Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mix Tape #53 - I'm Dreaming of [Actually, Literally Praying For] a White Christmas Eve

You know what? I think "Christmas Wrapping" is my favorite Christmas song ever.

Here's a youtube of me lip-synching to it.

Just kidding. That's not me. I have a penis.

Taking a week off after this. Happy holidays, yo.

Side A
1. Eruption - I Can't Stand The Rain
2. Afghan Whigs - Retarded
3. Strong Arm Steady - Bark Like A Dog
4. Jorgen Ingmann - The Little Drummer Boy + Jingle Bells
5. PJ Harvey and John Parish - A Woman a Man Walked By/The Crow Knows Where All the Little Children Go
6. Connie Francis - Who's Sorry Now?
7. Afrika Bambaataa - Zulu Nation Throwdown
8. Suicide - Hey Lord
9. Artie White - A Love Like Yours (Is Hard To Find)
10. Boris - Nothing Special
11. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

Side B
1. The Wedding Present - Santa Ana Winds
2. Jim Jones - Ballin' On Xmas
3. Band of Horses - The Great Salt Lake
4. Electric Jungle - Funky Funky Christmas
5. Beastie Boys - Pass The Mic (Green Lantern Mix)
6. Terakaft - Iswegh Atay
7. The Fall - (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas
8. Geto Boys - Mind Playin' Tricks On Me
9. Nouvelle Vague - Heart of Glass
10. The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
11. The Coup - We Are the Ones
12. Yoome - Dubai
13. Davitt Sigerson - It's a Big Country


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mix Tape #52 - Auld Lang Syne

Oh wow. New decade! Time for a whole slew of completely arbitrary best-of lists!

Here's one song each from my favoriteist albums of the 00's. I forgot Joanna Newsom and her shapely buttocks. Sorry Joanna!

Something that really bummed me out in the 00's: Acetone's lead singer killed himself. Just doesn't make any sense to me. They were awesome and had a really unique quietLOUDquiet sound.

Rest in peace, yo.


Side A
1. Shellac - Prayer to God
2. Acetone - Wonderful World
3. Ghostface Killah - 9 Milli Bros.
4. Kristin Hersh - Sno Cat
5. Princess Superstar - Do it Like a Robot
6. DEV2.0 - Beautiful World
7. The Mountain Goats - Source Decay
8. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - The World Exposed
9. Wooden Shjips - Death's Not Your Friend
10. Carolyn Mark - Not a Doll
11. Sleater-Kinney - Entertain
12. Black Box Recorder - The Facts of Life
13. Pinebender - Polly Gray
14. Davila 666 - Bla Bla Bla
15. The Books - Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again
16. Hot Snakes - XOX
17. Fruit Bats - Glass In Your Feet
18. Madvillain - Rhinestone Cowboy

Side B
1. The Lights - When You Smile
2. Consonant - Buckets of Flowers, Porno Mags
3. Damien Jurado - Medication
4. Dougal Reed - The Chain
5. Mr. Lif - New Man Theme
6. Coachwhips - I Drank What?
7. Mclusky - Alan Is A Cowboy Killer
8. King Geedorah - The Fine Print
9. Petty Booka - Tiki Torches at Twilight
10. Lady Sovereign - A Little Bit of Shhh
11. Uzeda - Steam, Rain and Other Stuff
12. Panda & Angel - Ohio, December 24th
13. 50 Foot Wave - Petal
14. Quasimoto - Return of The Loop Digga
15. Big Business - O.G.
16. Hot Pursuit - Lucky Seven
17. Isis - From Sinking
18. Songs Ohia - Didn't It Rain
19. Ugly Casanova - So Long To The Holidays

This violates time constraints and is way too long. But. Eh. Hope you like something herein.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mix Tape #51 - Nothing But Love

- That Jaylib re-issue is pretty fucking great, yo.

- That Frankie Avalon song is pretty fucking creepy.

- That Florence Henderson song is just fucking terrible.

So's that Guns N' Roses. I finally listened to Chinese Democracy. What a delightful freakshow that is.


Side A
1. Transmissionary Six - Beautiful World
2. Denny Gerrard - Hole in My Shadow
3. Usha Uthup, Bappi Lahiri & Chorus - Auva Auva Koi Yahan
4. Shocking Blue - Love Buzz
5. feedtime - Drag Your Dog
6. Pain Teens - Bannoy
7. Nick Noble - The Bible Tells Me So
8. West Street Mob - Break Dance Electric Boogie
9. Guided By Voices - Cut-Out Witch
10. Gene Vincent - Woman Love
11. Florence Henderson - That Old Black Magic
12. Gossip - Fire/Sign
13. Guns N' Roses - Street Of Dreams

Side B
1. Brakes - Two Shocks
2. Jaylib - The Heist
3. Leichtmetall - Im Paradies
4. John Lurie - Horse Guitar
5. Lou Monte - Pepino The Italian Mouse
6. The Books - An Animated Description Of Mr. Maps
7. New Bag - You'll Lose
8. Frankie Avalon - Bobby Sox To Stockings
9. Melvins - Let It All Be
10. Dolly Parton - The Man
11. Johnny Burnette - Eager Beaver Baby
12. Joe Tex - The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)
13. Micronotz - Lately
14. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Arise Therefore
15. Thelonious Monster - Life´s A Groove


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mix Tape #50 - Chin Music

I love that phrase. I was reminded of that fact when reading this. If that's too many words for you, here's a short, trippy, animated ode to one of our finest athletes ever:

What does this have to do with these songs? Nothin'.

Oh. And I'm taking next week off. Happy Thanksgiving, yo.

Side A
1. Sea Wolf - I Made A Resolution
2. Buzzcocks - Boredom
3. El Michels Affair - Walk On By
4. Kyuss - Writhe
5. EPMD - Get Off The Bandwagon
6. Future Of The Left - Chin Music
7. Ken Nordine - Confessions Of 349-18-5171
8. Boris - Statement
9. Ace Frehley - New York Groove
10. Simply Saucer - Low Profile
11. Lyle Workman & Bob Thiele - Fortunate Son

Side B
1. Carolyn Mark - Yanksgiving
2. Cannonball Adderley - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
3. Nirvana - Negative Creep
4. Tater Totz - I've Just Seen a Face
5. The Peace - Peaceful Man
6. Couch Flambeau - I Know Where you Live
7. Them Crooked Vultures - Dead End Friends
8. Alvin Cash - Twine Time
9. Can - Outside My Door
10. Marshall Tucker Band - Fly Like An Eagle
11. PJ Harvey - This Wicked Tongue
12. Tom Petty - A Woman In Love
13. Wire - Heartbeat
14. Nine Pound Hammer - Headbangin' Stockboy
15. Madlib - King Chop (Top Line)


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mix Tape #49 - Officer Down

Man. I feel like hell. I wonder if Robitussin'd mix well with Malibu.

I'm about to find out.

Side A
1. Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle - Officer Down
2. Kiki Dee - Love Is A Warm Kind Of Sorrow
3. Galt MacDermot - Duffer in F (Version 2)
4. The Epoxies - No Interest
5. Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Salt Lake Feelings
6. Sajid Kahn - Getting To Know You
7. The Fall - Kurious Oranj
8. Ike & Tina Turner - Sexy Ida (Part 1)
9. The Shadows of Knight - My Fire Department Needs A Fireman
10. Tubby Hayes - A Pint of Bitter
11. Volcano Suns - Magic Sky
12. Lord Invader - Pepsi-Cola
13. Cringer - The Dumb Song

Side B
1. Matthew Sweet - Ugly Truth (Rock)
2. C'est Tout - Olé in de USA
3. Cher - Dark Lady
4. Dércio Marques - Folia Do Divino Espírito Santo
5. Buddy Hackett - Ting Me A Tong
6. Blatz - Lullabye/Chuck
7. Phoem Khlaibanleng & His International Mixed Mahori Orchestra - Mon Son Pha
8. The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
9. Mel Tormé - Comin' Home Baby
10. Dougal Reed - Oh Daddy
11. Aus-Rotten - The Promise Keepers
12. Mulatu Astatke - Shagu
13. Fastbacks - I Need Some Help


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mix Tape #48 - Is It Time For You To Settle Down?

Mostly noodly rainy morning music.

Side A
1. Palace Music - For The Mekons, Et Al
2. Mekons - Born To Choose
3. Charlie Palmieri - Fat Papa
4. The Books - All Our Base Are Belong To Them
5. Osmonds - Down By the Lazy River
6. King Geedorah feat. Hassan Chop - I Wonder
7. Dinosaur - Yeah, We Know
8. Glen Campbell - Guess I'm Dumb
9. Shellac - Billiard Player Song
10. 24 Carat Black - The Best Of Good Love Gone
11. Ink Spots - That Cat Is High

Side B
1. Jackie-O Motherfucker - Everyday
2. Hot Snakes - Why Does It Hurt?
3. Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner - The Party
4. Fabolous - Pachanga
5. The Iditarod - Move
6. The 5,6,7,8s - Howling At The Moon
7. Salak Silathong - Sung Nang
8. Mongo Santamaria - Black Dice
9. Public Image Limited - Bad Life
10. Eh - I Honestly Don't Know, But I Like It


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mix Tape #47 -

Side A
1. Julian Cope - Out of My Mind on Dope & Speed
2. Поет Аманда Лир - Never Trust A Pretty Face
3. John Vanderslice - Exodus Damage
4. Adalberto Santiago and Ray Barretto - Right On
5. Chi-Lites - Stoned Out Of My Mind
6. Pop Defect - Windy
7. Superchunk - Let It Go
8. Poly Styrene - Toytown
9. Skullbot - Phase 90
10. L ed Zepp elin - In My Time of Dying
11. Camper Van Beethoven - Ambiguity Song

Side B
1. Killdozer - Cotton Bolls
2. Roger & The Human Body - Truth Be Known
3. Pavement - Debris Slide
4. Eurythmics - It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)
5. Pugh Rogefeldt - Haru Sett Mig Va
6. Laughing Hyenas - Let It Burn
7. Donald Byrd - Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
8. LiLiPUT - Ü
9. Mission of Burma - 1,2,3 Partyy!
10. Lucia Pamela - In The Year 2,000!!!
11. Low & Dirty Three - When I Called Upon Your Seed
12. Flesheaters - Divine Horseman
13. The Stylers - Enjoy Yourself


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mix Tape #46 - You Can't Poo Poo Paducah

Don't even try. Carmen Miranda'll FUCK YOU UP.

Just kidding. I've been there. It's shit.


Side A
1. Violent Femmes - Prove My Love
2. RZA & MF Doom - Biochemical Equation
3. Jacildo e Seus Rapazes - Day Tripper
4. The Mortals - Disintegration
5. Merle Haggard - Rainbow Stew
6. Cacka Israelsson - Zambesi
7. DJ P - Hell On Wheels 2 (Excerpt)
8. Polly Scattergood - Nitrogen Pink
9. The Hooligans - Juanita Banana
10. Polvo - In This Life
11. Yvonne Prenosilova - Boty Proti Lasce
12. Carmen Miranda And The Benny Goodman Orchestra - Paducah

Side B
1. Let's Wrestle - I Won't Lie To You
2. Marais & Miranda - Dust Upon the Roadway
3. DJ Quik And Kurupt - Watcha Wan Do
4. UT - Evangelist
5. The Beets - The Devil
6. Los Peniques - Caminando
7. The Herbaliser feat. MF Doom/Wu Tang Clan - Uzi (Pinky Ring)/It Ain't Nothin'
8. feedtime - Shovel
9. Ted Cassidy - The Lurch Song
10. William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind
11. ABBA - The Visitors
12. Modest Mouse - Perfect Disguise
13. The Flesh Eaters - Drag My Name In The Mud


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mix Tape #45 - Skates

So you know what's awesome? Doing 85 on a deserted back road surrounded by Utah scrub and blasting "Skates" by Hayden.

MAN, I'd forgotten what a barn-burner that album is. It's nearly perfect and highly recommended. Awkward, self-conscious, and featuring songs about: being hot for 16-year-olds, how hard it is to talk to girls, calling in sick to work, fucking up romantic overtures, shoving rocks up one's nose, not being able to die in your dreams, and Susan Smith. And "Skates" which is just weird, sad and, uh...passionate? It's about ice skates. Sort of.

And you know who was really cute? Tawney Reed.

I love that dude to her right. I've got a feeling he has wood.

Anyway. Here's the list:

Side A
1. Sir Douglas Quintet - Mendocino
2. Helen Bozeman - Sugar Baby
3. Camper Van Beethoven - Seven Languages
4. Gong - Tried So Hard
5. Th Faith Healers - Reptile Smile
6. Billie Jo Spears - Get Behind Me Satan And Push
7. Ms. Cristal - Ho, You Just Mad
8. Dyke & The Blazers - City Dump
9. Amanaz - History of Man
10. Jeanne & The Darlings - Soul Girl
11. Sparkle Moore - Killer
12. Pinkos - Pinkos Theme Song
13. Hayden - Skates

Side B
1. Thee Mighty Caesars - Lie Detector
2. Chrissy Zebby Tembo + Ngozi Fa - My Ancestors
3. Will Powers - Adventures in Success
4. Tawney Reed - Needle in a Haystack
5. First Chips - My Love
6. The Knife - Neverland
7. Enter...Da Dizms - No Panties
8. Laura Lee - Women's Love Rights
9. Asha Bhosle - Dilwala Mastana
10. Pat Boone - Stairway To Heaven
11. The Flesh Eaters - Dragstrip Riot


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mix Tape #44 - Beautiful Donkeys and a Dog With No Eyes

Eric, man, you're so right about The XX. Hott.

I was going to post a video of them, but they're pretty dorky lookin'. I mean, the guitar player's cute. But all that gothiness and button punching betrays how the finished product sounds.

So I'm going to post a Davila 666 video instead. My God. They're just the best, too.

I'm taking another two weeks off from this thing. Partly because we're going to Utah. Yes. UTAH.


Side A
1. The Chemical Brothers - It Began In Africa
2. Matata - Good Samaritan
3. Lady Sovereign - Random
4. King Biscuit Time - Eye O' the Dug
5. Jimmy Forest - All the Gin is Gone
6. The XX - Crystalised
7. Joe Bataan - It's a Good Feeling (Riot)
8. Lemonheads - Hate Your Friends
9. Bohannon - Dance With Your Parno
10. Love 666 - MDMA
11. Rush - Vital Signs

Side B
1. Killdozer - 3/4" Drill Bit
2. J.P. Decerf - Sailor Stories
3. Fort Minor - There They Go (DJ Green Lantern Remix)
4. The Wedding Present - Softly Softly
5. The Mummies - Shot Down
6. Camper Van Beethoven - The History Of Utah
7. Melvin Jackson - Funky Doo
8. Edan - Ultra '88 (Tribute)
9. Will Oldham - Blue Lotus Feet
10. Camille - Home Is Where It Hurts
11. Davila 666 - El Lobo
12. Hank Thompson - The Squaws Along The Yukon
13. Brakes - Margarita
14. Hildegard Knef - Im 80ten Stockwerk
15. Comus - The Prisoner


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mix Tape #43 - I had this realization in the shower this week that, at some point, I'm probably going to buy a jukebox (and, maybe, a pinball machine,

but definitely a you can put 45s in). But I also realized I'll probably be in a small apartment or condo when that happens.

Space is going to be an issue.

I listened to these songs a lot this week:




(It's like zombie mods back there...)

Here's the list:

Side A
1. Big Stick - Daddy Long Leg
2. Naked Raygun - Home of the Brave
3. Laurie Anderson - Frames for the Pictures
4. The Ramsey Lewis Trio - The In Crowd
5. Micachu - Lips
6. March Violets - Snake Dance
7. Raekwon - Black Mozart
8. Samantha Jones - It's All Because of You
9. Polvo - Beggars Bowl
10. Helmet - Unsung
11. Ladytron - Black Cat
12. Jimmy McGriff - Cotton Boy Blues

Side B
1. Hüsker Dü - Friend, You've Got To Fall
2. Crust - Traveling With Berltz
3. C'est Tout - De Cowboys van Oranje
4. Marble Valley - Babylon
5. Luna - 23 Minutes In Brussels
6. Plunt - Gouda
7. Renee-Louise Carafice - (I'm Your) Bodhisattva
8. Psychopathic Rydas - Duk Da Fuck Down
9. The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
10. Max Frost & The Troopers - Try To Make Up Your Mind
11. Old Man Gloom - The Volcano
12. John Trubee - Blind Man's Penis (Peace and Love)


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mix Tape #42 - Ook Ook

This mix got hijacked by monkeys.

Side A
1. Cut Chemist - What's the Altitude?
2. Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution - Yummy Love
3. BBL and the Rollercoaster - Monkey Man
4. Mac Rybell - Meu Sonho
5. Junior Walker and the All Stars - Monkey Jump
6. Derek - Cinnamon
7. Sunset Rubdown - Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh
8. Todd Rollins & Orchestra - The Boogie Man
9. Young Fresh Fellows - Mo' Gorilla
10. Hideo Shiraki - Cherokee
11. Part Chimp - War Machine
12. Low - Monkey

Side B
1. The Jesus Lizard - Monkey Trick
2. Simian Mobile Disco - It's The Beat
3. Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band - Dirty Dirty
4. Louis Prima & Orchestra - Mr. Ghost Goes To Town
5. Sage Francis - Dance Monkey
6. Jimmy Castor Bunch - King Kong
7. Justin Hines - The Higher The Monkey Climbs
8. Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus - Up In The Air
9. The 13th Floor Elevators - Monkey Island
10. Asha Bhosle et al - Chhup Chhup
11. The Revels - The Monkey Bird
12. Kristin Hersh - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
13. James Carr - A Lucky Loser
14. The Rolling Stones - Monkey Man


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mix Tape #41 - Lunch Will Keep Us Together

Well hey there! This turned out really well. I hope you like it as much as I did.

Neil Sedaka has a delightful new children's album and that's where the name of this mix came from. It also features "Where the Toys Are" and "Waking Up Is Hard To Do." It does not feature this [super fucking creepy] song.

What else, what else?

- Oh. Thanks, Ben, for lending me this which is awesome. Congratulations on your nuptuals!

- Look, I'm not goofing around with that Neulander. It's my favorite Eurotrash album ever and I listened to that song in a loop while driving around aimlessly one very sad day in Cincinnati last year.

- That Red Sovine song is endearingly racist. I bet he was hell at family gatherings.

- "Strip Club" is my favorite cover. Ever.

- I'm sort of suddenly obsessed with Teddy Parker and...OMFG WATCH THIS:

Anyways, here's the list:

Side A
1. 1,000 Clowns - Kitty Kat Max
2. Brenda Holloway - A Favor For A Girl (With A Love Sick Heart)
3. The Grifters - Covered With Flies
4. Meic Stevens - Shw' mae? Shw' mae?
5. Disco Construction - Lady Bump
6. Quasimoto - 1994
7. The Quests - Georgy Girl
8. Neil Sedaka - Lunch Will Keep Us Together
9. Ron Warren Ganderton - Virgins Do
10. The Spotlights - Que Sera
11. Neulander - Sex, God & Money
12. Billy Preston - The Octopus
13. Wellwater Conspiracy - Teen Lambchop
14. AD 73 - Higher and Higher
15. Webb Pierce & Red Sovine - Little Rosa

Side B
1. Breaking Circus - Smoker's Paradise
2. Bratmobile - Girl Germs
3. Henny Vonk - You're Gonna Hear From Me
4. Teddy Parker - Nachtexpress Nach St. Tropez
5. Speech Debelle - Searching
6. Ed Wood (?) - A Pussycat Is Born To Be Whipped
7. The Mops - I'm Just a Mops
8. 5 Royales - Mohawk Squaw
9. 100 Flowers - Strip Club
10. The Monkees - Cuddly Toy
11. Snowpony - Easy Way Down
12. Freakwater - Your Goddamn Mouth
13. William De Vaughan - Be Thankful for What You Got
14. Sebadoh - Punch In The Nose


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mix Tape #40 - Chiapas! I MUST GO THERE!

Because of school and other things this got kind of Iron Chef in that I just threw a bunch of songs together. And I fear I made shrimp cakes with butt sauce.

But, still. There's some good stuff in here. I swear!

Three songs come from this. It's a weird little compilation of Turkish folks living in Germany and making Turkish-y music while singing in German. The combination is oddly endearing but the songs here are the only ones I really like. (Psst. I wouldn't buy it.)

Oh. And this is my second favorite music video ever:

Herbie Mann sure has a hairy chest.

And that Charles Wilp album is terrible. Don't buy that, either.

I'm not making you want to listen to this, am I?

Side A
1. Sender Freie Rakete - Istanbul Berlin
2. Wu Tang Clan - Fast Shadow
3. Gangsters of Love - Sorry
4. Flesheaters - The Wedding Dice
5. Turid - Välkomme Hus
6. Volkanik Man - Oriental Lady
7. Unknown - Istanbul
8. Karate - Diazapam
9. Ivan and Pricila - Mandu
10. Helium - Leon's Space Song
11. Herbie Mann - Push Push

Side B
1. Jackie-O Motherfucker - Chiapas! I MUST GO THERE !
2. Apache Indian - Boom Shack-A-Lak
3. Charles Wilp - Bunny
4. Cal Tjader and Charlie Byrd - My Cherie Amour
5. Damien Jurado - Texas To Ohio
6. Wesley Willis - Annie Vookman
7. Hot Snakes - Plenty For All
8. Ensaio de Escola - Welcome to Rio
9. Fresh Familee - Ahmet Gundez I
10. Cows - By The Throat
11. Telegraph Avenue - Tookie Tookie
12. Death In Vegas & Hope Sandoval - Help Yourself

Oh. Hey. Can you do me a favor? If you know what the instrument featured in that Ensaio de Escola song is called, could you email me? It's just about my favorite instrument, but I've been unsuccessful when trying to google image "Brazilian instrument that goes 'hoo-a-ha-ha.'"


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mix Tape #39 - Am I A Fuck Up?

It's probably not going to sound like it, but this mix came from two places:


There's this Stephen Crane poem I really like. Here it is:

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
"It is futile," I said,
"You can never — "
"You lie," he cried,
And ran on.

I think I like it for the wrong reason. I'm pretty sure that Stephen Crane is the "I" and that he doesn't approve (or want us to approve) of the runner's actions.

But, see, I like the runner. A lot.


There's a scene in that Away Me Go movie where the wife asks, "Are we fuck ups?" And the husband says that they're not. But the scene ends with her saying, "I think we're fuck ups."

I kind of feel like a huge fuck up lately. Need to tend to that.

But you didn't need to know any of that. What you need to know is that this sounds good. Really!


- Two absolutely huge favorites here: "Make it Betta" and "The Dawn of Understanding." The Angel made film music, I guess, and then a great album. The Long Goodbye were a one-off project featuring Melissa Farris from Tuscadero. I need to make a mix of the axis of awesome that was Melissa Farris, Margaret McCartney and Evelyn Hurley. Imma do that in the next two weeks.

- Noel Harrison's shade of pale is really, really white.

- I kinda wanted to upload that Bebe and Serge album, but I think it's still for sale. Worth getting.

- When I heard Nicole Atkins, I thought, "Do we really need someone else who sounds like Regina Spektor?" And then I thought, "Yep."

- What the hell is going on in that Spencer Davis Group song? Who's looking at whom? Who is "he"? Why's he looking at them? Am I dumb? I so don't get what's going on.

- Oh neat. The video for Big Stick's "Drag Racing":

Anyway, here's the list:

Side A
1. Co Real Artists - What About You (In The World Today)
2. The Angel - Make it Betta
3. The Tiffany Shade - Come Softly to Me
4. The Long Goodbye - Dawn Of Understanding
5. I Gres - Sweet Steel
6. Francesco De Gregori - Pablo
7. Big Stick - I Look Like Shit
8. Noel Harrison - A Whiter Shade of Pale
9. Some Russian Guy - Some Russian Song
10. Neil Young - Fuckin' Up
11. Bebe & Serge - Surfin' In Space
12. Ann Margaret - It's A Nice World To Visit (But Not To Live In)
13. Straw Dogs - Tie Your Mother Down

Side B
1. Nicole Atkins - Brooklyn's On Fire!
2. Lesley Gore - I Don't Wanna Be A Loser
3. Hazel - Mr. Magazine Man
4. Bakersfield Boogie Boys - Okie from Muskogee
5. Buzzcocks - I Dont Know What To Do With My Life
6. The Spencer Davis Group - Looking Back
7. Bullet LaVolta - Before I Fall
8. Kim Fowley - I Hate You
9. Deltron 3030 - Love Story
10. Kirk Douglas (I Think) - A Whale Of A Tale
11. The Impossibles - Sarika Ha Khu
12. Os Brazoes - Espiral
13. 50 Foot Wave - Petal
14. Lou Reed - Bottoming Out


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mix Tape #38 - No Plans, No Projects

Dig Mos Def, rockin' the Selda sample. Yeah! That whole album's great.

Wim Mertens is a crazy Belgian who sings in a language he made up. That track sums up where I'm at right now, in tone and title.

The metaphorical curtain is calling for me. I'm glad it's on its way up and not down, but it's still terrifying. I have to figure out what I'm going to do with my life and soon.

But. Until then, hopefully there'll be more of this:

Fair warning: the next two weeks are going to SUH-HUH-UCK school-wise, so expect either flakiness or a complete disappearance. I'll be back, though.

Anyway, here's the list:

Side A
1. Peter Thomas Sound Orchstera - Raumpatrouille
2. The Curbs - Pinball Junkie
3. Erma Franklin - I Dont Want No Mammas Boy
4. Joe "Fingers" Carr - Portugese Washerwomen
5. The Inner Thumb - Soul Ecstasy
6. Jonathan Fire Eater - When the Curtain Calls for You
7. Adjeef the Poet - Iekk!....I'm A Freak
8. Cookies - Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby
9. Cabaret Voltaire - Nag, Nag, Nag
10. Scott Baio - What Am I Suppossed To Do
11. Thee Headcoats - I'm An Idiot
12. Kamal Ahmed feat. Noor Jehan - I Am Very Sorry
13. Couch Flambeau - Dogshow

Side B
1. Bob Colbert - Tuning Up
2. She Trinity - He Fought The Law
3. White Flag - Shattered Badge
4. B.J. Ward - Keep It To Yourself
5. Mos Def - Supermagic
6. Steve Kuhn - Time To Go
7. Unknown - Yogi
8. Jimmy McGriff - Miss Poopie
9. Queen Esther - I Dont Want You To Hurt Me
10. Shellac - Spoke
11. Sisters of St. Francis with Lenny Rich - In Heaven There Is No Beer
12. Swell Maps - Let's Build a Car
13. Reg Tilsley - Sexy Sox
14. Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
15. The What Four - I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy
16. Wim Mertens - No Plans, No Projects


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mix Tape #37 - All of These Songs Were Important at One Time or Another

If you haven't visited Zen Running Order, it's a really nice place. Lots of folks who love music putting together great mixes.

They're having a mixathon and the theme is "Autobiography." So I got my self-absorption on and coughed this up. All of these songs were, at one time or another, really important.

You know what my favorite music video of all time is? This one:

Here's the list and some notes:

Side A
1. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City (First album I bought)
2. Squirrel Bait - Kid Dynamite (Closest thing to a theme song)
3. Big Black - Kerosene (Wayward youth/nascent Albini obsession)
4. DRI - Couch Slouch (Doin' crimes)
5. Thelonious Monster - Yes Yes No (High school ended very very badly.)
6. The Pixies - Brick Is Red ("Oh hey, I can listen to something other than hardcore...")
7. Scrawl - Remember That Day (They've gotten me through so much, really)
8. LL Cool J - Kanday (Christy)
9. Nirvana - School (I need to start writing Lara)
10. Helios Creed - I'm Your Spaceman (The Union's jukebox)
11. The Fluid - Cold Outside ("After hours at my place.")
12. Madonna - Bad Girl (Laura)
13. Pavement - Summer Babe (Katie/Eric)
14. Unknown - Sehnsucht (Thanks for all of those letters and drawings.)
15. Unknown - Some Chinese Song That Rips Off The Stooges' "Dirt" (Taiwan was the best thing that ever happened)
16. The Cynics - Erica (Erica)

Side B
1. Tricky - Ponderosa (So many trips to Cleveland)
2. Codeine - New Year's (Jolie)
3. Royal Trux - Sewers of Mars (Grad school sucked...)
4. The Palace Brothers - I Tried to Stay Healthy for You (...but the music got better)
5. Silver Jews - Dallas (Dallas is a shithole)
6. Acetone - Wonderful World (Working at UW almost killed me)
7. Stereo Total - Holiday Innn (Driving to Vancouver on 9/11)
8. Madvillain - All Caps ("Oh hey. I like this.")
9. Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission (I lost so many years...)
10. The Mountain Goats - No Children (Thanks for trying to make me think it was all my fault)
11. McLusky - The World Loves Us and Is Our Bitch (Ok, let's light this up...)
12. The Blue Hearts - Linda Linda (Damn you, Marsha)
13. Knock Down Ginger - Fool (Same to you, Christine, with your $500 skirts and your Silly Strawberry)
14. Ananda Shankar - Jumpin' Jack Flash (I do often miss you)
15. Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 - Wichita Lineman (RIP Mom and Dad)
16. Cal Tjader - Gimme Shelter (I stop listening to new music)
17. Quickspace - Quickspace Happy Song #1 (Sorry for the's really where my head is at right now)

Of course, this violates time constraints. Nostalgia > rules.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mix Tape #36 - Hannah, would you park the car? Here's the keys. Don't scratch it, please.

Well this turned out ok!


- Caesar was a great band from the Netherlands and that song comes from a great Albini-produced album. They were named for Julius Caesar who is famous for being a Roman Emperor.

- Whenever I hear that Thee Michelle Gun Elephant song, I think they're singing "Sloe Gin, Baby." Which is stupid, because what they're actually singing is THE NAME OF THE SONG.

- "Lying" is a Martina Topley Bird cover from her [excellent] album Quixotic.

- There's a pretty shitty video for "Niño Bomba." Which I was going to put in here but i can't.

- The Titan Go Kings are so fucking adorable.

Side A
1. The Jimmy Stuarts - Transformers Theme
2. The Hombres - Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
3. Plastilina Mosh - Niño Bomba
4. Nina Hynes - Swallow
5. DMZ - Mighty Idy
6. Rodriguez - Only Good For Conversation
7. Manu Dibango - The Panther
8. Caesar - Spain
9. Barbara and Ernie - Play With Fire
10. Jeannie C. Riley - Widow Jones
11. House of Large Sizes - Nocturnal
12. Curly Moore - Don't Pity Me
13. Hazel - Everybody's Best Friend
14. Titan Go Kings - Forever Idol

Side B
1. Toni Basil - Mickey (Spanish Version)
2. Nostalgic Progression - Just Another Crew Song
3. The Professionals - Theme From The Godfather
4. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - Smokin´ Billy
5. The Twilight Singers - Lying
6. Eddie Bo - Check Your Bucket
7. Hugo Busoni - Controspionaggio
8. Cornelis Vreeswijk - Rio De Janeiro
9. Dana Gillespie - Taffy
10. Carolyn Mark - Edmonton
11. John Holt - Sister Big Stuff
12. Francis Cabrel - Tot Ou Tard S'En Aller


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mix Tape #35 - Joy

There's a gladness in my heart and it's tearing me apart.


Side A
1. Quickspace - Quickspace Happy Song Number One
2. The Brood - Satisfyin'
3. Lulu - Love Loves To Love Love
4. Don Ho - E Lei Ka Lei Lei
5. Coffin Break -
6. Spacemen 3 - I Love You
7. Isabel Bond - Let's Find Out
8. The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
9. Barbara Manning and the Go-Luckys! - You Knock Me Out
10. Tricky - Makes Me Wanna Die
11. Sam Cooke - Cupid
12. The Dwarves - Let's Fuck
13. Leaky Chipmunk - Our Secret
14. Clawhammer - Pumping My Heart

Side B
1. Rod McKuen + The San Sebastian Strings - Gifts From The Sea
2. Sebadoh - Soulmate
3. Don Fardon - I'm Alive
4. Devo - Girl U Want
5. Big Stick - I'm Amazed
6. Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
7. Unrest - West Coast Love Affair
8. The Matchmakers - Thank You Baby
9. Rob Base - It Takes Two
10. The Flaming Lips - Be My Head
11. Thelonious Monster - Happy #12&35
12. Serge Gainsbourg - Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mix Tape #34 - I Ain't Got No Soul Today. What It Is, Y'all. What It Is, Y'all.

I make these in advance.

And when I was making this, I think I was filing it under the vague heading: "Dating sucks."

But you know what? Dating doesn't suck. One good trial obliterates all errors.

So. When I made this, I didn't have any soul. But today I'm full to bursting with soul.

Next week's entry is likely to be a lot more joyful.

But this one's isn't bad.

Erika Wennerstrom has the most amazing voice.

Never underestimate Cincinnati, yo.


Side A
1. Senor Soul - I Ain't Got No Soul Today
2. Yo La Tengo - Emulsified
3. The Dandy Warhols - Minnesoter
4. The Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Congo
5. LI Xiang Lan - Plum Blossom
6. Prolapse - Killing The Bland
7. White Hinterland - Dreaming of the Plum Trees
8. Tullio De Piscopo - Medium Rock
9. Spanky And Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You
10. Simon Turner - Shoeshine Boy
11. The Count Five - Peace of Mind
12. Hall and Oates - Lady Rain
13. Heartless Bastards - Be So Happy

Side B
1. Laurie Anderson - Smoke Rings
2. Jacques Dutronc - On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous
3. Roy Harper - Male Chauvinist Pig Blues
4. Gilberto Cruz - Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)
5. Francoise Hardy - Catch A Falling Star
6. Ruby Andrews - Tit for Tat
7. Michael Stipe & Rain Phoenix - Happiness
8. Ian Hunter - All Of The Good Ones Are Taken
9. Lesley Gore - 98.6/Lazy Day
10. The Stuarts - Just A Little Bit More
11. The Scorpions - Worrying Kind
12. The Lennon Sisters - Green Tambourine
13. Mick Farren - Son of a Millionaire
14. The Viking Moses! - Providence


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mix Tape #33 - It's Raining In Vancouver But I Don't Give A Fuck

Oh. Hey. Christine? If you ever find this? I hate you. Seriously.

That said, this mix turned out pretty well! There's actually new stuff in here. Occasioned by the latest issue of The Big Takeover, which is my favorite place to read about music. Jack Rabid's kind of a windbag [pot...kettle-ed.], but his heart's in the right place. And the reviews section is pretty much the size of the yellow pages. They uncover seriously cool stuff. Screw Pitchfork. Get that magazine.

What else to say? Well, the new Dinosaur doesn't suck which was a pleasant surprise. And I know that Magik Markers isn't a crowd pleaser, but it made me wistful for all the terrible things on Homestead in the late 80's. Like Jad Fair or something. If you bail there, though, you're going to miss Plunt. You don't want to miss Plunt. No, no.

And what's with all the Sparklemouse Dangerhorse lately? I never would picture them being friends.

I'm not complaining.

Here's the list:

Side A
1. Morphine - Scratch
2. Archie Shepp - Attica Blues
3. Japandroids - Sovereignty
4. Dana Gillespie - Like I'm A Clown
5. Tindersticks - The Hungry Saw
6. Hitch - Carbon Wheels
7. Impacto Cinco - Viver Triste
8. Seaweed - Foggy Eyes
9. Kinetic Stereokids - Free Money
10. The Lord Executor - We Mourn the Loss of Sir Murchison Fletcher
11. Dinosaur Jr - Friends
12. Joker's Daughter - Bouncing Liquorish Bears
13. Pop Five Music Incorporated - Fire
14. Otis Clay - Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

Side B
1. Parts & Labor - Wedding In A Wasteland
2. Gene Marshall - Jimmy Carter Says Yes
3. Magik Markers - The Ballad Of Harry Andstrom
4. Los Shakers - Got Any Money
5. Thee Oh Sees - Ruby Go Home
6. Split Enz - One Step Ahead
7. Consonant - Buckets of Flowers, Porno Mags
8. Fire - My Father's Name Is Dad
9. Plunt - Boner
10. Mike Proctor - Mr. Commuter
11. Pavement - The Killing Moon
12. Love Is All - Untitled
13. 101 Strings - Taps For Fallen Brave


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mix Tape #32 - I'm Tax-Exempt. My Money's Spent.

I feel like I'm getting more and more laconic on this thing. I guess I feel like writing about music is like fucking about dancing. For me. Others do it really well.

I'll just say that I didn't have high hopes for this one, but it turned around into all kinds of fun and I listened to it a lot. I hope you like it.

Highlights for me: that Randy Rice album is eavesdropping on someone's therapy session set to music...and I'm going to link to it on the right hand side. And I realize Zoroaster won't be for everyone, but if it's for you? Get. That. Album. It's one of my favorite things from this year.

And, yes, that is Nancy Walker from the Bounty commercials.

Oh. Hey. I'm taking two weeks off from this thing. Partly because it's summer, and partly because I'm going to London. Please don't rob my apartment.

Here's the track list:

Side A
1. Noonday Underground - London
2. Palace Music - The Mountain Low
3. Monika Herz - Bimbo, Nimm Die Gitarre Und Sing
4. The Promise Ring - Make Me A Chevy
5. Randy Rice - Mrs. Bitch
6. Lafayette Afro-Rock Band - Darkest Light
7. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Look Around
8. Tweak Bird - Whorses
9. Midniters - I Found A Peanut
10. Dick Hyman and Mary Mayo - Desafinado
11. Mudhoney - Flat Out Fucked
12. Saxons - Things Have Been Bad
13. Daliah Lavi - Jerusalem
14. Zoroaster - Undying

Side B
1. The Chesterfield Kings - Street Fighting Man
2. Viva L'American Death Ray - Getting Better
3. Kyra Rubella And The Shanks - Orgasm Addict
4. Liberace - Teenager's Holiday
5. Chumbawamba - Tianamen Square
6. Nancy Walker - I Hate Men
7. Celibate Rifles - Bill Bonney Regrets
8. The Time And Space Machine - Amorous Ways
9. Andrea Carroll - Gee Dad
10. The Adverts - One Chord Wonders
11. Christopher Lee - The Streets Of Laredo
12. Brainiac - Flypaper
13. Can - Butterfly


See you in two weeks.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mix Tape #31 - Someday, baby. When the river runs free.

When it gets like this outside, I just want to dive into the closest body of water.

I wish my neighbors had a pool. Instead of an 8-year-old who stands outside and screams all day.

Side A
1. The Turner Brothers - Let's Go Fishing
2. Screaming Blue Messiahs - Sweet Water Pools
3. Kristin Hersh - Cold Water Coming
4. The Standells - Dirty Water
5. The Distant Galaxy - Water Brother
6. Chemical People - Aquaman
7. Dire Straits - Water Of Love
8. David Arvedon - Buckets of Water
9. Dennis Coffey - Bridge Over Troubled Water
10. The Saints - River Deep Mountain High
11. The Ovations - Mr. River
12. Miaow - Thames at High Water
13. Low - Walk Into The Sea

Side B
1. White Hassle - Watertank
2. Serge Gainsbourg - Sea, Sex and Sun
3. Smog - The Well
4. The Weakerthans - Watermark
5. Jack McDuff - Cry Me a River
6. Takeshi Terauchi & the Bunnys - Dream In The Ocean
7. Melodians - Rivers Of Babylon
8. Yo La Tengo - Sea Cruise
9. Roscoe Holcomb - Boat's up the River
10. Tonettes - Teardrop Sea
11. Bitch Magnet - Sea of Pearls
12. Tangle Eye - Drowned


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mix Tape #30 - Q: If English isn't your first language, should you cover "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"?

A: Emphatic yes.

Oh. If you're from North Carolina, I should let you know that you'll be instructed to do the following during this mix: 1. Raise up. 2. Take your shirt off. 3. Twist it around your hand. 4. Spin it like a helicopter.

The rest of you can just listen to it like normal people. I liked it. You may. You may not.

Saide A
1. Jess & James with the J.J. Band - Don´t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. Davie Allan and the Arrows - Make Love Not War
3. Ikara Colt - Rudd
4. Dirty Three - Better Go Home Now
5. Trea Dobbs - My Love
6. Sparklemouse? Dangerhorse? - Everytime I'm With You
7. Roger Roger - Safari Park
8. Davey Sands & The Essex - Advertising Girl
9. Ugly Casanova - Things I Don't Remember
10. Los Babys - Encuentros Cercanos
11. Petey Pablo - Raise Up
12. Songs: Ohia - Coxcomb Red
13. Redd Kross - Linda Blair
14. Tom Zé - Senhor Cidadão

Side B
1. Snatch - All I Want
2. Eileen Barton - If I Knew You Were Comin
3. Luna - Slash Your Tires
4. Hugo Busoni - Raid
5. The Takeoffs - Knock Down The Door
6. The Pebbles - Playing Chess
7. Bill Cosby - Stop, Look & Listen
8. Stacey Ames - Calendar Boy
9. Kelis - Bossy
10. Billy Paul - Your Song
11. Public Image Ltd. - Ease


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mix Tape #29 - I Made You A Mix Tape

I hope you like it.

1. Scrawl - I Need You
2. Lee Hazelwood - You Look Like a Lady
3. APB - Shoot You Down
4. Egg Hunt - Me And You
5. Gabba - Knowing Me Knowing You
6. Astrud Gilberto - You Didn't Have to be So Nice
7. Marva Whitney and James Brown - You Got To Have A Job
8. The Psychedelic Furs - We Love You
9. Roger Bonnette - The Hell With You
10. Judy Henske - I Know You, Rider
11. Highly Likely - Whatever Happened To You?
12. MF Doom - Who You Think I Am?
13. Uzeda - What I Meant When I Called Your Name
14. Marvin Gaye - You
15. The Palace Brothers - You Will Miss Me When I Burn

1. Doris - Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby?
2. The Lights - When You Smile
3. Ellie Greenwich - You Don't Know
4. Sweet - No You Don't
5. Stone Jazz - Miss You
6. Rocket From The Crypt (with Holly Golightly) - Eye On You
7. The Go-Gos - Turn To You
8. Consonant - Who Touches You Now?
9. Sanford Clark - Bad Case of You
10. Soulsavers - Ghosts Of You And Me
11. MC5 - Looking At You
12. Tara Angell - When You Find Me
13. Farah Fawcett and Jean Paul Vignon - You


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mix Tape #28 - My Lip Gloss Be Poppin'

Did you know that there was an HR Pufnstuff movie and that it had a soundtrack?

I didn't.

Oh anyway. I was really happy to see Obits are touring and my favorite local band The Lights are opening. You should see them if you can. Or just listen to them.

The rest of the mix was just supposed to be "fun." And it mostly is. "A Promise" isn't, but it was in my head all week. Wonder why.

Here's a tracklist:

Side A
1. Lil Mama Vs. Marnie Stern - Absorb The Lipgloss
2. The Lights - Mr. Pussy
3. Hoyt Axton - ABC (Put On)
4. Prototypes - Je Ne Te Connais Pas
5. The Lovedolls - Beer & Ludes
6. Faust - Flashback Caruso
7. Urge Overkill - (Now That's) the Barclords
8. Rabbits and Carrots - Express Yourself
9. Barbara Manning - Your Pies
10. Franco Micalizzi - Special Cop
11. Reaction - Life Is A Wheel

Side B
1. Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
2. Violent Femmes - A Promise
3. The Rogers Sisters - Les Fantaisies Sont Bien
4. Carmen Villani - Brilla Bollo
5. Louis Hjulmand - War Dance (2nd Movement)
6. Connie Stevens - Little Kiss Is A Kiss Is A Kiss
7. Wanda de Sah - Sweet Happy Life
8. Volt - Testbild
9. Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Martha Raye - Zap The World
10. Perrey & Kingsley - Barnyard in Orbit
11. Harvey Averne - 'stablishment
12. Spanky & Our Gang - Hong Kong Blues
13. Peter Thomas - Opium - Pinjah Poppy Juice (The Maxwell Implosion Remix)


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hoyt Axton - Gold

I got this over the weekend and literally listened to it six times straight through because it's just nutty good except when it's bad and then it's even nuttier.

E.G. The sexiest song about the alphabet I've ever heard:

I love that he actually sings "If you want to love me you have to know your ABCs." Who exactly has he been dating? [Edit: Wikipedia says he's from Oklahoma. So. There you go.]

I also love when his voice gets all muppety and growlly. When he sings "ALLLLOOOOONNE" he makes the same noise my cat makes when she's about to puke.

Whole album is just as good.

Here's the list:

1. Never Gonna Work
2. Bring Your Lovin'
3. Tiger In The Closet
4. Red, White And Blue
5. L. A. Town
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Big Red
8. Look Down That Lonesome Road
9. I'll Be There
10. Double Dare
11. ABC (Put On)
12. Young Man
13. Greenback Dollar
14. Thunder 'N Lightin'
15. This Little Light
16. Trombone Cholly
17. Ox Driver's Song
18. Gambler's Blues
19. We'll Sing In The Sunshine
20. Five Hundred Miles
21. Grizzly Bear
22. Hoochie Coochie Man
23. They've Been On Their Jobs Too Long
24. Voodoo Blues

Here's the link.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mix Tape #27 - Suddenly, Germans...

This week I listened to:

- Sad songs.

- Loud songs.

- German songs. (Probably occasioned by this guy's excellent postings.)

- The new Future of the Left about a billion times because it shreds. The only song I don't like is the first single, and it seems like a weird choice for a first single because it sounds nothing like anything else on the album. All the other songs are fairly skull crushing.

So. Put it all together and you get this mix.

Is it me, or does Dorthe look kind of psychotic?

Here's a tracklist:

Side A
1. Howard Carpendale - Du Hast Mich
2. Archie Bronson Outfit - Dead Funny
3. The Wombles - Invitation to the Ping-Pong Ball
4. Dorthe - Wärst Du Doch In Düsseldorf Geblieben
5. Die Ärzte - 12XU
6. David Bowie - Helden
7. Marianne Mendt - Wie A Glock'n...
8. Elly & Rikkert - Draad van Ariadne
9. Sandie Shaw - Puppet on a String
10. Big Business - O.G.
11. Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
12. Jason Molina - Honey, Watch Your Ass

Side B
1. The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice - Surrounded
2. Klaus Doldinger - Frei Mit Boots
3. The Trip - Little Janie
4. Future Of The Left - Yin/Post-Yin
5. Martin Böttcher - Ich Schlafe Mit Meinem Mörder
6. Luisa Fernandez - Lay Love On You
7. Chet Baker - I Get Along Without You Very Well
8. Bellrays - Changing Colors
9. Peggy Sue - All American Husband
10. Manfred Krug - Wenn Der Urlaub Kommt
11. Lale Andersen - Ein Schiff Wird Kommen
12. Franco Godi - Viva Happiness
13. Dadamah - High Tension House


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mix Tape #26 - I Wonder If An Admittedly Weak Mix Can Be Made Better By Tossing In A Bunch Of 60's Radio Promos...

Sometimes alcohol + internet = awesome. I woke up one morning to find a folder on my desktop and it contained 90 minutes of 60's radio promo spots. I have no recollection from where they came. So I either blacked out or I have the BEST COMPUTER VIRUS EVER.

Here's an example. The Rolling Stones shilling for Rice Krispies:

So anyway, I tossed some of my favorites into a mix that needed some help and it turned out to be just the thing and I enjoyed listening to it a few times and hope you feel the same way.

And hey. No bailing on "Diana." I know it gets off to a rocky start, but it errupts into this great chorus and I swear that thing gets stuck in my head for days on end.

Here's the track list:

Side A
1. The Who - US Air Force Spot
2. Stan Boreson and Doug Setterberg - Everybody's Talkin'
3. Sir Douglas Quintet - Sixty Minutes Of Your Love
4. The Velvet Underground - 3rd LP Spot
5. The Velvet Underground - Temptation Inside Your Heart
6. Sherbet - Coke Spot
7. Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand The Rain
8. Nina Hagen - Universal Radio
9. The Rolling Stones - Rice Crispies Spot
10. Fabulous Flee-Rakkers - Summertime
11. Roland Alphonso - Hop Special (Whiter Shade Of Pale)
12. Vanilla Fudge - Coke Spot
13. Comus - Diana
14. Herb Alpert - Diet Pepsi Spot
15. Obits - Lillies In The Street
16. Vox Dei - No Es Por Falta De Suerte
17. John Leyton - Three Cute Chicks
18. 13th Floor Elevators - Bull Of The Woods Spot
19. 13th Floor Elevators - Dr. Doom

Side B
1. Iron Butterfly - Ban Roll-On Spot
2. Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda
3. Roy Wood - Songs Of Praise
4. Hater - Circles
5. Jefferson Airplane - Levis Spot
6. Ian & Sylvia - You Were On My Mind
7. Bill Lawrence - Pussy Baby
8. Cream - Fallstaff Beer Spot
9. PJ Harvey - Pocket Knife
10. Neil Diamond - Coke Spot
11. Lloyd Charmers & The Hippy Boys - Look-ka-py-py
12. Josh Macrea - Messing About On The River
13. Quicksilver - Chevy Camaro Spot
14. France Gall - J'ai Retrouve Mon Chien
15. Lulu - Gentle Care Hair Spot
16. Joey Heatherton - Live and Learn
17. Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs - Spinning My Wheels
18. Love Generation - Hormel Hot Dogs Spot


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PJ Harvey - Love Me, Polly

I used to work across the street from this really shitty record store. It's dangerous for me to be that close to one every day, because I always end up pumping a ton of cash into any record store, no matter how shitty. Because I'm an idiot.

The one good thing about this store was that the owner would sell these "imports" that were actually just bootlegs he was burning en masse. I bought this one and it had a wicked skip and I took it back and he was, like, "Oh. Uh. We may be getting another copy in...uh...tomorrow. Sorry. You never know what you're going to get with these 'imports.'" Sure dude. Whatever.

But it's a decent live performance from Glastonbury circa '95. Includes some radio recordings as well.

Here's the tracklist.

1. Meet Ze Monsta
2. Working For The Man
3. My Naked Cousin
4. Telco
5. C'Mon Billy
6. Hook
7. Long Snake Moan
8. Me Jane
9. 50 Ft. Queenie
10. Goodnight
11. Walking On The Moon
12. C'Mon Billy (acoustic)
13. The Dancer (acoustic)
14. Harder
15. Long Time Coming
16. Send His Love To Me
17. Down By The Water

And here it is.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mix Tape #25 - I Was Going To Call This 'Hey Ladies' But That Sounded Creepy So I'll Just Say It's A Mix Where All The Songs Are Women's Names...

This seemed like a good idea at the time, but, re-listening to it, I'm not so sure.

I am sure that this Tullycraft video is fun, though.

Anyway, here's the tracklist:

Side A
1. Spacemen 3 - Mary Ann
2. Unrest - Cath Carroll
3. Lee Hazlewood - Kari
4. The Damned - Melody Lee
5. The Quests - Jesamine
6. Slint - Carol
7. Tullycraft - Josie
8. Helium - Lucy
9. EPMD - Jane
10. The Wildebeests - Lucinda
11. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - The Redhead Kelly
12. Redd Kross - Ann

Side B
1. Honor Role - Listening To Sally
2. Prisonshake - Molly London
3. Big Star - O, Dana
4. T. Valentine - Betty Sue
5. Crooked Fingers - Juliette
6. Patti Smith - Kimberly
7. Sebadoh - Kath
8. The Mummies - Justine
9. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Molly
10. The Cynics - Erica
11. Marvin Gaye - Poor Abbey Walsh
12. The Beat-Berrys - Carol
13. The Rolling Stones - Miss Amanda Jones
14. Descendents - Wendy
15. Sleater-Kinney - Jenny


Friday, April 24, 2009

Patti Smith - A Wing And A Prayer

Surprisingly crisp bootleg of live material from '76 and '79.

You can listen to Kimberly now, but you're just going to hear it again in two days anyway...

Here's the tracklist:

1. Horses/Hey Joe
2. Because The Night
3. 25th Floor
4. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together
5. Privilege
6. Ain't It Strange?
7. Kimberly
8. Free Money
9. Pumping My Heart
10. Time Is On My Side
11. Free Money
12. The Boy I'm Going To Marry
13. Ask The Angels
14. High Over The Hills/Radio Ethiopia
15. White Christmas

And here's the link.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Scrawl - Misery (Someone Is Winning) b/w Just Plain Bad

Oh hey. Did you know I like Scrawl?

It's weird that two of their best songs never made it to any album. This was released on Bob Mould's "Singles Only Label" and it neatly encapsulates everything that made Scrawl so Scrawlingly good. "Misery" is a mewly mess and it makes me want to hug Marcy Mays. (Actually, I always kind of want to hug Marcy Mays).

And "Just Plain Bad" actually makes me bang my head like a dumbass during the bridge. Listen:

And get.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mix Tape #24 - 1,000 Postcards From Montevideo

Back to randomness. Highlights: bluegrass Modest Mouse cover, Dutch folk with kazoo, angsty anthem to salted pork, Alley Oop on a handful of Vicodin, Bill Callahan being creepy, and the best song about the apocalypse ever.

Oh. And Joan Jett in a PVC catsuit:

(I fought the urge to post the [NSFW] video for that Add N to (X) song...)

There's nothing else to say really. Here's the tracklist:

Side A
1. Iron Horse - Dark Center
2. Add N To (X) - Metal Fingers In My Body
3. The Garnets - Indian Uprising
4. Elly & Rikkert - Kauwgomballenboom
5. Obits - Pine On
6. King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew
7. Death Of Samantha - Roses Rejoice
8. Buck Owens - I've Got A Tiger By The Tail
9. Sonic Youth - Sunday
10. Tallulah - Bacon
11. Kristin Hersh - Vertigo (Live)

Side B
1. Friar Tuck - Alley Oop
2. Simple Minds - Up On The Catwalk
3. Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - The French Song
4. Mad Curry - Beauty
5. Rikkert Zuiderveld - Vreemde Vogel
6. Lambchop - Your Fucking Sunny Day
7. Kakkahätä-77 - Go-Go
8. The Mountain Goats & Kaki King - Black Pear Tree
9. The Super Eagles - Love's a Real Thing
10. Janeen Brady & The Brite Singers - I'm A Mormon
11. Kaleidoscope - Lie To Me
12. Bill Callahan - My Friend
13. Hazel O'Connor - The Eighth Day


Friday, April 17, 2009

The Morticians - She's Like Heroin

I'm really happy that the most downloaded album from this site is this one. The fact that this band didn't make it is a total head scratcher.

Here's their follow-up. It's a collection of demos, outtakes, and live stuff. So it's a way different experience than the studio effort. Muted and muddy and in some ways more personal. Long, compelling instrumentals and great covers. Just a perfect album. These people never wasted a note.

Here's a song:

And here's the rest.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Micronotz - Smash!

Huh. It's weird to me that these guys aren't getting more internet love. To me, they really stood out from the herd of 80's punks. They were raw and speedy, but the singing and lyrics were a lot more emotive than most. Not quite emo [thank God] but I think stuff like this [unfortunately] paved the way. Some tasty bass licks, too.

Did I just say "tasty bass licks?" I should stop typing right now.

Here's their cover of "I Got A Right:"

And here's the rest.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mix Tape #23 - Roadtrip

I recently took a three hour road trip and, me being me, I packed 26 CDs. I am such a dork. Of course I only listened to three (Scrawl, KMD, and the excellent Holding a Dream comp). When I got home and went to put them away, I thought it might be fun to take a song from each and throw them together for a mix. And it turned out ok!

It's mostly the usual suspects, but there's a couple of surprises. That Marsha Hunt track is pretty killer. Oh look. Someone just uploaded a really cool Marsha Hunt video. Let's watch it.

That was nice.

I think the most important lesson contained within this mix is that when you have the Barbara Walters speech impediment, you really shouldn't add "Cry Me a River" to your oeuvre.

Anyway. Here's the tracklist:

Side A
1. Mclusky - Rock vs Single Parents
2. Le Tigre - Deceptacon
3. Barbara Manning - Scissors
4. Galt McDermot - Lady, You Look Good to Me
5. Th' Faith Healers - Sparklingly Chime
6. Quarteto 1111 - Dona Vitoria
7. Renegade Soundwave - Biting My Nails
8. The Flesh Eaters - Impossible Crime
9. Tindersticks - City Sickness
10. The Cynics - Get My Way
11. Gene Latter - Holding A Dream
12. Kimya Dawson - I Like Giants
13. DJ P - Hotel California vs. The Shining

Side B
1. Barbra Manning - Straw Man
2. Betty Davis - Ooh Yea
3. Eleventh Dream Day - Two Smart Cookies
4. Claudine Longet - Cwy Me a Wiver
5. Marsha Hunt - Somebody to Love
6. K.M.D. - Subroc's Mission
7. Soundation - Tricky Dicky
8. Vashti Bunyan - 17 Pink Sugar Elephants
9. L ed Z eppelin - Celebration Day
10. Willy Hoffmann - Coconuts
11. Dinosaur - Raisans
12. Barbara Ruskin - Pawnbroker Pawnbroker
13. Scrawl - Come Back Then


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bastards - You Didn't Give A Damn About The Exploding Man Because You Killed Him

Oh cool. No one's uploaded this.

I'm so thankful for hardcore because it encouraged several great bands to up the ante. Of course, there's a fine line between great shitnoise with a real grasp of compelling rhythm and riffs and, well, just shit.

Bastards were on the correct side of that line for me. They were from Germany, and, to quote Vince, you know the Germans always make great stuff. Member or members went on to form [the seriously great] Janitor Joe and [the seriously crappy] Gnomes of Zurich.

I've used this track to peel paint off of things.

And you can hear the rest here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Mix Tape #22 - My Neck's Stiff. My Head Hurts.

Music's making me sad. The new MF Doom album is completely phoned in. The guy from Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu started a new band that sounds like the old bands minus everything that made them interesting. I finally listened to the second Evens record and didn't like it. Every time I try to find something from this decade to like I fail. Well. Except for Wooden Shjips.

[Seriously...if you have any suggestions for modern stuff I might like, PLEASE let me know].

So, I keep retreating into decades-old oddities and that's mostly what informed this mix. It gets kind of loud toward the end. Sorry. Also, I didn't mean to put Peggy Sue in there twice, but, eh, sounded good.

"Ba-Di-Bi" is the theme song to a softcore movie from Italy about swinging nursing students. I don't think I'll be seeing that...

Oh. And in the interest of full disclosure, I notice I included a BUNCH of tracks from this guy's mix. Which is great. Big fan of that site.

Anyway, here's the list:

Side A
1. Chris Brokaw - I Remember
2. Peggy Sue - That's A No No
3. Peter Thomas and Donna Summer - Black Power
4. FM Knives - 16 DOA
5. The Moments - I Can't Help It
6. Arcwelder - Never The Same
7. Piero Umiliani - Green Valley
8. Big Boss Man - Sea Groove
9. Vampires' Sound Incorporation - The Ballad of a Fair Singer
10. Paul Nero - This Is Soul
11. Coachwhips - Yes, I'm Down
12. Ike & Tina Turner - Whole Lotta Love
13. DOOM - That's That
14. Roberto Pregadio - Bi-Di-Bi-Da

Side B
1. God - Rockin' Marky
2. Barney Wilen and His Amazing Free Rock Band - The Fool On The Hill
3. PJ Harvey - Yuri-G
4. Peggy Sue - Down In The Boondocks
5. Edan - Fumbling Over Words (Battle)[Team Teamwork Remix]
6. Railroad Jerk - Clean Shirt
7. Frankie Laine - Wanted Man
8. The Evens - Get Even
9. Guy Pedersen - Bass In Love
10. The Make Up - Pow! To The People
11. Nashville Pussy - First I Look At The Purse
12. The Hard-Ons - Race Track
13. The Raincoats - Don't Be Mean
14. Death - Politicians In My Eyes


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Connie Francis - I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter

I just got back from Portland. They have really good record stores there! And I spent too much money on music! As usual!

All the stuff I found'll be worming its way into future mixes, but this thing was hands down my favorite find...IT'S CONNIE FRANCIS SINGING IN JAPANESE. Well. All but two songs. But still. 18 SONGS. CONNIE FRANCIS. JAPANESE.

Here. Hear how awesome that is:

And then grab it.