The List

The band Hellogoodbye—the apparent winner of my months-long Pandora search for new favorite bands—poses to support Oxfam America. (Creative Commons-licensed photo from the Flickr page of Oxfam America)

When I discovered Pandora my life changed forever. From that point on, I’ve come to realize, there’s a backlog of wicked music which I want but don’t yet have.

Enter my list. I’ve pasted it below and cleaned it up for your consumption. It’s all the songs and albums I want but—most of which—I don’t yet have. (Even though I’ve obtained a few of these, I’ve left them all on here, just for your edification.) Most of them are single songs, reflecting the trend of today, which seems to be purchasing songs rather than albums. Not that I don’t like albums. Just that Pandora doesn’t play albums. It’s shaping our music habits more than we realize.

For some of these I have to credit WYSO, the NPR member station in Yellow Springs, Ohio, for helping me discover, as parts of this list have carried over from when I lived in Ohio. Some of the artists near the bottom are the favorites of Will Robinson.

Some of these probably don’t seem like they fit in this group. Which is exactly why they do.

All This Beauty – The Weepies
Warning Shots – Thievery corporation
Furr – Blitzen Trapper
Why do I hate my very nice life? – Terry Kitchen
What Are You Like – Indigo Girls
Live your life – T.I.
Let It Rock – Lil Wayne/Kevin Rudolph
True Affection – The Blow. (more by her?)
Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
Stronger – Kanye West
Knock You Down – Keri Hilson feat. Ne-Yo and Kanye West
Andrew Bird – A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left
I Got A Feelin – Black Eyed Peas
What it means to be human – I Am Jen (on the broken ep)
Cynical Weathers – Burnside project – (on The finest example is You)
Arctic – Kanda (on All the good meetings are taken)
Beat it – Fall Out Boy Feat. John Mayer (Radio single)
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs – Fall out boy
Starrstrukk – 3Oh!3
Shine On Down – SPC ECO (on 3-D)
We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
Soul Sister – Train
Wanted you – The Secret Handshake (on One Full Year)
New Soul – yael naim & david donatien (on self-titled cd)
Emotions and photons – Freezepop (on Fancy ultra-fresh)
Kids – MGMT (on MGMT)
Electric Feel – MGMT (on Oracular Spectacular)
Here goes nothin – Nevershoutnever! (on The Yippee EP)
Happy – Nevershoutnever! (on The Summer EP)
Trouble – Nevershoutnever! (radio single)
Smellyalata – Nevvershoutnever! (on Nevershoutnever!)
Now that we’re done – Metro Station (on self-titled CD)
All Your Love – Hellogoodbye (on Zombies! Aliens! Vampies! Dinosaurs!)
Oh, Is It Love – Hellogoodbye (on Zombies! Aliens! Vampies! Dinosaurs!)
Here (In your arms) – Hellogoodbye (on Zombies! Aliens! Vampies! Dinosaurs!)
I Saw It On Your Keyboard – Hellogoodbye (on Zombies! Aliens! Vampies! Dinosaurs!)
Coastal Cities – The Secret Handshake (on One Full Year)
The Best of You – Number One Gun (on The North Project)
Breathe – Telepopmusik (on Genetic World)
Kilin Concert – Timtim (on Let’s pretend)
The Sound of Settling – Death Cab for Cutie (on Transatlanticism)
All for you – The Secret Handshake (on My Name In Lights)
Around the world – Daft Punk (on Musique Volume 1: 1993-2005)
Pickles on the Elbow (live) – (Mark O’Connor with Jon Burr and Frank Vignola)
Golden Age – TV on the Radio (on Dear Science)
Stork and Owl by TV on the Radio (on Dear Science)
Float On – Modest Mouse
Naked Eye (radio version) – Luscious Jackson (on Greatest Hits)
Great Escape – The Rifles (on Great Escape)
Percussion Gun – White Rabbits (on It’s Frightening)
I Am The Walrus – George Martin (on In My Life)
Walking Under Green Leaves – Spymob (on Sitting Around Keeping Score)
Sleepyhead – Passionpit
Jimmy Rosenberg – Limehouse Blues
Mister Sandman – Angelo Debarre, Lodovic Beier (on Come Into My Swing!)
My Pretty Eyes – by Rediscover (on Call Me When You Get This)
Bound to be that way – Do make say think (on You, youre a history in rust)
(also try their CD winter hymn country hymn secret hymn)

Bands that I should probably look into more:

The Garden
Paper Route
Tegan and Sara – Living Room
Deftones – Manurva (what else?)
Mr. Meeble
Zoe Keating
sunset rubdown
mountain goats
explosions in the sky
destroyer (look up “your blues”)
Postal Service B-sides, like Be Still My Heart, on We Will Become Silhouettes EP

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