Six Songs with the F Word in the Title for Valentine's Day

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Ladies, I've got a secret for you: Men don't like Valentine's Day.

I mean, we just got over the pressure of the holidays and now we're expected to come up with more gifts to show our love and appreciation. And do we ever get it right? Of course not. We're guys and we suck.

But we know if we play our cards right, tonight's almost a slam dunk in the bedroom. With this on our minds, we're acting all soft and cute with our roses, cards, teddy bears and chocolates, but what we're really thinking about is getting naked with you. (To be fair, we're also thinking about how to get you naked on the other 355 days of the year, but tonight, the odds of that happening are much higher and we like when the odds are in our favor.)

So while you're thinking about how he went to Jared or how every kiss begins with Kay, plain and simple, we're thinking about fucking you. Just so you can't say I didn't warn you, here's the soundtrack to what's going through our minds as you gorge yourself on chocolates and white wine spritzers.



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Jock Jams-Free 2011 NFL Kickoff Playlist

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Are you ready for some football? Hank Williams, Jr. really wants to know.

The 2011 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday night, when the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Apparently, for cities with a pro football team, this is a pretty big deal. So to commemorate the great American gladiator tradition that we (alone) call football, here's a playlist of un-traditional football tunes to get you pumped in lieu of a hometown team to root for.


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Kim Kardashian's Wedding Playist: 5 Songs To Avoid

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On Saturday, while you're sleeping in or making a run to Trader Joe's for vegan pizza, there'll be more important things going on in the world. Yeah, it's Kim Kardashian's wedding! We know you could probably care less, but these multimillion-dollar Hollywood weddings only happen once every...month?

Since this wedding will be televised in a two-day E! event, we're sure some big musical heavyweights will be performing (or at least some well-known DJ will be mounted on a huge platform) at the $29-million estate in Montecito which is where the wedding is being held. And since we already have some inclination of what the wedding playlist might include, we definitely know what songs will NOT be making the cut:


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Listen To This: "Big Foot" Soul Mix

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Dennis Owens has been doing funk/soul club Good Foot at Que Sera in Long Beach for almost twelve years now and I think I was lucky enough to peek inside maybe by year two. The DJs who've climbed in and out of that back booth have been some of Southern California's best, and I was pretty honored when Dennis had me do an early set (with an ace squad of Foot alumni) at the tenth anniversary in the fall of 2008.

Now I've got my own anything-goes night called BIG FREAK on Mondays in Eagle Rock (with Crystal Antlers guest DJ-ing this next pre-SXSW installment) and so when Dennis invited me back for another Good Foot appearance, I decided to make a mix of records that could fit either night and call it--of course--BIG FOOT.

Some of these songs (like thee Midniters) I play almost every chance I get and some are ones I had to fish out from the back of the closet, like Gino Washington and King Coleman. And of course I saved a bunch for Friday, like Michael and the Mesengers, Joe Simon and N.F. Porter's "Don't Make Me Color My Black Face Blue," where our fearless singer clearly and powerfully declares that he's "sick of this shit!"

Thanks to Dennis for the hook-up and hope to see you Friday!



    Track listing and event info after the jump!

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    Playlist: Coping with OC Commute that 'Impacts Country's Worst'

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    ​My coworker over at our Navel Gazing blog recently posted "OC Impacts Some of Country's Worst Commutes." The shit gets real thick and nasty on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles, where speeds average 14 mph during the most congested times. But sitting in the CA-55 on my way home from Costa Mesa to Newport Beach can be a crawl, too. After living in Southern California for the past two months, traffic definitely ranks as the No. 1 drawback. Yeah, I'd heard about it dragging ass but never imagined how much time I would be spending in my car on any given day. Here are some songs I downloaded for the drive I'm about to make home.

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    "Lincoln Highway Dub," Sublime

    "Traffic Light," the Ting Tings

    "Freeway," Aimee Mann

    "The Traffic Jam," Stephen Marley featuring Damian Marley

    "Accidents Will Happen," Elvis Costello

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    Songs for Octomom, OC's Worst Neighbor

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    La Habra freak show Nadya "Octomom" Suleman closed out 2009 as the nation's least desirable neighbor. Now, that's impressive. I spent the past decade blasting music and screaming to friends--we thought we were talking--at all hours of the night and what did I get? Nothing. No award. No mention of my obnoxiousness in any news outlets--except the ones I wrote for. Just the occasional visit from the friendly Florida policeman reminding my cohorts and I that the old ladies down the street were trying to sleep and, please, keep it the fuck down. Octomom, here's to you, the least talented person in the history of humankind to routinely make headlines.

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    "You're Crazy," Guns N' Roses

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    Happy New Year! Here's the Hangover Playlist

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    Head's on fire. Stomach turns. Bruises in the oddest places. Who's that stranger snoring on my sofa? Happy New Year's! The day when we all try to put together the pieces from the previous night's debauchery. Here are some songs to help you nurse that world-class hangover.

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    "I Got Loaded," Los Lobos (live with Elvis Costello)
    "If It's Monday Morning,"  Beck, Eddie Vedder and Mike Ness (covering Lee Hazelwood classic in concert)
    "Just Ain't Easy," Allman Brothers Band
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    New Year's Eve Party Playlist

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    Looking for some tunes to blast at the bash you're hosting tonight? Or maybe to crank up in the car on your way to a slamming soiree? Here's my New Year's Eve Party Playlist, featuring the best from the past year and stone cold classics. Enjoy.
     
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    "Shine Blockas," Big Boi featuring Gucci Mane
    "Zero," Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    "Raindrops," Basement Jaxx
    "Superfly," Curtis Mayfield
    "Surf Solar," Fuck Buttons
    "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," 2Pac and Snoop Dogg
    "White Riot," the Clash
    "Out of the Blue," Julian Casablancas
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    Weepy, Rainy Day Playlist

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    I understand it doesn't rain much in Southern California. That's a good thing. These gloomy skies make me want to curl up on the sofa with strong drink and do nothing but listen to sad, sad songs--timeless ones that equate rain with sorrow.
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    Here are my faves. Enjoy. With cocktails. And no one around to see you wipe away that manly tear.

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    "Make It Rain," Tom Waits
    "It's Been Raining," Kimya Dawson
    "Buckets of Rain," Neko Case (covering Bob Dylan)
    "Another Rainy Day," Corinne Bailey Rae 
    "Raining in Darling," Bonnie Prince Billy
    "I Wish It Would Rain," the Temptations
    "None But the Rain," Townes Van Zandt
    "It's Raining," Irma Thomas

    Playlist: Songs about Southern California

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    The sun finally reappeared today and I decided to play tourist. I've been promising my family pictures of where I live for the past two weeks. I'm from Florida. My parents have never been to California. Only one of my three younger siblings has visited the state. 

    So, I got on my bicycle and clicked a bunch of pictures of where I live on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach. Only a tiny portion of Southern California, I know, but it got me thinking about quintessential songs about the region: Beach Boys, Weezer, all kinds of stuff. 

    These are popular songs. Songs that have stirred my imagination for years. Songs about a place that seems strange and exotic and, well, magical if you grow up on the other side of the continent. Here's my SoCal playlist.
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