Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gearshift Playlist

Let's talk for a minute about breakups. They are never easy, and they open you up to a whole host of emotions. Sometimes you feel like screaming, sometimes you feel like crying. Sometimes you feel like sleeping with a whole lot of people, and sometimes you feel like you will never sleep with anybody ever again. Sometimes you don't feel like eating anything unless it's at least 80 proof. And sometimes you remind yourself that living well is the best revenge, and feel compelled to protect yourself, thrive, and live to love another day. Sometimes you feel all of these things in the same hour. But one thing is for certain: You need to stop listening to the 1,000 songs that remind you of your ex. Starting now.

If you or someone you care about is going through a breakup, melt yourself some cheese, gather around the fondue pot, and listen to this playlist. It's pretty much the best medicine I can think of.

Here's the tracklist:
1. This Heart's On Fire/Wolf Parade
2. Hurricane/Panic! At the Disco
3. Wah Wah Man/Young-Holt Unlimited
4. Gold Lion/Yeah Yeah Yeahs
5. Tony the Beat/The Sounds
6. Too Little Too Late/Metric
7. Reckoner/Radiohead
8. Homicide/999
9. Boys Don't Cry/The Cure
10. Battle Without Honor or Humanity/DVA
11. Molly's Lips/Nirvana
12. Primitive 3D/Deerhunter
13. 1901/Phoenix
14. Present Perfect (An Epithalium)/Parenthetical Girls
15. Let Your Love Grow Tall/Passion Pit
16. Rococo/Arcade Fire
17. We Will Become Silhouettes/The Postal Service
18. Your Protector/Fleet Foxes


  1. Some great songs here, but from a guy's perspective there's a few I would need to have -- pretty much anything from the first Violent Femmes album, plus Baby Bitch by Ween and Song For The Dumped by Ben Folds Five being among the musts. And I think It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) is underrated as a breakup song. I'd make my own playlist, but I'd need to actually get a girlfriend, and then be dumped by her, first.

  2. And don't even get me started on the depressed, drowning-in-your-bourbon version of the playlist. I can't even THINK of some of those songs without going to a dark, dark place.

  3. Matty, I hereby challenge you to make me a playlist - breakup themed, or otherwise. Send it to me and I'll post it as next week's Rock Out entry.

  4. You want mine I made last year (actually two of 'em)?