Monday, October 13, 2008

Recent Purchases Vol. 2

Here is a little list of music that is newly purchased:

1) Rodriguez - Cold Fact ---- I got turned on to this record by Andrew down at The Groove in Nashville. NPR did a little story on it recently. The album was recorded in late 1969 and soon after both Rodriguez and the album disappeared. It has been recently reprinted and is totally worth it. Check it out. If you are in Nashville The Groove has vinyl.

2) Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue --- I was worried about this one. I really liked the first album quite a bit and was curious whether it could be duplicated or exceeded without The Watson Twins' help. After my first listen I am not sure what I think. There are some gems on there for sure, but I might have wanted her to not change her sounds at all. . . and well. . . she changed. I think it is worth a listen and I also think it is a grower.

3) Home Schooled: The ABCs of Kid Soul - This is a compilation released by The Numero Group. If you are not familiar with this label they find lost music (usually based on a genera) gather it up and release it as a compilation. The ABCs of Kid Soul was all recorded around the time The Jackson 5 were blowing up. Every small label tried their hand at creating a Jackson 5. All of these tracks have been rolling around in obscurity for a decades. I believe they were all recorded by kids between 12 and 17. Check this album out, and check this label out.

4) Otis Redding - Live at Whiskey A Go-Go
Otis Redding - The Soul Album
---- I picked up both of these albums after the reprint for less than they were actually worth. I suppose there isn't so much to say about it. If you don't know Otis Redding go out now and buy a record, go outside and blast it at night and drink a bottle of wine. You will be hooked from then on. These two records are excellent records to start with!

5) Eddie Bo - In the Pocket with Eddie Bo --- I have been looking for a record from this guy for a long time. I was hanging out up in Newport KY a couple of years ago catching up with old friends and Eddie Bo was the background for the evening. In the Pocket with. . . is a new release that collects a sampling of music that spans Bo's entire career. I enjoyed this record but it didn't live up to the memory of that first unfindable record I heard. Anything by Bo is recommended!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Enjoy the firey rollercoaster to the bottom!

My friends, the economy just keeps getting worse. . .

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mix #27 - Friends and Lovers

Creator: Michelle
Occupation: Artist; Music LOVER
Theme: Lovers that know how to play music
Title: Friends and Lovers

Holy Shit is this is a new mix! Yes, it is – and it is a doozy.

We have had 26 mixes with many different themes, but this one is the most personal and intriguing.

Michelle offers up a mix titled “Friends and Lovers.”

Simply the theme is: Everyone on this mix is someone that is a friend or a lover. For the sake of public anonymity we won’t say who is who or which is which, but I will say that are more lovers than friends on this list, the friends were added in after the original mix was completed to so that you “the listener” would have to try to figure it out – and Michelle said it would be ok to contact her to ask questions; try to guess or hear the stories. If the conversations are good, maybe they will make the comments.

Email Michelle at:

My first thought was “What a theme?” then it was “ You have fucked enough musicians to make a mix” and then it was “Oh, you didn’t fuck 'them'?“ and then it was "isn’t the term Rock & Roll a 20’s slang for sex in the first place?”
I am always looking for that type of convergence on this blog – and never really get it! Here is some info about the origins of the phrase “Rock & Roll”:

Three different songs with the title "Rock And Roll" were recorded in the late 1940s, and the phrase was in constant use in the lyrics of R&B songs of the time. The phrase was also included in advertisements for the film Wabash Avenue, starring Betty Grable and Victor Mature.
Before then, the phrase "rocking and rolling", as secular black slang for dancing or sex, appeared on record for the first time in 1922 on Trixie Smith's "My Man Rocks Me With One Steady Roll". Even earlier, in 1916, the term "rocking and rolling" was used with a religious connotation, on the phonograph record "The Camp Meeting Jubilee" by an unnamed male "quartette".[2] The word "rock" had a long history in the English language as a metaphor for "to shake up, to disturb or to incite". In 1937, Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald recorded "Rock It for Me," which included the lyric, "So won't you satisfy my soul with the rock and roll." "Rocking" was a term used by black gospel singers in the American South to mean something akin to spiritual rapture. By the 1940s, however, the term was used as a double entendre, ostensibly referring to dancing, but with the sub textual meaning of sex, as in Roy Brown's "Good Rocking Tonight."

There you have it! From the beginning to Elvis to the backstage parties after 80’s hair metal bands – getting it on has always been linked to the phrase rock and roll

Enjoy the mix and send one if you want see more posted. I have received a handful of emails about people telling me their ideas. The ideas are great – you just have to make the mix. Keep the project going!

Here is the mix:

Friends & Lovers
Song - Artist

1) Sour Mash - Cory Branan
2) Red Door - The Thugs
3) Only the Lonely Devil Knows - These United States
4) Devil - Caleb Stine and the Brake Men
5) (I just want to ) be your man - Magical, Beautiful
6) So Desperate - The Mountain Goats
7) South Electric Eyes - The Legendary Shack Shakers
8) Trump Style - Kimya Dawson
9) A song for Henry Darger - Karl Blau
10) My Autograph - James Farrell
11) Better - Tigers Con Queso
12) I Want a Train - Jamey Wood
13) Motherfucker - Bobby Bare Jr.
14) Better Before You Were Big Time - Ted Russell Kamp
15) The Way You Needed Love - The Coalmen
16) Last Wish - Ballhog!
17) 1981 (or Waving at you as we part at light speed will look like I am standing still - Adam Arcuragi
18) Americana is a Faggot Word That Only Faggots Use - Gabe Zander
19) My Only Friend - The Mother Truckers
20) Slow Down Chicago - Canasta
21)Lips of an Angel - Hinder
22) Betelgeuse - Far Rad
23) Right On Down - Shake It Like a Caveman

Friends and Lovers

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mix #26 - At a Loss for Words

Creator: Jesse Chula
Occupation: Inside Advertising Sales
Theme: Instrumental
Title: At a Loss for Words

Jesse delivers. This tape came in late last week - and I have had this post ready for about 3 days - sorry to keep you guys waiting. . .

This is a mix I have been waiting for since the I first started posting mixes. When decided to request/post mixes I had a couple of ideas for mixes I hoped I would get, and this is one of them.
I am not the biggest fan of instrumental tracks. I suppose that is because I am lyrics person - it is the same reason I can be a fan of old shitty recordings, and super lo-fi music - but without lyrics we get to write our own stories. Without lyrics it is easier for every listener to get a different experience. Couple that with the fact that by making a mix tape you are are taking any influence the author of the song had by placing in a specific order on the original album, and you seem to have more control on altering the songs meaning. I think it leads to a mix tape whose intent is uniquely decided by the listener.

Special Note: Judy is a Dick Slap is my second favorite dirty intramental track title - a close second right behind, "Lick my Love Pump" from Spinal Tap. In D minor - the saddest of all keys.

This mix is from Jesse Chula who sent in a mix near the very beginning of the blog. It is good to get another mix from him! Thanks, Jesse.

Anyway onwards!


At A Loss For Words
Song - Artist
1) Chun Li's Spinning Bird Kick - Arctic Monkeys
2) Judy is a Dick Slap - Belle & Sebastian
3) You Still Believe in Me - M.Ward
4) Life in Technicolor - Coldplay
5) Two Bass Hit - Miles Davis
6) Time is Tight - The Clash
7) In the Deep Shade - The Frames
8) Three Way - The Magnetic Fields
9) Midtown - Tom Waits
10)Fuckin' in the Bushes - Oasis
11) Glasgow Mega-Snake - Mogwai
12) Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo - Yo La Yengo

At a Loss for Words

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mix #25 - Songs that Were Stuck in my Head

Creator: Nicola Gillan
Occupation: Researcher
Theme: The Playlist Mix
Title: Songs that were stuck in my head in July. . . But I am totally over them now!

Although, we are lagging, temporarily, on timely posts here is a good one. I have some work that mixes are on their way to me, so I think Mondays will start working out again.

Send them in guys/gals.

Enjoy this mix!

1) I am a Scientist - Guided By Voices
2) Know by Heart - American Analog Set
3) Trees Lay Be - Josephine Foster
4) Papillion - Rilo Kiley
5) Plus One - Okkervil River
6) Shiver - Coldplay
7) Gone, Gone, Gone - Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
8) I thought I saw your Face Today - She & Him
9) Waiting to Know You - Fiery Furnaces
10) Red - Okkervil River
11) Here's the Thing - Girltalk
12) An Experiment - Mates of States
13) I wish I was the Moon - Neko Case

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mix #24 - Heroes & Villians

Creator: Casey Chalmers
Occupation: Videographer
Theme: Heroes & Villains
Title: Heroes & Villains

Here we are days late due to technical difficulties. Sometimes the internets have a way of working against us. It has been a very lazy four days of trying and finally on Thursday, you have a mix tape! We never really claimed to punctual or prompt (or honest, or respectful.) I didn't think it was going to happen this week.

This latest, four-day-late, installment is a double disk. Heroes & Villains. The one thing that instantly jumped out at me is how fascinated musicians are with comic book heroes, especially the Wu-Tang. I suppose it makes sense - being into music is pretty nerdy, and loving super heroes is pretty nerdy.

Also, check out how how bad Betty Davis wants the Lone Ranger to make sweet, sweet masked love to her!


Song - Artist

1) Heroes and Villains - The Beach Boys
2) Big Darkness - Crooked Fingers
3) Supa GFK - Ghostface Killah
4) The Lone Ranger - Betty Davis
5) Waitin' for Superman - The Flaming Lips
6) Gothem City - R. Kelly
7) SuperHoes - Funkdoobiest
8) Superman - The Clique
9) Wonder Woman - Lee Dorsey
10) Fearless Vampire Killers - Bad Brains
11) Heroes from our Past - Dropkick Murphys
12) Judge Dred in Court - Derrick Morgan
13) Spidey's Wild Ride - Tom Waits
14) Rza - B.O.B.B.Y
15) Supa Ninjaz - Cappadonna
16) Heroes - David Bowie
17) White Trash Heroes - Archers of Loaf
18) PinBall Wizard (live) - Elton John
19) Jones from Indiana - Daughters


Song - Artist

1) Diary of a Madman - Gravediggaz
2) Human Fly - The Cramps
3) Creep in the Cellar - Butthole Surfers
4) Ballad of Jim Jones - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
5) City of Hobgoblins - The Fall
6) She-Devil Rock - The beguiled
7) Witch - The Sonics
8) Horror of Party Beach - Sloppy Seconds
9) AstroZombies - The Misfits
10) Ghoulies are go - Groovie Ghoulies
11) HalfSharkAlligatorHalfMan - Dr. Octogon
12) Dracula's Wedding - OutKast
13)Mutant Hoochie Mamas - Kentucky Prophet
14) Basketcase - DangerDoom
15) King Kong - Tom Waits
16) Six Kids of Mine - Alan and Richard Bishop
17) Crooked Fingers - Bad Man Coming
18) I am a Witch - Helium
19) Book of Revelations - Sun City Girls
20) Skelet0n Man - Evangelicals
21) Michael Myers Resplendent - The Mountain Goats
22) The Enemy - Dirty Pretty Things
23) Walking my Gargoyle - Gothic Archies
24) Good Guys and Bad Guys - Camper Van Beethoven


Monday, July 21, 2008

Mix #23 - A mix for ME!

Creator: Andrew Craig
Occupation: Photographer/Server
Theme: Un-themed (kind of)
Title: A mix for Andrew by Andrew

So after a week off, I received two mixes from Andrew Craig. If you are new or don't remember his previous mixes check them out HERE.

Many times when we are talking about mix tapes they have an expressed purpose - an intent. The intent is usually based on what we want the listener to get out of the mix. So that is the simple equation:

target audience + intended message = a unique group of songs

The songs you choose are then supposed to cause some kind of action (or emotion). That is why mixes are often created at the beginning of relationship, at the end of relationships, someone moving away, graduations. The big events. The events you feel like you need to define.

So what happens in the iPod era? We are creating mix tapes (playlists) for everything. We are creating them because we are "On-The-Go". It is easier. There is less searching, seemingly less consideration. A mix because it is easy. So what are we left with?

A bunch of really kick-ass, "this-is-what-I-have-been-listening-to-and-I-am-going-to-burn-a-copy-for-my-next-road-trip-and-give-one-to-mixtapes-because-they-need-it" type of mixes -- and that is what we have today.


Song - Artist
1) Letters from Home - DJ Shadow
2) Badxson Fire - Brian Eno
3) Stephanie Knows - LOVE
4) Diamonds in the Mind - Leonard Cohan
5) Such a Night - Dr. John
6) The Contenders - The Kinks
7) Mrs. Henry - Bob Dylan
8) Congo Drums - Jonathan Richman
9) Simply Shady - George Harrison
10) Howling for my Body - Howlin' Wolf
11) Just the right Bullet - Tom Waits
12) Cobwebs - The Who
13) Bonaparte's Retreat - Willie Nelson
14) Don't just do Something - Spiritulized
15) Happy Trails - Quicksilver Messaging Company

Thursday, July 10, 2008

First Rap/Folk Beef

Hey Mix-tapers,

Here are two links to cellist (and mondaynightmixtapes favorite) Ben Sollee's "beef" song about Kayne West.

Check what people are say here and here.

After you read you can download the track and listen HEAR!

Is this song being received the way it was intended? Who knows, but Andy Warhol said: "Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."

Check out Ben's newest release: Learning to Bend.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

People in my neighborhood #1

This is a little segment where I will factually a describe situation that took place between me and someone that lives in my neighborhood.

So there I was. . . at the bar the other night and one of those troll-like-drunk-60-year-old men, who went by the handle, "K-Mart" was talking to the girls that we were with about Vietnam and black jet pilots being an impossibility in his mind and then he got to me. He patted my belly and before he could say anything I said, "Before you say anything you should check out this (motions to upper arm) because I have been working out" he said, "I am the best God Damn street fight in East Nashville." The way he said it I knew it was quite possibly true and I could find out anytime I pleased. This ended the interaction. When were leaving he was singing Tootsie-Roll and telling the bartender who was obviously working to "get a god damn job."

Also, I was down at the park yesterday and as I passed a 12 year old boy with a Gumby-Kid&Play haircut and HE said, to ME, "Nice Hair, Fag" and then laughed at me. I am not sure what gay hair looks like, but I am pretty sure my hair is straight, and far more straight than a haircut from a 90's party movie on a little boy. What's next? Are his parents going to dress him like Sinbad and make him get Cross-Color shoes? I had nothing to say so I just kept on my way.
Right near the house a bumble bee flew up my shorts, but you can relax because it didn't get the "honey" and I made it home safely.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Mix #22 - Happy Birthday America

This Mix is a little out of format. It was just a quick little collection of songs about America. Things here at the Home Offices are chaotic and I wanted to get something up to celebrate the America's birthday. Special thanks to Matt Smith and Nelle Blevins for contributing some of the song choices.

I have been having technical issues all day, so there are a few songs that I wanted on the list that might be stuck somewhere in the internet.

The forth of July is a day where people celebrate freedom and America by getting drunk off shitty beer and blowing stuff up - which is probably pretty close to how the founding fathers spent their time, only they were probably banging chicks too... and owning slaves, but I don't think we are suppose to talk about that part anymore.

Yesterday a shirtless, mulleted homeless man came up to a group of us in the street and bummed a cigarette. When he turned around he is ass was hanging out. As he was walking away I yelled, "Your ass crack is showing" and he yelled back, "Crack kills motherfucker." And then sprinted up the street. There is some legit freedom in that little transaction. Happy Birthday America!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mix #21 - State by State by Kertis

Creator: Stephen Kertis
Occupation: Video Producer
Theme: State Songs
Title: State by State by Kertis

At one point I was traveling by car from Kentucky to New Orleans and tried to make a series of mix tapes that would be correlate to each state we were traveling through. Alabama was impossible, but I was able to hit a zydeco track when we rolled into NOLA. That is not exactly a track about Louisiana but, I feel like that is fairly close to success.

All songs on this mix include a state name. I actually had assembled about 30 songs, but 15 of them either sucked ass, or didn't fit exactly. I was going to weed it down to 13 tracks about the first 13 colonies, but that didn't seem to fit either . . . so what you get is 15 songs about states. During the search through my collection I found more songs about Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee than any other states. Which kind of makes sense. I could have probably done a whole Beach Boys mix about California, but that seems like cheating.

There are two tracks by Stufjan Stevens, but that makes sense since he makes albums dedicated to states.

Also, it seems like John Darnielle does a lot of "Going to ____" songs. Most them are about strife or hating/loving/hating someone. So that works out well.

Here is the mix. Enjoy.

Send one in and spread the word!

Song - Artist
1) Tennessee - Silver Jews
2) Portland Oregon - Loretta Lynn & Jack White
3) Look At Miss Ohio - Gillian Welch
4) California Über Alles - Dead Kennedys
5) Washington Blues - Elizabeth Cotten
6) Say Yes! To M!ch!gan! - Sufjan Stevens
7) Going To Michigan - The Extra Glenns
8) Colorado Girl - Townes Van Zandt
9) Banks Of The Arkansas - Lucero
10) Going To Georgia - The Mountain Goats
11) Kentucky Bootlegger - New Lost City Ramblers
12) Louisiana 1927 - Randy Newman
13) Virginia Avenue - Tom Waits
14) Come on! Feel the Illinoise! - Sufjan Stevens
15) Mississippi - Bob Dylan

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What's on the President's Ipod?

Two posts in one day? Believe it!

What does Obama listen to? I would have expected some more soul names dropped, but I can't fault anyone for liking Blood on the Tracks. Check it!

Also, get Paste magazine for a dollar a year. Click it!

Recommends #8

Things here at Mixtape Central are busy busy busy. I thought I would hit you with a single line.

1) Dancing all around the World - This just proves that some people might not make more money then you, but they have way way way better jobs. Check it out!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Mix #20 - Takin' My Leave

Creator: Melanie Meadows
Occupation: Creative Director
Theme: Leaving
Title: Takin' My Leave

Leaving a relationship (or being asked to leave) is one of the most consistent themes for a mix tape. Falling in love or out of love seems to be a subject musicians are always revisiting through their careers. This means that the songs to pull from on either of these topics are massive.

I would be interested to post a "falling in love mix" from a relationship that ended in flames if anyone still has one laying around. I wonder if there is any foreshadowing of what would eventually come on those mixes.

Speaking of mixes. I need more of them if this little project is to continue. So spread the word if you enjoy it!

There is an Amy Winehouse track on here. Read more about how crack turned 24 year old Amy Winehouse into the living equavilant of a 87 year old "Old West" prospector here.

Melanie says:
Whether it's is deciding how to do it, lamenting the decision or simply rejoicing in it, these songs are all about leaving someone behind.

There it is. Pour a little of your brew out for George Carlin and enjoy the songs.

Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.
-- George Carlin

Song - Artist
1) One Less Set of Footsteps - Jim Croce
2) Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
3) 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
4) Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
5) Little Black Backpack - Stroke 9
6) Take a Letter Maria - R.B. Greaves
7) She's Leaving Home - The Beatles
8) Too Gone Too Long - Randy Travis
9) I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) - Elton John
10) Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mix #19 - Stemming

Creator: Michelle Sciumbato
Occupation: Artist
Theme: Dissecting the psyche
Title: Stemming

Here is Michelle's Mix. Good mix and Michelle has some words on the motivation of putting these songs together. If you like/hate The Brian Jonestown Massacre and/or The Dandy Warhols you should rent Dig. It makes them all look like douchebags. I heard it was put together for $7000 bucks. That is keeping the dream alive.

To find out more about Michelle and her work, check out


From Michelle:
With the idea of the projected self in mind, under supervision of the structural model of the psyche... only rimming the ego, the understood expression of intent, while also acknowledging the fundamental desire and drive submerged in the id. (The id is responsible for our basic drives such as food, sex, and aggressive impulses. It is amoral and egocentric, ruled by the pleasure–pain principle; it is without a sense of time, completely illogical, primarily sexual, infantile in its emotional development, and will not take "no" for an answer. It is regarded as the reservoir of the libido or "love energy".)

some of the songs lyrics hold them responsible and clearly in control of meaning, while other parts of the music is unintentionally fulfilling something for both the artist and audience. it is important to me to orchestrate a mix with harmonious transitions and not let song titles or lyrics alone dictate my decisions. so the compilation of this is not only working the songs together but working my own methods, meanings and satisfactions into it as well.

twelve songs. thirty eight point eight minutes. that's all i want/need.

1) You Look Great When I'm High - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
2) Pile Of Gold - The Blow
3) Paranoia in B-flat Major - The Avett Brothers
4) Never Say Never - Queens Of The Stone Age
5) Mohammed Ali (and me) - Cory Branan
6) Miss World - Hole
7) (I Just Want To) Be Your Man - Magical, Beautiful
8) I Am Over It - The Dandy Warhols
9) Eat Your Heart Up - The Blow
10) Clique Application Form - Mclusky
11) Better - Tigers Con Queso
12) Soon Enough - The Constantines

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Recommends #7

It is time again when the Monday Night Mix Tapes home offices offer you a piece of gold to put in your pipe and smoke.

Co-writing credit goes to Thom Snowden. If you haven't checked it out, you can find his mix here.

1) Bonnaroo: Its that time of the year again, kids. It will be hot, sweaty, sticky, expensive, with an arguably shitty line up. So why go? Because Bonnaroo is completely lawless. It is to music fans what Tangiers, Morocco was to the Beat writers - only instead of doing opium and sleeping with 15 year old boys you will be doing hallucinogens and listening to a seemingly endless stream of music . . . with people that are into jam bands.
I know, I know, I know, it sounds like this combo might ruin your well-crafted buzz, but when I went, my trip started with a van load of shirtless neo-hippies playing drums right next to my tent - then they disappeared for three days - and on the last day one of the guys reappeared as I woke up. He was standing on top of his van, free-style gasta rapping at everyone on the ground about murder and jewelry and had a very fresh new tattoo of a fully grown oak tree on his back.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that Bonnaroo is a place of experimentation and growth and sometimes you come as one person and leave as another. . . an acorn to an oak tree. . . which is good, because so many of those people suck at life.

2) Turning in applications via the internet: Many things about the digital age sucks. Nothing is personal, and our attention spans have decreased to a point where goldfish are going to start telling us where we left our keys - seriously when was the last time you applied for a job in your underwear? Never- that's when. Revel in that shit.

3) Spending time with your internet friend "craigslist": What an age we live in! With the click of a mouse you can get a flat screen TV or an erotic message for a reasonable price. The downside? I can't see one. . . I see many. . . But I won't notice because I will be watching my brand new Bravio Television while getting a happy ending. SNAP!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Mix #18 - Books & Authors

Creator: Thom Snowden
Occupation: Man of the People
Theme: Literature
Title: Books & Authors

This is a theme I always had on reserve in my head. I think it is because mix tapers and readers are a cross-over crowd. It always seem when I am out and start talking about music, books will eventually come up. Does it go hand in hand? Maybe so? I know I like albums better than just listening to a single song, and I equate it with reading just a single chapter of a book. You don't get the whole message, right? Or at least you don't see the whole intent.

Anyway, Thom explains it as follows:

Honestly, I don't like most of the songs. Originally I wanted to do all metal songs about Hemingway, which would be brilliant. I started to find other songs that I thought would mix well then decided to keep them. For example: The opening clip is from the film adaptation of Lolita. It is an amazing scene from the movie and I love albums with sound clips in them. Then, I found Bloodhag. They are a band that only writes songs about books. I read that when they perform live, they throw books at the audience. This is too good to leave out. There are some really crappy songs, too. The Pat Benatar and Metallica songs suck, for example. But, I like Hemingway and I liked Wuthering Heights. So, I decided to include them. Kate Bush, a really annoying singer/ song writer, did the original version of Wuthering Heights, but I hate her more than I hate Pat Benatar. I have, in the end, put together a mix that probably ninety percent of real music lovers would hate. But, I hope that you find some kind of fun in it.

Also, Thom broke the Metallic seal. I knew it would happen sooner or later. It is good timing though. They are on their way to Tennessee right now to be one of the headliners at Bonnaroo. I can't wait to see the washed up jam band's fans mingle with the washed up metal band's fans. The stink will be superb and the clashing of the fonts on their T-shirts will be nauseating!

Enjoy! It is a good mix!

Books & Authors

Song - Artist

1) Quility as Charged - From Lolita movie based on Nabakov's novel.

2) Edgar Allen Poe - Bloodhag

3) Children's Crusade - Destroy.

4) Bukowski - The DTs

5) The Jungle - Frozen Inertia.

6) Bukowski - Improv Logic.

7) Heart of Darkness - Mission to Burma.

8) Sound and Fury - Youth Brigade.

9) Wuthering Heights - Pat Benatar.

10) Guardian Angel - Wordsworth.

11) Moby Dick - Led Zepplin.

12) Old Man and the Sea - The Fucking Wrath.

13) For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica.

Books and Authors

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Recommends #6

Monday Night Mix Tapes Recommends:

1) Getting In Your Car and Driving 1055 Miles Overnight To Have Fun In NYC For A Week: It may sound a little extreme, but seriously we are doing it in T-Minus 2 hours and we are pumped. (Look for us high-5ing Stephen Colbert as he goes over to do his interview.)

As a sub-recommends we are looking forward to drinking here and doing this!

Enjoy the new mix and we will have another one for you on Monday!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mix #17 - Palette Knife

Creator: Karissa Dingus
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Theme: Color
Title: Palette Knife

I give extra points for a mix tape theme connected to your profession. I also give extra points because Karissa emailed me a jpeg for an album cover she created. And of course anytime you can double dip on your theme you should be commended - 'Color' songs by bands with colors in their names (Pink Floyd and the White Stripes. . . Clever!)

I have talked with people who say at least half of making a mix tape is in the presentation.

How is it delivered? What kind of art did you add? Tape vs. CD vs. sending files?
I always seem to focus more on the songs - order, variety, making sure they are on the theme or saying what I want, than on the art, case, delivery. I fret over the type of songs on the mix. I want to make sure that there is enough "classics" on the tape so I don't lose the audience, but also add enough new stuff on there to make it interesting. On every mix tape there is usually a song I don't like, but it fits the theme too well. So it goes.

NOTE: This is the first time that R.E.M, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix have been included on a mix tape on this site.

Song - Artist
1) Any Color You Like - Pink Floyd
2) Paint The Silence - South
3) Scarlet Begonias - Sublime
4) Brick is Red - Pixies
5) Orange Crush - REM
6) Amber - 311
7) Yellow - Coldplay
8) Green - Love Spit Love
9) Greenish Blue - The Jon Bailey Band
10) Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
11) Blue Orchid - The White Stripes
12) Violet - Hole
13) Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
14) Touch of Grey - The Grateful Dead
15) White Light - The Gorillaz
16) Black Wave - The Shins
17)Paint the Town - The Push Stars
18) Colours - Hot Chip

Friday, May 30, 2008

New Music #1

First - A thank you to Nashville Mix Tapes for plugging the site on air last night. His show was good, and if you are in the Nashville area make sure you tune in Thursdays 10pm-11pm. He plays a themed mix tape every week. Hopefully, we can get him to send one in. Check out the link for yesterday's track listing.

Second - Here at the Monday Night Mix Tapes home office, we buy music. A lot of music. Too much music. So I thought I would start a series about the music that we buy.

Artist: Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Album: Lie Down in the Light

I have been a fan of Will Oldham and/or his other incarnations for a while. I wasn't a fan right away. I think it takes a minute to get your ears out of tune enough to like it. An "Appalachian Post-Punk Lo-fi" aesthetic is hard to love right away. I also haven't been a fan of every release. Drag City releases something from Will Oldham, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs or Palace Music, or a collaboration so often I don't connect with all of it.

I picked the new record up in Louisville at Ear-X-tacy while passing through Kentucky earlier this week. I was happy that I had it to see me onward to the South. I think it is the strongest release in a while. Track one: "Easy Does It" will get you right away.

I am not going give you some sort of track review or album overview. Check it out. You will like it.

Check out what Pitchfork has to say.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mix #16 - Double or Nothing

Creator: Stacy Jackson
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Theme: Two in a Row
Title: Double or Nothing

This is a long eclectic mix for getting back into work after the holiday weekend. Tons of songs to enjoy.

I was really excited by so much world music (a genre that was lacking up until now, but Stacy fixed that in a big way.) This mix introduced me to Huun-Huur-Tu. Holy shit! I was going to save it for a "recommends", but I felt that everyone needed to check it out. Their music is good, but their style is amazing.

The idea behind this mix is two songs by the same artists or two songs off the same album. She also provided the album that she got the music from so you can track it down!

That is all from me for now. Enjoy the mix! Let her know what you think?

As far as what to say about my mix, it's just stuff that's currently in my rotation, *OR* that I simply have to include otherwise it just wouldn't be me. I have to include Galaxie 500 and GN'R. Period. Me and Sly & The Family Stone go way back too. Sly understands me. We just get closer as the years go by. Oh and I deeply regret not remembering to include Serge Gainsbourg. Poopy. Mix tapes are hard! Nobody cares as much as I do, anyway. ;)

1) M'bifé - Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche À Bamako
2) La Réalité - Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche À Bamako
3) Under The Gun - Broken Spurs - Give It Your Blood
4) Shake - Broken Spurs - Give It Your Blood
5) Police On My Back - The Clash - Clash On Broadway [Disc 3]
6) Every Little Bit Hurts - The Clash - Clash On Broadway [Disc 3]
7) Rainbowarriors - CocoRosie - The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
8) Japan - CocoRosie - The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
9) Cheese And Onions - Galaxie 500 - Uncollected
10) Crazy - Galaxie 500 - Uncollected
11) Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) - Gotan Project - La Revancha Del Tango
12) Diferente - Gotan Project - Lunático
13) Rocket Queen - Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
14) I Don't Care About You - Guns N' Roses - The Spaghetti Incident?
15) Tear Me Down - Hedwig - Hedwig And The Angry Inch
16) Wig In A Box - Hedwig - Hedwig And The Angry Inch
17) Aa-Shuu Dekei-oo - Huun-Huur-Tu - The Orphan's Lament
18) Eki Attar - Huun-Huur-Tu - The Orphan's Lament
19) River - Joni Mitchell - Blue
20) You Turn Me On I'm A Radior - Joni Mitchell - For The Roses

1) 'Upa-'Upa - Les Tamaru [of the Society Islands] - The Secret Museum of Mankind
2) Hill And Gully Ride; Mandeville Road - Lord Composer [of Jamaica] - The Secret Museum of Mankind
3) It's Tricky - Run-D.M.C. - Greatest Hits
4) Mary, Mary - Run-D.M.C. - Greatest Hits
5) If You Want Me To Stay - Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh
6) Skin I'm In - Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh
7) Ufumura Udun (Mimichri Boji) - Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman - Jin Jin, Firefly
8) Chon Chon Kijimuna - Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman - Jin Jin, Firefly
9) Do I Do - Stevie Wonder - Definitive Collection
10) Fingertips Pt.2 - Stevie Wonder - Definitive Collection
11) Carrito pasajerito - Various Artists - Peru: Kingdom Of The Sun: The Inca Heritage
12) Wachaca - Various Artists - Peru: Kingdom Of The Sun: The Inca Heritage
13) Red Hot - Billy "The Kid" Emerson - Sun Records: 25 Blues Classics
14) The Chicken (Dance With You) - Rosco Gordon - Sun Records: 25 Blues Classics
15) Sometimes I Wish I Had A Gun - Mink Stole - A Date With John Waters
16) If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake - Eileen Barton & The New Yorkers - A Date With John Waters
17) Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra - Kill Bill, Vol. 1
18) Battle Without Honor Or Humanity - 布袋寅泰 - Kill Bill, Vol. 1
19) Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin - Kishore Kumar & Manna Dey - The Rough Guide To Bollywood
20) Aap Jaise Koi - Nazia Hassan - The Rough Guide To Bollywood
21) Sorry Entertainer - Calvin Johnston - Late Great Daniel Johnston
22) Devil Town - Bright Eyes - Late Great Daniel Johnston
23) Home Is Where The Hatred Is - Esther Phillips - Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers
24) Kissing My Love - Spanky Wilson - Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Recommends #5

Monday Night Mixtapes Recommends:

1) Eating Outside: Down side: Too Hot, Bugs, and the Sun in your eyes. Up Side: Feeling like a human being while eating.

2) Crazy People: Case 1: Nashville - Homeless man wearing a Michael Jackson-esque Thriller jacket walks up to me looking for money. When I give him change, he does a spin move and then the splits, then pops up and then leaves.

Case2: San Fransisco - A man hitting on two young hot woman on a bus wearing a bright red kimono and wielding a half loaf of bread tied to his backpack with rope. Duration - 20 minutes. Actually asks them to sleep with him.

Case 3: Cincinnati - A retired Vet in a wheel chair trades pulls from his cheap ass bottle of whiskey for change. Ups the ante but setting you up with woman on the street while drinking his whiskey for a dollar. Method of getting you a date? Pointing at you and asking woman if they want dick.

Why do I recommend it? - Because crazy people are human art. For free. And they are everywhere!

3) Ingenuity: It is cleverness that has been kicked in the nuts.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Mix #15 - Drink, Drank, Drunk

Creator: Cory Popp
Occupation: Film Student
Theme: Drinking
Title: Drink, Drank, Drunk

The first tape!

I haven't seen Cory in a long time, but he was quick to send in a tape. A real, analog, cassette tape. The package showed up in a manila envelop covered in beer labels. When I opened the package and dumped it on the counter, a confetti of beer caps, pop tops, and corks came pouring out. There was a perfect aesthetic to this delivery method.
Inside the tape was packaged in a DYI case that was crafted from old beer 12 pack cases. The track list was inked on the back of a 6 pack. The following was written on the inside of a Stella case:

When to listen to this tape:
To and from the liquor store, when drowning your sorrows after a long day, during happy hour, at AA meetings, at keggers!!!, when your drunk girlfriend shows up at your house unexpectedly to tell you she is going into rehab, and any and all other times, because really, when are you sober
The whole presentation was fantastic, and that is a big part of delivering a mix tape.

The last time I saw Cory, we watched this amazing piece of video.

Here is the music. Enjoy - Have a drink!

Drink, Drank, Drunk
Song - Artist

Side A
1) To Drunk to Dream - Magnetic Fields
2) Drunk - Silkworm
3) Punks in the Beer Light - Silver Jews
4) Jockey Full of Bourbon - Tom Waits
5) Makers - Rocky Votolato
6) Bacardi - Nada Surf
7) Drunk & Hot Girls - Kayne West
8) Kiss the Bottle - Jawbreaker
9) Black Flag - Six Pack

Side B
1) Crooked Fingers - New Drink for the Old Drunk
2) Wined & Dined - Syd Barrett
3) A History of Drunks - Melvins
4) Lived in Bars - Cat Power
5) Fucked Up - Dead Prez
6) La Fin du Monde - The Dirtbombs
7) Kitchen Floor - The Broadways
8) Luna de Margarita - Devendra Banhart
9) O'rouke's, 1:20am - Good Life
10) Absinthe Party at the Honey Warehouse

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Recommends #4

Monday Night Mix Tapes Recommends:

1) Holes in the Knees of Your Jeans: Holes in your jeans is a statement. It is saying, "These jeans fit perfectly and I am not giving them up, Mom. What? I look homeless? No I don't! Homeless people don't have holes in there jeans they wear sweat pants, a 'Big Johnson T-shirt', and carry an Aldi's shopping bag."
Plus, that girl you had a crush on when you were 13 totally had holes in her jeans. So that raises them up on the list. She also was smoking a really bent Marlboro Red and liked Machine Head by Bush, so that kind of hurts the whole scene these days, but the jeans part is still a good look.
Remember: When the holes in the knees of your jeans turn into more, it is time to move on. No one wants to see your whole flank. You are not a slutty female hip-hop artist.

2) Sleeping on the Couch: It kind of hurts your back, and you don't sleep very well, but there is something extremely satisfying about falling over kicking off your boots and staying the fuck there until morning. Its like saying, "Look Body, I know we have been drinking since noon, and you are worn out, but seriously, I am only doing this for you, because I am totally ready to keep partying." Also, half the time you will wake up to the dog's snoot in your grill, and that is the closest city folks can come to waking up in the wilderness- and waking up the wilderness is good for the blood.

3) Writing Letters: Receiving a letter is a treat. I know, I know - It takes longer and your spelling isn't worth shit anymore, but seriously you should do it every once in a while. I can't even remember a single telephone number I have received after 1997. All this Myspace and Gchat has kind of made us retarded. Like not, I can't take care of myself retarded - more like I don't ever write in complete sentences retarded. Also, you would never do this in a letter: :-p, lol, brb, roflmao - because that shit should be banished.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mix #14 - Cold Shoulder/Wild Woman

Creator: Caroline Wiser
Occupation: ???
Theme: Cold Shoulder/Wild Woman
Title: Cold Shoulder/ Wild Woman

New mix by Caroline Wiser. This one just showed up the Monday Night Mix Tapes home offices as a total surprise, and it is damn good.

Mix tapes are often traded at the beginning of relationships, not only as a gift to express thoughts or feelings toward your new romance, but also as an introduction to music and a gauge of your partners tastes. the Wild Woman mix seems to say, "you better watch out!" and the Cold Shoulder mix is saying, "this is what is coming, bitch!" Excellent.

It is a great line of songs. Wanda Jackson, while calmed down in her later years, but was a drinker and bagged Elvis, if rumors are true. I have also heard that she became born again and not to fully disregard her past singes church every Sunday somewhere in Nashville.

I will leave the rest to Caroline. Let her know what you think!

This mix was created for those times when you've rejected another or been pushed away by someone else. The songs encompass all of the viewpoints - from being the rejector and trying to talk sense into a loved one, to self reflection, to being the angry rejected one.

The Cold Shoulder Mix
Song - Artist

1) Mykonons - Fleet Foxes
2) Bye bye bye - Plants and Animals
3) Skinny Love - Bon Iver
4) I am trying to break your heart - Wilco
5) High and Dry - Radiohead
6) You are what you love - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
7) Empty Shell - Cat Power
8) The Empty Threats of Little Lords - Sunset Rubdown
9) Chelsea Hotel #2 - Leonard Cohen
10) You're Breaking my heart - Harry Nilsson

Well, this mix is fairly self-explanatory. There aren't really any deep-rooted themes on this mix, just a group of crazy ladies that sang a damn fine song or two in their day. Enjoy!

Wild Woman
Song - Artist

1) Fujiyama Mama - Wanda Jackson
2) Rock n' Roll Nigger - Patti Smith
3) Hound Dog - Big Mama Thorton
4) Atomic - Blondie
5) Nutbush City Limits - Ike and Tina Turner
6) Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
7) Private Idaho - The B-52's
8) I want to be Evil - Eartha Kitt
9) Women is Losers - Janis Joplin
10) Smackwater Jack - Carole King

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Recommends #3

It is time for you to take Monday Night Mix Tapes recommendations.

1) Drinking on the Front Porch: Sure there are considerably less women to look at (and if I know your front porch, "considerably less" means zero), but take a break, booty-hound! Get a case of what you drink, put on some Otis Redding, and get fucked up out in nature like the good Lord intended. Plus, you never have to worry about getting home, you just have to worry about getting inside, and honestly you don't even have to worry about that. Right Andy?

2) Bumper Stickers: There is no faster way to be absolutely sure who you hate, especially from 20 feet away. Except for those brass sets of "balls" assholes put on their trucks, and people wearing Insane Clown Posse T-shirts. You can see those shirts coming forever because they only make them in 4X large. ICP fans are big. Probably from trying to eat away their shame.

3) High 5's: High 5's are the handshake of the Gods. If Michaelangelo had any guts that is what would be painted on the Sistine Chapel instead of that weak-ass finger touching. We believe in high 5's because you will forever avoid limp handshakes, and it sounds like smacking an ass.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mix #13 - Songs that Spell

Creator: Matt Smith
Occupation: Retail
Theme: Spelling
Title: Songs that Spell

As Wu-Tang says, "Aw Shit, that's the jam."
I like this theme. This is kind of a quintessential "Monday Night Mix Tape" theme. What I found so interesting was until I was listening to these songs, grouped together like this, I don't think I would have been able to list so many songs with spelling.

I am a little hung over and I am going to let this one speak for itself. I want to leave you with these questions:
1) Don't you think Hall & Oats kind of blow?
2) Will you put a song on a mix that you hate, but fits so well you can't ignore it?
3) Isn't Wu-Tang actually the jam?

NOTE: Due to a bunch of mixes arriving. Next mix will be posted Thursday May, 8th. Keep sending them in. I'll keep posting them. Spread the word.

This is the anthem. . . get your damn hands up!


1) Izzo (Hova) - Jay Z
2) D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
3) Washington D.C. - Magnetic Fields
4) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. - Tammy Wynette
5) Friction - Television
6) Veloria - Pixies
7) Lola - The Kinks
8) Method Man - Wu-Tang Clan
9) Gloria - Patti Smith
10) Girlfriend - The Modern Lovers
11) Method of Modern Love - Hall & Oats
12) Respect - Aretha Franklin

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Recommends #2

Monday Night Mix Tapes would like to recommend:

1) Beards: We are not talking about neck beards, chin straps, or mutton chops. And not mustaches. Mustaches are always ironic when you are under 35. Even if you don't know it. Unless you are a grit.
I once made eye contact with a guy in his 20's with a SERIOUS mustache. He came into the bar looking like Matthew McConaughey and asking for a paper towel and a ginger ale, because his girlfriend was puking in the car-- he was smiling the whole time. Making eye contact with him was was like staring into Abraham Lincoln's soul -- and you know what Abe Lincoln had? -- a beard.
Beards are nature's mask, grow one and stop being such a little pussy.

2) Audio books on a long car ride: Especially recommended if you are traveling to see music. I mean really how greedy are your ears? Listen Ears, let the brain have a little room once in a while. You get concerts, conversation, sweet nothings. . .
We have been shitting on the brain since before high school. I am sure you can find an audio book read by Morgan Freeman. The Ears love Morgan Freeman.

3) Going for it!: I mean what are you afraid of? What that you will fail? You fail all the time. You do. If you weren't always so stoned you would notice. I say buck up and do it. I mean what is the worst that could happen? Oh, you could die? I mean, aren't you a little dead on the inside already? I thought so.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Mix #12 - Your City

Creator: Jesse Chula
Occupation: Inside Advertising Sales
Theme: Your City
Title: That Manchester Sound

I don't know much about Manchester. I don't know much about these bands. I couldn't have made this mix.
Good thing Jesse did. I like the concept. Music as place. While people don't always think about it in those terms, some music just sounds distinctly related to a region. You'll hear people say a track sounds "Detroit" or a rap album is very "Atlanta." It is just typical for a city to develop a nationally recognizable sound.

I know this I live in Nashville.

This is from Jesse the creator:
Sooner or later the World’s first Industrialized city would get it right. Most of us love the Cities we live in for one reason or another. Why shouldn’t we? It’s home right? Well certain cities are known for different things, and besides their famous sports teams, Manchester, England has always been known for its music. The “Madchester” scene was born in the 80’s with bands like The Smiths, and The Stone Roses. The following short mix tape highlights bands from Manchester and surrounding areas. Although each song doesn’t mention Manchester by name, each song was carefully selected due to certain references of a city, place, area, or other facet of the Manchester, or English culture.

Since I am the one putting it online, I have already heard the mix. I dug it. Thanks for sending it in! Just a warning, someone might try to bust your ass for excluding Joy Division... you know how their fans get!
Monday Night Mixtapes

NOTE 1: With the influx of mix tapes in the mail, I will be posting another entry later this week. Check back!

NOTE 2: Feel free to comment.

NOTE 3: Send a mix in!

1. Late for the Train- The Buzzcocks
2. Irish Blood, English Heart- Morrissey
3. Part of the Queue- Oasis
4. The Headmaster Ritual- The Smiths
5. Shadows of Salford- Doves
6. Mersey Paradise- Stone Roses
7. At Home He’s a Tourist- Gang of Four
8. Station Approach- Elbow
9. Back to the Old House- The Smiths
10. Avenue of Hope- I Am Kloot

Friday, April 25, 2008

Recommends #1

Since there is about six days between posts of mix tapes (and that might change), I thought I would add a few additional entries to fill the gaps.
Pretty simple idea: Monday Night Mix Tapes (or its readers) recommends something for you to check out (and posts a link to find it.) Maybe.

1) Ben Sollee: I got a chance to catch a set of Ben's in Nashville. To simply say he is a cellist is not exactly fair. He is the kind of cellist that probably likes Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" (and to a lesser degree "Chronic 2001".) It was enjoyable and interesting and something I wouldn't miss. Visit his page and tell him I sent you.

2) Flavor Blasted Goldfish Snacks: Considerably more full of flavor than the original Goldfish snack (which means that there is actually flavor). It is goldfish snacks grown up. It will remind you of the moment you stopped holding hands and started dry-humping in the basement after your parents went to bed. Plus, the fish now wearing sunglasses. Which makes him cool like James Dean or blind people. And that little fucker is smiling - even though you are going to eat him.

3) Morning Bike Rides: Look, I know it sucks getting up early, and you are still hung over or a little drunk, but there is no other way to start your day. You liked bird-doggin' ladies at the bar last night, just do it in the park. It's about the same, only these ladies have jobs.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mix #11 - School/ Work

Creator: Casey Chalmers
Occupation: Videographer
Theme: School and Work
Title: School/Work(Double Disc)

I always am exited to get a mix from Casey, because it, without fail, introduces me to a ton of new music. It also makes me curious how I didn't already know a group named "Cock Sparrer"? It seems like I should be on their mailing list.

These are both fun mixes, and it surprised me how often many of the Wu-Tang Clan affiliates sung (growled) about school. I suppose it is a topic almost all us have in common with the Wu-Tang Clan -- at least that and the fact that Clark's are really comfortable, and we should all diversify our stocks and bonds. They're no one to fuck with.

I was surprised that the Jackson 5's, "ABC" didn't make the list, and I was very happy to see that Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" was absent.

BTO - First there is no "Overdrive" about any of their music. Just the term "overdrive" seems like you should be the opposite of everything they are about. I can't condone the misappropriation of that term.

Second, every corporate event I have ever been a part of (and there have been too many) use this song as some kind of rocking anthem, and if it doesn't start the day out, it WILL close the convention down as part of some slide show event that magically makes it seem like everyone wants to be sitting there for a week of eating buffet lunches, binge drinking the nights away in the bar to stay sane, and late night groping of co-workers.

In Canada, they eat that shit up!

Thumbs up for the Uncle Tupelo, Willie Hightower, and The Degrassi High Theme Song.

My only other comment is: It takes some balls to put a 7 minute Pet Shop Boys Song on any mixed tape.

1) Degrassi High School Theme
2) School - Masta Killa/Rza
3) High School Confidential - Hasil Adkins
4) Rock 'n Roll High School - The Ramones
5) Fuck School - The Replacements
6) Principle's Office - Young MC
7) School Days - Chuck Berry
8) Obedience School - Brian Dewan
9) When I kissed the Teacher - ABBA
10) Everything I ever wanted to know about genocide I learned it - Broadways
11) Academy Fight Song - Mission of Burma
12) Skipped a Grade - Franklin Bruno
13) Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
14) Teacher Teacher - Toots and the Maytals
15) High School - MC5
16) Sukie in the Graveyard - Belle and Sebastian
17) Child's Play - Ghostface Killah

1) I got an office job with the sole purpose of harassing you - Anal Cunt
2) Money, money, money - ABBA
3) Never Get Ahead - Bobby Conn
4) Backroad into town - Willie Hightower
5) Working - Cocksparrer
6) I hate work - MDC
7) Working for the Man - Roy Orbison
8) 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
9) Blu Colla Workers - Blue & Exile
10) Opportunities - Pet Shop Boys
11) A new Career in a new town - David Bowie
12) Graveyard Shift - Uncle Tupelo
13) Which Side are you On? - Dropkick Murphys
14) Career Opportunities - The Clash
15) Work Hard/Play Hard - Palace Music
16) Welcome to the working world - Elvis Costello
17) Abducted by the work Aliens - Heavy Vegetable
18) One Piece at a Time - Johnny Cash
19) I Can't Wait to Get Off Work - Tom Waits

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mix #10 - Girls on Boys

Creator: Nelle Blevins
Occupation: Architect
Theme: Covers
Title: Girls on Boys (Double Disc)

This is a great concept for a mix. All songs originally performed by men covered by woman. Cover songs are interesting - especially when the transcend the original version (in quality or popularity), and take on a new meaning. Like mixtapes, covers change meaning based on how it is used, and who uses it. Which ones hold up? Who can really own it? I once saw a friend do "Every Rose has Its Thorn" in a strip-mall bar filled with rednecks, I promise to you it was just as powerful as the original and I was standing on a table by the end. That is one of my personal top 10 covers.

Also, I had read once, and have no idea if this is true, that (the Prince of Darkness) Trent Reznor and (Duke of Douche Bags) Zack De La Rocha were recording Zach's new record at Trent's haunted mansion/recording studio when Johnny Cash's version of Hurt (+ video) were delivered. Trent was unhappy Cash decided to cover it. They put the tape in and watched. By the end of the video both men were crying, and Trent said to Zach, "That is now a Johnny Cash song." Wouldn't that have been a sight to see? The Goth and the Activist weeping to Country. Some things just pull the heart strings.

I know the theme was Girls On Boys -- Girls covering Boys songs, which means technically speaking, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy shouldn't be included in with the girls. I can understand how you would think that, but I have a couple of things I would like you to consider in defense of this mix. First, the last time I saw Will Oldham (in the wild), he was wearing a pink head-band, very very short jean cut-offs, a pink shirt and snow boots and eating an vanilla ice cream cone. Second, relatively speaking this makes R. Kelly look like Ernest Hemingway.

Track Listing:

1) Satisfaction - Bjork
2) Love Will Tear Us Apart - Nouvelle Vague
3) Starman - Mates of State
4) $20 - M.I.A
5) This Charming Man - Stars
6) Highway 61 Revisited - Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers
7) Two-Headed Boy - The Dresdon Dolls
8) Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis - Neck Case
9) Pennyroyal Tea - Kristen Hersh
10) Yesterday is Here - Cat Power and Steve Shelly
11) Stuck Inside of Mobile with Memphis Blues Again - Cat Power
12) Between the Bars - Metric
13) Trouble - Kristen Hersh
14) I'm Not in Love - Tori Amos
15) War Pigs - The Dresdon Dolls
16) Ignition - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

One of my favorite "Girls on Boys" is Neko Case covering The Everly Brothers, "Bowling Green" off of her first album, The Virginian. It is a song about country folk going to city to get wasted and bird-dog chicks. Find it, you will enjoy it!

The play-list that follows was included with the first mix. It is all the originals. Compare and contrast. . .

1) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
2) Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
3) Starman - David Bowie
4) Where is my Mind - The Pixies
5) This Charming Man - The Smiths
6) Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
7) Two - Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel
8) Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
9) Pennyroyal Tea - Nirvana
10) Yesterday is Here - Tom Waits
11) Stuck in Mobile with Memphis Blues Again - Bob Dylan
12) Between the Bars - Elliot Smith
13) Trouble - Cat Stevens
14) I'm Not in Love - 10cc
15) War Pigs - Ozzy Osbourne
16) Ignition - R. Kelly

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mix #9 - Gambling

Creator: Kyle Burns
Occupation: Insurance
Theme: Gambling
Title: Gambling

Track Listing:

1) Viva Las Vegas - Dead Kennedys
2) Ohh, Las Vegas - Gram Parsons
3) Gambling Man - Woody Guthrie
4) The Ace of Spades - Motorhead
5) Dying Gambler - Blind Willie McTell
6) Go Down Gambling - Blood, Sweat & Tears
7) Luck be a lady tonight - Frank Sinatra
8) Polka Dot Gambler - Jimmie Rodgers
9) Rambling Gambling Willie - Bob Dylan
10) Poker - ELO
11) Sin City - EmmyLou Harris
12) Where the Devil Don't Stay - Drive By Truckers
13) The Gambler - Kenny Rodgers

This is a great mix! Starting off with the Dead Kennedys was the right thing to do. I figured you someone would be bound to start or end with The Gambler. I have some memory of this song from early childhood. Maybe an uncle sang this to me, maybe it was on when something traumatizing was happening, so it stuck. The other highlights, for me, were the Gram Parsons song, Ohh Las Vegas. I like Parsons stuff, especially the Flying Burrito Bros. records, but this had someone escaped me. Also, The Drive-By Truckers. I thought they were bullshit. I was wrong.

Roll them dice!

Mix #8 - The Religion Box Set

Creator: Andrew Craig
Occupation: Photographer/Server

NOTE: Andrew went totally crazy and decided to fully cover the theme of religion. As in, no one will be able to make another mix about standard religious themes. He came to the bar with a four disk box set (plus a limited addition EP) with album art and a storage case. Outstanding!

Disc 1: Slow Dance with Jesus
Disc 2: The Devil Rides Out
Disc 3: Heaven is for Lovers
Disc 4: Let's Go to Hell
Record Label: DudeRanch Records!!!

Track Listings:

Slow Dance with Jesus
Song - Artist
1) Super Star - Tim Rice and Andrew Loyd Webber
2) Blood of the Lamb - Wilco
3) Jesus - Queen
4) Chocolate Jesus - Tom Waits
5) Jesus Loves Me - Coco Rosie
6) Plastic Jesus - Flaming Lips
7) Jesus was an Only Child - Modest Mouse
8) Jesus - Page France
9) Jesus Gonna Be Here - Tom Waits
10) He Remembered Me - Hank Williams
11) Sweet Rapture - A.A. Bondy
12) King of Carrot Flowers Parts II & III - Neutral Milk Hotel
13) Jesus Choir - Neva Denova
14) Way Down Deep in my Soul - Bill Monroe
15) Jesus, Etc - Wilco
16) Jesus is Just Alright - The Byrds
17) Jesus Walks - Kanye West

The Devil Rides Out
Song - Artist
1) Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin
2) Devil in a Blue Dress - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
3) Down, Down, Down - Tom Waits
4) Deviled Eggs - I Mary's Pants
5) The Silver Tonged Devil and I - Kris Kristopherson
6) Devil in her Heart - The Beatles
7) Devil's Haircut - Beck
8) Devil Run - Jenny Lewis
9) Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
10) Rather be the Devil - Alice Stuart
11) Devil's Waiting - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
12) Hell is Chrome - Wilco
13) Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

I had never heard Immortal Technique songs is 1) totally unknown to me and 2) amazing brutal. The whole song streams, enjoy and be terrified.

Heaven is for Lovers
Song - Artist
1) Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
2) Just Like Heaven - Dinosaur Jr.
3) Content Heaven - Rapture
4) Monkeys gone to Heaven - Frank Black
5) Airline to Heaven - Wilco
6) Fucking in Heaven - Fat Boy Slim
7) I'll Fly Away - Gillian Welch & Allison Krauss
8) Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Anthony & The Johnsons
9) Seven Stories Underground - The Gutter Twins
10) Teenage Heaven - Eddie Cochran
11) When I Take My Vacation in Heaven - Ernest Tubb
12) In Heaven - Pixies
13) Heaven Tonight - Cheap Trick

Let's Go To Hell
Song - Artist
1) (Don't Worry) If There's Hell Below We're All Going To Go - Curtis Mayfield
2) Lake of Fire - Meat Puppets
3) Underground - Tom Waits
4) Straight to Hell - The Clash
5) Heat Wave - Martha Reeves
6) Hot Rails to Hell - Blue Oyster Cult
7) The Made Texas - Hermes Nye
8) Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers
9) Raising Hell - Run DMC
10) Hell Bound - The Breeders
11) Hell's Ditch - The Pouges
12) I think I'm Going to Hell - My Morning Jacket
13) Facing Hell - Ozzy Osbourne

This Curtis Mayfield track is awesome. I had never heard it before, and from concept to the last note I think it rocks. (and the Pouges never fail me)

Mix #7 - Springtime

Creator: Charles Desporte
Occupation: Production Tech
Title: Mesclun Mix

Track Listings:

1) Cherry Blossom Girl - Air
2) Sunday Sun - Beck
3) Our Secret - Beat Happening
4) O Leaozinho - Caetano Veloso
5) Laguna Sunrise - Black Sabbath
6) The Day the Air Turned Blue - ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
7) Flower - Liz Phair
8) Johnny Sunshine - Liz Phair
9) Summer's Cauldron - XTC
10) Grass - XTC
11) So Quero Um Xodo - Gilberto Gil
12) Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
13) Tree - Sebadoh
14) The Fawn - The Sea and Cake
15) California Stars - Billy Bragg and Wilco
16) Um Canto De Afoxe Para O Bloco De Ile' (Ile' Ile') - Caetano Veloso

Charlie delivered this mix for the first day of Spring. It was a good mix, and every time I hear "California Stars", it really does remind me of a spring night. Usually, I am against repeating an artist on a mixtape (unless that is your theme), but I didn't mind it at all. Maybe it was because I haven't heard Liz Phair in a long time. I forgot how dirty she was. Or just always ignored it. I listened to this mix for the first time in a friends new apartment, before he moved it. Empty rooms and bare walls. The only thing inside was a cd player, coffee table, beers and boxes.
The foreign tracks on here are a treat and make you want to sit on the porch and drink margaritas.

Mix #6 - Cocaine

Creator: Matt Smith
Occupation: Retail
Title: Cocaine

NOTE: This was the first CD presented with Album art. The Track list was included on the CD face. The case was made with reflective "mirror" like paper and included a razor blade and two lines of pseudo-coke. He also hand delivered the mix to me while he was drunk as shit in a parking garage. It really added to the whole experience for me. Excellent!

Track List:
Song - Artist
1) Cocaine - Project Pat
2) Bails of Cocaine - Reverend Horton Heat
3) Cocaine Decisions - Frank Zappa
4) Kokakola - The Clash
5) Can't you Hear me Knocking - Rolling Stones
6) Tell it to me - Old Crow Medicine Show
7) Cocaine Blues - Bob Dylan
8) Casey Jones - Grateful Dead
9) MTV makes me want to smoke crack - Beck
10) Cocaine - JJ Cale
11) Cocaine Blues - Nick Drake
12) Cocaine Blues - Townes Van Zandt
13) Let's Get Stoned - Ray Charles

Mix #5 - Traveling

Creator: Stephen Kertis
Occupation: Video Producer
Title: Ya'll Get!

Track List:
1) Have Love Will Travel -- The Sonics
2) Ode To A 1973 Chevy Open Road -- David Dondero
3) The Way You Move (Feat. Sleepy Brown) -- Big Boi
4) Jackson --- Johnny Cash
5) Devil --- Ghostfinger
6) America --- Simon And Garfunkel
7) Last Train To Clarksville --- The Monkees
8) I've Been Everywhere-- Hank Snow
9) Going To Georgia -- The Mountain Goats
10) Walkin' After Midnight --- Patsy Cline
11) Homeward Bound --- Simon And Garfunkel
12) Goin' Out West --- Tom Waits
13) On The Road Again -- Willie Nelson
14) Wanted Man --- Johnny Cash
15) Traveling Blues --- Blind Willie McTell
16) Bob Dylan's 115th Dream --- Bob Dylan
17) Ease Down The Road --- Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
18) Suzanne --- Leonard Cohen
19) Hotel Yorba --- The White Stripes
20) Must Catch A Train --- The Pietasters
21) Gotta Get Up --- Harry Nilsson
22) Should I Stay or Should I Go -- The Clash

Mix #4 - Hot/Cold

Creator: Casey "Chalm-Bomb" Chalmers
Occupation: Videographer
Theme: Hot/Cold (Double Disc)
Title: Hot/Cold

Track Listing:
Hot CD
1. ghostface and trife - fire
2. the clash - london's burning
3. bananarama - cruel summer
4. electric six - fire in the disco
5. big black - texas
6. the specials - too hot
7. they might be giants - catching on fire
8. ann beretta - fire in the hole
9. hank snow - spanish fireball
10. fire the saddle - long hot summer day
11. candi staton - how can i put out the flame (when you keep the fire burning)
12. brian dewan - wastepaper basket fire
13. nick cave - fire down below
14. squirrel nut zippers - hell
15. arsonists - backdraft
16. prince - black sweat
17. the jon spencer blues explosion - sweat
18. the undertones - here comes summer
19. ? - wet hot american summer song
20. snoop dogg and pharrell - drop it like it's hot

Cold CD
1. outkast - i'm cool
2. zookeeper - snow in berlin
3. elf power - the winter is coming
4. teen idols - 20 below
5. galaxie 500 - listen, the snow is falling
6. more animals of the arctic - frozen animals
7. valgeir sigurosson and dawn mccarthy - winter sleep
8. ween - cold blows the wind
9. buffalo daughter - cold summer
10. master p - the ice cream man
11. del mccoury - rain and snow
12. the mountain goats - third snow song
13. radical face - winter is coming
14. space negros - vigor the ice man
15. tom waits - cold cold ground
16. jonathan richman and the modern lovers - abominable snowman in the market
17. kelis - milkshake (remix)