Friday Music Day: Song/Book Pairings

Happy Friday Book Music Day! I had no plan for this week of guest DJ-ing until I was on my way to a gathering of book people a week ago, and suddenly it became obvious what I needed to do. So I'm curious, do the rest of y'all have song/book pairings you'd suggest? Also, please drop your lists.

16 thoughts on “Friday Music Day: Song/Book Pairings”

  1. 01. "Knoxville Girl" – BR5-49Live From Robert's
    02. "T.I.W.Y.G." – SavagesAdore Life
    03. "Slipping Husband" – The National Songs For Dirty Lovers
    04. "Golddust" – Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
    05. "Contusion" – Stevie WonderSongs In The Key Of Life
    06. "Old King Coal" – Sturgill SimpsonHigh Top Mountain
    07. "Hey Life" – tUnE-yArDsNikki Nack
    08. "Look What U Started" – The InternetHive Mind
    09. "All For Nothing" – The Muffs The Muffs
    10. "Black Rainbow" – St. VincentActor

  2. 1. Raleigh Ritchie* “A Moor” The Middle Child EP
    2. Faithless feat. Dido “One Step Too Far” Outrospective
    3. Beyoncé “Halo” I Am... Sasha Fierce
    4. Black Dice “Glazin” Repo
    5. Deee-Lite “Groove Is in the Heart” *

    6. The Mae Shi “Run to Your Grave” HLLLYH
    7. Ha Ha Tonka “Dead to the World” Lessons
    8. David Bowie “I Have Not Been to Oxford Town” 1. Outside
    9. Bonnie "Prince" Billy “Hummingbird, Pt.2”* Hummingbird EP
    T. The Breeders “S.O.S.” Last Splash

    1. He's not from NC, or even the US. His name is not Raleigh (or Richard), either.

    5. I ripped this from a promo compilation CD (white card sleeve with sticker, I think I paid $1), which credited it to the compilation Sampladelic Relics & Dancefloor Oddities, but that only includes a remix of this song. Yet the version I have has a different length than that remix, the versions on the original single, and the album version from World Clique. Listening to those on YouTube, this is a different version than all of them with a bit more Bootsy Collins at the beginning, and a length of 4'02. I wonder if this mix/edit is accidentally exclusive to that release (but I don't have enough time to dig).

    9. Leon Russell cover.

  3. I listened solely to Monster Magnet's Dopes to Infinity while reading Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness.
    And pretty much the Knife's Silent Shout while reading Charles Burns's Black Hole (graphic novel).

  4. Oh, hey, I haven't done a list in a few million years. Also haven't updated the music on my phone in a few million years, so here's a list that's entirely unrepresentative of what I've been listening to lately!

    1. “I Was a Daughter” Basia Bulat Oh, My Darling
    2. “Class of 2013” Mitski Retired from Sad, New Career in Business
    3. “Tear Stained Letter” Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
    4. “Just Like Honey” The Jesus & Mary Chain Lost in Translation Soundtrack
    5. “Way Out” Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones
    6. “The Book of Right-on” Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender
    7. “Death with Dignity” Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell*
    8. “Dead Fox” Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit*
    9. “Really Wanna See You” Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else
    T. “Going Down” Ani Difranco Dilage

    *Nothing like back-to-back songs about death to really lift one's spirits . . .

  5. * Inuksuit: Part IV - John Luther Adams - Inuksuit
    * Dead Quote Olympics - The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
    * Ruiner - The Body - All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood
    * Millionaire - Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
    * Contritus - JACK Quartet - Caleb Burhans: Past Lives (Caleb Burhans)***
    * Sophia's Wide Awake Dreams - Aizuri Quartet - Blueprinting (Lembit Beecher)
    * Seven - Fever Ray - (self-titled)
    * The Grey Ship - EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
    * Doubt - Wye Oak - Civilian
    * Carrot Revolution - Aizuri Quartet - Blueprinting (Gabriella Smith)****

    *** I think this is the best string quartet piece I have ever heard.
    **** Great, now I'll be humming this all day.

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