEST HEARD WHILE LAYING (LYING) ON A BEACH OR IN THE BACK OF A SMALL RED TRUCK ON A HAWAIIAN HIGHWAY

Weezer - Island in the Sun - I know, I know, too easy but this little number is a perfect pop song taken from the 'Green Album' when Weezer had their return to glory. They have since lost it but let's remember the good times.

Coldplay - Don't Panic - The first Coldplay song I ever heard. I realize Coldplay doesn't exactly scream ISLAND PARADISE but close your eyes and this song will take you away faster than Calgon.

Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining - Cool out and give the song a chance to get through the intro. It's worth it.

Phoenix - Run, Run, Run - Perhaps an odd choice but a good choice for frolicking on a nice white sand beach. I love the subtle grooves of this funky yet mellow selection.

Elliott Smith - Let's Get Lost - If you thought you were getting out of this without a Ben Folds or Elliott Smith song then you don't know me very well. This one is pretty self explanatory.

Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter - Even though I have heard it roughly 293 times in my life I have no idea what this song is about or what 65% of the lyrics are that come out of Eddie Vedder's mouth. One thing I do know is that I can listen to the guitar solos for hours at a time.

Nick Drake - Pink Moon and From the Morning - Haunting yet peaceful and beautiful.

Jens Lekman - Maple Leaves - My requisite Swedish pop song. Love the instrumentals and Jen's squirrely voice that is part Morrissey and part angel.

Simon and Garfunkel - Leaves That Are Green - Perhaps I need to change this list to songs that are heard while camping in the mountains but back off. Uh, let's say this is a song to help remind you of home while far away.

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats - This guy was born in Chile but of Argentine descent, land of the Yerba Mate, which would be my beverage of choice even on a hot island. One of my all time favorite songs and he didn't even write it. It's a cover of a song by a Japanese band. Too much back story. What is this a superhero movie? Just enjoy the song.

R.E.M. - Find the River - Probably in the all time R.E.M. top 3 which makes it a top 10 song of all time.

10 comments:

Corbie said...

If you liked country music, you wouldn't have had to resort to Coldplay on a beach playlist.

brohammas said...

you are a son of a ---- and you know why.

not to knock your list because the tunes by Nick Drake, Elliot, and Jose are fantastic but....
SERIOUSLY?
I know you want to maintian your Greywhale non-cliche' card so I could see you skipping Jack Johnson and Bob (sigh), but at least some Mishka or something.
You like campy so how bout Carmen Miranda's "Weekend in Havana" or the "Bikini Banzai"?
Ithink if riding through town in the back of a truck, any hauli should blast Alfred Apaka's "Princess Poo-Pooly Has Plenty Pa-Paya".
but in all seriously go download some Fiji NOW!
"Tualaga A Solomana" would work nicely.

Seriously not one reggae song (shaking head in dissapointed unbelief)?

KG said...

Corbie - What does country music have to do with a beach? This isn't the rodeo playlist.

Brohammas - I have been saving Mishka for my BBQ tunes playlist but thanks for ruining the surprise. You are banished from my Island. haha.

KG said...

By the way, Brohammas have you heard Mishka's latest? It's good.

brohammas said...

Yes it is good, and due to your glaring ommissions I'm not sure I want to be on your island.

KG said...

Fine, you take your kava and reggae and get swimming. Me and my house - we will choose the Yerba Mate and acoustic folk. (I think that's in the Bible or something) Good day.

brohammas said...

Fine, but I'm also taking all the roasted pig, coconuts, grass skirts, Elliot Smith, and tiki lounges with me.

KG said...

You can have your filthy swine (although I'll miss them), I hate coconuts so I'm cool with that, the grass skirts and tiki lounges are yours. Just leave the tiki girls (from the tiki lounges) and keep your filthy swine hands of Elliott. You can't have him if you can't spell him.

KG said...

Something something... glass houses... something something... stones... I can't spell 'off.'

flanksteak said...

Speaking of "Island Tunes" when we got in the rental car and turned it on the first song that we heard was Iz's rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" of course. The second song was Jack Johnson. You can't make this s--- up. And that picture really doesn't do the situation justice. The guy had the perfect posture (he was slumped over asleep right before we snapped the picture) and the two guys driving the truck were Jonathan Silverman and Andrew McCarthy.