The new Depeche Mode album, Sounds of the Universe, was released Tuesday.

It rocks.

Go. Download. Now.

And, because you can't have enough Dave, a picture of the leading singer hotness (thanks, Jen! Having this in my email in Tuesday morning made my day.)...

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It's time for another yearly "mix tape" of Marissa's favorite songs for the year, those that got the most spin on ye olde iPod...

Some of the songs are new, some are old, some are rediscoveries, and some just f'n rock for all time. ;-) Maybe you'll find one or two to check out...

Enjoy!

Echoplex - Nine Inch Nails
(My favorite song off The Slip. What I love most is when Trent plays it on concert, and we all scream and shout the lyrics, and then during the chorus, because of the key arrangement, we all sound like little angels. It makes me swoon in happy.)

Circus
- Britney Spears

(I can't help it. It's so damn catchy and fun, and it makes me wanna shake my ass. Sue me.)

Bones Theme (Squints Mix) - The Crystal Method
(I love the opening theme song to Bones, so when I found a fun mix, I snagged it. Rawk!)

Say It Isn't So - Hall and Oates
(How can I choose only ONE Hall and Oates song, after being haunted for many months?? Well, this one will do. Either that, or Sara Smile. *grin*)

Human Love - Dirty Vegas
(This was one of those "if you like that song, try this one" recommendations from iTunes, and by jove, they were right. This song rocks.)

Survivalism (Awake ReMix V 2.0) - TweakerRay
(I swear, I think I like this remix of the NIN song better than the original, if possible. Found courtesy of remix.nin.com)

Selisona Pi and Unstoppable - E.S. Posthumus
(I couldn't choose between the two, because both are incredible, goosebump-y songs in their own rights. Amazing, amazing orchestral music.)

Hot Blooded - Foreigner
(I heard it one day, then remembered how much fun it is to air guitar to it. It got put on the playlist. You air guitar too. Don't lie.)

Danny the Dog - Massive Attack
(Okay, so the Jet Li movie was not so great, but this song from the soundtrack is. Really, can Massive Attack write a BAD song? No.)

Angel on a Bus Bench - Eric Allaman
(A beautiful piece of piano/instrumental music from the movie Latter Days. So pretty.)

Nomah's Land - Metisse
(I heard this on an episode of Dead Like Me, and was haunted until I downloaded it. Amazingly beautiful song...)

Break the Ice - Britney Spears
(I know, I KNOW, another Britney song. I'm ashamed. But not really, because it's a fun song.)

I Think I'm In Love - Spiritualized
(Finally, FINALLY, I found this song! This song has been played before every NIN concert I can remember, and I absolutely lurve it! Not NIN-like, yet, somehow, it fits the pre-concert...)

Clubbed to Death [Kurayamino Variation] - Rob Dougan
(This is always on the playlist, and has been since 1999.)

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Hall_and_OatesHall and Oates are haunting me.

A couple of months ago, I was listening to Pandora, and a Hall and Oates song came on. I thought to myself, "I should download some Hall and Oates. Good songs from the 80s, and it reminds me of summers on the boat on Lake Monroe."

(For some reason, this became a boating soundtrack one summer).

So, I went home and downloaded Hall and Oates songs, because I never heard them otherwise.

Now, Hall and Oates are haunting me.

I think I have heard a Hall and Oates song every single time I have been a public place since the day I downloaded those songs.

In restaurants. At the grocery store. At the bank. On the radio. In the freakin' car dealership. EVERYWHERE.

So, in a bid to rid myself of the haunting, I'm tell you all about it. Now YOU'LL be followed around by "Sara Smile", and I can go back to jammin' to Hall and Oates only on my iPod when I so choose. ;-)

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After stealing Sean's idea last year, it's time for another yearly "mix tape" of Marissa's favorite songs for the year, those that got the most spin on ye olde iPod...

Some of the songs are new, some are old, some are rediscoveries, and some just f'n rock for all time. ;-) Maybe you'll find one or two to check out...

Enjoy!

Just Like You Imagined - Nine Inch Nails
(Yeah. The 300 trailer. This song was in constant rotation all year, and then I rewatched AATCHB, and the live version from the concert gets me even hotter. Yeah. Many a morning I screeched into the library parking lot with this blaring, hoping to garner some strength to get through the day.)

I Need You - Dave Gahan
(It's my Dave. And it's catchy and has a different twist on your typical love song...)

Homesick - The Cure
(One of those "lay in the middle of the floor and zone out in the darkness" songs. Not that I have to do that much anymore...)

Capital G - Nine Inch Nails
(Though all of Year Zero rocked, this was my personal favorite track. Danceable and fun, and scathing of George W? Sign me up. But really, almost every track on the CD hit me.)

What Goes Around.../Comes Around - Justin Timberlake
(Amazing beats, amazing song.)

What I've Done - Linkin Park
(The intro from the Halloween movies is cool. And it's just a good rock out song.)

Running Up that Hill - Placebo
(Discovered this while watching an ep of Bones. Haunting...)

Fever Dream - 300 Soundtrack
(My favorite piece of music from this total chick flick. ;-) Also, the guys walking forward and the rhino killing that happens while this piece is playing in the movie? Artistry and radness. This is another one that got me pumped for a day in the doldrums...)

In Your Room (Singles 86>98 edition) - Depeche Mode
(Let's not talk about what this song does to me. Let's instead focus on the fact I love it so much, I have lyrics from it etched into my iPod.)

Requiem for a Tower - LOTR trailer
(This is an AMAZING piece of music, which I finally found on iTunes. Gives me chills every time I hear it. Was on last year's list as "Requiem for a Dream", which was the only version I could find at the time, interspersed with Serenity clips.)

Gimme More - Britney Spears
(I can't help but shake my ass when I hear it. I know. I'm humiliated. But you do it too.)

Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
(Clearly, I've been watching too much Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. Who doesn't air guitar to this one?)

Reptile and Eraser - Nine Inch Nails
(Sometimes, a girl just has to go back to The Downward Spiral and rock out to loud, angry, Trentarific music. Particularly during the first 3/4 of this year...)

Seraphimia - TruLife
(Courtesy of Jen, from the Fassylicious ep of Hex. Sultry and sexy...in fact, it's currently my cell's ringtone [yes, Jen, I replaced the Torchwood theme])

Angel - Massive Attack
(I love the slow build of this song and the mix of airy vocals with harder guitar riffs...)

Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
(If you don't dance when you hear this one, you have no soul.)

Clubbed to Death [Kurayamino Variation] - Rob Dougan
(This is always on the playlist, and has been since 1999.)

I've got a little of everything in there, don't I?

Happy listening!

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