It all started with a tweet. A request from my friend Shaun asking for more tracks for his "Sad Bastard" playlist. Well, if there's two things I am, it's sad and a bastard! Wait... No. That's wrong. I'm not really either of those things. Regardless, however, I listen to more than my share of "Sad Bastard" music. From the newest Menomena disc (how's that for a downer?!) to Tim Kasher's many projects (if he's not a sad bastard, I don't know who is) to Neko Case (don't let the gender fool you - She is such a sad bastard!), I've got the "Listening To Sad Bastard" music market cornered, so to speak. So naturally, instead of @'ing Shaun with a list of my favorite "Sad Bastard" tracks in 140 characters or less, I figured, heck, why not make another RFC mix? Because, frankly, this is a pitch perfect example of why mix making is so damn cool. Last time around, I made a mix to assist me. This time? It's to assist a pal.
To be completely honest, I'm not sure what (if anything) Shaun's even bummed about. He usually is a champ at makin' like the Hold Steady by staying positive and I can sure as heck guarantee that this dude ain't no bastard. But hey, if he wants to wallow is some self-pity, I am not going to stand in his way. Instead, I'm going to give him a bunch of songs to make him mope even harder! Because that's from friends are for, right?
If I Seem A Little Callous, I Assure You It's Just a Scratch
A Sad Bastard Playlist
Courtesy of Radio Free Chicago
Menomena - Queen Black Acid
I made myself an open book, I made myself a sitting duck
Baby, I quit. I just can't fake it anymore. I'm a dull, jaded, selfish, abusive, dysfunctional fuck up.
It feels like everything's starting to hit me. I lost my bearings ten minutes ago.
The hardest thing in the world to do is to find somebody that believes in you.
Double shots, that's what I bought, to forget who I am.
This problem is gonna last more than the weekend.
Now it's the devil that I love and that's as funny as real love, and that's as real as true love.
Could you save me from the ranks of the freaks who suspect they could never love anyone?
It's hard to be a decent human being.
If the best is for the best then the best can be damned.
If I still loved you, I'd swim through valleys carved out of the sea and I'd take you places without decided, I'd forget everything in all of my sleep but if I still loved you, I wouldn't be free.
Are these the best tales I can spin? A boy waiting to begin? A man with no memoirs?
You win on every issue. Now can I kiss you? Don't you care how long it's been? It's been so many years I've lived my yearning.