Leann Grimes

i included a track by leann grimes in the through the jungle mix, but i want to urge you guys to go to his site and get the entire album (it’s free). leanne grimes is shane conerty, a 24 year old dude from north carolina –

this album was inspired by music blogs. and it was made to show my appreciation for them. each track on the record features a sample of an indie band i have found specifically on a music blog in the recent past. the tracks are humble arrangements of bands that i really enjoy and it’s my hope that people that enjoy this album will seek out the bands i’ve sampled and support them as well.

that’s really all you need to know! oh and that i have it on repeat. here’s his take on mrs cold by kings of convenience:

Simon / Garfunkel / Covered

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i put together this playlist of paul simon / simon & garfunkel cover songs last week and have been wanting to share it… been toying around with the idea of sharing the mixes via a streaming site, and 8tracks seemed like a pretty good bet (thanks to kate for turning me onto them.) i know streaming can be a pain for my fellow south africans, but maybe give it a couple of listens if you’re using office bandwidth (muwahaaaa.) to everyone else with first world internet – enjoy.

playlist:

  1. First Aid Kit – America (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  2. Mumford & Sons – The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  3. Johnny Cash & Fiona Apple – Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  4. Deer Tick – Still Crazy After All These Years (Paul Simon Cover)
  5. Cher – Homeward Bound (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  6. Joan Baez – The Dangling Conversation (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  7. Grizzly Bear – Graceland (Paul Simon Cover)
  8. The Morning Benders – Mother And Child Reunion (Paul Simon Cover)
  9. Lucy Wainwright Roche – America (Simon and Garfunkel Cover)
  10. Two Door Cinema Club – Cecilia (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  11. Jens Lekman – You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon cover)
  12. Gotye – Graceland (Paul Simon Cover)
  13. Reid Jameson – Homeward Bound (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  14. Platinum Piped Pipers f. Raheem DeVaughn – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon Cover)

It was a good day

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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!

donald glover

you probably know donald glover as the ever amusing troy barnes on community… which is where i admittedly got to know about him too. what i didn’t know was that he is a multi-talented individual who also does stand up comedy, makes music under the name childish gambino and writes comedy (he used to be a writer for 30 rock.) i first realised these things when i discovered a remix he did of sufjan steven’s illinoise album under one of his musical monikers, mc DJ – which he called illin-noise (!) – if that doesn’t make you fall head over heels for this guy perhaps these photos will.

taken by ariel rosenbloom for the spring issue of bullett magazine.

all photographs by ariel rosenbloom

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.

tina

since i’m in a tina kind of mood. man, this woman is INFECTIOUS. just watch any of her live performances & you can’t help but feel your heart swell for her. they also make you want to run up and down some stairs (those legs!)

all images courtesy of the life image archives

Ships In The Night

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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.

if you’re outside the US, use Hola to access Spotify.

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?

10×10

wow, check out these awesome custom covers by richard perez of his top ten albums of 2010. psh, makes all other top ten lists look pretty pathetic in comparison, eh? i’d like to see everyone make album art from now on, please.

thanks for bringing this to our attention designworklife (stellar as always)

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.

bowie, golden years

this has pretty much been my theme song lately. i have listened to it every single day… sometimes on repeat. man! what i would give to be in that crowd, funking it up to bowie. please take notice of the dancers on the stages, they have the best moves! bowie is beautiful too. D A M N.