perhaps you have noticed a common thread that pulls together most of the mixes so far… there is usually always a remix in there somewhere. i simply love them, and experience a serious thrill every time i discover one of my favourite artists has been remixed –  especially when it’s done in a creative way. i also find myself tolerating some commercial music that i wouldn’t usually listen to when it’s been treated to a great remix (ahem-britney spears-ahem)

so why not an entire mix dedicated to them, mmm? i knew this mix had to be kind of upbeat because of the debbie downer situation i probably put everyone into with ships in the night, and there’s nothing like an unexpected take on a favourite song to put people in a good mood.

R/MX. listen above or on 8tracks. playlist:

  1. Bob Dylan – Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) (Mark Ronson Remix)
  2. Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (Neptunes Remix)
  3. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (Dave Sitek Remix)
  4. Arcade Fire vs Blondie – Sprawl Of Glass (The Hood Internet Remix)
  5. Daft Punk vs Yeah Yeah Yeahs – World Maps (Along Came Jones Edit)
  6. Goldfrapp – Happiness (Metronomy Remix ft The Teenagers)
  7. Phoenix – Fences (Poindexter Remix)
  8. Grizzly Bear – Knife (DJ Battlecat’s Feel The Beat Remix)
  9. CSS – Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (Spank Rock Remix)
  10. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
  11. The Shins – Australia (Peter Bjorn & John Remix)
  12. The Black Keys – Everlasting Light (The Mummers Remix)
  13. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize? (Postal Service Remix)
  14. The Postal Service – Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
  15. Radiohead – Nude (Holy Fuck Remix)
  16. Michael Jackson vs Telepopmusik – Remember The Time (Sleeper Heartbroken Remix)

ps: a couple of these might be considered mash-ups, but i think of them in the same way. this was also extremely difficult to cut down to a workable size. expect a volume 2 and 3 in the future.

I’d rather dance with you

thanks to lance for reminding me of this brilliant video. i was just reliving this song the other day, particularly these lyrics:

Even if I could hear what you said
I doubt my reply would be interesting for you to hear
Because I haven’t read a single book all year
And the only film I saw, I didn’t like it at all

i’m sure those of you who are socially awkward can relate! if i go to a party these days i’ll get a few drinks in me and hit the dance floor as soon as possible. it breaks down so many barriers, eh? plus it’s fun.

happy friday all – hope you get some dancing in.

Ships In The Night

17 ships in the night

hello again. you may have noticed things look pretty different around here… a redesign is almost as good as a holiday. almost. thanks for all those link recommendations, i have been making my way through them slowly but surely. i always appreciate it when people take the time to comment – it means a lot to me!

so here’s the mid-month music mix. it is unintentionally quite melancholic, which was pretty weird to listen to while i was reading reports and seeing imagery from the heart-wrenching devastation in japan. please read this informative post on how you can help, even in the smallest way.

my only criteria for this mix was something pretty chilled. initially i wanted to fill it only with artists who haven’t featured in any other playlist… but in the end i couldn’t help but add a few of my die-hard favourites.

i have a special place in my heart for the nico track. not only because of that scene. i have played it incessantly for many years, sometimes on repeat, and never ever tire of it. i also can’t believe i haven’t included neutral milk hotel in any of my mixes yet. in the aeroplane over the sea is a great contender for top 10 albums of my lifetime.

ships in the night. playlist:

  1. wilco – solitaire
  2. feist & ben gibbard – train song
  3. zach hurd – changing landscapes
  4. apollo sunshine – breeze
  5. misophone – white waves
  6. mgmt – congratulations
  7. nico – these days
  8. neutral milk hotel – king of the carrot flowers, part 1
  9. sufjan stevens – heirloom
  10. madeleine peyroux – between the bars (elliott smith cover)
  11. inlets – junk (paul mccartney cover)
  12. beth gibbons – mysteries
  13. phoenix – rome (neighbours and devendra banhart remix)
  14. gotye – heart’s a mess (lull’s radio edit)
  15. incubus – aqueous transmission
  16. brazilian girls – ships in the night

ps: thank you for the overwhelming response to the formative years mixtape! that must be some kind of a blog record. for some reason i was kind of hesitant to even post it in the first place, it sort of felt like i was revealing a part of my angsty teenage soul or something. i really enjoyed reading through all the comments, and had a few slapping forehead moments when i realised that i had left off a couple of artists who were essential to that mix (pulp being one of them, as well as springbok nude girls – i think all south africans my age can identify.) perhaps a volume two is in order?

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!

Formative Years

i have always been a music lover. i would often sit in the living room on my parents’ brown corduroy couches (yeah) listening to their old records and cds. when my older brothers weren’t around i’d sneak into their bedrooms and sample hits from the eighties (a-ha is still a favourite.)

i’ve had the idea for this mix in the back of my mind for a while. a selection of songs from some of the artists & albums that were on high rotation when i was a teen: 1995-99. a time when i was finally receiving enough pocket money to go out and buy CDs – when i began to discover the music that would come to define my adolescence.

but CD’s were pricey, and like everyone else i mostly relied on borrowing discs and actually copied them onto cassette tapes. TAPES! i spent literally hours making those tapes, deciding on the order of the songs and then attempting to squeeze the entire track list onto that stupid little paper sleeve that would go into the tape box… that you would inevitably lose anyway.

i could write a paragraph about every one of these artists and how they fit into my history. it’s weird to think that the youngest song in this mix is 12 years old. playing them now brings back so many memories – i hope some of them do the same for you.

formative years. listen to it on Spotify here.

playlist in chronological order:

  1. the cure – boys don’t cry (boy’s don’t cry, 1980)
  2. pixies – here comes your man (doolittle, 1989)
  3. cranberries – linger (everybody else is doing it, so why can’t we? 1993)
  4. nirvana – the man who sold the world (nirvana unplugged in new york, 1994)
  5. portishead – it could be sweet (dummy, 1994) *
  6. blur – girls & boys (park life, 1994)
  7. foo fighters – big me (foo fighters, 1995)
  8. red hot chili peppers – my friends (one hot minute, 1995)
  9. no doubt – sunday morning (tragic kingdom, 1995)
  10. smashing pumpkins – thirty-three (mellon collie and the infinite sadness, 1995)
  11. fugees – fu-gee-la (the score, 1996)
  12. jamiroquai – virtual insanity (travelling without moving, 1996)
  13. beck – devils haircut (odelay, 1996)
  14. radiohead – let down (ok computer, 1997)
  15. bjork – hunter (homogenic, 1997)
  16. lauryn hill – to zion (the miseducation of lauryn hill, 1998)
  17. air – all i need (moon safari, 1998)
  18. chemical brothers – music : response (surrender, 1999)

* i originally had portishead – sourtimes, but it’s not available on Spotify! i listened to this entire album though.

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ps: there are a few artists i could have included in this mix who i didn’t. daft punk, faithless and a bunch more electronica come to mind. there are also some i have left off simply because they irritate the crap out of me now. alanis morissette / jagged little pill: i’m sorry, i did love you once.

i’d like to know – what music did you listen to as a teen?

get into it

15 get into it

the mid-month music mix is coming to you courtesy of a reader request,

I get up quite early and start at the office well before anybody else arrives. Nothing better than having coffee and some loud music then, to start the day. So, my request, could you do a morning playlist? Something that would be like a rare and refreshing fruit to start the day with, would be fantastic . . . Thank you!

so i decided to ask twitter buddy and music blogger lance daniels to help me out with the mix because (a) i trust his taste in music and (b) a co-lab is always fun. lance brought some serious treats to the table. we each chose 6 songs – his are in blue and mine are in grey.

get into it. playlist:

01. skee-lo – i wish
who doesn’t know the words to the chorus? no one, that’s who! a get up, sing along and boogie track.

02. the rapture – get myself into it
The Rapture never fail to put me in a good mood and this track in particular always gets my foot tapping at the very least.

03. a-ha – take on me (the twelves remix)
first of all, it’s a-ha. second of all, they’re being remixed by the twelves – possibly the best remixers ever.

04. architecture in helsinki – heart it races
This track was set as my iTunes alarm for the longest while. Such a fun tune. The video always makes me smile too.

05. death from above 1979 – sexy results (MSTRKRFT edition)
a favourite thing to do is walk down the street while this is playing, you can’t help but strut.

06. the dirtbombs – chains of love
Nothing like some good old Detroit soul-infused garage-rock to get you pumped up first thing in the morning.

07. pixies – debaser
were this song to play in a crowded bar after way too many beers some awful singing along will happen.

08. the asteroid galaxy tour – the sun ain’t shining no more
Not terribly original, but I’m a sucker for the whole retro-soul revival of the last few years, and these Danes pull it off really well.

09. desmond & the tutus – your girlfriend
“dude, i hate to tell – but your girlfriend looks just like willy nelson.”

10. the detroit cobras – hey sailor
More Detroit garage, just for good measure.

11. jimi hendrix – foxy lady
the first ten seconds explains why it was chosen. also: wayne’s world.

12. the rolling stones – miss you (disco version by bob clearmountain)
The original version of Miss You is infectious enough, but this authentic 1978 disco mix is positively irresistible. Makes me wanna boogie every time

ps: the boogie mix is also excellent for getting you going in the morning.

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!


there’s something about us

14 there's something about us

february music mix is here! as much as i kind of despise valentines day/month i have to admit i was thinking about it when putting this mix together. it’s not 100% love songs, in fact there are a number of songs on here that are distinctly un-love songs. you know, valentines is a bunch of hoo haa anyway. BUT if you need something for your valentine that’s anti-hallmark just burn this playlist to CD… you can take complete credit, i won’t mind *

there’s something about us. tracklist:

  1. yeasayer – i remember
  2. fleet foxes – helplessness blues
  3. alexander – truth
  4. the middle east – blood
  5. bloc party – i still remember (lull’s music box & tears mix)
  6. arctic monkeys – the lovers (acoustic)
  7. death cab for cutie – love song (the cure)
  8. bon iver – skinny love (das kapital rerub)
  9. passion pit – to kingdom come
  10. rtp – all that’s left (rac mix)
  11. clap your hands say yeah – is this love?
  12. flight of the conchords – the most beautiful girl (in the room)
  13. radiohead – thinking about you
  14. bruce springsteen – i’m on fire (cousin cole’s bad desire mix)**
  15. daft punk – something about us

* a mix-tape is more romantic than anything in the entire world.

** i listened to this 12,000 times yesterday.

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!

follow the sun

13 follow the sun

follow the sun. tracklist:

  1. james vincent mcmorrow – sparrow & the wolf
  2. girls – thee oh so protective one
  3. the go! team – buy nothing day
  4. ducktails – killin the vibe
  5. kurt vile – jesus fever
  6. the steelwells – el capitan
  7. matt longo – the high life
  8. tennis – pigeons
  9. la sera – devils hearts grows gold
  10. lykke li – i follow rivers
  11. yellow ostrich – zebra (beach house cover)
  12. the rolling stones – ruby tuesday
  13. the beatles – i’ll follow the sun

artwork: armand guillaumin – the creuse

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january hymn

12 january hymn

i’m signing off for the year with a little music mix.  season’s greetings and all that – be safe on the roads, hang out with your family & friends and try to eat as much as you can. see you in january!

january hymn. playlist:

  1. the decemberists – january hymn
  2. iron & wine – tree by the river
  3. frightened rabbit – swim until you can’t see land
  4. vampire weekend – fight for this love
  5. george harrison – what is life
  6. harlan pepper – great lakes
  7. dent may – oh paris!
  8. pepper rabbit – older brother
  9. mr. little jeans – rescue song
  10. young man – strangers
  11. langhorne slim – land of dreams
  12. bright eyes – shell games
  13. the velvet underground – stephanie says
  14. the zombies – tell her no

cover image: henry fonda at dr. macro

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!

10 of 2010

11 10 of 2010

i was pretty damn thrilled when i received a mail from steph who hosts a radio show at american university in washington dc. she kindly asked me to contribute a playlist to their programme (called “muzak to make your booty clap” – hehe) and my first thought was, “YES! an actual real life legitimate reason to make yet another music mix.”

the theme (there’s always a theme) is a track from each of my top 10 albums of 2010. the criteria for my favourite albums are easy: i picked the ones i listened to all the way through, on repeat, all year long. in no particular order.

bear in mind that i’m not a music critic and i’ve simply chosen albums from artists i love, not based on any metacritic ratings or what pitchfork thinks. so there.

10 of 2010. playlist…

arcade fire sprawl II (mountains beyond mountains) from the suburbs
my absolute favourite album of 2010, along with thousands of others i’m sure. i have wanted to include this song in a playlist for the longest time, but it never felt right – as if it would simply overpower the rest.

beach housezebra from teen dreams
this song alone makes me joyous & teary. what an amazingly beautiful album.

the morning benderswet cement from big echo
they caught me hook line and sinker with opening track excuses which makes for absolutely addictive listening, the rest of the album is of course excellent – surprising in parts and never predictable.

sharon jones & the dap-kingsbetter things from i learned the hard way
i want to high five sharon jones, she is just all kinds of awesome. i enjoy singing along to this one.

she & himdon’t look back from volume two
i actually killed this album within a week and had to give it a break for a few months – guess there is such a thing as too much zooey deschanel. woops. it’s still in my top ten though.

best coastcrazy for you from crazy for you
makes me happy and sad over and over.want to kill you, but then i’d miss you.” honest lyrics and the feeling of california sunshine is highly appreciated.

matt & kim – AM/FM sound from sidewalks
the newest release on the list, but i’ve listened to it enough times to already consider it a favourite. love the lyrics in cameras, “no time for cameras, we’ll use our eyes instead” – right on.

the black keys – tighten up from brothers
the kind of band i wish i could see live in a dark bar with an audience of less then fifty people, sitting arms length away from the stage. if i drank bourbon & smoked cigarettes that’s exactly what i’d be doing while listening to them.

mumford & sons – roll away your stone from sigh no more
this album wasn’t on the list originally because it was released late 2009 in the UK (early 2010 in the US.) but then i thought – fuck it. i’ve listened to it so much this year it’s actually ridiculous and would be a travesty if i didn’t include them. you need only watch this video to understand why these guys make me swoon so much.

broken bells – the mall & misery from broken bells
total goosebumps the first time i heard this song, it has such a great build up and then suddenly james mercer sings and it’s all over for you. i instantly fell in love the first time i listened to them.

honorable mentions that aren’t on the list:

two door cinema club – tourist history
got bumped for mumford & sons. still, a highly dance-able (and highly remix-able) album that is fun fun fun

kings of convenience – declaration of dependence
another album released late in 2009, but that took me through 2010.

band of horses – way back home from band of horses
perhaps not their best – but still highly listenable.

local natives – gorilla manor
if only because it’s called gorilla manor, eh? seriously though – a wonderful debut.

janelle monae – the archandroid
i must admit i don’t love it completely, but i love parts of it enough for it to almost be in my top ten

stornoway – beachcomber’s windowsill
a delightful album. simply delightful.

the tallest man on earth – the wild hunt
i love a good folk artist, and kristian matsson is a great one.

vampire weekend – contra
released so early in 2010 that i almost forgot about it.

wait what – the notorious xx
does not technically count because it’s a mash up album (what about girl talk though, right?) but this too was on repeat for a good chunk of 2010.

ps: album art is a pretty unsophisticated mashup of this & this.

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!

golden years

10 golden years

it’s december. wow. 2010 went by so quickly, yet i can barely remember january. this was my first post of 2010 where i declared that i would ‘go out and see more stuff’. i’m not sure i lived up to my resolution. i’d like to be hopeful in thinking that 2011 is going to be different. so this month’s music mix is all about trying to be upbeat and … um… full of hope – but in a proactive & non-cheesy way. as bowie so wisely sang:

don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere, angel
(come get up my baby)
look at that sky, life’s begun
nights are warm and the days are young
(come get up my baby)

golden years. playlist:

  1. david bowie – golden years
  2. mean lady – indian sun
  3. cut copy – take me over
  4. matt & kim – good for great
  5. broken social scene – 7/4 shoreline
  6. hey marseilles – rio
  7. modest mouse – float on
  8. supergrass – alright
  9. paul simon – you can call me al
  10. the beach boys – wouldn’t it be nice (the girls can hear us remix)
  11. champions – changes
  12. the pastels / tenniscoats – vivid youth
  13. zooey deschanel – sugar town
  14. the strokes – i’ll try anything once
  15. the walkmen – in the new year
  16. tv on the radio – golden age

ps. i have to note that this is the third paul simon track i have included in my playlists. i actually couldn’t believe i hadn’t put you can call me al in one already, as it is my favourite song of his. i rattled on about it here… and i just watched that video for the hundredth time.

edit: the painting on the cover is by charles webster hawthorne.

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!

got something for you

it’s almost a month till christmas. and if your supermarkets are anything like ours, you’ve been bombarded with christmas music since october. if only they’d play this holiday album from target, filled with tunes from rad bands like wavves, best coast and coconut records amongst others. you’ll be able to download the songs for free on 28 november.

Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

i wasn’t really thinking of a theme at all when putting the mid-november mix together, just smashing together a bunch of songs i’ve been playing a lot lately. then i realised there may be a hidden theme as many of them are actually love songs. new love, old love, lost love… maybe even a bit of hate love. so there you have it.

lovin, touchin, squeezin. listen on Spotify here. tracklist:

  1. best coast – the end
  2. the black keys – the only one
  3. sea wolf – the violet hour
  4. girls – heartbreaker
  5. tennis – take me somewhere
  6. seapony – dreaming
  7. lykke li – get some
  8. beach house – 10 mile stereo
  9. florence and the machine – cosmic love
  10. band of horses – no ones gonna love you
  11. devotchka – i cried like a silly boy
  12. junior boys – hazel
  13. journey – lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’

i would also like the clarify that the cover art is a tribute to movember. though it really should be beardvember, in my opinion. i suppose i wouldn’t mind lovin, touchin, and squeezin that fine ginger bearded fellow though.