Again, nothing to add to the story. Here’s a blog post in which I am working on this mix:
and here is the post announcing it:
Another overloaded mix, courtesy of KEXP and various music blogs, among other things.
- The Decemberists – The Infanta
I had liked the tune “16 Military Wives” but on the whole the Decemberists did more for Becky than me. However, this song really grabbed me right away and is a perfect opener.
- Matthew Sweet – The Ocean In-Between
- Of Montreal – She’s My Best Friend
- The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
- Grandaddy – I’m On Standby
- The Go! Team – Junior Kickstart
- The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
- They Might Be Giants – Prevenge
- Kasabian – LSF (Lost Souls Forever)
- Splashdown – Karma Slave
- Cake – Dime
- The Arcade Fire – Crown Of Love
These are all returning favorites.
- Troubled Hubble – I’m Pretty Sure I Can See Molecules
No idea where I first heard of these guys, but I love this song!
- Wintergreen – When I Wake Up
A nice enough pop song, but what I really like is the video, which is about the great Atari ET landfill. Check it out!
- Zombina & the Skeletones – Nobody Likes You
- Feist – Mushaboom
- Baskervilles – Another Free Show In Battery Park
- The Radio Dept. – I Don’t Need Love, I’ve Got My Band
- Devin Davis – Giant Spiders
- The Legends – Call It Ours
- The Clientele – My Own Face Inside The Trees
- Elbow – Fallen Angel
- Flunk – I’ve Been Waiting All My Life to Leave You
- Stars – Reunion
- Film School – P.S.
All KEXP tunes, which means I don’t know much of anything else about them.
- The Mountain Goats – This Year
The Sunset Tree took everything I already liked about The Mountain Goats and made it even better.
- Andrew Bird – Fake Palindromes
Andrew Bird was also a KEXP regular, but in addition we saw him open for Erin McKeown in Northampton, which got my interest going. I love the swooping sounds of this one.
- Fountains of Wayne – Red Dragon Tattoo
This is going back to a previous album because I’d been shocked to realize it had never been included. I love this song more than I love you.
- The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt.1
I was very late to the Flaming Lips party, but happy to have finally arrived. This album is pure genius all the way through.
- Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me
I believe I heard this one on the regular radio, one of the rare occasions I listened, and liked it enough to track down the artist and title.
- The Minders – Build
Another throwback to an earlier album to ensure that I didn’t miss out on including a favorite.
- Jet – Look What You Have Done
I like this track, but the other Jet stuff I heard left me cold.
- John Vanderslice – Exodus Damage
John V. has appeared before, as he was a KEXP regular, but this song floored me. And when I got the album, Pixel Revolt, it blew me away. It’s just incredible. The line from here, “You said this would happen and just like that, it did”, talking about the 9/11 attack, sends chills through me.
- Alisa – Everlasting Love
Becky and I were playing a lot of We Love Katamari, the absurd videogame about rolling stuff up into a ball. This song is from the soundtrack to the game, and I was always happy when it came up. I don’t go for the J-Pop like a lot of geeks do, but I find this one charming.
- The Weather Machines – Modern Text on Love
I think I read about these guys in Entertainment Weekly? They kind of remind me of The Cars, but I couldn’t say why.
- Love As Laughter – Dirty Lives
- The Cribs – Another Number
Two more from KEXP, and to be honest, if I were to trim this mix down they’d be among the first to go.
- The National – Mr. November
I got this song from the great music blog Music For Robots, which had this to say about it:
I can listen to the chorus “I won’t fuck us over/I’m Mr. November” til the cows come home — and I have no idea what Mr. November is. I’m pretty sure he’s a quarterback, but he could be a dude who posed in a Calendar for all I know. It’s not important.
What is important is that Mr. November will fuck us over.
And they are absolutely right. It is a certainty.
- MC Honky – The Baby That Was You
Dan introduced me to this album, which is a side project for E from the Eels (a band I’m amazed has never been featured here.) This song annoys just about everyone who hears it except me.
- Brian Eno & John Cale – One Word
Another thing I discovered around this time was Pandora, a site in which you could put in a band you like and get music that is allegedly similar to them. Of course I put in Shriekback, and this is what it found for me. Is it like Shriekback? I don’t think so. But I love the song.
- Hot Chip – Playboy
I also got this song from a music blog, and it went quickly from “too weird” to “actually, kind of interesting” to “I think I like this” to “damn, I want to listen to that again.” It’s the chorus that does it. As a bonus, the namecheck of Yo La Tengo in the song made me finally check them out as well, so don’t be surprised if you see them soon.
- Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Scattered Pearls
I think this is a gorgeous song.
I was heavily into European-style boardgames at this point, and a term for wooden, person-shaped playing pieces is “meeples”. Becky and I, playing Carcassonne, would talk about deploying our meeples for scoring. It’s one of the best covers I’ve done.
Click on the player below to listen to this mix!
(xspf player courtesy Lacy Morrow and Fabricio Zuardi.)