A Dozen Dead Roses: An anti-Valentine's Day mix for the jaded heartbroken
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Beck - "Guess I’m Doing Fine"
From Beck’s heartcrushing divorce album, Sea Change. One of the saddest, most nakedly honest and unpretentious songs I’ve ever heard. Coming from Beck, no less, who generally shies from confessional songwriting.
Ryan Adams - "Come Pick Me Up"
While I was working on Paste’s Ryan Adams cover back in 2007, Adams told me about this song, “So she took a couple records. Big fuckin’ deal. I just made that shit up anyway. I stole her records.” Crafty bastard.
Okkervil River - "Calling and Not Calling My Ex"
Why it took me so long to get excited about this band is beyond me. I sort of (stupidly) blew them off until their latest record, The Stand Ins, just knocked me on my ass. This is tied for my favorite song on the album (with "Singer/Songwriter"). It’s a mix of nostalgic remembrance and slightly removed present-day observation of a lover who’s gone on to become a celebrity. Lyrically, melodically and - in pretty much every other way, too - brilliant.