Saturday, September 01, 2007

Mixes Never Made

The only real bad thing about creating a lot of mix CDs - wait a second there; they're in MP3 form - ok, compressed digital media that functions in the same way a mix tape or CD would have in those Days of Yore - is that I have so many unused mixes loitering about my iTunes playlists.

Here are a couple of them and some brief comments:

February 11, 2007
1. Deerhoof - The Perfect Me (2.40)
2. Gastr Del Sol - Black Horse (5.24)
3. Sun City Girls - Iced Off Broccoli (0.32)
4. Sunset Rubdown - Snakes Got a Leg III (3.52)
5. Wilco - At Least That's What You Said (5.33)
6. Guided by Voices - Big Chief Chinese Restaurant (0.56)
7. The Fall - Hip Priest (7.47)
8. Sebadoh - Limb by Limb (2.17)
9. Sigur Ros - Ny Batteri (8.10)
10. Jim O'Rourke - Insignificance (5.11)
11. Modest Mouse - Dark Center of the Universe (5.03)
12. Tapes 'n' Tapes - Cowbell (2.33)
13. Loose Fur - Liquidation Totale (5.37)
14. The Olivia Tremor Control - Hideway (2.34)
15. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Antennas to Heaven (18.57)
16. Pavement - Mussel Rock (Is a Horse in Transition) (3.26)
Pretty much, I wanted to create a mix that began with that Deerhoof song and ended with that Pavement song. I was into the idea at that time of constructing mixes around short interludes of one minute or fewer, an idea I got from a really great Sun City Girls record called "Static From the Outside Set". Sebadoh's eclectic "III" also was a factor - I liked how on that record you never knew what was next or what genre Gaffney was going to steal from for his postmodern psychedelic stews of compositions or whether the next song would be whiny proto-emo Barlow or death-metal-grunting Gaffney.

Charlotte NC, August 18, 2007
1. Spoon - My Mathematical Mind (5.02)
2. Low - Like a Forest (2.27)
3. Sonic Youth - Hey Joni (4.23)
4. Arcade Fire - Un Annee sans Lumiere (3.43)
5. Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk at Cubist Castle (7.35)
6. Caterpillar - Somnamubulistic (3.12)
7. Mogwai - Kids Will be Skeletons (7.27)
8. Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke) (10.46)
9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles up in the Air and Burning? (4.27)
10. Pavement - The Sutcliffe Catering Song (3.22)
11. Silver Jews - Advice to the Graduate (3.18)
12. Jim O'Rourke - Bad Timing (9.59)
13. Beck - Fume (4.29)
I did this mix after listening to a college radio station based up in Boston and being awed at how the DJs there would integrate these ten or twenty minute noise, folk, and avant-garde pieces into a playlist of otherwise obscure but catchy as hell-yet-makes-you-go-WTF indie pop. So adding the longer and.or more ambient pieces into an otherwise conventional set came from there.
Interestingly, I keep a list of songs on my iTunes library I've heard on the radio. I plan to make a mix about those in the future...

1 comment:

D said...

Thanks for sharing your iTunes library.