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Mix 2: God Help the Girl (pretty girls singing pretty songs)

November 16, 2009

photo: mum, i am gay!


1. Jenny Owen Youngs-First Person
2. God Help The Girl-God Help The Girl
3. The Magnetic Fields-The Nun’s Litany
4. Pink Martini-Je Ne Veux Pas
5. The Pipettes-Dirty Mind
6. Ida Maria-Queen of the World
7. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down-When We Swam
8. Lykke Li-Dance Dance Dance
9. Bobby Baby-Bye Bye Snow
10. Dirty Projectors-Two Doves
11. Camera Obscura-French Navy
12. Asobi Seksu-Transparence
13. Annie-I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me
14. The Blow-Hock It
15. La Roux-Tigerlily
16. Friendly Fires-Paris (Aeroplane Remix Feat. Au Revoir Simone)

I know what you are thinking, but this is not that sort of mix. “Pretty” does not mean all pastels and soft edges, girls with big brown doe eyes in vintage floral dresses. “Pretty” does not mean writhing hands and writing love letters, hopeless optimism and sentimentality. This is not easy and simple and sugar sweet. And it is most definitely not harmless.

No. This is about a girl with complexities and aspirations you can hardly imagine. One who takes risks and smiles at the consequences. One who is at once in charge of her independence and sexuality as she is vulnerable. Shy yet aggressive. Subtle but bold. One who seeks the thrill of tottering at the edge between this and that. A girl who stays up all night waiting for a phone call and dismisses it when it does come, a hopeless romantic with a filthy mind. One with a sardonic wit and a tender sweetness. One who goes after what she wants and dismisses anything in her way. A feminist with a heart that can be melted with a single glance, a prototype with impossible to classify tendencies.

As God Help the Girl put it: you have been warned, I’m born to be contrary. And she demands your attention, in dancing bright acoustic verses and shouted choruses that stay in your head, in soft delicate cooing or catchy sassy riffs that you can dance to nonstop. In songs about desires and moments and boys and girls, with broken hearts or a pounding anticipation. In pop and beauty and dreaming of a future that hovers just ever so slightly out of reach.

As always, if you download this, please do let me know what you think.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. riley Guza permalink
    November 16, 2009 3:41 pm

    ‘fucking ridiculously ‘cute’ ‘

  2. November 16, 2009 3:56 pm

    I love mixtapes, and this is so perfect! thank you!

  3. emily permalink
    November 17, 2009 4:41 am

    beautiful, thank you. i will be recommending this mix at my blog later this week ❤

  4. November 17, 2009 5:48 am

    Ahh this looks great – I am just getting into the Blow as well (no ones heard of them in the UK!) Thanks!

  5. November 17, 2009 6:29 am

    I like it 🙂

  6. claire permalink
    November 17, 2009 5:21 pm

    loove it.

  7. sophia permalink
    November 18, 2009 1:02 pm

    it is really awesome! thanks!

  8. November 18, 2009 9:37 pm

    this is fantastic! thank you so much!

  9. November 19, 2009 2:33 pm

    Wow, that was awesome. I’ve heard some amazing new artists to look up now!

  10. November 21, 2009 9:41 pm

    I am more into pop culture, but your playlist made me look for other brilliant artists, too. 🙂 This is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Marni permalink
    November 22, 2009 11:03 am

    Oh gosh…this is such a perfect Sunday morning/early afternoon mix. I love it.

  12. Miff permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:28 pm

    Really really fantastic mix 😀 I am never able to listen to things all the way through cause I get bored, but I didn’t skip ONCE in this! Then I liked it so much I downloaded Honey! Yay! These are wonderful and I want more!

  13. Tracy permalink
    December 5, 2009 1:31 pm

    i just want to listen to this mix over and over and over and over….
    T H A N K Y O U!

  14. December 6, 2009 10:05 pm

    Love this mix! Thank you so much. I wanted you to know that i’m incredibly HAPPY when walking to the busstop, taking the bus, then the subway and walking the rest of the way to work while listening to ‘pretty girls singing pretty songs’. 🙂

  15. December 13, 2009 7:10 am

    I love it!! Its helping me currently feel better right now. Thanks.. I love you mixtapes.

  16. Anna permalink
    December 19, 2009 9:27 pm


  17. kimmi permalink
    January 14, 2010 4:27 pm

    thank u! i love mixtapes ❤

  18. Abbas permalink
    July 3, 2011 8:53 pm

    i listen to metal. but i am enjoying this like… ” 🙂 ” ” 🙂 “


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