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The Best In Feel-Bad Breakups

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According to data gathered from Facebook, there are two peak times for break ups: Just after Valentine's day, and right about now. The anti-cupid has already struck Zooey Deschanel & Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and, even worse, the iconic relationship of Thurstoon Moore & Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Just in case you're at risk, here's a Vitamin String Quartet-friendly playlist that will help you through your tough times. Separation is obviously a well-tread topic in pop music and the source of infinite songs, so no list will ever feel definitive. But it doesn't hurt to have one on hand, does it? Incubus – "Oil & Water" The summary of all your problems is right there in the title! This is an easy way to rock out to you and your partner's irreconcilable differences. The lyrics are full of common metaphors – heavy with anchors, shelter from the weather – but that just aids in its universal appeal. Let Brandon Boyd's big voice lead you up the dramatic arc. Def Leppard – "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" For those of you that require a little bit of edge in your breakup. This is strictly a song on the receiving end of emotional pain, and it has the added bonus of being ideal for singing along to in the sealed privacy of your car. Turn it up on the freeway and be a fearless, heart heavy rock star. Weezer – "No Other One" Maybe it's not strictly a song about splitting, but the song's portrayal of a codependent, desperate relationship may be all you need to snap out of your funk. Get uncomfortable with lines like, “My girl's a liar but I'll stand beside her” and realize that perhaps your attachment was unhealthy. Bright Eyes – "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" Of course, it would be remiss to pretend break ups were all about rejection. Sometimes it's about guilt, or the scary apathy you have about being the ruiner of hearts. “She'll probably feel cheap/ But I'll just feel free/ And a little bit empty.” Were it not for those delightful drum machines and Wurlitzers, this would be a much darker affair. Fiona Apple – "Slow Like Honey" You might be thinking “Fast As You Can” from the Fiona Apple camp, but that's always sounded more like a preventative song rather than an end. This one, though? This is one sultry stab to the heart, reminding us that splitting up is just the beginning. Even if you're bitterly rejected, “Slow Like Honey” offers comfort in knowing that your memory will be a vengeful ghost. Related: VSQ Tribute to Incubus Vol. 3(2011), VSQ Performs Power Ballads (2011), VSQ Performs Weezer's Pinkerton (2010), The String Quartet Tribute to Bright Eyes: Beautiful in the Morning (2005), Strung Out On Fiona Apple: The String Quartet Tribue (2006)

Be sure to check out:

VSQ Tribute to Incubus Vol. 3 Available now at iTunes and Amazon

VSQ Performs Power Ballads Available now at iTunes and Amazon

VSQ Performs Weezer's Pinkerton Available now at iTunes and Amazon

The String Quartet Tribute to Bright Eyes: Beatiful in the Morning Available now at iTunes and Amazon

String Out On Fiona Apple: The String Quartet Tribute Available now at Amazon

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VSQ Employee Mixtape #2: The Art Department

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Please welcome the second installment of our new series of employee playlists, designed by the experts themselves - the VSQ staff! Like we said in our first post, we designed this series to help fans discover VSQ tracks they may have never found otherwise - and show off our impeccable and discerning musical taste! Last week we visited Taylor in the Marketing Department to see what was on her iTunes rotation. This week, lets check out what the art department is spinning.

Mixtape #2: Art Deparment Deep in the bowls of this ship we call “the art department” lies the desk of graphic designer Steven (aka PONG). If you had the chance to go through his itunes library you’d see he(I love referring to myself in 3rd person) is into a lot of music. There’s so much in the VSQ catalog, and narrowing down the fav’s is not a task for the faint at heart(look at me ma! I’m blogging!).

Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

String Quartet Tribute to The Smiths


String Quartet Tribute to Sonic Youth (even though it’s really a carpenters song, this cover of a cover is great!)

Bizarre Love Triangle + She’s Lost Control

String Quartet Tribute to New Order & Joy Division Another VSQ album that is a must!


Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Pixies

Wish You Were Here

Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Pink Floyd

10:15 Saturday Night

The String Quartet Tribute to The Cure


Vitamin String Quartet: Alternative Hits of the 80's and 90's Vol. 2

Hit Me Like You Did The First Time

The String Quartet Tribute to The Flaming Lips


The String Quartet Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico Seriously, just buy this album every song kicks ass!

Everyday Is Like Sunday

String Quartet Tribute to Morrissey Aww, to be in high school once more

The Man Who Sold The World

String Quartet Tribute to David Bowie

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The White Stripes and Sonic Youth Included In New Guitar Hero Game

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The new Guitar Hero is coming and it features songs from The White Stripes and Sonic Youth! Not only will there be a bunch of cool new songs, but there is a new guitar design also which claims to have "less chance for error and latency." Another cool feature will be an unreleased live recording of Nirvana’s “Lithium.” For more details about Guitar Hero 5, visit the official website. Complete list of songs: Attack! Attack! UK - “You And Me” Bon Jovi - “You Give Love A Bad Name” Darker My Love - “Blue Day” The Duke Spirit - “Send A Little Love Token” Elton John - “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” Face To Face - “Disconnected” Garbage - “Only Happy When It Rains” Kaiser Chiefs - “Never Miss A Beat” Kiss - “Shout It Out Loud” Love and Rockets - “Mirror People” My Morning Jacket - “One Big Holiday” Nirvana - “Lithium (Live)” The Police - “So Lonely” Rammstein – “Du Hast” The Rolling Stones - “Sympathy For The Devil” Sonic Youth - “Incinerate” Screaming Trees - “Nearly Lost You” Sublime - “What I Got” The Sword - “Maiden, Mother & Crone” Thin Lizzy - “Jailbreak” Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - “American Girl” The White Stripes - “Blue Orchid”

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Stuff We Like: Sonic Youth Interview

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Having been around for way over 20 years and just recently releasing their sixteenth record, The Eternal, Sonic Youth is no stranger to us.  We stumbled across a video interview on Pitchfork and thought we'd share it with you. Check out the exclusive interview with Sonic Youth at Pitchfork.

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