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Psalms of March — a (belated) 3.2012 mix

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Meant to post this last week and never got around to it. This is my March playlist/mixtape/mixcast/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I hope it will do for April, too.


Psalms of March (a 3.2012 mix)
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1. “Good Woman” – Cat Power
Because good woman/manhood has been a topic, of late. And because this song is sexy and wistful and gorgeous, and just right for an unseasonably warm early spring.

2. “Lovesickness” – Tomboyfriend
Because Tomboyfriend is one of those bands you like because almost every song sounds epic; maybe you don’t know exactly what the words mean, or even really what the gist of the song is, but something! is going on! and it! is a big deal! And our protagonists are feeling wistful or nostalgic or triumphant about it, so each song provides a mini-catharsis, like watching a Greek Tragedy or a Grey’s Anatomy episode in 4 minutes. So, yeah: I dig this band. And hope you do, too. [And if you do, check out “End of Poverty” or “Almost Always” by them next.]

3. “Could be so Happy” – Heartless Bastards
Because they’re a Cincinnati band! [Which is where I’m from.] And very folky, very throaty, the kind of thing you’d want to listen to on a hot night, somewhere smoky.  #psychfolk? They just released a new album, “Arrow,” but this song is from their 2009 album “The Mountain.”

4. “Holiday” – The Kinks
‘Cause … The Kinks, duh.

5. “Common Burn” – Mazzy Star
Because who among you did not lie in your high school bedroom listening to “Fade Into You” on repeat? And Hope Sandoval is back! This is from a 2-song EP released Oct. 2011, the first Mazzy Star release since 1997.

6. “Wind Was the Wine” – Woods
Because they’re my favorite and this is their new song. It’s short, sweet, Seussical and quietly joyous.

7. “Myth” – Beach House
Lovely, in that could-be-the-soundtrack-to-a-Twin-Peaks-dream-scene way. Or a cross between that Best Coast song with the urban Romeo & Julie video starring Maebe Funke and something out of Rocky Horror Picture Show? Yep, I think that about sums it up.

8.”The Night (rewards remix)” – School of Seven Bells
Because one of my best friends was in a band, Painted Face, founded by singer/musician Allie Alvarado, and Allie (who was formerly in Telepathe) has recently joined School of Seven Bells! Cheers, Allie! Also, because this song/remix is pure dance party.  Pure dance party/rooftop, basement, beach or movie montage.

9. “Love Love Love” – Of Monsters and Men
This is the first song on this mix that my boyfriend fell for. It’s strangely arresting the first time you hear it, even though in the hands of a different sort of singer (Colbie Callet? Taylor Swift?) the same words and melody would maybe come off totally grating/cutesy? But here’s it’s like … haunting, and just the slightest bit potentially heartbreaking (also: catchy!). [Update: BECAUSE—aha!—THEY ARE ICELANDIC.]

10. “Firestarter” – Blouse
Art school kids from Portland.

11. “The Way In” – Porcelain Raft
New wave beach party prom rock? I don’t know. Something like that. That’s what I keep describing everything as. That’s what everything sounds like, right now, beach parties prom or dusk.

12. “Go Home” – Lucius
Twangy back porch and/or drinking music. Achey. Pretty. From 2 girls with cool hair and sunglasses and 2 guys with mustaches.

13. “Lost on Leaving” – Luke Roberts
Brooklyn meets Nashville, literally.

14. “Bird Child” – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Mariee Sioux
From a Bonnie Prince Billy/Mariee Sioux collaboration that also features a billion or six other interesting musicians. Here is how label Spiritual Pajamas describes it: “Flowering tongues, love skulls, whales trapped in ice, be thou not deceived and touch yourself a hundred times. These songs carve a place in your heart and tattoo your brain for ages to come.”

15. “State of Mind” – Whispertown
Sound like Tegan and Sara. Touring with Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s.

16. “Bird on the Buffalo” – Angus Stone
Because I liked the 2010 album, Down the Way, Angus Stone put out with his sister Julia. I can’t decide yet about his solo efforts. I like his nasally Bob Dylan affect (that sounds sarcastic, but I mean it), but overall it’s maybe a bit too hip-soundtrack-to-a-WB-teen-series?

17. “From Finner” – Of Monsters and Men
Because I believe two songs from one band on a mix are okay.

19. “Honolulu Blues” – Craig Finn
Because I recently had a conversation with someone about how Hawaii was the saddest place they’d ever lived. Craig Finn is the dude from the Hold Steady, who writes about Jesus, sings about drugs and performs like a former musical-theater major. (This is from his debut solo album)

20. “Radio” – Lana Del Ray
Because I don’t understand why everyone hates her?

21. “Voices” – Soft Metals
More Portland natives, currently living in Los Angeles. From the same label (Captured Tracks) as Blouse.

22. “Everybody Loves a Lover” – Doris Day
Because they do, don’t they?

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April 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

okartparty: a february 2012 mix

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It’s been entirely too long since I’ve last posted a new mix up here. Here’s what I’ve been listening to so far in 2012. It’s mostly new-ish with some old and some last-decade. So: Submitted for the approval of the midnight society:

okartparty — a february 2012 mix 

Some Place // Nick Waterhouse
I Cover the Waterfront // Billie Holiday
The Youth // MGMT
Only Someone Running // Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweeney
Shallow // Beach Fossils
Awake My Body // Alexander
Paper Trail (remixed) // Atta Boy
The Lion’s Roar // First Aid Kit
Trouble // The Babies
Serpent // Sharon Van Etten
A Hundred Highways // Dirty Beaches
Bad Girls // M.I.A.
Fire (Folked Out 4-Track Version) // The Submarines
Unrequited Love // Lykke Li
Something In The Water // Brooke Fraser
I Slept With All Your Mothers // Harriet
Berkeley Pier // Tilt
Twisted Little Blades // Little Barrie

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* [dedicated to Morgan McNaught, who asked me on gchat the other day why I hadn’t shared any music in so long, and whose house in Chicago I was living at this time last year.]

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February 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

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heat wave/lavender wild {a mid-summer 2011 mix}

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As promised (to myself, anyway),  the second installment in my 2011 summer mix tape trilogy (first installment here); a little late to be classified as ‘mid-summer,’ perhaps, but So. Awesome. that I’m sure you’ll forgive me. The past two months have been really good months for music, as far as I’m concerned. New albums from Beirut, YACHT and Ducktails, and new LPs or singles from Woods, Best Coast, Jens Lekman, Real Estate, and Forest Fire—I mean, seriously? Thank you, Summer 2011, thank you. And you wanna give me a whole album of Buddy Holly covers as an added bonus? You’re too much, really. Aural exuberance overload of the best kind ….

 

heat wave/lavender wild {a mid-summer 2011 mix}
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Tracks:

East Harlem – Beirut
Pure joy, really. Combine this with the YACHT song following it, and I triple dare you not to feel a little burst of happiness. 

Shangri-La – YACHT
This seems like a departure to me from previous YACHT albums (I’m thinking ‘Psychic City’), but I could just not be remembering previous YACHT albums correctly. Anyway: BY FAR my favorite song on this mix; upbeat, poppy, and it’s not only about Los Angeles (a city I love), but about starting a commune in Los Angeles (an idea friends and I have discussed many times). “If we build a utopia will you come and stay? Shangri-la la la la la la la la la ….”

Our Deal – Best Coast
Thanks to Ms. Rachel Steinberg for sharing this adorable Romeo & Juliet a la swoopy-haired teens on Brooklyn-rooftops video, directed by Drew Barrymore and featuring Arrested Development’s Maebe {you’ve probably already seen it, but if not}.

Find Them Empty – Woods
I love Woods; I’ve said it 2 million times on here, and I think I’ve run out of ways to profess my love for them other than that …

It’s Real – Real Estate
I think I creeped Real Estate lead singer Alex Bleeker out the other day when I cut my twitter follows down to 80 (that’s practically 3 in twitter numbers) and he made the cut … But I’ve got a soft spot for Greenpoint boys, having lived there myself not long ago; and an Alex Bleeker & the Freaks show at Monster Island Basement a few years ago where they first played the ‘Touch-of-Gey’-inspired ‘Getting By’ was one of the best shows I’ve seen (I’m more of a AB&TF fan than Real Estate, but I’m actually really digging this song …). Dear Alex: Can you & the Freaks please cover Thunder Road sometime?

Right Away – Vetiver
Two points for any song that mentions living in Ohio!

Middle Cyclone – Neko Case

(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care – Cee-Lo Green
Unnervingly catchy, from the overall-great Buddy Holly cover-album Rave On Buddy Holly.

An Argument With Myself – Jens Lekman
Weird and catchy and slightly irritating and slightly funny; very in the vein of ‘Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo’ or ‘The Opposite of Hallelujah,’ but with more of Jens talking to himself …

Sympathique – Ben l’Oncle Soul
Thanks to Rachel for this one as well. French soul music. If you can’t get behind French soul music, I can’t get behind you.

Rhubarb Girl – Ducktails
More Greenpoint boys! I think … I may be wrong about this one … regardless, I have a hard time not loving any part of the Woodsist cabal …

Future Shadows – Forest Fire
I have seriously been waiting for years for a new Forest Fire album, as in, probably searching every 6 months since 2008 to make sure I wasn’t missing anything new by them; that’s how much I loved their 2008 album ‘Survival.’ Well the wait is (almost) over—Future Shadows is the first single from Staring at the X, which is supposed to be released in October. {Oh, this song doesn’t disappoint, p.s.} {And thanks to Courtney for the tip}

Ohio – Boy + Kite
From the debut album of this Austin-based band. This song really gets me at the beginning, but the chorus gets really, like, late-90s psuedo-indie pop, if that’s such a thing … Mixed feelings on the album as a whole, really. I can’t remember why I downloaded it, nor why I included it here …

The Rose With the Broken Neck – Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi & Jack White
Because I apparently can’t resist Jack White duets?

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know – Herman Dune

Not Fade Away – Florence + the Machine
More from the Buddy Holly album.

Hop Pala – Stephan & Haigaz
I’m gonna let Rcrd Lbl handle this one: “Hop Pala,” a haunting cut off a new three-disc set of music from the Ottoman-American diaspora between 1916-1929 curated by Ian Nagoski and released by curatorial masters Tompkins Square, is the soundtrack of immigration. We hear this music and think of places and times both strange and foreign, yet the compilation is called To What Strange Place because that place for these musicians was New York City. Artists like Stepan & Haigaz populated small pockets of major Manhattan neighborhoods and eventually Astoria, Queens. This was their folk music, a way to keep their unique culture alive in a strange new world, yet it’s still resonant today.

Let’s Do Something Impossible – William Elliott Whitmore
The opposite of the authenticity of the song above … I used to argue with my friend JVLaB about William Elliott Whitmore, because he hated his ‘shtick’ of being all depression-era bluegrassy. Okay, okay—but he does it so well ….

Bury Me Beneath the Willow – Linda Stoffel & Blackberry Winter
From the soundtrack of the gorgeous and creepy Winter’s Bone.

Shady Grove – Shrimp Boat

From a 2005 album from the mostly 80s/early-90s Chicago band Shrimp Boat. This is another album I have no idea how it came to me, but I’ve been listening to it a lot …

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August 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

Sea Past: A Summer 2011 Mix, Part I

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{I made this mix and wrote this post at the end of May and then never published it. Summer!}

Coney Island Ferris Wheel

These songs make me want to be at Coney Island, two years ago, wearing a romper and a big gold elephant charm on a chain and drinking tall cans of Coors Light, when Brooklyn was still new. Or sitting on the gravel in a Columbia Heights backyard circa 2009, wearing a sundress and grilling veggie burgers and DC all new friends and limitless possibilities. In a mini-van dipping pringles in peanut butter, smushed by blow-up rafts and hoop batons, heading from New York City to some place quieter where we cook things on fires. On my old roommate rooftop with the pool, grilling squash and making up rap songs about libertarians.

All of these places, flashes of scenes from the beginnings of summers past—those wonderful days and nights when the heat wasn’t yet too oppressive, and the whole damn season seemed exciting! and full of potential! and epic! From now on, I’m only having transcendental experiences, one could say. And really believe it.

I guess that’s where we are right now, isn’t it? The end of May/Beginning of June. That gorgeously-anxious time when the summer is a blank slate, just waiting for us to fill with camping trips and beach outings and grill-outs and new friends and love love love and late nights and pool parties and tecate, and maybe this year you won’t even get so many bug bites. Maybe.

I love this time of year. And I love soundtracking this time of year. So here’s my best attempt, guys. Part one of my (third wait, fourth annual) Summer Mixtape Trilogy (vow for this year: I will actually post all three installments; I always make three, but seems I haven’t actually posted all three since summer 2008). [Ed note: Taking  a month to post this first mix doesn’t bode well on that front…] Cheers.

Sea Past: A Summer 2011 Mix, Part I
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1. Ten-Twenty-Ten // Generationals
{earlier this summer, I thought this was totally a contender for Summer Song of 2011; I have since changed my silly mind}

2. Planter’s Song // Shrimp Boat

3. Half Rat // Shannon and the Clams
{I’m really still undecided whether I like this song or find it annoying}

4. Lord Knows Best //  Dirty Beaches
{favorite}

5. Ring Me To Sleep // Woods

6. Who Are You // The Elected

7. Heavy Storm // First Aid Kit

8. Waiting For My Chance To Come // Noah and the Whale
{It finally ocurred to me, after being a vague, unconscious thought for months, that song sounds just like certain Tom Petty}

9. Drunk But Not With Wine // Herman Dune
{2nd favorite}

10. All the Same // Vieux Farka Touré

11. Country Song // Emmy The Great

12. Smoggy Mountain High // Key Losers

13. Phoenix Wind // Yeasayer

14. Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo) // Battles

15. AwayWay // Ponytail
{see comment on song 3}

16. I Know Places // Lykke Li

17. After_Party // Midnight Televison

18. Jupiter Trine // Sun Herbcraft

19. Postcard From 1952 // Explosions In The Sky

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July 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

pencils down/manifest: a fall mix

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With all due respect to modesty, this is probably the best fall mix I have ever made.

It is helped, I suppose, by the sheer awesomeness of so much music that is out right now—including a few new songs by a few new friends new (and, yes, an oldie or two; and, yes, a few artists included twice because I don’t know why people say you can’t do that).

And holy return of the 2004/2007 bands, right? New Sufjan, Arcade Fire, Jenny Lewis, Nelly McKay … It’s like I’m living in a basement apartment in Columbus, Ohio / a studio in upper NW DC all over again …

Anyway: It’s exciting. I like fall shoe trends right now (lace-up boots!), fall outerwear trends (capes! like snuggies as evening wear!), and I like fall music. It all must mean something.

Or perhaps not. I have a tendency to read a lot more into fall (rebirth! potential!) than most, having never outgrown that whole back-to-school excitement (a feeling, I suppose, not shared by all, but I always loved school, and summer just gets to be too much after a while, doesn’t it?). Either way—enjoy:

PENCILS DOWN/MANIFEST: A FALL MIX

pencils down/manifest: a fall mix
[click that to listen to the whole thing all together]
[that note is for my sister, who can never figure out how to listen to anything I send her]

track-by-track:

1. Now that I’m older – Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz:

2. Ghost Confessions – Cinema Red and Blue – Cinema Red and Blue:

3. Coast to Coast (remastered) – Dirty Beaches – U.S. Girls // Dirty Beaches Split 7″:

4. Tyrant Destroyed – Twin Shadow – Forget:

5. God – The Beets – God EP:

6. Kiss With a Fist – Florence & the Machine – A lot of love, a lot of blood:

7. Crash Hat – The Bonfire Band – One Man Can’t Carry Half a Piano:

8. My Pet Snakes – Jenny and Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now:

9. Late Again – Nelly McKay – Dear New Orleans:

10. This Beautiful Idea – Badly Drawn Boy – It’s What I’m Thinking: Photographing Snowflakes:

11. Commandante – The Mountain Goats – Devil in the Shortwave EP:

12. I Didn’t See It Coming – Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love:

13: [excerpt from down there] – U.S. GirlsU.S. Girls // Dirty Beaches Split 7″:

14. Sprawl (mountains beyond mountains) – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs:

15. Girls in Love – Painted Face – Undreamt EP:

16. A Crime – Sharon von Etten – Epic:

17. I’m a Pilot – Fanfarlo – Reservoir:

18. Scandal at the Parkade – Owen Pallett – A Swedish Love Story:

19. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough – Cinema Red and Blue:

20. Everything is New – Antony and the Johnsons – Swanlights:

21. All Delighted People (classic rock version) – Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP:

22. The Suburbs (continued) – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs:

pencils down/manifest: a fall mix

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With all due respect to modesty, this is probably the best fall mix I have ever made.

It is helped, I suppose, by the sheer awesomeness of so much music that is out right now—including a few new songs by a few new friends new (and, yes, an oldie or two; and, yes, a few artists included twice because I don’t know why people say you can’t do that).

And holy return of the 2004/2007 bands, right? New Sufjan, Arcade Fire, Jenny Lewis, Nelly McKay … It’s like I’m living in a basement apartment in Columbus, Ohio / a studio in upper NW DC all over again …

Anyway: It’s exciting. I like fall shoe trends right now (lace-up boots!), fall outerwear trends (capes! like snuggies as evening wear!), and I like fall music. It all must mean something.

Or perhaps not. I have a tendency to read a lot more into fall (rebirth! potential!) than most, having never outgrown that whole back-to-school excitement (a feeling, I suppose, not shared by all, but I always loved school, and summer just gets to be too much after a while, doesn’t it?). Either way—enjoy:

PENCILS DOWN/MANIFEST: A FALL MIX

pencils down/manifest: a fall mix
[click that to listen to the whole thing all together]
[that note is for my sister, who can never figure out how to listen to anything I send her]

track-by-track:

1. Now that I’m older – Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz:

2. Ghost Confessions – Cinema Red and Blue – Cinema Red and Blue:

3. Coast to Coast (remastered) – Dirty Beaches – U.S. Girls // Dirty Beaches Split 7″:

4. Tyrant Destroyed – Twin Shadow – Forget:

5. God – The Beets – God EP:

6. Kiss With a Fist – Florence & the Machine – A lot of love, a lot of blood:

7. Crash Hat – The Bonfire Band – One Man Can’t Carry Half a Piano:

8. My Pet Snakes – Jenny and Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now:

9. Late Again – Nelly McKay – Dear New Orleans:

10. This Beautiful Idea – Badly Drawn Boy – It’s What I’m Thinking: Photographing Snowflakes:

11. Commandante – The Mountain Goats – Devil in the Shortwave EP:

12. I Didn’t See It Coming – Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love:

13: [excerpt from down there] – U.S. GirlsU.S. Girls // Dirty Beaches Split 7″:

14. Sprawl (mountains beyond mountains) – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs:

15. Girls in Love – Painted Face – Undreamt EP:

16. A Crime – Sharon von Etten – Epic:

17. I’m a Pilot – Fanfarlo – Reservoir:

18. Scandal at the Parkade – Owen Pallett – A Swedish Love Story:

19. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough – Cinema Red and Blue:

20. Everything is New – Antony and the Johnsons – Swanlights:

21. All Delighted People (classic rock version) – Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP:

22. The Suburbs (continued) – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs:

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October 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm

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Narcotized: Beginning of Summer Mix, Twenty-Ten Edition

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May is flowering, or whatever it does, and we’re kind of all just waiting for June, let’s be honest, when we can really wear next-to-no clothing and not feel indecent, because it’s really just that damn hot, and everyone has kind of coaxed into the summer rhythm of things and maybe people at your office ask you out to get iced coffee more or maybe you really do start doing yoga on the roof every day. Those kind of things. But there’s a special charm to this time of year, too, this wintry-springlike-mix that is April and the beginning of May, when there’s still so much potential for the summer stretching out before you (yes, you will write that novel this summer! you will go climbing upstate more often, you will eat nothing but raw food, you will take a class in unicycling or cooking sauces or speaking french, you will land that job you are looking for, you will stay up late and subsist on kombucha and tecate, and get everything you’ve wanted to get done done and your skin will look great, all sunkissed and maybe freckled, and other things that I’m increasingly aware are beginning to sound like that one Rilo Kiley song). At this time of year, the sun still has the power to narcotize you, render you still and worshiping in its presence you are so happy you made it through another winter for this, because really, every year, you forget how good it really is.

Anyways, this is all just to say that back by popular demand! (two people asked me about it): the Summer Mixtape Trilogy, Twenty-Ten Edition.

First up is Narcotized: A Beginning of Summer Mix. I don’t want to brag or anything, but this may be better than the Most-Perfect-Beginning-of-Summer-Mixtape-Ever. I guess it all depends on your tolerance for weird Polish music from the 90s, which ends the mix and drove the people that are hosting me in DC right now away from me and behind headphones and/or closed bedroom doors after a minute or so (it’s a 10-minute song). So, there’s that. There’s a band that I learned about from NPR via a friend who’s a Threadless model, which is a cliche about something but I’m not sure what (the band, Black Prairie, is amazing, and sounds like a western). There’s old stuff, like Jon Prine and Sam Cooke and Arlo Guthrie, and very very new stuff, like MGMT and Broken Social Scene.

There are also two songs that I will declare right now are going to be THE SONGS OF EARLY SUMMER TWENTY-TEN. These would be “all our most brilliant friends” by the slow club (the refrain is “all our most brilliant friends are doubting themselves,” over top of jangly dance music; that alone – tapping our existential dread but pairing it with the kind of frantic beats that make you want to jump and dance around like Renee Zellewegger on the rooftop in Empire Records singing “Sugar High”  … it provides a crisis with an immediate and built-in path to redemption or catharsis that is like the stock and trade of summer hits, or medical dramas. But maybe that’s just me).

If you’d like your summer hit a little less complicated, a little more familiar (Chocolate Bobka pointed out that it “harnesses the vibe” of Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey,” which pretty much means at times it sounds just like it), then you’ve got “Getting By” by Alex Bleeker (also the front-man of somewhat-more-well-known Real Estate), which is a summer-after-senior-year-of-high-school driving or porch-drinking kind of anthem in all the best ways.

[Of course, I have been wrong about “songs of the summer” before.]

Anyways, enough of all this Sunday-afternoon babbling. Here’s some music. Hope you like it as much as I do.

[*if you’d like a copy, email me*]

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May 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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A Summer Mix, Finally // 2009 Edition

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It’s no Most-Perfect-Beginning-of-Summer-Mixtape-Ever, but then, this is no summer 2008. Last summer was relentless. This summer is … not. Too many people I know either lost a job, or went through a breakup, at some point in the winter/spring to make the beginning of summer really celebratory—although I must say, just finally, in the past two or three weeks, everyone seems to be snapping out of that, really letting the summer seep in. Cheers to that. Maybe a late July/August mix with much more gusto will be in order. But as for late May/June/early July, this is what I’ve got. Enjoy.

Commandante – The Mountain Goats
There Is Love – Brian Olive
As You Do – Castanets
Horoscope – Cats on Fire
Fascination – Correatown
Ghosts – Laura Marling
Self-Taught Learner – Lissy Trullie
Plans – Pull In Emergency
San Francisco  Bound – The Pimps of Joytime
Hey You – Summer Cats
Faites Vos Jeux – Modernaire
Earthly Bodies – J. Tillman
Bicycle – Memory Tapes
The Vowels – Why?
Beatific – Glass Candy
Doomed (MGMT Remix) – Violens
Military Madness – Woods
Lisztomania – Phoenix
Two Birds – Regina Spektor
Help I’m Alive (acoustic) – Metric
You Don’t Love Me – Bonnie Prince Billy
The River – Samantha Crain

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[For reference: Summer 2008 Mixtape Trilogy]

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July 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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Summer Mix-Tape Trilogy Project, 2008 Edition: Installment #3

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I promised a trilogy of summer mix tapes, so here’s the final installment, the end-of-summer mix. This one’s definitively FALL—I didn’t mean for it to be, per se, but that’s what happens when you have to grab a cardigan in the morning for the walk to the bus stop and Starbucks starts promoting pumpkin-flavored lattes. Happy end-of-summer, kids!

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Installment #1: The Beginning of Summer Mix

Installment #2: The Mid-Summer Mix

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September 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm

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Mix Tape completed (long ago)

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So a while ago I mentioned that I was taking suggestions for the Most Perfect Beginning of Summer Mix Tape Ever, 2008 Edition, and then utterly failed to follow-up update with the final line-up, since I have also utterly failed to post on or even log into this blog for the past month. Um, yeah. I pretty much rock at blogging.

So—not that it matters in the slightest, but just to maintain a cohesive blog narrative—here it is:

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July 10, 2008 at 4:14 pm

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The Most Perfect Beginning-of-Summer Mix Tape Ever, 2008 Edition

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Obviously, it’s too early to call the Official Song of Summer 2008 yet (4th of July Weekend is really the Super Tuesday of Summer Song wattage), but “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” by Black Kids is, at the moment, the strongest contender (thanks).

I’m putting out a last call for suggestions for The Most Perfect Beginning-of-Summer Mix Tape Ever, 2008 Edition. Comment now or forever hold our peace.

And seriously, New York? “Take a Bow?” THAT is no “Umbrella.”

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June 9, 2008 at 2:23 pm

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