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T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen – 5 o’clock
I like the vocal by Lily Allen on this song. It gets stuck in my head, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
I was watching a show about what makes a great pop song and this one was mentioned as being a great example of how lyrics can be used economically to generate rich imagery. I remember not understanding it very well when I first heard it (I was really young) but it has always been one of E’s favourites. I’ve grown to like it a lot over the years and a great song is timeless, so here it is in this week’s playlist.

James Blake – Limit To Your Love
Congratulations to James Blake on his Mercury Prize win. This song, from his debut album, is the first one I ever heard by him and it really was a revelation – that bass was like nothing I had ever heard before. The video is pretty cool too.

Lana Del Rey – Diet Mountain Dew
I don’t think this ever released as a single so it might be one of the few Lana Del Rey songs that hasn’t been ridiculously overplayed. I still can’t listen to Video Games or Young & Beautiful without thinking of models slowly walking down a catwalk. There was one fashion week we worked at where these songs played every single day at multiple shows. Diet Mountain Dew has been spared and remains immensely listenable.

Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching (Live)
I was working as a mix engineer on a live concert CD and when looking for inspiration, I found a Dave Matthews Band Live In Rio album that sounded exactly like a live album should – big and energetic – the kind of sound you could get lost in. I hadn’t listened to Ants Marching in a long time and the 9 minute live version on the album reminded me of why DMB is considered one of the best live acts in the world. I couldn’t find a streaming link to it, but you can preview and buy it on iTunes. You can listen to a similar version in the video, live from the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Friday Night Lights – Opening Titles Theme
There was nothing about this show that was not perfect. If you’ve watched the show, you know what I’m talking about. If not, composer WG Snuffy Walden’s opening titles theme is a good start. It is only 44 seconds long but it is one of my favourite pieces of music ever. Check it out.

Images Courtesy: Friday Night Lights