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“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.
It was a Sunday and a light dust of snow had fallen. Eventually it got pretty thick in the night, but this daytime onset was pleasant. We had already had this song called “Free Day,” recorded on the We Are in Love session. I thought it all worked together. Here where snow is rare, such days often do become free days. This tends to be less true, the older we get.
I can be kind of awkward on camera. I figured the video needed shots of someone and I was the only one there so…you know. I just don’t know how I feel about looking directly into a camera.
You can freely download the MP3 of this song, as well as the rest of the session by clicking here.