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music for your football brain

Just something to keep you company on the bus - Adam

1. "Can't Feel My Face" - The Weeknd (I don't know if you even realize you're doing it, but you mouth along with the words every time this song comes on the radio.)

2. "Hard Out Here" - Lily Allen (yeah, yeah, it's a girly song, but Lily speaks true.) 

3. "Here" - Alessia Cara (I don't think anyone has ever described so well what it's like to party with our classmates. At least, I assume, I don't know, you're the one who actually gets invited, you tell me.) 

4. "Strawberry Swing" - Frank Ocean (I know you love Coldplay, but trust me - once you hear this, you'll never go back to the original.)

5. "Grade 8" - Ed Sheeran (idk, this song just reminds me of you.)

6. "Water Under the Bridge" - Adele (all hail Adele - this is my favorite off her new album.)

7. "You're Not the Only One" - Jamie Cullum (words to live by.)

8. "Super Trouper" - ABBA (I'll be in the crowd in spirit. Have a good game.

for caleb - x adam

1. "Shut Your Eyes" - Snow Patrol

2. "Golden Train" - Justin Nozuka

3. "On Your Porch" - The Format

4. "Be Mine" - Ellie Goulding and Erik Hassle

5. "Warmer Climate" - Snow Patrol

6. "The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind" - Griffin House

7. "Like Real People Do" - Hozier

8. "Rob Me Blind" - Jay Brannan


1. "We Move Like the Ocean" - Bad Suns

2. "Jinx" - DNCE

3. "Clocks Go Forward" - James Bay

4. "Where You Go" - The Young Romans

5. "Bloom" - The Paper Kites

6. "Satellites" - Guster

7. "Dreaming" - Smallpools

8. "Little Hell" - City and Colour

9. "Kid in Love" - Shawn Mendes

10. "Living Louder" - The Cab

11. "Meaning" - Gavin DeGraw

12. "Young Forever (Acoustic)" - The Ready Set

mark's mix (or how to survive your first year in college)

These songs got me through college. Hope they can be of use to you too. - Joanie

1. "Where is My Mind" - The Pixies A classic, no-brainer for any alternative rock list. You probably remember me playing it a lot when I was in high school.

2. "Let Down" - Radiohead Changed my life. First heard it riding in the back of a pick-up truck with friends in high school. The best album of the 90’s.

3. "Rebellion (Lies)" - Arcade Fire I could listen to this song on repeat forever and it would never get old.

4. "Girl/Boy Song" - Aphex Twin Like Mozart for the electronica age.

5. "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl" - Broken Social Scene Sitting alone and meditating song. Might be too girly for you.

6. "Paper Tiger" - Spoon Makes me feel cool when I’m driving and singing along.

7. "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" - The Postal Service My favorite track from what might be the best album of the 2000s.

8. "Skinny Love" - Bon Iver Didn’t hear this ‘til grad school. Didn’t fall in love with it until I had heard it many times.

9. "The Leaving Song" - A.F.I. Something about these lyrics is empowering.

10. "Waltz #2 (XO)" - Elliott Smith This might be the song that got me into indie rock in the first place.

11. "The Wrestle" - Frightened Rabbit OK, this song came out after college. But I really wanted to put Frightened Rabbit on your mix. And this is my favorite track.

12. "Time is Running Out" - Muse A rock song that makes you want to dance. Enough said.

13. "Say It Ain't So" - Weezer One of my favorite songs to karaoke. It never feels dated and everyone knows it.

14. "My Drug Buddy" - The Lemonheads Sadly beautiful. Don’t do drugs, little brother. Mmm’kay?

15. "Places" - Ours Great to sing along to when you’re feeling melodramatic.

16. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole This might be my favorite song of all time. I think it might be.

17. "Om Nashi Me" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Again, post-college. But this song just really makes me feel uplifted and full of light. I wanted to end this mix with a track that would fill you with light.

For Joanie

Joanie - I know you and I know you’ve probably spent the past five years working your ass off and doing nothing else. Which I appreciate of course, because, you know, here I am, but based on your CD collection (CDs Joan!!! CDs!!! What are you doing!?!? iTunes has existed for nearly 20 years), you haven’t been buying new music. I checked your computer too. You don’t have Spotify or anything (it’s this new streaming service that I don’t understand).

Just so you don’t think I’ve been sitting at home watching Netflix all day, I’ve also been catching up on the last five years of music. Sam and the boys have tried to get me up to speed on all things pop culture but there’s just so much. It’s been a big undertaking and I’m making this a family project now. You and I are both going to start listening to music that’s been released since 2011 (spoiler alert: pop music got gooooood). You need to know what’s going on in the zeitgeist, Joanie. You can’t just listen to Radiohead and The Beach Boys on repeat forever. (don't worry, I got you an actual Christmas present, this is just a bonus).

  1. “What’d I Miss” - Hamilton
    • Okay, you may live under a rock when it comes to pop culture, but I’m sure you’ve heard of Hamilton. It seems like a pretty huge deal. We should try to see it when it comes here on tour but I wanted to start the playlist with this song because if there’s anything I’m known for it’s my ability to make self-aware jokes about the grimness of my situation. 
  2. “Sorry” - Beyonce
    • Queen B does it again - I’ve put this whole album on your computer (yes I downloaded iTunes for you) because it is straight fire. 
  3. “Good as Hell” - Lizzo
    • A new artist to me and to the world in general I think - it seems like she’s about to blow up, which is totally earned. 
  4. “How to Be a Heartbreaker” - Marina & the Diamonds
    • Glad to see Marina is still bringing it. (bet Agent Green feels like the guys in this song 😜)
  5. “Cool Kids” - Echosmith
    • I don’t know how they managed to perfectly encapsulate what it feels like to be in high school but they did. God, aren’t you glad we’re past that stage of our life?
  6. “Royals” - Lorde
    • This chick is SO young and SO talented. There’s buzz that she’s got a new album coming out this year so I’m really excited for that. 
  7. “Style” - Taylor Swift
    • Last time I checked, Taylor Swift was that massive country star who sang about Romeo and Juliet? What happened? I don’t know why I’m asking you, I know you don’t know. Have you even heard of Taylor Swift? Well, apparently, she’s like, the biggest pop star now and writing total bangers, so that’s cool. 
  8. “Level Up” - Vienna Teng
    • Okay, to your credit, you did have this CD (again, where do you even buy CDs??) but I actually loaded it onto your computer so you can listen on your phone and stuff. This is my favorite song from the album so far. It’s optimistic. 
  9. “Youth” - Daughter
    • Listening to this hurts if I listen too closely, but it is really pretty. 
  10. “Once Upon Another Time” - Sara Bareilles
    • I know you’re sort of indifferent about Bareilles, but this song makes me feel a certain kind of way, you know? And apparently, she wrote a musical, so we should look into that. 
  11. “The Greatest Bastard” - Damien Rice
    • Remember my emo poet phase when I only listened to O for a month? Well, Damien Rice wrote a new album and it’s really great. Naturally my favorite song from the new record is one of the saddest. You can take the boy out of his teen years…
  12. “Iron Sky” - Paolo Nutini
    • Paolo!!! God, this guy is so good. His new album is weird, but this is probably one of the best songs written in the past 5 years and I can say that with confidence because I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to every song that came out in the past 5 years. 
  13. “33 “GOD”” - Bon Iver
    • Another weird album - feels like a big departure for Bon Iver. But guess what? He samples the Paolo song in this! 
  14. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” - The Arctic Monkeys
    • The Arctic Monkeys have been releasing the same song since, like, 2005, but I’m not mad about it. I know this probably makes you think about that time in my sophomore year but you promised you wouldn’t tease me about that anymore so keep your mouth shut. 
  15. “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time” - Panic! at the Disco
    • Speaking of emo phases, Panic! kept releasing music and brought back the !. I’m sad they didn’t continue with the sound they were developing with Pretty. Odd., but the new stuff is great too. Adam sent this album to me and it is such a good time (pun intended) 
  16. “Out on the Town” - fun. 
    • I can’t remember if I ever gave you the first fun. album but it’s the guy from The Format, that band I dragged you to that show of one time the summer before my freshman year of college. Remember? It was that time we got the kielbasa at that weird little stand we would always walk by. Anyway, this album is great. 
  17. “John Wayne” - Lady Gaga
    • The twists and turns keep on coming! Apparently Lady Gaga has gone through every genre since I’ve been gone and done them all really well. This is her doing country and it makes me want to like country. 
  18. “Warm Blood” - Carly Rae Jepsen
    • Okay, full disclosure, I did not discover this album on my own. It’s something Damien would play a lot in the car and despite any associations with that, the songs are still really good. 
  19. “Ain’t It Fun” - Paramore
    • Paramore still singing the truth after all this time. 
  20. “Somebody Loves You” - Betty Who
    • I feel like this gal has some great Robyn vibes going on and this song is just really happy. I think we could both use that.


To Caleb, xo Adam (Promposal Mix)

1. "You Make My Dreams Come True" - Hall & Oates

2. "On Your Way" - We Shot the Moon

3. "U + Me =" - Dan Black

4. "Mamma Mia" - ABBA

5. "Eight Days a Week" - The Beatles

6. "Perfect" - One Direction

7. "Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)" - Panic! At the Disco

8. "Open Your Eyes" - Snow Patrol

9. "Make You Feel My Love" - Adele