Mixtapes, Reviews

Mixtape | American Gods

I will save you what would likely be a redundant review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Yes, it’s as amazing as everyone says it is. Yes, it’s intensely imaginative, epic in scope, and emotionally subdued. And yes, I am looking forward to HBO’s adaptation, tentatively scheduled to premiere late 2013. It’s almost enough to persuade me to get cable television, but not quite (and if Game of Thrones and American Gods can’t do it, nothing can). So if you haven’t read American Gods and it appeals to you in even the vaguest sense, read it, I promise you’ll like it.


I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that too. I also believe music is a wonderful thing, although I don’t think it’s for the reason most people love it. Regardless, here is a list of songs referenced in American Gods (music experts can probably find more, but I am most certainly not one). Various other people have tackled this as well, more thoroughly than I have, specifically the COMPLETE American Gods Mix Tape was compiled by Tor.com. It includes many of the songs I listed and a great many they found appropriate for the novel. I particularly appreciated their inclusion of Beyond Belief  by Elvis Costello, a truly great pick.

Nottamun Town – various
Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline
Iko Iko – The Dixie Cups
Who Loves the Sun – The Velvet Underground
The Fool on The Hill – The Beatles
Shadow and Jimmy – Was (Not Was)
Midnight Special – various
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
Bolero – Ravel
Danse Macabre – Camille Sant-Saëns
Octopus Garden – The Beatles
Blue Danube – Johann Strauss II
The Emperor Waltz – Johann Strauss II
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Little Drummer Boy – various
Tango Till They’re Sore – Tom Waits
Winter Wonderland – various
Help – The Beatles
Why Can’t He Be You – Patsy Cline
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie
Dark Am I Yet Lovely – Sinead O’Connor
Material Girl – Madonna
Old Friends – Stephen Sondheim
In the Dark With You – Greg Brown
Hang Me, Oh Hang Me – various
What’s New Pussycat – Tom Jones
The Way You Look Tonight – Fred Astaire
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals


The first night Shadow spends back in his hometown (or Laura’s town, at least), he eats pizza. I can’t argue with that decision and I certainly won’t waste an opportunity to recommend it. So today I’m sharing Grilled Pizza with Arugula and Fontina. I feel obligated to tell you that I do actually eat things other than pizza…


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