March 2010 mix discussion: "listen up"

  • Hello Mixtapers,
    My effort is yet another interpretation of the theme 'Listen Up'.
    It could have gone a myriad ways but for me it conjured ideas of music that needed to be heard, that had a meaning or a message that demanded to be listened to.
    This came mainly in the form of protest songs, songs of praise and social commentaries which I have tried to present in a loose chronological order, ranging from the 1920's up to the 1980's.
    It covers many of the social upheavals of those times, Human Rights, War, Riots, Depression, etc. but mostly from a US/UK perspective (sorry Rest of the World).
    I've had to spread this over two volumes, which is something I rarely like to do but i hope everyone enjoys this improptu musical history lesson...

    Vol. 1

    1. Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime? - Rudy Vallee
    2. Cocaine Habit Blues - Memphis Jug Band
    3. The World Is Going Wrong - Mississippi Sheiks
    4. Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good To Know You) - Woody Guthrie
    5. Murderer's Song - Jimpson and Group
    6. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
    7. How I Got In The Penitentiary - Bama
    8. Trouble - Josh White
    9. Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition - The Southern Sons
    10. Intro - Marlene Dietrich
    11. Lili Marlene - Marlene Dietrich & Vera Lynn
    12. End Of The War...In Europe - Random Newsreader
    13. Old Man Atom - The Sons Of The Pioneers
    14. Joe Hill - Paul Robeson
    15. We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger
    16. Masters Of War - Bob Dylan
    17. Congo War - Lord Brynner
    18. Soweto Blues - Hugh Masekela
    19. Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins Singers

    Vol. 2

    1. For What it's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
    2. I Don't Wanna Go To Vietnam - John Lee Hooker
    3. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
    4. Respect -Aretha Franklin
    5. What's Goin' On - Marvin Gaye
    6. Hurricane - Bob Dylan
    7. Who Killed Liddle Towers? - Angelic Upstarts
    8. Police & Thieves - Junior Murvin
    9. Get Up, Stand Up - The Wailers
    10. God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols
    11. Missiles - The Sound
    12. Glad To be Gay - Tom Robinson
    13. Streets Of London - Ralph McTell
    14. Mickey - Spear Of Destiny
    15. The Message - Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
    16. Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing - Minutemen
    17. Meat Is Murder - The Smiths

    WARNING! This post may contain humour, irony & sarcasm.

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    Editado por muzikizum em Mai 11 2012, 20h23
  • I did my mix with songs by artists that don't get a lot of play on that I feel should get listened to more. I didn't really know what was considered a lot of plays so I picked less than 100,000 as a guideline.

    01 Take Me-Alan Pownall
    02 In a Dream-Skybox
    03 Bring Your Love-The Cave Weddings
    04 Shelter-Palpitation
    05 Mean Things-Blue Jungle
    06 Everywhere I Go-Lissie
    07 A Draft-Mezzanine Owls
    08 Out of the Dark-Matt Hires
    09 When I Fell Over in the City-Benjamin Shaw
    10 Darwin, Jesus, The Devil and Me-Damion Suomi
    11 We Sing In Time-The Lonely Forest
    12 With Every Heartbeat (cover)-The Rest
    13 Thirty Reasons-Octoberman
    14 Never Fall In Love-Sam Bisbee
    15 No One Just Is-Holly Miranda
    16 Summer Begs-Sarah Jaffe
    17 Drift-Postdata

  • @muzikizum: Wow! Just wow!

  • Marko_the_odd said:
    Karlientjeuh said:
    I'm not even sure what Radio Shack is, only that I vaguely know the name from a 90's hit that I can't inmediatly recall.

    Hello Timebomb by the Matthew Good Band?

    That's the one! :D:D Such a golden track~

  • I added two songs to my already published mix, update here: seriously, like Karlie would say: 'it's a must'!

    'Spread the love vibration' -ponchosquealº
  • Listen up... to Grandaddy

    As promised/threatened, here's my Grandaddy mix, which this month doubles up as my "listen up" mixtape.

    Because everybody needs to hear some Grandaddy. They're at times lo-fi, sad, childlike, uplifting, fragile and beautiful. And many of their songs have awesome endings.

    It's sad they split up, though singer Jason Lytle carries on, making similar sounding beautiful music.

    1. Yours Truly, The Commuter (Jason Lytle)
    2. AM 180
    3. Now It's On
    4. Nature Anthem - the only Grandaddy song to sound a bit like I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
    5. What Happened... - sad but also hilarious
    6. He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot - probably their best known song, from their best known album The Sophtware Slump
    7. Laughing Stock
    8. OK With My Decay
    9. I'm On Standby
    10. Underneath The Weeping Willow - the song that got me into the band
    11. Levitz
    12. Ghost Of My Old Dog (Jason Lytle)
    13. Miner At The Dial-A-View
    14. So You'll Aim Towards The Sky

    Download here:

    • _218_5_ disse...
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    • Mar 14 2010, 15h26
    OK, I'm gonna submit a second mixtape, it's actually a mixtape that my dad made for me, with songs he thought I really should listen to. That makes it a "Listen up!" mixtape I guess, and it's the best mixtape I've ever gotten from anyone!
    He gave it to me as a cassette tape, meaning I don't have it as mp3, so Spotify version will have to do this time...

    1 The Records - Rock and roll love letter
    2 Lemonheads - It's a shame about Ray
    3 Los Lobos - Good morning Aztlán
    4 Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
    5 Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris - Love hurts
    6 Neil Young - Helpless
    7 The Jayhawks - I'd run away
    8 The Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron
    9 Ramones - Teenage lobotomy
    10 The Kinks - Waterloo sunset
    11 The Bangles - Manic Monday
    12 The Associations - Windy
    13 Feist - 1234
    14 Free - All right now
    15 Jakob Hellman - Vara vänner
    16 Buffalo Tom - Going underground
    17 Carole King - You've got a friend

    It's called "Kärlek är ett blandband", which means "Love is a mixtape". The book (with the same title) by Rob Sheffield was the inspiration. I recommend that book to anyone who likes mixtapes, that means all of you!

  • As has been mentioned by numerous other 'tapers, I always include songs that I want other people to hear on my mixtapes. I've tried not to use many songs that I had already used on previous tapes.

    I've kept it fairly short, in the hope that more people give it a go. I feel quite strongly about a few of these tracks.

    1. RED - Dynamic Force [2008]

    A little known band on a little known record label from Nottingham (Dealmaker Records). Relaxed, chilled, beautiful Jazz flavours. I just love this track. I would never have heard this had my Dad not received a free copy of a Dealmaker compilation at Madstock.

    2. Burial - Archangel [2007]

    Dubstep is huge at the moment, but it seems to be only the halfstep side of the genre that is getting all the mainstream press/airplay. This is a far more intelligent piece of music. The beat arrangement is incredible. I love this style. I discovered this two years after release. Criminal. :(

    3. Sophie Johnson-Hill - Life Has Taken It's Toll [2006]

    This is another track from my Dad's Dealmaker CD. I adore this track. It's so different from anything else out there, and it frustrates me that so much crap is played on mainstream radio when there is such incredible talent struggling to get noticed.

    4. Common - I Am Music [2002]

    Common is a legend. I know he's already 'made it', but I've included this on my tape for those that just dismiss hip-hop as guns, bitches and bling. The swing sound of the backing is something you wouldn't expect to hear on a hip-hop record. I love artists that like to try something different, and Common most certainly is. If you've not heard his 'Electric Circus' LP you should try it out.

    5. Big Pauper - 5 Tone Poem [2010]

    I can't get Big Pauper out of my stereo at the minute. He's been writing stuff for nearly 10 years and still doesn't have a record deal. I'd never have heard this had I not accidentally picked up a Radiohead remix CD he unofficially put out in 2005 (under the name Panzah Zandahz).

    6. Kings of Tomorrow - Finally [2000]

    One of the most beautiful US House tracks ever released. Again, KoT (Sandy Rivera) has already 'made it' but this is on here as everyone knows the vocal. It was used on a run of the mill, club hit by numbers mash up with a Layo and Bushwacker track a few years back. You like that? You gotta hear this..

    7. Beginning of the End - Funky Nassau (Part One) [1971]

    You just need to hear this. End of. An all time classic.

    8. Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face (Female Vocal) mix by Larry Levan [1980]

    I was about 25 years late discovering this one. The Scissor Sisters played it when covering for Pete Tong on the Essential Selection. It's not so well known, but is a sensational slice of Disco. Still sounds fresh today. You need this in your life.

    9. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Let's Make Out [2007]

    I guess DIOYY are fairly well known amongst the 'cool set', but if I hadn't picked up a 'ones to watch in 2008' sampler CD at my local store I still wouldn't have heard of them. If you haven't heard them yet (or if you loved Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy) then give this a listen. Great live sound, superb screamed vocals (from DFA 1979's vocalist) and a catchy guitar hook. Great synth/punk/pop.

    10. The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy) [1969]

    OK, I've got a confession to make. I just discovered this band this year. That's a bit of an exaggeration as I actually grew up listening to The Beatles. My Grandad had a mixtape of their hits in his car but it was 'Penny Lane', 'Strawberry Fields' all the well known stuff that isn't actually really that special, right? To be honest, I got a bit sick of it. This christmas I received Beatles Rock Band for my 360 and discovered that they actually made a whole load of good stuff. This is for those that were in my boat. They're actually really good. Trust me.

    11. The Subways - At 1AM [2005]

    This is another song that I discovered through a free CD at my local record store. I've never heard anything else by this band so I'll assume there are a few people that haven't. It's amazing. Less than 2 minutes long, it leaves you aching for more. I love the female vocal that comes in at the end. Works nicely with the punky feeling of the rest of the track.

    12. Gwen McCrae - All This Love That I'm Giving [1988]

    I got into this track after it was sampled by Cassius on their debut album. Another little known disco track that would still stand up in today's clubs. A great song that should have achieved greater recognition.

    13. The Aztec Mystic - Knights of the Jaguar [1999]

    A sensational piece of music. Evidence that techno is not all pounding bass and minimal bleeps. It has a beautiful string arrangement throughout. Officially this is a techno track, but was played by some of the most soulful house DJs such as Frankie Knuckles and Louis Vega. Such an amazing record that everyone should hear.

    14. Björk - Joga [1997]

    Yeah, I know. Everyone knows who Björk is, and everyone's probably heard a Björk song. Too many people hate her music though. In my opinion this is her best work. If you hate Björk and you've never heard this song then give it a try.

    Running time: 68 minutes

    I don't think I can do Spotify, but I already downloaded the Grandaddy mixtape, and Muzikizum's preachtape so I'll review those if that's ok?

    • soleus1 disse...
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    • Mar 16 2010, 16h32

    So here my final mixtape! Thought the theme would do well as a farewell-mix for this group. Leaving this group (after 5 mixtapes) is caused by the changing of rules in this group. For me it gives me less motivation to make a mixtape for no-one special. Plus I miss the lack of suspense to be surprised by someone’s mixtape specially made for me. I’m not a person who digs out everyone’s mixtapes (however you make some beautiful mixes). And I definitely don’t wrestle me through your reviews and discussions.

    So Listen up! This mixtape consists only of music that influenced me developing my musical taste. Because of my late awareness to alternative (= not hitparade) music, most music dates from my late adolescent/young adulthood years. All good music I learned to enjoy later, leads in one or another way to this selection.
    I’m not gonna explain why I think this music is so great. It just got stuck to me in that moment in time, defining me. So is orange crush by R.E.M. not their best song. But it is the first song that really opened my eyes to other music. Because of this song I decided to listen to other music than my friends did. Than there was the joy of leaving home studying, with the Stone Roses as soundtrack. The survival of boredom doing additional jobs by listening to the Pixies, the Chills and Bettie Serveert. The loneliness of my closetyears with the Pale Saints, the Wipers and the Smiths. And my first steps into the queerscene in the Netherlands with Nina Hagen. Fisherspooner really sucked me into the electroscene. Without that song I probably wouldn´t have started as a dj at queerparty Cruise Control in Utrecht.
    That and all kind of other occurences have woven these songs with myself. So enjoy and who knows some tune is going to stick with you as well.

    -01- the Wipers – the circle
    -02- the House of Love – shine on
    -03- the Serenes – abiding place
    -04- the Chills – pink frost
    -05- the Throwing Muses – Vicky’s box
    -06- Mary Margareth O’Hara – year in song
    -07- Dead can Dance - Cantara
    -08- the Stone Roses – I am the resurrection
    -09- Allez Allez – allez allez
    -10- Antony and the Johnsons – Hitler in my heart
    -11- Noir Dèsir – le vent nous portera
    -12- Bettie Serveert - Balentine
    -13- R.E.M. – orange crush
    -14- the Pixies – hang wire
    -15- the The – the twilight hour
    -16- Sonic Youth – tunic (song for Karen)
    -17- the Pale Saints - hairshoes
    -18- Fisherspooner - emerge
    -19- Tuxedomoon – no tears
    -20- Nina Hagen band – unbeschreiblich ♀
    -21- the Smiths – last night I dreamed that somebody loved me

  • The Grandaddy mix looks really awesome, thus definitely making me realise I really don't know a lot of songs by them except for AM180 (it got played an incredible lot here back then on the radio :D), and So You'll Aim Toward The Sky!
    In that particular song, the third band it reminds me of besides a blend of Sparklehorse and The Flaming Lips: Mercury Rev. :) In other words, sweet sounds. ^^

    • vitreus disse...
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    • Mar 19 2010, 14h36
    ok, i'm still working on my "listen up" mix (which of course will not be following the exact theme), but just to make sure i get something posted, here's 4 mixes i made this month.

    this first one i made for a friends birthday, and was obviously made with her taste in mind, but there's a few tracks on there that i slipped in to try and get her in to some new things. most all of these tracks are upbeat and make you want to shake your ass at least a little bit.

    "You Only Turn 24 Once"
    01 Jónsi: Go Do
    02 Elliott Smith: Let's Get Lost
    03 fun.: At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)
    04 Goldfrapp: Lovely 2 C U
    05 2nd Gen: Musicians are Morons
    06 Journey: Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
    07 Deastro: Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed In The Heart With The Moondagger By The King Of Darkness And His Ghost Is Writing This Song As A Warning To All Of Us
    08 Brand New: The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
    09 The Dear Hunter: City Escape
    10 Owl City: Umbrella Beach
    11 Röyksopp: This Must Be It
    12 Does It Offend You, Yeah?: Attack of the Giant 60ft. Lesbian Octopus
    13 Nine Inch Nails: Last

    these next mixes were made for a netfriend who wanted to get in to post rock. i think i covered all the necessary bases...

    Combing Stheno's Hair (Volume I)
    01 This Will Destroy You: The World Is Our ____
    02 The Ascent Of Everest: Molotov
    03 Saxon Shore: Twelven
    04 Sparrows Swarm and Sing: Part II
    05 Mono: Yearning
    06 Sigur Rós: untitled (Popplagið)

    Combing Stheno's Hair (Volume II)
    01 God Speed You! Black Emperor: Dead Flag Blues
    02 If These Trees Could Talk: Smoke Stacks
    03 Russian Circles: Death Rides a Horse
    04 Yndi Halda: We Flood Empty Lakes
    05 Klever: Trip #1
    06 Mogwai: Ratts of the Capital
    07 65daysofstatic: Aren't We All Running?

    Combing Stheno's Hair (Volume III)
    01 Mooncake: More Oxygen, I Said...
    02 Fractal Pattern: Interior of A Turkish Caffinet
    03 Gregor Samsa: OO
    04 Grails: Space Prophet Dogon
    05 God Is An Astronaut: Fireflies and Empty Skies
    06 Irepress: Diaspora
    07 The American Dollar: Escapist
    08 Pelican: Final Breath

    listen to the noise i make and leave me a comment about it.
    check out my music journal at
  • So i was a little confused with this topic, but kinda made it work to my liking :)
    I went with something that i can personally relate to a friend of mine. She is really open to music, but it really fits within her genre, and doesn't really try new artists from genre's which she doesn't like. She mainly sticks to anything but dance / hip hop etc. So i based this on her really. It's artists that she may usually like, but wont find as they are featured on tracks which aren't really in her genre. So i'm telling her to open her ears and Listen Up. :)

    Listen Up - Just because it isn't your genre....

    1. Chase & Status - End Credits feat. Plan B
    2. Crookers - Remedy feat. Miike Snow
    3. Kaz James - Cool Like You feat. The Last Goodnight
    4. Tiësto - It's Not The Things You Say feat. Kele Okereke
    5. Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions feat. Beth Ditto
    6. Basement Jaxx - Feelings Gone feat. Sam Sparro
    7. Tiësto - Feel It In My Bones feat. Tegan & Sara
    8. Fatboy Slim - Demons feat. Macy Gray
    9. Paul Mac - The Only One feat. Bertie Blackman
    10. Crookers - Royal T feat. Roisin Murphy
    11. Drake - Little Bit feat. Lykke Li
    12. Astronomy Class - All I Want feat. Ash Grunwald
    13. Busta Rhymes - We Made It feat. Linkin Park
    14. Timbaland - Tommorow In The Bottle feat. Chad Kroeger & Sebastian
    15. Timbaland - One And Only Feat. Fall Out Boy
    16. Wiley - Cash In My Pocket feat. Daniel Merriweather
    17. TV Rock vs Dukes Of Windsor - The Others
    18. Simian Mobile Disco - Off The Map feat. Jamie Lidell

    Hope you guys like :)

    • soleus1 disse...
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    • Mar 20 2010, 13h22

    And so God gave me more inspiration for another contribution to this theme:
    Because sex sells, sex makes the world go round and sex arouses. So hold on for some explicit lyrics and great (electro)tunes. Hope to get you chuckle, blush or horny as hell by listening to this tape:

    -1- Thom Revolver - Porn Porn Porn
    -2- Consolidated ft the Yeastie girls - You suck
    -3- Avenue D - Stick it in!!!
    -4- Lords of acid - Pussy
    -5- Gameboy/gamegirl - Sweaty wet/Dirty damp
    -6- Gravy train!!!! - Double decker surpreme
    -7- Karen Finley - Finger fuck
    -8- Haezer - Smut me
    -9- Dirty Sanchez - Fuckin' on the dancefloor
    -10- Jamie Summers - Sex fiend
    -11- Soft cell - Sex dwarf
    -12- the Soft pink truth - Homo-sexual
    -13- Punk Bunny - Watersports
    -14- Fannypack - Cameltoe
    -15- Fagget fairies - Feed the horse
    -16- Peaches - Fuck the pain away
    -17- Sex in Dallas - Everybody deserves to be fucked
    -18- From Namibia with love - I'm not superficial

    • SevenUp disse...
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    • Mar 22 2010, 23h11

    Hi guys... it's been a long long while, but did you really think i would stop making mixtapes? No no no no no... never. So, what's the story?

    Since the last mixtape i posted here, next to being superbusy with making a start with my own company, a three week holiday in California and other stuff... i had my first proper DJ gig ever (with the porno-loving guy above actually). The search for good dance songs from the seventies until now resulted in the following mixtape. And the mix as you can hear here is almost the same as the set i mixed three weeks ago. Since a new DJ night is coming up first weekend of April, expect a new mixtape not too long after that. In the mean time, enjoy this one.

    1 Poni Hoax - Antibodies
    2 Sparks - Beat the Clock
    3 Boy Crisis - Dressed to Digress
    4 Goldfrapp - Rocket
    5 She Wants Revenge - I Don't Wanna Fall In Love
    6 New Order - Chosen Time
    7 Valerie Dore - Get Closer
    8 FM Belfast - Lotus (Killing In The Name Of)
    9 Tiga - Sex O'Clock (Matthias Aguayo Remix)
    10 Shamen - Make It Mine (Progress 1 Vox)
    11 Annie - Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix)

    download: Empty The Disco

    See you're all doing really well, good! Thanks again for the appreciation tape, if you didn't catch my many thanks... i loved it!

    Roy aka 7up

  • soleus1 said:

    And so God gave me more inspiration for another contribution to this theme:
    Because sex sells, sex makes the world go round and sex arouses. So hold on for some explicit lyrics and great (electro)tunes. Hope to get you chuckle, blush or horny as hell by listening to this tape:

    -1- Thom Revolver - Porn Porn Porn
    -2- Consolidated ft the Yeastie girls - You suck
    -3- Avenue D - Stick it in!!!
    -4- Lords of acid - Pussy
    -5- Gameboy/gamegirl - Sweaty wet/Dirty damp
    -6- Gravy train!!!! - Double decker surpreme
    -7- Karen Finley - Finger fuck
    -8- Haezer - Smut me
    -9- Dirty Sanchez - Fuckin' on the dancefloor
    -10- Jamie Summers - Sex fiend
    -11- Soft cell - Sex dwarf
    -12- the Soft pink truth - Homo-sexual
    -13- Punk Bunny - Watersports
    -14- Fannypack - Cameltoe
    -15- Fagget fairies - Feed the horse
    -16- Peaches - Fuck the pain away
    -17- Sex in Dallas - Everybody deserves to be fucked
    -18- From Namibia with love - I'm not superficial

    haha love it.

  • I remixed Soleus1's submission to describe my mix:
    soleus1 said:
    ... This mixtape consists only of ... my musical taste. Because of ... adulthood ... All good music ... leads ... to ... why I ... just got stuck ... in time, ... orange crush by R.E.M. ... opened my ... other music ... soundtrack. The ... boredom ..., the Chills and ... loneliness of my ... Pale ...steps into the ... electroscene. Without that song I ... have ... myself. So ... who knows ...
    This is me telling myself to listen up. A meditation on time and place told with some songs I've known forever and others I've only just found. A constant reminder that today is not yesterday. Here & Now is not There & Then. So stop dwelling on it.
    Then there's a bonus mashup I recently finished including the riff from R.E.M.'s 'orange crush.'

    So long, Soleus1. I hardly knew ye.

    the mix: link (not0your0nerd advisory - one big mp3.)
    the bonus: link
    Download both

    1. The Depression Suite - The Tragically Hip
    2. Moving - Supergrass
    3. Timeless Skies - Al Stewart
    4. Million Miles - The Plimsouls
    5. All Those Days are Gone - Jump, Little Children
    6. I May Never - Uncle Earl
    7. Logtown - Peasall Sisters
    8. The Big Rock Candy Mountains - Harry McClintock
    9. Measures and Scales - Jill Barber
    10. Vladimir's Blues - Max Richter
    11. Boys of Summer - Don Henley
    12. Coming Up Close - 'Til Tuesday
    13. Puritans - Dear Leader
    14. Broken Tonight - Van Velzen (Armin Van Buuren remix edit)
    15. Dream Away - Northern Pikes

    bonus: I Hate My Orange Eyes - Artephius.FM

    hope you like.

  • nice remix arti!

    Musicians are magicians.
    That's what I always say.
  • I've not been too prolific on the forum of late, so given this theme it was a great opportunity for me to just put out a load of sons that I'm really enjoying right now. Four Tet and Hot Chip's new albums are superb, Coma Cat is my favourite thing to put in my ears at the moment (if it doesn't get you playing air xylophone you probably don't have arms) and I'm keenly anticipating Caribou's new album.

    This is all beat based, even Maxïmo Park have had their sound put through Clark's hellish blender, let me know what you think if you listen, cheers!

    PT - We Hear You

    1. Four Tet - Angel Echoes
    2. Bibio - Sugarette
    3. Luke Vibert - We Hear You
    4. L-Vis 19990 - United Groove (MJ Cole Remix)
    5. Maxïmo Park - Let's Get Clinical (Clark Remix)
    6. M.A.N.D.Y. Vs Booka Shade - Donut (Boy 8 Bit Remix)
    7. Telefon Tel Aviv - Stay Away From Being Maybe
    8. Tensnake - Coma Cat
    9. Hot Chip - We Have Love
    10. Caribou - Niobe

    Musicians are magicians.
    That's what I always say.
  • LeonRivers said:9. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Let's Make Out [2007]

    I guess DIOYY are fairly well known amongst the 'cool set', but if I hadn't picked up a 'ones to watch in 2008' sampler CD at my local store I still wouldn't have heard of them. If you haven't heard them yet (or if you loved Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy) then give this a listen. Great live sound, superb screamed vocals (from DFA 1979's vocalist) and a catchy guitar hook. Great synth/punk/pop.

    had no idea it was seb grainger on that track... still don't like it :P

    Musicians are magicians.
    That's what I always say.
  • mine is going to be lae, but look out for i because it's really cool! I just forgot to upload it before I went on this road trip and now i'm in olympia, washington and not anywhere near my computer. I'll put it up on sunday!

  • the most important songs in the world.

    1. Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus by andrew jackson jihad

    absurd and dark with lots of sorrow. i think this beautifully sums up how it feels to love someone who is disenchanted now.

    2. Let Me Die In My Footsteps by bob dylan

    this is sort of my refusal to try to choose a bob dylan song. the line 'let me die in my footsteps' really resonates with me. i like how it talks about not buying in to hype, the media, and public opinion too. it basically says, "stop trying to convince me to not think for myself."

    3. The Sun Also Rises by brave saint saturn

    i don't listen to much happy or positive music, but this song usually makes me feel better. it's good if you have something to be optimistic about or look forward to, and sometimes it's nice to pretend you do or remember a time when you did.

    4. If the Brakeman Turns My Way by bright eyes

    i don't know what to say about this one. it's one of my favorite songs, perhaps my very favorite song of recent years. here is the first part of it:

    When panic grips your body
    And your heart's a hummingbird
    Raven thoughts blacken your mind
    'Til you're breathing in reverse
    All your friends and sedatives mean well
    But make it worse
    Every reassurance just magnifies the doubt
    Better find yourself a place to level out

    it sounds good too. i never cared much for bright eyes until i heard cassadaga. i didn't even really like it at first, but it grew on me and i love how he words things.

    5. Chemicals Collide by cloud cult

    I was out paying close attention
    Or was I lost inside my thoughts
    These days it's hard to tell what's outside from what's in my mind

    i'm struggling to come up with something to say about this one too. the music, vocals, and words compliment each other well? and i like it? i'm terrible at this. i get overwhelmed by my feelings and bewildered and everything is surreal it feels like my brain has melted and this song makes me feel like someone else can relate.

    6. I Remember by damien rice

    longing, pain, and relationships that aren't working.

    7. Ashamed by deer tick

    this is a pretty cheery song for how sad it is. it's always nice to move past anguish to "oh well." and to listen to a melodramatic song that ends with a guy hanging himself and thinking to yourself that it's not so bad, i guess.

    8. Mañana by desaparecidos

    this is another positive song. because you have to feel optimistic sometimes. i first heard it a couple summers ago on a mix and it was the standout song that i secretly wrote down lines of to look up later.

    9. Insomnia by electric president

    i really like electric president. if other musical groups are romance novels, electric president is science fiction. it feels like the world ended three years ago and they're just waiting. they remind me of a book i really like called earth abides.

    this song talks about stuff like writing down words that will never be sung (or seen, presumably) and waiting for a headache to numb. it's like everyday life. most of our efforts are useless and we feel bad but there isn't really tension because that's just how it is.

    10. The French Passion of Animality Opera by foxy shazam


    11. Montpelier by girlyman

    i really love how their voices are the main instruments, how they harmonize and manipulate words. a string tribute to girlyman would be AMAZING.

    12. Deconstruction by indigo girls

    the indigo girls are another big favorite of mine. i really love the lyrics, but don't want to try to dissect them. i guess this song is about strain and straining.

    13. Losing a Year by jeff hanson

    it's hard when people are wrong about you and don't believe they are or could be wrong about you. it is also hard to be alive.

    14. No Children by the mountain goats

    sometimes you try to salvage and sometimes you throw up your hands. this song blew my mind the first time i heard it, i couldn't believe songs like this actually existed. that is why it is important for everyone to hear it.

    15. Girl Shanty by sons of the never wrong

    perhaps a bit obsolete with the internet and everything now, but i'm from a small town and honestly didn't know feminism existed when i was in high school. the album this song is off seriously changed my life and dragged me from ska to folk.

    16. My Favourite Chords by the weakerthans

    i can't even tell you how many mixes i've ended with this song.

    • vitreus disse...
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    • Mar 30 2010, 17h50
    My Favorite Chords is absolutely awesome.

    going to have to remember to download this one (and several of the others) when i get home.

    i always forget. >.<

    listen to the noise i make and leave me a comment about it.
    check out my music journal at
  • Listen up.

    In Memory of William Alexander Chilton
    (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010)

    Disc 1 is all of Alex's work. Disc 2 is covers and works inspired by or influenced by Alex Chilton.

    He will be missed.

    Disc 1:
    When My Baby's Beside Me (Big Star)
    Thirteen (Big Star)
    Every Time I Close My Eyes (Alex Chilton)
    The Letter (The Box Tops)
    Kizza Me (Big Star)
    Mod Lang (Big Star)
    My Life is Right (Big Star)
    O My Soul (Big Star)
    Singer Not The Song (Alex Chilton)
    Femme Fatale (Big Star)
    Daisy Glaze (Big Star)
    Holocaust (Big Star)
    I'm in Love With a Girl (Big Star)

    Disc 2:
    Alex Chilton (The Replacements)
    I Am the Cosmos (Chris Bell)
    Thirteen (Elliott Smith)
    The Ballad of El Goodo (Decemberists)
    Don't Lie to Me (Glossary)
    Can't Hardly Wait (Replacements)
    One and Only (Grand Champeen)
    About You (Teenage Fanclub)
    September Gurls (Replacements)
    When My Baby's Beside Me (Kelly Willis)
    O, Dana (Okkervil River)
    Jesus Christ (Teenage Fanclub)
    Kanga Roo (Bat for Lashes)
    Your Love is the Place Where I Come From (Teenage Fanclub)

    "Why, sometimes I've believed six impossible things before breakfast."

  • Download

    Instead of just choosing my favorite songs, I started off by looking at my "Loved Tracks" on my Last FM charts. I usually will heart a song if I'm listening to it and it really hits me - maybe it just really emotionally effects me that time or it does something I haven't heard in other songs. These are some songs I chose from my loved tracks (and some that I just added in).

    1. Mogwai - With Portfolio

    There's a lot of great songs by Mogwai, but I thought this would be an interesting song to open the mix. The sound effects at the end are great. Listen to this song with headphones.

    2. Broken Social Scene - KC Accidental

    I love Broken Social Scene and this is one of my favorite (almost) instrumental songs by them. It has a lot of energy to it and puts me in a good mood.

    3. Metric - Black Sheep

    This is a b-side by Metric that was recently released. I think it's one of their best songs and I love the high parts with her vocals. Emily Haines is one of my favorite female vocalists and Metric is a great band.

    4. Dntel - In Which Our Hero Is Put Under a Spell

    This is one of those songs that gave me a magical feeling the first time I heard it. It's just a really pretty instrumental. Jimmy Tamborello from Dntel also does the instrumental parts of the Postal Service, but I usually prefer his earlier instrumental works that are more experimental.

    5. The Album Leaf - Eastern Glow

    This song is so peaceful to me and just gives me a really good feeling.

    6. A Great Big Piles of Leaves - The Size of Dinosaurs

    I'm pretty sure I found this band through Last FM. A great song and band more people should know about.

    7. As Tall as Lions - Why We Cry at Movies

    As Tall as Lions is a band I think needs to be recognized more. This song is off their first album. The song is sad, but just really good.

    8. The Cure - Where The Birds Always Sings

    This was one of those songs that the lyrics really hit me and make the song for me. It's a depressing song for me, but at the same time, kind of hopeful and comforting.

    9. Sigur Ros - Ara batur

    Sigur Ros makes some of the prettiest music and is a band every music lover needs to hear. I chose this song because it's what I've been listening to more recently by them and I love the build up at the end.

    10. Copeland - On the Safest Ledge

    The band is unfortunately breaking up, but I've been listening to a lot of them recently and just saw them live. This is probably my favorite song off their last album. The chorus is amazing.

    11. Jimmy Eat World - Anderson Mesa

    I love old Jimmy Eat World which sounds kiund of different from their more recent stuff. This is one of my favorite songs by them. It's really emotional and I love how the vocals build up.

    12. Midtown - So Long as We Keep Our Bodies Numb We're Safe

    I really love the ending to this song and how it just repeats for a while. It was one of the things I didn't really expect the first time I heard it and I think it's really creative.

    13. Sleeping at Last - Umbrellas

    I love the line "you were meant for amazing things" in this song. The music is great and the lyrics are inspiring.

    14. Straylight Run - Existentialism on Prom Night

    The song is simple, but really beautiful. I love the lyric "sing like you think no one's listening". This song also brings back a lot of memories for me.

    15. Mae - Seasons

    This song is a 13 minute piano instrumental that represents the changing of seasons. There's also artwork that comes with the song when you buy it from their website ( that has specific photos that you look at during specific moments of the song.

    I hope you enjoy if you download. :)

    • nescious disse...
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    • Mar 31 2010, 21h32

    March 2010 "Listen Up!"

    The way Poppycrock approached this theme sounded interesting, I changed it a bit and here's an hour worth of verbal themed songs:

    1. Beastie Boys - Alright Hear This
    2. Death Cab For Cutie - World Shut Your Mouth
    3. The Maccabees - No Kind Words
    4. Ra Ra Riot - Run My Mouth
    5. The Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music
    6. Alela Diane - Foreign Tongue
    7. The Cinematics - She Talks To The Trees
    8. Customs - Talk More Nonsense
    9. Bloc Party - She's Hearing Voices
    10. Kings Of Convenience - The Weight Of My Words
    11. Pearl Jam - Unthought Known
    12. The Raconteurs - You Don't Understand Me
    13. My Morning Jacket - Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1
    14. Tears For Fears - Shout
    15. Cold War Kids - Tell Me In The Morning
    16. Nick Drake - Time Has Told Me

    Playlist length: 59 minutes 54 seconds
    Link: MediaFire

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