Monday, January 28, 2008

Post-Punk Mix


Post-Punk Mix


1. Wire - 12 X U
2. The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love
3. Televison - See No Evil
4. The Clash - Clampdown
5. The Fall - Totally Wired
6. Joy Division - Transmission
7. The Cure - Jumping Someone Else’s Train
8. Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Love Comes in Spurts
9. The Slits - Shoplifting
10. Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
11. Devo - Jocko Homo
12. The Pop Group - Thief of Fire
13. Suicide - Ghost Rider
14. Young Marble Giants - Include Me Out
15. Mission of Burma - That’s When I Reach for My Revolver
16. Gang of Four - Ether
17. The Feelies - Fa Ce-La
18. The Raincoats - Fairytale in the Supermarket
19. This Heat - Paper Hats
20. Public Image Ltd. - Careering
21. Bauhaus - In the Flat Field
22. New Order - Ceremony
23. Echo and the Bunnymen - Rescue

Monday, January 21, 2008

Short Songs Vol. 2

Now for another installment....

Short Songs Vol. 2

1. The Jam - Start (2:17)
2. The Buzzcocks - Love You More (1:51)
3. The Fall - Rollin’ Dany (2:23)
4. Captain Beefheart - Steal Softly Thru Snow (2:18)
5. David Bowie - Breaking Glass (1:52)
6. Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:19)
7. The Byrds - Mr. Spaceman (2:10)
8. The Beatles - I Will (1:46)
9. Big Star - I’m in Love with a Girl (1:48)
10. The Feelies - Fa Ce-La (2:04)
11. The Clash - London’s Burning (2:10
12. Suicide - Johnny (2:10)
13. Devo - Too Much Paranoias (1:57)
14. Beat Happening - The Fall (1:46)
15. Johnny Cash - I Still Miss Someone (1:37)
16. All Girl Summer Fun Band - Theme Song (1:08)
17. Deerhoof - Flower (1:47)
18. Beirut - Scenic World (2:08)
19. Animal Collective - Sweet Road (1:15)
20. Architecture in Helsinki - Kindling (Winter Version) (1:46)
21. The Boy Least Likely To - Warm Panda Cola (0:49)
22. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands! (1:48)
23. Bright Eyes - The City has Sex (2:11)
24. Sonic Youth - Mildred Pierce (2:13)
25. Pavement - Z├╝rich is Stained (1:41)
26. Echo & the Bunnymen - Crystal Days (2:24)
27. Beach Boys - In My Room (2:14)
28. Death Cab for Cutie - In My Room (2:14)
29. Beulah - Hello Resolven (1:49)
30. The Decemberists - As I Rise (2:14)
31. Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence - Lawrence of Euphoria (1:31)
32. Guided by Voices - Gold Star For Robot Boy (1:39)
33. Joanna Newsom - Yarn and Glue (1:55)
34. Kimya Dawson - I Miss You (0:38)
35. Daniel Johnston - The Sun Shines Down on Me (2:00)
36. Devendra Banhart - A Sight to Behold (2:26)
37. Belle & Sebastian - Simple Things (1:46)
38. Elliott Smith - Say Yes (2:19)
39. Cat Power - I Found a Reason (2:00)
40. The Zombies - A Rose for Emily (2:17)
41. The Field Mice - An Earlier Autumn (2:01)
42. Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends Theme (1:21)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Mix CD: Short Songs Vol. 1

Hey everyone- I'm beginning a new semester right now, so daily entries doesn't exactly seem like the best idea. Blogs can be such a distraction. So until further notice, I'll be posting mix cds instead! I think this is a better deal overall, all each one contains 80 minutes of music, arranged lovingly in an order that I feel works well as a whole. I hate mixes with jarring transitions and genre hopping from one song to the next. I try to make mine flow together as well as a commercial album would, plus stay interesting and not become too repetitive. A good mix cd is an art...seriously.

Here's the first of the series: Short Songs. The concept for this was exactly what it sounds like, however the exact maximum time the songs could be 2:30, though 2:23 is the longest on this volume. The shorter the better though (as long as it is a "song.")

Short Songs Vol. 1

1. Wire - Outdoor Miner (1:44)
2. The Clash - Brand New Cadillac (2:08)
3. The Cure - Killing an Arab (2:21)
4. Young Marble Giants - Include Me Out (2:01)
5. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Taste of Cindy (1:42)
6. Sebadoh - Sickles and Hammers (0:50)
7. Modest Mouse - Birds Vs. Worms (2:13)
8. Talking Heads - Thank You For Sending Me an Angel (2:11)
9. The Breeders - Flipside (1:59)
10. Beat Happening - Crashing Through (1:16)
11. Deerhoof - Holy Night Fever (1:18)
12. Violent Femmes - I Hear the Rain (1:31)
13. Devendra Banhart - At the Hop (2:14)
14. The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba (2:10)
15. Kimya Dawson - Loose Lips (2:23)
16. Architecture in Helsinki - It’s 5! (2:07)
17. The Vaselines - Molly’s Lips (1:44)
18. Of Montreal - Tim, I Wish You Were Born a Girl (1:46)
19. The Olivia Tremor Control - Jumping Fences (1:52)
20. Beulah - Comrade’s Twenty Sixth (1:53)
21. Beach Boys - Barbara Ann (2:13)
22. Buddy Holly - Everyday (2:09)
23. The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (1:52)
24. The Beatles - For No One (2:01)
25. The Velvet Underground - Here She Comes Now (2:04)
26. Vashti Bunyan - Hebridean Sun (1:13)
27. Moby Grape - Naked, If I Want To (0:56)
28. George Harrison - It’s Johnny’s Birthday (0:49)
29. Weezer - Blast Off! (1:57)
30. The Ramones - Do You Wanna Dance (1:55)
31. The Fall - Industrial Estate (1:41)
32. The Jam - All Mod Cons (1:20)
33. Mission of Burma - This is Not a Photograph (1:57)
34. Minutemen - Viet Nam (1:29)
35. Meat Puppets - Magic Toy Missing (1:22)
36. The Modern Lovers - Government Center (2:03)
37. The Pixies - Broken Face (1:30)
38. Guided by Voices - Game of Pricks (1:33)
39. The Magnetic Fields - The Saddest Story Ever Told (2:12)
40. Built to Spill - Twin Falls (1:49)
41. Nick Drake - Pink Moon (2:05)
42. Charles Manson - Home is Where You’re Happy (1:29)
43. Neutral Milk Hotel - A Baby for Pree (1:21)
44. Daniel Johnston - True Love Will Find You in the End (1:51)
45. The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside (1:33)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Favorite Songs & Albums of 2007

I just re-read my blog for 2006 music and surpringly I found myself disappointed with that year. A lot of records from then I still have in my rotation. Plus any year with Ys is automatically a great year. I remember being really excited for 2007 as the line-up seemed incredibly promising. Tons of great bands would have new albums coming out... it would be a blast. Too bad most of those releases were mediocore or just outright bad.
The new Bjork, Interpol, Wilco, Rilo Kiley, and Explosions in the Sky albums were huge disappointments. Sophmore albums by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Go! Team and Sunset Rubdown (though technically their third) didn't even come close to their previous albums. Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes, and the Arcade Fire were hyped more than ever this year, and while all the albums are solid, they are far from the spectucular work they are all capable of and have previously achieved. Oh and of course that "Smashing Pumpkins" atrocity also came out this year.

However, the good albums were really really good. This year the year of the Panda for sure, with Animal Collective putting out a fantastic album, as well as Panda Bear. Of Montreal recorded their best album in years, arguably since The Gay Parade. My favorite record though is Deerhoof's "Friend Opportunity" as it marks a different approach for the band, yet at the same time has some of the best songs the band has ever recorded.

I struggled a bit to make my list, as compared to previous years I listened to far less new music. There's a lot on my plate from this year that I intent to check out, or give a more thorough listen to, with LCD Soundsystem, Low, Blonde Redhead, The Fiery Furnaces, Dirty Projectors, and the National high on that list. On the other hand, I listened to more older music than ever this year, building a pretty solid post-punk collection and discovering some amazing overlooked bands. I just like older music better. That's not what this entry is about though...here's the mix, with the songs in no order, through I tried to place them in a order where there would be no jarring transitions.

Favorite Songs of 2007 Mix

1. Panda Bear - Bros
2. Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
3. Deerhoof - The Perfect Me
4. Dinosaur Jr. - Almost Ready
5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Satan Said Dance
6. Arcade Fire - Intervention
7. Feist - 1234
8. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
9. Architecture in Helsinki - Heart it Races
10. Bright Eyes - Four Winds
11. Beirut - Elephant Gun
12. Grizzly Bear - He Hit Me
13. Radiohead - Nude
14. Dean and Britta - The Sun is Still Sunny
15. Joanna Newsom - Colleen
16. Devendra Banhart - Seahorse
17. Animal Collective - For Reverend Green

Download Link:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GW208WZL

Favorite Albums:

10. Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond


9. Radiohead - In Rainbows



8. Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Mountain



7. Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings



6. Panda Bear - Person Pitch



5. M.I.A. - Kala



4. Feist - The Reminder



3. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam



2. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?



1. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity


Hooray 2008!