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Just some quick hits: I have tons of road songs, but this is my spur-of-the-moment playlist for y’all. Enjoy!

  1. Dan Mangan – Road Regrets
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
  3. Ani DiFranco – Gravel
  4. Dolly Parton – Travelin’ Thru
  5. Ray LaMontagne – Jolene
  6. Gram Parsons with Emmylou Harris – Return of the Grievous Angel
  7. Tom Waits – Home I’ll Never Be
  8. Cake Like – My Guy

Alcoholism. Prison. Class warfare. Death. Bing Crosby. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.


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  1. Drive-By Truckers – Thanksgiving Filter (acoustic pre-release version)
  2. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  3. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here
  4. The Everly Brothers – Christmas Eve Can Kill You
  5. Low – Just Like Christmas
  6. Rilo Kiley – Xmas Cake
  7. Frightened Rabbit – It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop
  8. Prince & the Revolution – Another Lonely Christmas
  9. Johnny & Jon – Christmas in Vietnam
  10. The Kinks – Father Christmas
  11. The Mr. T Experience – Merry Fucking Christmas
  12. Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home for Christmas
  13. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
  14. The Decemberists – Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
  15. Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  16. Bing Crosby – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  17. Fats Domino – Please Come Home for Christmas
  18. Otis Redding – White Christmas
  19. Trombone Shorty – O Holy Night

In honor of the heat wave sweeping the Bay Area this week – I’m going to sleep with the fan on and it’s October – I present a selection of songs that sound like summer, a list originally spawned by an av club q & a from 2009. As previously stated, I love themed playlists and mixes. I mean, I’m the person who has a whole group of songs that I think somehow sound like whiskey (yes, I realize that’s odd, and maybe I’ll clarify some day).

So, after the jump, the songs that put me in mind of summer days, either because they sound summery or because I hear them a lot during the summer (with links or video where possible).

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I like music. I have a lot of music. And one of my specialties in life is making themed mixes for my friends. This activity allows me to play with juxtaposition, and get kind of nerdy about rare bands and off-the-wall themes, and proselytize about my favorite musicians. Occasionally I will post the mixes here and try to make some larger point about music and culture. But really, I’ll just be showing off (and, sure, trying to incite some conversation about your own suggestions for the theme).

Today this article appeared on SFGate. The headline intrigued me, so I clicked through and then became irate. Irate, I tell you! Partly because this list is terrible – “California Gurls”? SERIOUSLY? – and partly because my most recent masterpiece was a collection of songs about food, so I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately. So, herewith, my track listing for the two-volume collection “Gastromusica”:

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