26 girls

in august i sent out an email to some of my girl blogger pals asking them to contribute one of their favourite songs to a collaborative music mix. we are all busy ladies, which explains why this mix is only surfacing now, but i’m glad it finally is because it’s a wonderfully eclectic collection – exactly what i was hoping for. i can see this as a movie soundtrack… it’s only a matter of time before a movie comes out about awesome girl bloggers anyway, right?

Girls. Playlist – in alphabetical order by contributor :

1. The Black Keys – Too Afraid to Love You (Alison of TeenAngster)

“Blues rock” usually brings to mind images of Blueshammer (gag!), but the Black Keys manage to make contemporary bluesy tunes that sound straight out of the ’60s.  

2. Talk Talk – I Believe in You (Anabela of Fieldguided)

It sounds like late summer to me, which is what we have here now (Anabela sent her choice in August)

3. French Films – Golden Sea (Angie of Lucky Pony)

 I pretty much listen to it on repeat because it literally makes me feel like lifting my arms up (especially between 0:34 – 0:57 seconds) and dancing frantically back and fourth like nervous Chiwawa. Minus peeing on the floor. 

4. Bombay Bicycle Club – Light Out, Words Gone (Diana aka me)

their new album,and this song in particular, has been on repeat for the past month.

5. Pa Pa Power – Dead Man’s Bones (Cath of Wolf Eyebrows)

A happy, slightly eerie song which is always nice to listen to. I like to combine it with the songs of Grizzly Bear and Siskiyou.

6. Crowded House – Private Universe (Hila of Le Projet d’Amour)

I love this song because it’s so gently suggestive, you feel as if there’s a whole other layer to it hidden beneath its rhythm and lyrics. I tend to listen to it when I have a lot on my mind.

7. Just Like Honey by The Jesus & Mary Chain (Jen of Honey Kennedy)

Because the day I heard this song when I was a teenager–everything else in the world froze in place and this song changed everything for me. It was like it was meant to pool up inside my ears. It still swirls around in there.

8. Fleetwood Mac – Big Love (Jessica of The Shiny Squirrel)

I love how raw Lyndsey Buckingham’s voice sounds in this and the guitar is unreal… it makes me want to go into a wild frenzy.

9. Heart – Crazy on You (Kate C. of The Pessimiss)

I’m a sucker for girls playing guitars, and Heart’s pent-up ode to love and lust starts with the most epic strum-driven bang. It’s also the soundtrack to the scene in The Virgin Suicides where Lux pounces on Trip Fontaine in the front seat of his Camaro and leaves him breathless, her cherry-flavoured gum lingering in his mouth. It’s the ultimate girl power song.

10. Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City (Kate D. of Kate Desmarais)

11. Little Dragon – Night Light (Kate M. of For Me, For You)

This song is a key ingredient in my living room dance parties.

12. Raphael Saadiq – Movin’ Down The Line (Lauren of Dear Golden)

13. Deer Tick – Miss K (Mallory of Where The Lovely Things Are)

I love Deer Tick and this is one of their newest songs. I think it makes for good “driving on a sunny fall day” music.

14. Cat Power – Song for Bobby (Mili of Miss Millib)

I really like sombre music, it relaxes me and allows me to access places that I usually don’t have time to entertain in my busy life.  I listen to the songs alone and I really really love how they make me feel comfortable in my solitude. 

15. Youth Lagoon – Daydream (Victoria Hannan)

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cover image courtesy of the life photo archives

Electric Spring

25 electric spring

it is the first of september, which in south africa is traditionally spring day. well, spring day usually doesn’t fail to be delightfully miserable weather wise as far as my memory serves… probably due to the fact that the seasons only turn on 23 september this year (the spring equinox, which is also my birthday – write that down).

still, couldn’t resist temptation and so created a semi-electro inspired spring mix to kick off my favourite month.

Electric Spring. Playlist:

  1.  Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis (RAC Remix)
  2. St. Vincent – Cruel
  3. Future Islands – Balance
  4. Mina Tindle – Os Argonautas
  5. Little Majorette – Never Be The Same
  6. Toro Y Moi – New Beat (Star Slinger Dancehall Mix)
  7. Purity Ring – Ungirthed
  8. Kisses – Kisses (Electric Sunset Remix)
  9. Scenic – Another Sky (The Magician Remix)
  10. Phoenix – North (Crystalised remix)

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

cover image courtesy of the life archives


23 august

is it just me or is 2011 turning out to be the fastest moving year in living memory? AUGUST already!

… here’s a new music mix to calm you down.

August. playlist:

  1. Air Review – Waiting Lessons
  2. Typhoon – Summer Home
  3. Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody that I used to Know
  4. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
  5. Model Worker – Automatic Love
  6. Real Estate – It’s Real
  7. Cee-Ro – A Day in the Life (ft. John Lennon)
  8. Little Dragon – Shuffle A Dream
  9. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry on Their Own (Organized Noize x Dungeon Family Remix)
  10. Washed Out – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)
  11. California Waves – Tokyo
  12. Okkervil River – Mermaid

ps: the cover art is a mish mash of these prints

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

Wild Horses

22 wild horses

i have to thank everyone for all your wonderful emails, comments and tweets in the past month regarding the music mixes. i didn’t realise how much they meant to so many of you (a fact that makes my heart explode in double rainbows) and i’m really happy to know that the playlists encouraged you to go out and buy albums, see concerts and support the artists who you came to love just from hearing a couple of their songs.

so – here it is. a new music mix that’s been one month in the making. thanks for waiting! there are some treats in here for you, including new songs from beirut, best coast, dent may, clap your hands say yeah and the middle east, as well as my favourite track from the new bon iver album. caveman is also an exciting new band who i’m keen to hear more from.

i hope this sets off your weekend on a good note. have a great one.

Wild Horses. playlist:

  1. Atlas Genius – Trojans
  2. Beirut – East Harlem
  3. Best Coast – Gone Again
  4. Dent May – Fun
  5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake
  6. Caveman – December 25th
  7. Bon Iver – Towers
  8. The Middle East – Hunger Song
  9. Mister Heavenly – Pineapple Girl
  10. Holiday Shores – Spells
  11. Light Vibes – Wish We Had
  12. High Highs – Open Season
  13. Wintercoats – Windmill

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

In the aeroplane over the sea


i once had an awful time on a flight from bloemfontein to cape town (which is, luckily, a pretty short route) and the only thing that got me through it was listening to sufjan stevens with my head resting on the window, staring out at the clouds. that’s not to say i don’t love flying – i have the opposite sentiment actually. traveling is one of my favourite things in the entire world and the thought of getting on a plane to go somewhere anywhere always excites me… but i’m thankful for the soothing tunes that rescued me during that almost unbearable hour and a half.

this mix has a pretty electronic leaning with some mellow tunes thrown in here and there. the kind of stuff i’d listen to in the airport before a flight or when i’m already settled on the plane, flipping through a magazine or trying to have a nap. sometimes it’s more like a pretend nap since i try to avoid talking to people on a  flight… just let me sit in my little chair with whatever it is i’m occupying my time with and leave me be. i don’t want to know where you’re going! we’re flying to the same place, aren’t we? yet another reason why the headphones + music buffer is essential.

In the aeroplane over the sea. listen above or on 8tracks. playlist:

  1. Pogo – Alice in Wonderland / Very Good Advice (Remix)*
  2. Geographer – Rushing In, Rushing Out
  3. Memory Tapes – Wait In The Dark
  4. The Postal Service – Recycled Air
  5. Junior Boys – EP
  6. The Whitest Boy Alive – Courage
  7. Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place (Gigamesh / DiscoTech Remix)
  8. Air France – Collapsing At Your Doorstep
  9. Hot Chip – Alley Cats
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – God Only Knows (The Beach Boys Cover)
  11. Chromatic Flights – Home Is More
  12. Acrylics – Sparrow Song

* i’m a big fan of the original alice in wonderland and spoke about this remix here.

Like A Dream

20 like a dream

hey, what’s this? a mid-week mini music mix – that’s what!

i don’t know what it is with this time of year, but these weird autumnal months before true winter arrives always fly past my eyes and feel… well… kind of dreamy. as if my brain has gone into a state of limbo thus causing me to hibernate in all areas of my life (including the blog, i do apologise for the state of things around here lately). consequently the daily soundtrack has been one of fuzzy contemplation. nothing too loud, nothing too upbeat. i kind of just want to switch off my computer, drink something warm and curl up on the couch.  maybe have a cuddle. read a book. sleep.

Like A Dream. playlist:

  1. Millionyoung – Gymnopedie No. 1 (Erik Satie cover)
  2. Evenings – Babe
  3. Air – Universal Traveler
  4. Toro Y Moi – Blessa (Daytrotter Session)
  5. Cults – Go Outside (Daytrotter Session)
  6. Computer Magic – About You
  7. Ra Ra Riot – Keep It Quiet
  8. The Morning Benders – Crying (Roy Orbison cover)
  9. Blackbird Blackbird – Overboard
  10. Futurebirds – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
  11. Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
  12. Fleet Foxes – The Cascades
  13. Candy Claws – Sunbeam Show

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Through the Jungle

19 through the jungle

it’s a new month – music mix time. i know things have been kind of slow on the blog lately, but i’m totally blaming it on the mass of public holidays we’ve had around here. been having too much fun offline during the holiday time – as i’m sure is the case with many of you south africans. that’s actually why this mix is 2 days late. how embarrassing.

i have been wanting to make a compilation that included a creedence clearwater revival edit / remix for ages now. there was a nice response to R/MX … so i guess this is like a R/MX Vol. 02.

must thank greta who sent me the nico remix. i try not to have too many repeats around here but it’s a pretty cool take on these days. it’s ever so slightly hit and miss in places, but i still couldn’t resist putting it in. the owner of a lonely heart edit is admittedly just sort of… a better version of the original. oh i love it. it stays.

also need to take this opportunity to make a shout out to a reader who emailed asking if i could perhaps create a mix that would help mend her recently broken heart. i hope you are feeling better and that this mix will help cheer you up a bit (even though adele features…) well, perhaps it will make you dance long enough to forget your troubles!

Through the Jungle. playlist:

  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On the Corner (Emynd Drum Edit)
  2. Feist – I Feel It All (Escort Remix)
  3. Fever Ray – Seven (The Twelves Remix)
  4. Leann Grimes – Old Bodies Slip When They Make Love (remix of The Morning Benders)
  5. Missy Elliott – Hot (Ratatat Remix)
  6. Charlotte Gainsbourg – The Operation (25 Hours A Day Remix)
  7. Adele – Rolling in the deep  (Villa Remix)
  8. Yes – Owner of Lonely Heart (Disco Syndicate’s no owner edit)
  9. Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance (RAC Mix)
  10. Dolly Parton – 9 To 5 (Butch Le Butch Remix)
  11. Nico – These Days (Shinichi Osawa Edit)
  12. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (Psychemagik Edit)

ps: i cut that dolly parton remix down, here’s the original which is 8 minutes long – if you can handle it (i know i can)

cover image courtesy of sighs and whispers

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

It was a good day

17 it was a good day

mid-month music mix is here. there’s no rhyme or reason to this one, just a bunch of tunes i have been enjoying & playing to death lately. i decided not to over think it this time round. truth.

It was a good day. playlist:

  1. Fleet Foxes – Lorelai
  2. The Wilderness of Manitoba – Orono Park
  3. Field – Sunday (Field is now known as Auditorium)
  4. The Beatles – Michelle
  5. Miriam Makeba – The Click Song
  6. The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning
  7. Tenacious D – Fuck Her Gently
  8. Ice Cube – Today Was A Good Day
  9. Funkdoobiest – Rock On
  10. Pixies – Havalina
  11. Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Pollyn’s Re-Edit Remix)
  12. TV On The Radio – Killer Crane
  13. Broken Social Scene – Swimmers
  14. The Chemical Brothers – Asleep from Day
  15. The Mutato Muzika Orchestra – Hey Jude

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



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.

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.

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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

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