• The feeling I'm chasing in music

    Dic 22 2008, 15:51 di josher565

    I described it basically as "precious". The feeling tends towards sadness, but not the kind that mourns a loss. It has an small element of joy; like the kind that enjoys seeing a wounded bird take flight after a season of hard-given care and knowing that bird will never be seen again. It's bitter-sweet, but its 60% sweet; the bitter occupies the smaller portion. It is an expression of satisfaction as well.

    Here's a couple places I've found it:

    Alberto Balsam - Aphex Twin
    Alberto Balsam
    the whole thing really

    Lightness - Death Cab for Cutie
    the chorus really does it for me

    It Overtakes Me - The Flaming Lips
    It Overtakes Me
    this song has 2 movements, an upbeat part to begin with and a slower part where the feeling happens
  • One Year of Mixtapes (Just for YOU)

    Apr 29 2008, 4:22 di laura_mac

    So, I first would like to acknowledge pzantingh, also of the Monthly Mixtape community, from whom I brazenly stole this brilliant idea. The thing is, I make these mixtapes every month to send to one person. Occasionally, I'm proud enough of them to post them on the community board, but I still feel that they're being wasted to a certain extent. Also (to a lesser extent), I want the constructive criticism that inevitably comes from exposing your work to the much wider audience of musical sticklers that is Last.fm. Finally, a blog of this kind gives me the chance to make some of that cool cover art that everyone seems to like so much.

    A couple of caveats: I won't tell you which ones are which, but there are definitely some of these mixes I'm more proud of than others. Looking back, there are definitely some things I would have changed, but I've put them up in their original condition, warts and all. You will also notice that there is no mixtape for November of last year. …