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No Contest

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No Contest

“Music for the People” – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
“Okei San” – Natsumi Abe
“Wonderwall” – The Mike Flowers Pops
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – Danny Welton
[Fitter Happier tease]
“Koibitomo inainoni” – S. Ichii & Y. Nakazawa
“Forever and Ever Amen” – Randy Travis
“Heaven (Candlelight Mix)” – DJ Sammy
“Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)” – Roxette
“In Time” – Robbie Robb
“Hawaiian Melody Mix” – Morning Musume

Hey.  It’s April Fools Day and I like my humor dry.  So instead of using this platform to Rick Roll you, I’d like to present you with a picture of Mitt Romney, accompanied by this aural array of equally cornball stuff.  If you have guests tonight, I highly suggest this mix for your background accompaniment.

You might even feel better about your life if you can make it the whole way through once.

…or you may kill yourself, of course.

 

 

yr rapture

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yr rapture

“Some Things Go Without Saying” – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
“We Were Growing” – Paul McCartney
“Panda Travels to the Arctic Circle” – American Panda
“No One Is (As I Are Be)” – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
“Without You” – Chicros with Brisa Roche
“”Heaven’s Light” – Air
“Someday We’ll be Together” – The Supremes
“I Will Follow Him” – Peggy March
“Not Giving One” – Blee
“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” – Beastie Boys with Santigold
“The End of the World” – Skeeter Davis

Seems like a lot of stuff just kind of happens all at once.  That’s what this mix is about.

Watch it come impress upon your life, then see it somehow fondly out the door…if you can.

I made this mix midjump.  Didn’t make it to the other side yet, but hitting the ground was at least a different place from where I leaped.

 

Ashes to Ashes

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Ashes to Ashes

“Intro” – Barack Obama
“Airline to Heaven (Live at Farm Aid 2005)” – Wilco
“That Highway Won’t Get You to Heaven” – Beck
“Drugs” – Talking Heads
“Black Satin” – Miles Davis
“Caramel (William Orbit Special)” – Blur
“Karaim” – Electric Masada
“Ghost Town” – The Specials
“Ladytron” – Roxy Music
“Star Eyes (I Can’t Catch It)” – Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse with David Lynch
“Do You Realize? (live at Hollywood Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA)” – The Flaming Lips & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Here is a mix that is fitting for today, the ten year anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing in New York.  It’s not a bunch of country songs, but something a little deeper than kickin’ Sadam’s ass.  I bet your foot would go right through his ass at this point, anyway.

I wanted to make a mix that was spiritual, political, emotional, dark and beautiful at once.  Something to usher in the fall and its massive push of death and loss in nature, hence around us.  I aimed for this mix to express some endearment for the finite, in general, when relative to a world of suffering and pain.  There should be peace in knowing that all things shall pass…not fear.

The whole idea of “never forget,” however, is counter to this notion.  Do we really want that to be our mantra in relation to a national tragedy?  We are holding this against you forever?  Transformation does not always have to be a harsh lesson, especially ten years later.

 

woman tamer

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woman tamer

“I Wanna Be You” – Paul McCartney
“All Your Life” – Blur
“Happy Flower” – Nellie McKay & The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
“Fresh Hex” – Tobacco & Beck
“I Feel Ya Strutter” – of Montreal
“Silent Bell” – Radiohead vs. KT Tunstall vs. Overdub
“Fin” – Pavement
“Forever Again” – Eric’s Trip
“Enemy Gene” – Kevin Barnes

Love can be so sordid.  It makes sense and then it doesn’t and it drips all over the floor and messes up your life.  Everyone involved just wants a safe boat on the sea, but can you drop all expectation from your shipmates?  How far does unconditional love really go, anyway?

The title of this mix is meant to be somewhat ambiguous, but ultimately pertaining to the trial and error of any worthwhile relationship.  The most likely association is that of a woman being tamed.  Like a lion tamer, but taming a woman.  The lion connotation also works well considering the  astrological influence for this mix.  (Leo.)  On the other side, the title can also be interpreted as a woman who tames.  I know there are a lot of them out there, and many of them are Leos also.

So yeah.  It’s still the beginning of August.  We’re in the lioness’s den and we all just have to deal with that until the asshole Virgos (love you guys!) take the crown.  Until then, I guess this mix is for all those lovely Leo ladies out there.    Thanks for the strange depth.

aural catharsis

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aural catharsis

“Run, Don’t Walk” – Matt Sparks
“Why Can’t I Believe in You?” – Beck
“Give up the Ghost” – Radiohead
“The Hard Way” – Pat Donohue & The Shoe Band
“You Don’t Miss Your Water” – Otis Redding
“Night-Time Intermission” – Charlotte Gainsbourg
“Sidi Infi” – Cracker
“If You Leave Me, Leave Me Running” – Chicros
“No Conclusion” – of Montreal
“Spread Your Cause” – Beck vs. Flying White Dots
“Cold Heart of Stone” – Frank Black & The Catholics
“Glad It’s Over” – Wilco
“You’re Breakin’ My Heart” – Harry Nilsson

Hey!  It’s a break up mix!  Maybe it’s a tad late, depending on how long it takes to dispossess another soul from their own.  We all know these things come in groups so surely someone out there can use it.

I’m in that number, so this mix came easy and out well.  Ideally, I’m hoping it will serve as a cathartic tool for anyone that needs it.  For no, my friends, these are not all songs of sadness or despair.  Each song feels naturally in its place within the progression.  If a person could submerge oneself into this mix, then perhaps it could live up to its title and provide a truly cathartic experience to the listener.

So though my particular situation is not quite resolved, I can say that I definitely learned at least one thing from it so far:  Your friends really don’t want to hear about this shit.

Fair enough…but everyone likes a mix tape!

the end of advertising

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the end of advertising

“Libera Me, Domine” – Ernst Reijseger And Mola Sylla
“In Excelsior Vaginalistic” – The Flaming Lips
“Night Sight” – Air
“Section 20 (Together We’re Heavy” – The Polyphonic Spree
“Subterraneans” – David Bowie
“Doll’s Polyphony” – Geinoh Yamashirogumi
“Pure Bug Beauty” – Wilco
“Chemtrails (acoustic)” – Beck
“Prophecies” – Philip Glass
“Vanities” – Charlotte Gainsbourg
“Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” – Radiohead
“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” – Bob Dylan

The rapture is supposed to happen tomorrow, so say some fringe Christians who have managed to bring this idea to mainstream America (and possibly beyond).  If it actually does happen, and 144,000 of God’s closest friends and lovers  get a free ride to heaven, then I think this would be a fitting soundtrack.  For them in their ascent, of course, but also those of us who may be left behind…until we start killing each other for drugs or whatever.

This was actually something of a commissioned mix.  Aaron Shugart-Brown had asked me to make a mix of instrumental, easy going music for his shop, Unarmed Merchants, in Knoxville.  It’s not totally instrumental, but I feel all vocals here are light and well served enough to not get in the way.

If nothing else, you might be able to meditate or something.

Katherine Xoe and the Talking Shoe

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Katherine Xoe and the Talking Shoe

“My Kingdom” – Echo and the Bunnymen
“Le Temps De L’ Amour” – Francoise Hardy
“You’ve Been Flirting Again” – Evangelicals
“Smokey Fire” – Smokey Robinson vs. Arcade Fire vs. team9
“Transport is Arranged” – Pavement
“How Are You?” – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim with Nellie McKay
“Lose This Skin” – The Clash
“Kelly Watch the Hole” – ccc & ill chemist vs. The Beatles vs. Air
“Need You Tonight” – Beck, St. Vincent, Os Mutantes & Liars
“Movies of Myself” – Rufus Wainwright
“15 Stepz” – Amplive & Codany Holiday vs. Radiohead
“Welcome to the Jungle (808 Remix)” – Freedom Dub

Today is St. Valentine’s Day once again and I have the loveliest of all Valentines, to be certain.  So I made this mix for her, prior to this day.  Now that she has digested it alone, I am sharing it here as a St. Valentine’s day mix for all.  What kind of love would I be spreading if I didn’t?

Universal Rejector

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Universal Rejector

“Face Your Doom” – Daniel Johnston & His Hyperjinx Tricycle
“Stealing Home” – Shivaree
“Beauty” – Linda Thompson
“Nude” – Radiohead
“Cat Faces” – Ugly Cassanova
“Black Wave” – The Shins
“Go or Go Ahead” – Rufus Wainwright
“I Was a Landscape in Your Dream (Grizzly Bear Remix)” – Of Montreal
“Caramel” – Blur
“Safari Love” – The Beatles vs. The Pixies vs. Aretha Franklin vs. Loo & Placido
“I Lose” – Daniel Johnston

Holiday time again.  The weather in Knoxville right now is pretty damned nice.  Later tonight, though, on the eve of Christmas, we’re supposed to get some snowy snow.  That sounds alright to me.  As for you, you might want to wait until then to listen to this mix.

I know the title is bleak, but I wanted to throw something up for these winter holidays.  This is good, quietish, atmospheric mix that seems to sound good  on cold nights.  Plus holidays are kind of bleak anymore anyway, aren’t they?  Everybody bitching about which is the best one while trying to sell you shit you don’t need so that you can give it to someone else who also doesn’t need it and they can, in turn, give you something else you don’t need.   Everyone keeping it up because it’s traditional or something.

But hey!  I’m no Scrooge.  Not entirely.  The sad desolation of winter is strangely pacifying if one can immerse fully in the death and coldness going on around him or her.  Those things make you appreciate the living much more.  So plastic aside, it is good that there is something that changes our routine as the holidays tend to do.

For all that somberness, and warmth inside of the cold, there is this mix.

The Politics of Aging

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The Politics of Aging

“Sgt. Pepper’s Paradise” – Guns N’ Roses vs. The Beatles vs. Jimmy James
“Fine Line” – Paul McCartney
“Coffee & TV” – Blur
“Once Upon a Time” – Air
“Le Premier Amore” – Anaïs
“Golden Age” – TV on the Radio
“Strange Overtones” – David Byrne & Brian Eno
“A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger” – of Montreal
“Just a Friend With the Clap” – Shirley Ellis vs. Biz Markie
“Go There With You (Radio Edit)” – Chin Chin
“Bull Black Nova” – Wilco
“Longing for a Frozen Sky” – Ernst Reijseger, Patricio Mura & Gianluca Frau
“Divine” – Sebastian Tellier
“Tonight” – Koop & Mikael Sundin

So I’m 30 years old.  Suddenly age seems to matter more.  My generation is largely discontent with the political agendas of the baby boomers.  We’re also relatively vocal about that.  Baby boomers don’t seem too fond of us, either, often opting for some weird victimization complex as their arguments against social change.  They think we’re bitter and we think they are bitter.

It’s trickier than it seems, though, because this is my parents’ generation.  People who were around for the 60’s, before the “revolution” became a televised pop concert.  I understand their victimization insomuch that most of them really did try (and often still try) to make life better for our generation and yet we largely still refuse to accept their stringent conservatism.  This so often boils down to logic vs. emotion – and that seems to be where the divide exists.  Perhaps if the baby boomers had access to the internet when they were young, gay marriage wouldn’t be such a big deal.  In any case, the two generations have a lot to sort through if any real progress in social reform is going to be made before they die and we take their place.  By that time, we may hold on to our outdated belief systems with the same jaded pretense.

For now, though, the least we can say is that things slip and slide with age.  The changing of beliefs and boundaries goes many different ways, with many different effects.  The relationship between these meandering generations is a bittersweet one.  Kids don’t want to hate their parents.  Parents don’t want to hate their kids.  But yet the kids, seemingly ungrateful to the provisions of the parents, are refusing to follow them to the end.  And the parents, disillusioned by the corruption of past hopes, have hardened to the point of taking offense to their children striving for so many of the same ideals.

I wish this mix was as crisply discernible as all that.  All that, however, is just one current observation amid a slew of new political motivations we come to take on in response to growing older.  As you try to figure them out and accept them, refer to this mix as necessary.

One for the Brothers

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One for the Brothers

“Superlangalang” – MIA vs. Super Mario Bros. vs. Johnny 180
“Underground” – Curtis Mayfield
“Wanna Be a Baller” – Li’l Troy
“Coinsequences” – Public Enemy feat. Paris
“Battle (Remix)” – Blur vs. UNKLE
“Flip Flop (Rock and Roll)” – Outkast vs. Prodigy vs. DJ Murder
“Styrofoam Boots / It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright” – Modest Mouse
“Haterz Everywhere” – B.O.B.
“Rapperfection” – Radiohead vs. Edan feat. Mr. Lif
“Swing” – Savage
“Bombs Over Bagdad (Remix)” – Outkast vs. Rage Against the Machine
“Super Terminator Sunshine” – Public Enemy vs. Super Mario Bros.

I made this mix quite a while back.  I was working as a sports bar DJ at the time and that influence bleeds through here.

Generally, I like to have a fitting reason to post a mix.  Something in time, or at least the air, that seems to fit with the music.  This one, however, is simply a good time with a little bit of aggression.  So if nothing else, let this represent some hopeful anger at the recent republican victories in the American midterm elections.

Yeah.  That works.  The accompanying picture was taken of two attendees at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally for Sanity and/or Fear.  Considering what it is and where it was taken, I think that actually ties the whole thing together fairly well.

So I dunno.  Maybe the Mario Brothers can save us from all these corporatists.  Maybe they will be listening to rap music when they do it.  That’s ultimately what this mix is about.