Posts Tagged ‘broken social scene


Official opinions: Stitely Office Love Songs

We’re keeping this week of love rolling with an office love playlist.  Enjoy the Stitely staff members’ favorite love songs.



  • In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Range Life by Pavement
  • Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles
  • First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
  • Anthems For a 17 Year Old Girl by Broken Social Scene


  • You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  • Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney (One of her husband Russ’ all-time faves)
  • Cowgirl in the Sand by Neil Young


  • Tree by Sebadoh
  • Hearts & Bones by Paul Simon


  • And I Love Her – Beatles
  • Everlasting Light – Black Keys
  • Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townsend
  • Words of Love – Buddy Holly
  • Oh My Love – John Lennon
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Ingrid Michaelson cover


  • If I Were the Hero by Kitty Devine (This is Ed’s band in which he plays guitar. He wrote this song three years ago for his daughter!)

Listen to Hero by Kitty Devine

  • Here and Now by Delamitri
  • No Se Tu by Luis Miguel

And of course, the ultimate love song by The Flight of the Conchords:


Official opinions: songs to slow down your summer

School is out, classes are over, the days are long, and the snow has all melted!  Yes, it’s finally time for that uplifting spirit of summer to be felt in full force.  It’s finally June.

The list of things that are great during summer could go on an on.  From love affairs to lemonade stands, porches to pool parties, and beaches to barbecues, it seems like everything is just a little better in the summer time.

But perhaps what the summer gives us above all else is a chance to relax.  An opportunity to shift down a gear and take in our surroundings.  Even if you still have to go to the office and you still experience cases of “the Mondays,” summer nights and weekends filled with good weather and good friends can quickly melt away your stress and leave you feeling rested and recharged.

Here is a playlist of songs, some old and some new, to keep a smile on your face while you kick back in your easy chair and enjoy that summer warmth:

  1. Just Saying Hi-Answering BellRyan Adams
  2. Via Chicago – Wilco
  3. Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl Broken Social Scene
  4. Coconut Skins Damien Rice
  5. Angeles Elliott Smith
  6. Witchi Tai To Harpers Bizarre
  7. When I Go Brett Dennen
  8. I Sing I Swim – Seabear
  9. A Fond Farwell Elliott Smith
  10. Periscopes The Beautiful Girls
  11. Paper Aeroplane Angus and Julia Stone
  12. Rainbow G. Love and Jack Johnson
  13. Ocean John Butler Trio
  14. Astair Matt Costa
  15. Baltimore Blues No. 1 Deer Tick

Guest Star: John Sabal’s fresh look at a first dance

Hello to all in the Stitely blogosphere, John here. I play guitar and sing in the Stitely Orchestra. Today I am writing about two unique versions of one of my favorite songs: “By Your Side.” Originally recorded in 2000, it was written and performed by Sade Adu and her team: Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman, Paul Spencer Denman. It’s a very popular song at wedding receptions, as many couples choose it as their “first dance” song.

Ever since I first heard her sing “Smooth Operator” back in 1985, I have always loved the sentiment, and relaxed vibe of Sade’s music. In 2000, I enjoyed “By Your Side” but never really “got it” until I heard a fabulous cover version of it by a band from L.A., called Beachwood Sparks. They play music that could be described as “Cosmic American” (a term coined by Gram Parsons, who’s music is very similar in spirit), or “country music through a kaleidoscope.” Pedal steel guitars drenched in reverb echo the tenderness of the lyrics, “When you’re on the outside baby, and you can’t get in. I will show you, you’re so much better than you know.” I like to think of Sade’s original as the “city version” (sleek and urban), and Beachwood Sparks’ as the “country version” (laid back and rural).

A few months ago I was watching Edgar Wright’s fabulous film adaptation of the comic book “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” It’s a very creative and musical movie about a guy in a band, and it gives a good representation of what it’s like, playing in a group with your buddies. Very accurate, which is no surprise, as the film’s music advisors included Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Cornelius, Dan the Automator, Kid Koala. Highly recommended! The romance builds between central characters Scott (Michael Cera), and Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). They dance together at a party, approaching their first kiss, as Beachwood Sparks version of “By Your Side” plays. Pure movie musical magic. I then understood the “heart” of this amazing song.

The Stitely Orchestra has played “By Your Side” many times, but it’s always been the “urban” version. Perhaps a new generation of couples, after seeing “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” will be inspired to use the “rural” version. It’s really hits me close to my heart, and I can’t wait to pour my enthusiasm into singing it for someone’s special day.


Official Opinions: Rachel’s Groovy Friday Playlist

Yes, it’s finally Friday! I don’t know about you, but by this time in the week I’m drained and no amount of coffee can cure that end of week exhaustion.  Which is why I created this awesome, get-your-ass-moving play list.  Originally created to help me get out of bed in the morning and help me stay motivated while cleaning, I recently discovered that this 55 song play list is the perfect answer to a groggy Friday.  It’s a pretty diverse selection with groovy songs from a variety of genres from pop, hip-hop, indie, rock, electronica and more. So listen to this play list when your energy is low and I guarantee it will get your butt moving. Enjoy!

-Rachel Continue reading ‘Official Opinions: Rachel’s Groovy Friday Playlist’

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