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19 tracks, 92 MB Zip


Excuse my futzing about with photoshop. I'm crap at layer masks. Epically crap.

In the typical fashion of my mixes, this one tells a story. It might even be the same story as the last one. Which is that Iraq sucks, and Nate's kind of falling apart, and Brad's watching it, and so he volunteers to become Nate's dirty little secret, his shoulder to cry on (but a manful shoulder). Eventually they get out, and they both think it's going to be over. The real world's got different rules after all. But Nate comes to his senses, and makes it definitively clear that he wants Brad. In the more than just a weekend, more than just a good times lay, kind of way. And then everybody can be happy. And listen to anthemic pop songs by Ellie Goulding and Sick Puppies.



"Hey, it's gonna be okay
Hey, we're gonna laugh at this one day"
-Sick Puppies, Odd One

Date: 2010-05-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
ext_1770: @ _jems_ (fandom: gk don’t need a heaven)
From: [identity profile] oxoniensis.livejournal.com
I like your story! And I'm saving your mix. Thank you!

Date: 2010-05-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
I'm like, hey now, this seems remarkably similar to that porn I wrote in class last week. Only I've had this on my hard-drive for longer than that porn existed.

Date: 2010-05-01 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amberlynne.livejournal.com
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYS! ♥

Lookit all the music I have never heard of! Excellent.

Date: 2010-05-01 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
I really wanted to put up a primer that was like THIS SONG IS ON HERE BECAUSE...

Date: 2010-05-01 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amberlynne.livejournal.com
I always want to do that too. I WOULD TOTALLY READ IT AND MAKE ALL CAPS COMMENTS ABOUT IT!!

Date: 2010-05-01 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
Hmm. Well then, here is a primer on why I chose this music.

1. Devil's Playground: This song is about being in a bad situation. Therefore, a fitting opener.
2. You Don't Seem So Happy: And this is the part where Brad notices Nate is experiencing more than normal angst. He would be blind not to. Also the lines, "Lock the door, we can hide and plan our lives," "Someday we'll forget what we used to do," "I don't think that I can sleep again, I remember leaving things unsaid..."
3. Not Made For Love: The title track. Pretty self-explanatory. They're poor broken boys in need of saving.
4. The Sun: This had a sound that I liked more than an explanation in the lyrics. Bittersweet I think.
5. Big Jet Plane: This song makes me cry. It symbolizes Brad's attempt to make things better for Nate.
6. Nobody Knows: This is actually a song about hiding a relationship. Very similar to Barenaked Ladies. "Nobody knows you like I do / We can let them wonder / Everyone thinks they know the truth / People never understand / Better we lie."
7. Telling Lies: This one also had a sound I liked. But also, the lyrics actually encapsulate the entire series really well: "Bending backwards to look behind / Pushing forward, killing the time / You thought it would change in time /You thought it would change your mind / You thought you'd be first in line / You thought it would change your life."
8. Pretender: Nate's worried. He knows it's going to end. He doesn't want to change things between them. Brad: "But it's alright, because I feel like getting hurt."
9. Heart Attack: And now things are getting better. They've managed to find their own peace in the middle of all this crap. However, not without a reminder lurking always on the edges.
10. Slide Away: And you always need one song to describe the sex.
11. Show Me Something New: "You and I/ have a hard thing to describe/ you have so much to live for/ while I am dying just to stay alive." I don't know why I put this here. But The Shout Out Louds like The Smiths, more cheery than their lyrics would suggest. It just seemed to fit.
12. Drops In The River: I chose this because I actually needed a thematic change, because things are about to get angry and bad.
13. Love Is A Number: This band is named after the Nazi-resistance movemant during WWII, so they are pretty angry. Brad feels a little like Nate's screwed him, even though Nate warned him this would happen, "I've Just Left The House/I'm Through Making Out With My Dreams! I Feel left without/ I'm Through Making Out..."
14. Midnight Sun: And maybe other people know more than they thought.
15. This Sweet Love: Nate's paddle party. "Be, the greatest man in history / The greatest man that you can be/ Just be." He's starting to realize he's fallen in love with Brad as more than just a band-aid. But Brad's kind of not having it at this point, because Nate quit the marines.
16. Return To Me: And some time has gone by. And Brad realizes he completely slapped the hand Nate held out to him. And he wishes he could go back. I'm pretty sure this song is actually about a funeral or a death. HOWEVER, I am using it creatively.
17. Everything Is Shattering: Brad pulls his head out of his ass. He'd probably hate this song, because it's all "love will save us all." Oh well, he doesn't have to listen to it.
18. I'll Hold My Breath: "We'll stay awake beneath the trees/ We'll watch the buildings turn to dust/ A sky of diamonds just for us/ You are the risk I'll always take/ The branch I'll never break."
19. Odd One: And the reason for this one is up above. EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE!

Edited Date: 2010-05-01 08:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-01 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amberlynne.livejournal.com
ANGSTY BOYS AND HAPPY ENDINGS! MY FAVORIIIIIIIIIIIIITE!! ♥ I might have got tear there near the end. YOU CANNAE PROVE IT!!

Date: 2010-05-02 03:14 am (UTC)
ext_302153: (Nate name)
From: [identity profile] live-laugh-love.livejournal.com
See, now, I always appreciate knowing *why* someone picked the songs they did. It tells the story. So thank you for this.

Date: 2010-05-02 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorientad.livejournal.com
thank you for explaining why you chose those songs, i really like it

Date: 2010-05-01 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] askmehow.livejournal.com
That's a story that I'm very happy to read listen to! Only I can't, because I'm on an airport internet connection, and all the woe that that implies. But I'm definitely going to dl this when I can.

Date: 2010-05-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
Well soon you'll be out of the airport! The best thing about that is that it doesn't last.

Date: 2010-05-01 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] askmehow.livejournal.com
Oh, god, I hope so! I've been stuck here a while, and they've announced another two-hour delay. What joy!

By the bye, I love your icon!

Date: 2010-05-01 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunatics-word.livejournal.com
Awesome, downloading <3

Date: 2010-05-01 08:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-01 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wrennette.livejournal.com
awesomesauce. dl'ing.

Date: 2010-05-01 09:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-01 08:36 pm (UTC)
ext_10358: ((gk) if i cannot take you for a liar)
From: [identity profile] jujubinha.livejournal.com
I love it! I love the boys, and the fanmix (am downloading, thank you!), and the story, and the happily ever after, and everything, and you, and the boys! ♥♥♥!

Date: 2010-05-01 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
Hahahah, so much love! Hope you enjoy.

Date: 2010-05-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laura-iskra.livejournal.com
awesome mix, dlding! (and loving the story of course ;p)

Date: 2010-05-01 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
Yay! Hahaha! I feel like that's pretty much every story set in theater, but I'm glad you enjoyed it anyway.

Date: 2010-05-01 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iwillrememberu.livejournal.com
I love the story... so I'll definitely check out the mix :)

Date: 2010-05-01 11:45 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-02 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemniciate.livejournal.com
Aaah! I love everything about this. Taking the mix. Thank you!

Date: 2010-05-04 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
I hope you enjoy!

Date: 2010-05-02 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tikiaceae.livejournal.com
Sometimes I feel so stupid because I don't get why the compiler included that song or in that order so I love that you gave us that primer. \o/ Love the story you're telling. :)

Date: 2010-05-04 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-reaction.livejournal.com
Well, I was glad to be of service! :)

Date: 2010-05-02 08:24 pm (UTC)
ext_4042: (Default)
From: [identity profile] causeways.livejournal.com
I download your mix!

Date: 2010-05-04 05:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-03 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinawolf.livejournal.com
This is a wonderful mix. I'm sure I'll go on to buy many, many songs by these guys, none of whom I'd ever heard of before!

Date: 2010-05-03 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaiserkuchen.livejournal.com
Am listening to this right now and by Jove, IT IS GLORIOUS. Your music taste is fantastic and my iTunes library and general musical education is thanking you profusely <333

(and I love that you added your song descriptions/"liner notes" below, I always dig seeing the fanmixer's thought processes when assembling a mix like this)

Date: 2010-05-06 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filmlitqueer.livejournal.com
I listened to this fanmix all afternoon -- it's probably the best Brad/Nate mix I've heard, so thank you so much for putting this together! And thanks for introducing me to new music as well haha.

And I love the primer you included in the comments here, they really helped me to understand the flow of the songs. Outstanding!

Date: 2011-08-08 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ampr.livejournal.com
Could you please reupload the mix? The link is down

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