February 14, 2009

My First, My Last, My NPR St. Valentine’s Day Make-out Song List.

Feeling unlucky, lonely, depressed, can’t pay your mortgage, your business went bankrupt? Flann O’Brien has some advice for ya: drink!

When money’s tight and is hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt –

What’s that? Not a big drinker? Well, no worries, mate. It’s St. Valentine’s day—a day built for sad, lonely fools. So get out there to some bar, some party, some ball…and see the flocks of also-lonely, but brave boys and girls, just wanting to make out. 

You lock eyes, you’re in love, you go home to “watch a movie”…now you need some make-out music, eh? Good thing even NPR gets randy on St. Valentine’s Day. Via their web site comes this long list (we only put half of it, here) of recommended songs via their partner stations. With thanks for the tip to twitter.com/guykawaski:

The Make-Out Mix: Love Songs From NPR Music

Listen: Hear the Stream

NPR.org, February 9, 2009 – Feel the love with more than 100 songs chosen by NPR Music’s partner stations. Hear music for the romantics, the heartbroken and the heartbroken romantics, by everyone from Brahms to Iggy Pop. To hear the stream, click here.

What’s on your make-out mix? Tell us in the comments below.

• “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” Frank Sinatra, Sinatra’s Sinatra [WBGO]

• “Queen of the Surface Streets,” DeVotchKa, Una Volta [MPR/The Current]

• “When It Comes to You,” Buddy Miller, Midnight and Lonesome [Folk Alley]

• “Winter Concerto: Largo”Amsterdam Guitar Trio, Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (RCA 68161) [WGUC]

• “Essence,” Lucinda Williams, Essence [WFUV]

• “That’s Us/Wild Combination,” Arthur Russell, Calling Out of Context [KEXP]

• “You’re My Thrill,” Kate McGarry, If Less Is More… Nothing Is Everything [WDUQ]

• “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison, Moondance [American Public Media]

• “Pac Man,” Bitch, Recorded Live at WNYC [WNYC]


ID BREAK: David Garland from WNYC


• “Surgery,” Scott Matthews, Recorded Live at WNYC [WNYC]

• “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” Barry White, Can’t Get Enough [WXPN]

• “I’m Glad There Is You,” Jamie Cullum, Catching Tales [Jazz24]

• “That Day,” Dianne Reeves, That Day [WBGO]

• “Paganini Variation #18,” Cecile Ousset, piano; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra dir. Simon Rattle, Sergei Rachmaninoff (Virgin 44890) [WGUC]

• “Little Infinite Love Song,” Ed Askew, Recorded Live at WNYC [WNYC]

• “Protection,” Massive Attack with Tracey Thorn, Protection [KEXP]

• “Debra,” Beck, Midnite Vultures [KUT]


ID BREAK: Matt Riley from KUT


• “Here You Are,” The Greencards, Viridian [Folk Alley]

• “I’m the Man Who Loves You,” Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [KUT]

• “I Need Love,” LL Cool J, Bigger and Deffer [WFUV]

• “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody),” Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues [MPR/The Current]

• “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” Neil Young, After the Goldrush [WXPN]


ID BREAK: David Dye from WXPN


• “Bailero,” Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; English Chamber Orchestra dir. Tate, Joseph Canteloube(London 460250) [WGUC]

• “Leonard Bernstein: Somewhere,” Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Marilyn Horne, Reaching for the Note (DG 459552) [American Public Media]

• “When I Fall in Love,” Arthur Prysock, Arthur Prysock Compact Jazz [WBGO]

• “Love Me,” The Little Willies, The Little Willies [Folk Alley]

• “La La Means I Love You,” The Delfonics, La La Means I Love You [WXPN]


ID BREAK: David Dye from WXPN


• “Samba da Bencao,” Bebel Gilberto, Tanto Tempo [WFUV]

• “Wonderwall,” Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? [MPR/The Current]

• “A Case of You,” Joni Mitchell, Blue [Folk Alley]


ID BREAK: Elena See from Folk Alley


• “Righteously,” Lucinda Williams, World Without Tears [KUT]

• “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Percy Sledge, The Big Chill – Original Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition [WXPN]

• “You Don’t Know Me,” Ray Charles, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 [WBGO]

• “I Google You,” Amanda Palmer, Recorded Live at WNYC [WNYC]

• “The Book of Love,” The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs [KEXP]

• “If I Had You,” Nnenna Freelon, Live [WDUQ]


ID BREAK: Bob Studebaker from WDUQ


• “Hot Stuff,” The Rolling Stones, Black and Blue [WFUV]

• “Make-Out King,” Eleni Mandell, Miracle of Five [KEXP]

• “Giacomo Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro,” Kiri Te Kanawa, Portrait of Kiri Te Kanawa (Sony 39208) [American Public Media]

• “Piano Concerto #21: Andante “Elvira Madigan,” Rudolf Serkin, piano; London Symphony Orchestra dir. Abbado, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Deutsche Grammophon 439514) [WGUC]

• “At Last,” Etta James, At Last [MPR/The Current]


ID BREAK: Mark Wheat from MPR/The Current


• “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley, Grace [MPR/The Current]

• “My Favourite Book,” Stars, In Our Bedroom After the War [KUT]

• “From This Moment On,” Ernie Andrews, The Many Faces Of Ernie Andrews [WBGO]

• “People Will Say We’re in Love,” Stacey Kent, The Boy Next Door [WDUQ]

• “Betcha By Golly, Wow,” The Stylistics, Can You Dig It? Soul Hits of the ’70s [KEXP]


ID BREAK: DJ El Toro from KEXP


• “Might Tell You Tonight,” Scissor Sisters, Ta-Dah! [KEXP]

• “Bird Guhl,” Antony and the Johnsons, Recorded Live at WNYC [WNYC]

• “Dream of Love #3 (Liebestraum),” Garrick Ohlsson, piano, Franz Liszt: Liebestraume(Seraphim 69592) [WGUC]

• “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life,” Frank Sinatra, The Reprise Collection [American Public Media]

• “Just a Little Lovin’,” Shelby Lynne, Just a Little Lovin’ [KEXP]

• “In Spite of Ourselves,” John Prine & Iris Dement, In Spite of Ourselves [Folk Alley]

• “Love Stinks,” The J. Geils Band, Love Stinks [WXPN]

• “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green, Let’s Stay Together [MPR/The Current]

• “When I Fall in Love,” Carmen McRae, Carmen McRae Sings Great American Songwriters[Jazz24]

• “You Are Too Beautiful,” John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman [Jazz24]

• “Spartacus Adagio,” Kirov Orchestra dir. Valery Gergiev, Aram Khachaturian: Spartacus(Philips 442011) [WGUC]


ID BREAK: Mark Perzel from WGUC


• “I’m On Fire,” Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA [WXPN]

• “Disconnect the Dots,” Of Montreal, Satanic Panic in the Attic [KUT]

• “Cheek to Cheek,” Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong[WFUV]


ID BREAK: Claudia Marshall from WFUV


• “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers, Just Once in My Life [MPR/The Current]

• “Vibrate,” Rufus Wainwright, Want One [KEXP]

• “Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in A, Op. 118, No. 2,” Hélène Grimaud, Brahms: Piano Pieces Op. 116-119 (Erato 14350) [American Public Media]

• “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds, Rockin’ the Suburbs [MPR/The Current]


ID BREAK: Mark Wheat from MPR/The Current


• “Resurrection Fern,” Iron and Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog [WFUV]

• “I Can Hear the Angels Singing,” Gretchen Phillips, Recorded Live at WNYC [WNYC]

• “A Song for You (Alternate Solo Version),” Willie Nelson, The Complete Atlantic Sessions[KUT]

• “I Wonder,” Marvin Gaye, When I’m Alone I Cry [WBGO]

• “Everybody Needs Somebody,” Jimmy Scott, Timeless Jimmy Scott [WBGO]

• “Something,” The Beatles, Abbey Road [American Public Media]

• “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” Jackie DeShannon, What the World Needs Now Is Love [WXPN]

• “You Drive Me Crazy,” Greg Brown, Dream Café [Folk Alley]

• “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” Dinah Washington, The Diva Series [WDUQ]


ID BREAK: Gary Walker from WBGO


• “That’s My Desire,” James Brown, Soul on Top [WBGO]

• “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken,” Camera Obscura, Let’s Get Out of This Country [KUT]

• “For the Lady C,” Gretchen Phillips, Recorded Live at WNYC [WNYC]

• “Hotter Than Mohave in My Heart,” Iris Dement, Infamous Angel [Folk Alley]...for much more, go to NPR.

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