Melissa’s Mix Tape

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My parents influenced the majority of my musical tastes. They introduced me the Beach Boys, Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more. Though I’m quite enamored with their classic rock and golden oldies, sometimes I want to help expand their musical horizons. They’re typically hesitant, worried I’ll force loud hip hop on them (which would especially pain my mother) or demand that they listen to something with less polished vocals but great songs (think Paul Baribeau, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone or Ghost Mice).

Determined to prove new music can live up to some of the gems of the past, I started making mixes for my parents. You can do the same. This is a mix to help make your parents hip and savvy to contemporary tunes (many of these artists are even NPR-approved).

1) “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes off of “Fleet Foxes”

2) “I and Love and You” by the Avett Brothers off of “I and Love and You”

3) “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” by Wilco off of “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”

4) “Wake Up” by the Arcade Fire off of “Funeral”

5) “I Looked All Over Town” by the Magnetic Fields off of “I”

6) “For Real” by Okkervil River off of “Black Sheep Boy”

7) “This Is Not a Test” by She & Him off of “Volume One”

8) “Star Witness” by Neko Case off of “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood”

9) “Two Headed Boy” by Neutral Milk Hotel off of “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”

10) “Tremble and Tear” by John Vanderslice off of “Romanian Names”

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