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“Gotta Get Down With the Passing of Time” – Damon Albarn
“Box Elder (live) ” – Pavement
“In Asking Land” – Talking Heads
“Inside Out” – Beck
“The Old Plantation” – The Minus 5
“There There (live acoustic)” – Radiohead
“My Death (live)” – David Bowie
“Runners Dial Zero” – Beck
“Blasting Fonda” – Wilco
“Lifeline” – Harry Nilsson
“Did You See Me” – Ween
“Riding to Vanity Fair” – Paul McCartney
“Sunset Coming On” – Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabate, Afel Bocoum, Ko Kan Ko Sata Doumbia
“I Love My Car” – Belle and Sebastian
This past week had a lot of emotion in it. I blame the movement out of the ever emotional Cancer into Leo. It seemed to result in misunderstanding and mini crises…and not just for myself. It’s something like the air of a funeral where such intense emotions may act in kind. A funeral for Cancer, if you will.
Now, though, it seems these weekend wounds have healed or are healing. Today, in Knoxville, in particular, we had this wonderfully cloud covered, sunny day. The evening capped by a stellar performance downtown by Wu Tang’s Killah Priest. A small reward for working through the darkness of Cancer.
I made this mix a few years back. I did not feel any kind of darkness in my life at the time, but wanted to make a saddish, emotionally driven mix. This was the result. It does not carry a negative message (except maybe the Paul McCartney song), but certainly expresses loss and learning while sounding “summery.” I think it’s perfectly fitting for this time of year.
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So recently I have been working on a new project that’s mostly still under wraps. The scope of the thing is yet to be seen, but so far the music is being sculpted by myself, Megan Driscoll and Katie Collins. We began with some stuff I had written, got it downish and reconstructed here and there. Last Wednesday, however, we ended up with this track, which was a completely collaborative process.
We’re not entirely certain what to do with it yet and it’s definitely rough around the edges, but it’s really come together well to this point. You do have to forgive the levels on the thing. It was recorded very simply, which did not leave me a lot of room to work with when it came to mixing and mastering.
Recorded on July 21st, 2010.
Katie Collins – omnichord
Megan Driscoll – flute
Arrison Kirby – beats & guitar