this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

Artist Song Buy
the flying burrito brothers  "to love somebody"  buy on itunes
orange juice  "consolation prize"  buy on itunes
the clientele  "saturday"  buy on itunes
the velvet underground  "satellite of love"  buy on itunes
bright eyes  "oh, you are the roots that sleep beneath my feet and hold the earth in place"  buy on itunes
tom waits  "sea of love"  buy on itunes
the magnetic fields  "when my boy walks down the street"  buy on itunes
will johnson  "just to know what you've been dreaming"  buy on itunes
whiskeytown  "avenues"  buy on itunes
uncle tupelo  "wait up"  buy on itunes
patsy cline  "walkin' after midnight"  buy on itunes
lucinda williams  "like a rose"  buy on itunes
the old 97's  "question"  buy on itunes
the white stripes  "apple blossom"  buy on itunes
the beach boys  "you're so good to me"  buy on itunes
neil young  "love is a rose"  buy on itunes
van morrison  "sweet thing"  buy on itunes
bob dylan  "mama, you been on my mind"  buy on itunes
neko case  "that teenage feeling"  buy on itunes
the jam  "monday"  buy on itunes
the beatles  "something"  buy on itunes
the kinks  "strangers"  buy on itunes
the smiths  "there is a light that never goes out"/epilogue  buy on itunes

Comment:

notes from the subject: Anthony and I met as a result of the Smiths, which is odd because I'm not their biggest fan, and he would be content watching Morrissey dance for days on end. This almost perfectly describes our relationship; we're like oil and vinegar in that we never quite mix but make a pretty damn good vinaigrette. Sappy things aside, Anthony has made me mixes since the day we met. The second thing out of his mouth (the first was asking me for my top five favorite bands) was, "Hey, can I make you a mix?" This evolved from the single disc "From Anthony, to Carly" to a series ("The Get Fresh Flow") that ushered in the pivotal point in our relationship: him getting up the courage to hit on me relentlessly through song. It took around a year for me to realize this was going on considering I'm the daft "best friends say i love you, don't they?" type. Now when I listen to the first couple TGFF mixes, the lovelorn lyrics hit me in the face, and I wonder how much more explicit he would've had to be for me to realize this earlier. Really, though, can you get more obvious than songs like "I Will" and "I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You"? If I remember correctly, one of you mixers even predicted that it was meant for someone who was more than just a friend (whoever you were, you should be a psychic). Our entire relationship is based on the fact that I was completely oblivious to his wooing and he, subsequently, had to take little steps out of his comfort zone until he was practically titling his mixes "I Love You, Yes I Mean You." A little over a year ago we had a conversation that we consider the beginning of our romantic relationship, but really was just a sweet way of saying it was alright to love each other without the guise of an unnaturally close friendship. He still makes me mixes, obviously, and I haven't seen this one yet and won't get it for a little while because we are both terrible procrastinators. I think it's pretty obvious through his painstaking liner notes, track-listings, and "thank yous" that Anthony has an incredibly large heart, and maniacal love for music. Despite the fact that sometimes I think he loves records more than me (just kidding), I love everything that he does. He truly is a good person, the best friend, and most adorable boyfriend. It's been more than a year and a dozen or so mixes later, and we've still got a bunch more of both to go! I love you, Anthony

notes from the creator: this is my belated one year anniversary mix for my girlfriend, as evident from her thoughts above. i've worked on this for roughly two or three months now, & it literally took that long just to get a finalized list of songs that i felt meshed this well together. there's a bit of an alt.country twang to it that started out unintentional & grew more purposeful as i went on. this went through about a dozen incarnations before i finally got fed up enough with myself to buckle down for an entire weekend & finish it. it's late, yes (our anniversary is sept. 20), but better late than never, right? i think carly put the whole relationship angle better than i ever could, so i'll leave you with that. the epilogue in the final track refers to a recording of e.e. cummings reciting his poem "somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond" after about 30 seconds of silence at the end of the smiths track. huge thanks to doowad for getting a hold of the recording for me (told you i'd use it eventually!); another huge thanks to our man barrydali for the will johnson track. title from e.e. cummings.
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doowad
Date: 10/12/2007
Absolutely perfect, from spot-on selection of songs to the ee cummings to the notes. I'm glad I could help with just a little piece of a truly marvelous mix. Congratulations to you both. The labour is evident...
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sammyg123
Date: 10/12/2007
Wonderful, just wonderful. The notes are lovely, you guys really are adorable, a modern day Bogey & Bacall. Good luck to the both of you, congrats on your 1st anniversary...
Oh, and the mix? Perfect as always.. I'm sure though, tk 4 is Lou Reed... there I go spoiling it all by saying that...:)
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anthony lombardi
Date: 10/12/2007
thanks for the kind words, sammy! but track four is actually the velvets recording from the peel slowly & see boxset.
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sammyg123
Date: 10/12/2007
Ouch. Forgive me my friend :)
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Rob Conroy
Date: 10/12/2007
Sweet. I'm with you on tons of these tracks...
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The Misfit
Date: 10/13/2007
Wonderful.
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hemizen
Date: 10/13/2007
I am so happy for you guys. "Love the theme and two of the Best songs in the world, I Will and I hope that I don't fall in love with you" was my comment on your "the get fresh flow, vol. 1". My comment for this mix is "Love it all" and "try listening to it together while reading ee cummings 'may i feel said he'".
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mahdishain
Date: 10/13/2007
almost makes me want to go out and fall in love... almost.
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French Connection
Date: 10/13/2007
Touching and I say that without a hint of sarcasm. Wish I could get Mrs. Frenchy to write some liner notes displaying such empathy for her mix maker!!! Many congrats you guys and may you have mamy many more anniversaires.
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blasikin
Date: 10/14/2007
Great and mushy! Congrats you two! I love the songs you picked. Inspiring.
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Mark Petruccelli
Date: 10/14/2007
love this, mix and comment-wise. It's been fun to follow this from the Get Fresh Flow days. Love the Burritos, VU, Waits, Mad Fields, Lucinda, Neil, Bob, Neko and Beatles tunes. Nice to see comments from the recipient, nice to see these Romantic mixes work!
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tornadoZ
Date: 10/14/2007
good lord, are you two trying to make everyone cry!? that's so.... beautiful. it sounds like you're a real lucky pair. great mix, Anthony. "that Smiths song is one of the most romantic ever recorded," is what I say. and don't worry, honey, it sounds like you're a real close second to those records. give it another year and I bet you're #1.
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Mesh
Date: 10/15/2007
beautifully done.
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Bear
Date: 10/15/2007
Sweet photos, sweet notes, sweet mix! Van says it all (my favourite track here)!
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Media Vixen: Radio Sally
Date: 10/17/2007
Hard to comment on after such great comments, but it is a great package. Congrats. Link?
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noiseboy
Date: 10/17/2007
Much of your mix catalog, this one especially, contains well defined moods with character and simple elegance. To be privy to the personal stories behind them makes them poetic. Congratulations!
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Jenergy
Date: 10/18/2007
How lovely, both the tunage and the sentiment.
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Pop Kulcher
Date: 10/18/2007
In this cynical age, any time someone intertwines the concepts of "extensive liner notes on a mix cd" and "earnest, mushy, love letters," it's hard not to think: Gee, this is an Onion article on some lame Area Man just waiting to be written. So it takes some skill to pull it off without setting yourself up for derision, yet the two of you miraculously hit it out of the park. Kudos to you both on the music & the anniversary.
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tornadoZ
Date: 10/18/2007
and kudos on MotW as well. excellent choice, noiseboy.
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Mark Petruccelli
Date: 10/18/2007
congrats on a well-deserved MOTW
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musicgnome
Date: 10/18/2007
Congrats! Much deserved.
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killabunnies
Date: 10/18/2007
that is so sweet it makes my teeth hurts. congrats =)
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Skipper Bartlett
Date: 10/19/2007
This is really great. I'm glad it MotW because I must have missed it on the top 50. Congratulations !
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SAG
Date: 10/19/2007
Lovely and wonderful, but judging from the pictures, you two are entirely too young to be going steady...
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gobi
Date: 10/19/2007
Many congratulations on both anniversary and mix of the week. Sorry that I missed this earlier.
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elianarob
Date: 10/20/2007
I will be making this mix and pretending a boy made it for *me*
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themixtaper
Date: 10/20/2007
ee cummings. i am getting that quote tattooed on my ribs. beautiful mix. congratz.
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Salman1
Date: 10/21/2007
Whoa, I missed this. Much deserved kudos. I'm glad I had the opportunity to see this mix and rea your notes.
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SwankQueen
Date: 10/21/2007
Fantastic mix, sorry I didn't comment earlier!
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truexromancex
Date: 10/21/2007
Amazing...
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G-Sphere
Date: 10/22/2007
Very nice mix and congrats.
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Luke79
Date: 10/23/2007
this is what it's all about - lovely.
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FoolThemAll
Date: 11/10/2007
Great mix, and what a wonderful inspiration! I really like the 9 to...18 stretch, all of it, in particular. There's my brother's favorite White Stripes track right there. Congrats!
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RubyTwoShoes
Date: 11/24/2007
super sweet, beginning to end. Starting with Gram Parsons is usually a great sway to sweep a girl off her feet.
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sweetxhoneyxbee
Date: 12/8/2007
I really love this mix!!! Beautiful from beginning to end. And the liner notes were amazing. You two seem perfect for each other. Love it!
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senatorhung
Date: 4/18/2008
belated congrats on the anniversary and the very fine mix ! well-deserving of MOTW status ...
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senatorhung
Date: 4/18/2008
p.s. i love mix-enabled love stories ;)

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