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January 2010 Playlist

Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 in LISTS | 0 comments

1. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. Let’s not forget that the glass is half full and the world really is wonderful.

2. I Won’t Kneel by Groove Armada. An empowering anthem for when you’re trying to get back together with someone, while channeling Annie Lennox circa Eurythmics.

3. Quiet Dog by Mos Def. Simmer down now!

4. Nayphony by The Spy from Cairo. Men of Mystery can be the most interesting men in the world–more on that in the Summer Season.

5. Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. Classic 1978. For those of us born in 1978.

6. Carry On by Woolfy vs. Projections. When you’re having a crappy day, week, month, or season…all you can do is carry on.

7. Stylo (featuring Mos Def & Bobby Womack) by Gorillaz. Love, electricity, shockwave central. Pummel on the motherboard, yes. Yes, this song is epic.

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December 2009 Playlist

Posted by on Dec 29, 2009 in LISTS | 0 comments

1. Hurry on Now by Alice Russell. Sexy, soulful, blues.

2. New Fang by Them Crooked Vultures. A tortured artist walks into a dive bar…

3. Here Comes the Rain Again by Eurythmics. I love it when it rains in L.A.

4. After the Rain by Little Dragon (Trackademicks Remix). Sometimes, after the rain, your life is never the same.

5. Gave It Up by Pollyn. You broke up with me. And I don’t need your help climbing out of the rubble.

6. Stop Me (feat. Daniel Merriweather) by The Smiths (Mark Ronson Version). I love you! Only slightly less than I used to. You just keep me hangin’ on.

7. It’s a Wonderful World by Frank Sinatra. The perfect song for merry merry holiday-ing.

8. Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb. Remember when you used to look up at all the fluffly clouds when you were young?

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November 2009 Playlist

Posted by on Dec 4, 2009 in LISTS | 0 comments

1. Hold Tight by Stiffed – because Hannah keeps gettin’ stiffed in Vol.1, Spring Season.

2. You’ve Got the Love (The xx Remix) by Florence and The Machine – a little R&B and a little harp equals a very hot love song.

3. 24 Hours by The Noisettes – oh the doctor…who totally swept me off my feet, and 24 hours later I put an end to it. Yeah…it could have been forever, just 24 hours ago…

4. No Way Bang by Rye Rye, M.I.A. vs. Adonis (Tommie Sunshine Edit) – on the list: check. cocktail: check. something short and tight: check. dark sunglasses: check.

5. Private Life by Grace Jones – for when you crave to be part of a soap opera…like Chapter 11.

6. Bang Bang by Iggy Pop – Before Rye Rye was banging, there was Iggy. I think this song is kinda dirty, and maybe a little mean-spirited, but oh so fun.

7. Love the Night Away (Tiedye Mix) by DJ Kaos – everything we feel when we first meet someone special, or that we’re really hot for, on the dance floor.

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What to get your girl, Hannah style

Posted by on Dec 3, 2009 in LISTS | 0 comments

The season of giving and receiving is upon us, and if you, like many, are stumped for what to get your girl, or stumped for cash, here is my list of ten things under twenty bucks.

1. Go to your grocery store, buy an eco-friendly shopping bag, and fill it with something sweet (candy, cookies, chocolote, or fruit), a gossip magazine, a book she’ll love (like Sex, Life, & Hannah), a mixed CD, and bottle of wine (cheap yet palatable). Next time she cozies up for a night of alone time, she won’t be able to stop thinking of you.

2. Speaking of mixed CD’s…that on its own is a great gift that keeps on giving. Need ideas for songs? Check out my playlists. Avoid the break-up and heartbreak songs.

3. The next time you go to your local hardware store for some screws (because for some reason, men always need screws) pick up a plant pot– preferably one-tone and square-shaped–and also pick up an orchid or some type of jade. It’s hard for even the busiest jet-setting woman to kill an orchid or jade.

4. Buy a picture frame, and then find a good picture of the both of you (preferably looking happy and in love). Have it printed out, or print it out on your handy dandy photo printer; black and white or sepia typically has more dramatic impact. And don’t forget to sign the back with a “love always” or something much more mushy.

5. Feeling a little more crafty? Make a collage of your love. Buy her a planner and deck out the cover with snapshots of the two of you (or if you’re feeling pretty, just you), or snazz up a wooden jewelry box with magazine cutouts of her favorite designer shoes. Tack them on with rubber cement and paint over with diluted clear glue. And don’t be afraid to experiment with other sentimental objects, like movie tickets, love notes, or dried flowers.

6. The key to your house, apartment, or townhouse–and not the same one your other gilfriend is staying at. But seriously, if you’re ready to make a committment, but can’t afford to put some bling on her finger yet, a key is the next best thing. Just try to remember to clean up after yourself a little more often…

7. Don’t feel like leaving your house to shop? This site has a lot of fun, quirky, and very girly stuff, like illuminating rings: http://www.modcloth.com/. And this site: http://www.sexlifeandhannah.com has that really great lifetime membership for only $8.99 that will keep your girl entertained with saucy fiction always:)

8. The “I Love You” card. There is nothing more moving then when a man expresses his feelings via the written word. It’s like giving the gift of letting her peel back those tough outwardly layers. Not sure what to write? Here’s a little three-step exercise that helps: 1) I love you because…, 2) I remember when I first saw you…, and 3) I want our future to be…

9. The dinner coupon. No, not a coupon to Wendy’s, but a coupon for you to cook dinner for her on a specific night. Yes, this is a throwback to those old IOU certificates or love coupons, but there’s a reason those things are still around. If you want to make it more fun, cook for her in nothin’ but your apron. This gift pairs very well with #8.

10. Treat her to a slow dance in the moonlight. Rush hour and retail mania have put a sword through the gift of old-fashioned quality time. And it’s a damned tragedy. Revive it by lighting some candles, cueing up some Frank Sinatra (or my recent favorite, Alice Russell), and taking your lover by the hand. Your presence is the best gift you can give. Also pairs well with #8 and #9. Just remember to put some clothes back on before you go out onto the rooftop patio.

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October 2009 Playlist

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in LISTS | 0 comments

1. Every Glance by Jack Peñate – On total repeat when I was writing about Dr. Big Love

2. No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand (Trentemøller Remix) – I know, the original is totally fun and campy, but this darker remix is perfect for the scene where she finds Mr. Smyth’s new book

3. Four Letter Word by Gossip – [Screaming] Am I ever gonna fall in love again?

4. I Put a Spell On You (feat. Eddie Wakes) from the Original Fame Soundtrack – Who put a spell on who? Did he seduce Hannah, or did she seduce him from the moment she shook his hand

5. Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat’s Heavenly House Mix – Are you guys ready for another cliff-hangar? Hannah is about to head out with her latest love interest when an unexpected stranger lets himself in

6. Soft Shock by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Any blast from your love past ends up being a shock, shock, to your, soft, side.

7. Secret Agent Man by the Ventures – OK, this is a little forshadowing for the Summer Season.

8. Everyday Is Halloween by Ministry – Sometimes, that’s exactly what my world feels like…

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September 2009 Playlist

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in LISTS | 0 comments

Since we launched on 09.09.09, and are slowly getting things up and running, it’s a shorty, but a goodie:

1. The Best of Good Love Gone by 24-Carat Black.

“Have I done something my baby, to make you change your mind”…that about sums up Chapter 12. Powerful, deep, heart-wrenching; everything Chapter 12 is supposed to be.

2. Cruel Intentions by Simian Mobile Disco.

When love takes a step back, what’s left? That not-so-fun grey area called: Friends with Benefits.

3. Animal by Miike Snow.

I just looked up the lyrics, and still don’t quite know what the song is about; but, it was a great anthem for powering through last week. And Miike Snow did play at the Echoplex this past Sunday…

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