november 2016 mix

Posted on Wednesday 9 November 2016


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Music is my release. And I needed release after yesterday’s election.

November 2016 Mix – “CAN YOU GET ME OUT OF HERE”

01 Heavens to Betsy – Axemen (1993)
02 Golden Triangle – Jinx (2010)
03 SLUTEVER – No Offense (2011)
04 Litige – Paranoïa (2016)
05 FIDLAR – No Waves (2013)
06 Chastity Belt – Time to Go Home (2015)
07 nancy pants – I Didn’t Say (2014)
08 TacocaT – The Internet (2016)
09 Cold Pumas – A Versatile Gift (2012)
10 Haybaby – New Friends (2015)
11 Gurr – No New Friends (2015)
12 Cayetana – South Philly (2014)
13 Ripped Jeans – Angelic Milk (2016)
14 Perfect Pussy – Interference Fits (2014)
15 all dogs – How Long (2015)
16 Cherry Glazerr – White’s Not My Color This Evening (2014)
17 Palehound – Easy (2015)
18 Jay Reatard – Nightmares (2006)
19 Big Thief – Masterpiece (2016)
20 The Beets – I Think I Might Have Built A Horse (2011)

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the power of forgiveness

Posted on Sunday 6 November 2016

The act of forgiveness — true forgiveness from the heart — must be one of the most empowering actions that one can undertake. You can aim to forgive, but you can’t force it. Sometimes it takes time. Sometimes it takes emotional expenditure. Although I am not a person of faith, I admire the central understanding in Judeo-Christian faiths of the personal empowerment that the act of forgiveness affords us in releasing malice and ill-will. We forgive not for the forgiven, but to find balance in ourselves.

Forgiveness is the central concept of The Avett Brothers‘ “No Hard Feelings,” and it should come as no surprise that it’s lyrics are speckled with religious overtones. It’s a particularly calming and heartwarming song – whether used as reinforcement for finding forgiveness of others, or as mantra to help find forgiveness.

When my body won’t hold me anymore
And it finally lets me free
Will I be ready?
When my feet won’t walk another mile?
And my lips give their last kiss goodbye?
Will my hands be steady when I lay down my fears, my hopes, and my doubts?
The rings on my fingers, and the keys to my house
With no hard feelings?

When the sun hangs low in the west
And the light in my chest won’t be kept held at bay any longer
When the jealousy fades away
And it’s ash and dust for cash and lust
And it’s just hallelujah
And love in thoughts and love in the words
Love in the songs they sing in the church
And no hard feelings

Lord knows they haven’t done much good for anyone
Kept me afraid and cold
With so much to have and hold
Mmm, mmm-hmm

When my body won’t hold me anymore
And it finally lets me free
Where will I go?
Will the trade winds take me south through Georgia grain?
Or tropical rain?
Or snow from the heavens?
Will I join with the ocean blue?
Or run into a savior true?
And shake hands laughing
And walk through the night, straight to the light
Holding the love I’ve known in my life
And no hard feelings

Lord knows they haven’t done much good for anyone
Kept me afraid and cold
With so much to have and hold
Under the curving sky
I’m finally learning why
It matters for me and you
To say it and mean it too
For life and it’s loveliness
And all of its ugliness
Good as it’s been to me
I have no enemies
I have no enemies
I have no enemies
I have no enemies

I wouldn’t really consider myself an Avett Brothers fan, but I was immediately drawn to the song, and I think it’s partly for the message, and partly because the melody feels like it was appropriated from (or at least bears an uncanny resemblance to) Okkervil River‘s 2006 B-side, “Love To A Monster.”

The lyrics of “Love To A Monster” are written from the point of view of the monster – a self-absorbed and manipulative man-baby of a womanizing rock star. Expressing the perspective of the villain was a common theme to Will Sheff‘s mid-2000s writing. And so while I actually slightly prefer the Okkervil River’s Memphis-like arrangement of “To Love A Monster” to the more Nashville “No Hard Feelings,” it’s rewarding to be able to sing along in eschewing the concept of “the enemy,” and without having to wince at the inner dialogue of a toxic personality. But empathy for that wounded and troubled soul is a commonality to the songs.

Empathy is a powerful concept.

Forgiveness is its even more powerful act.

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october 2016 mix

Posted on Wednesday 5 October 2016


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Suuns‘ 2013 album, Images Du Futur, ended with the droning and mesmerizing track, “Music Won’t Save You.” The lyrics are delivered empty and dejected, as if the comes as a disappointing realization from a place of wisdom. We want them to be false, though. We want to think that the music will save us, and so time and again, in places of joy and in pain, we return to it: those songs we love to dance to; those songs we fell in love to; and those songs that expressed our sorrow when it seemed like no one else understood.

Music won’t save you. It won’t get you a good job. It won’t provide you shelter. It won’t bring her or him back to you. It won’t unbreak your heart.

But it will take you back to a moment that you don’t want to let go of. It will help you let it out when no one else is around. It will pick up your spirits. It will make you move. It will help you lose yourself. Ben Shemie of Suuns is wrong. Music will save you.

October 2016 Mix – “Lose yourself”

01 Owen Pallett – In Conflict (2014)
02 Expensive Looks – Nothing More (2012)
03 Alias – Dahorses (2011)
04 Psychic Twin – Lose Myself (2016)
05 Dyan – St. James (2016)
06 Ian Sweet – 2soft2chew (2016)
07 Low – Words (1994)
08 Houses – Medicine (2010)
09 COOLRUNNINGS – Fool Moon (2011)
10 Vitalic – Trahison (2005)
11 Teebs – Red Curbs Loop (Stuff I Dream About) (2011)
12 Cold Cave – Life Magazine (2009)
13 Suburban Living – Club Kids (2013)
14 Porches – Underwater (2016)
15 Porcelain Raft – Tip of Your Tongue (2010)
16 Sylvan Esso – Uncatena (2014)
17 Saroos – Týden Divu (2010)
18 Suuns – Music Won’t Save You (2013)
19 Stars – Undertow (2008)

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september 2016 mix

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2016


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I can’t stress enough how underrated Duster is. And Forest Fire. And Okay.

Perfect for a slow weekend morning, staying in.

September 2016 Mix – “I have sunshine.”

01 Beach Fossils – What a Pleasure (2011)
02 The Ghosts – Go Out On The Streets (2007)
03 Day Wave – You Are Who You Are (2015)
04 CASTLEBEAT – Falling Forward (2016)
05 Mac Demarco – Only You (2012)
06 Duster – Unrecovery (2000)
07 Havergal – Lungs for the Race (2001)
08 HOOPS – Any Day Now (2015)
09 That Ghost – Never Have Fun (2008)
10 Helvetia – Another Ice Age (2012)
11 Mazes – Explode Into Colo(u)rs (2014)
12 Good Morning – Cab Deg (2016)
13 The Archivist – Signs & Symbols (2007)
14 Wild Nothing – Take Me In (2010)
15 Alphatra – La Fuite (2015)
16 Craft Spells – You Should Close The Door (2011)
17 Lab Coast – Helen Bach (2016)
18 Thunder Tillman – Exact Location of the Soul (2016)
19 Papercuts – Poor and Free (2004)
20 Forest Fire – Sunshine City (2008)
21 Okay – Mind (2005)
22 Bee & Flower – Twin Stars (2001)

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august 2016 mix

Posted on Tuesday 2 August 2016


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August’s mix is mishmash of sources: Soulection-type instrumental hip-hop, 99pi background favorites, and various instrumental electronica I’ve found myself listening to. There’s a bit of singing here and there, but this should probably be my most work-friendly mix to-date.

Let me know how I did.

August 2016 Mix – “START AGAIN”

01 Cristobal Tapia de Veer – Lucidity Gone (2014)
02 RARI – Birth (2016)
03 Set In Sand – Sifting In Sans (2014)
04 B. Fleischmann – Composure (2005)
05 AbJo – Kalimba Song (2011)
06 Four Tet – This Unfolds (2010)
07 Melodium – Dirty Reprises (2002)
08 Monster Rally – Black (2012)
09 Insightful – Gods Getting Drunk (2012)
10 Ta-Ku (2010)
11 Def Dee – Yeah (2012)
12 9 Lazy 9 – Tumbleweed (2003)
13 Plaid – Slam (2014)
14 Katie Dey – Fear O The Dark (2015)
15 Brian Eno – The Big Ship (1975)
16 Damaged Bug – Gloves For Garbage (2014)
17 S – Outro (The Agony) (2010)
18 OK Ikumi – Slope (2012)
19 Kate Simko – The Creative Part (2009)

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july 2016 mix

Posted on Friday 1 July 2016


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This one is real good. It’s for when you got the feels but are ready to land on your feet. Folksy/country-ish in the vein of February 2014.

July 2016 Mix – “I’ll be somebody.”

01 Dragging An Ox Through Water – False True Love (2014)
02 Townes Van Zandt – Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel (1970)
03 Gun Outfit – Legends Of My Own (2015)
04 First Aid Kit – Emmylou (2012)
05 Denny Lile – Hear the Bang (1973)
06 Sturgill Simpson – Pan Bowl (2014)
07 Bry Webb – Rivers of Gold (2011)
08 Tim Hardin – Reason To Believe (1966)
09 Bob Dylan & The Band – I’m Not There (1967)
10 Red Red Meat – Gauze (1995)
11 Angel Olsen – All Right Now (2014)
12 S.E. Land Otter Champs – Wolf Like Howls From the Bathhouse (2013)
13 Mitski – A Burning Hill (2016)
14 Sera Cahoone – Happy When I’m Gone (2008)
15 Marissa Nadler – Little Hells (2009)
16 Fulton Lights – Fire In The Palm Of My Hand (2007)
17 David Kauffman & Eric Caboor – Kiss Another Day Goodbye (1984)
18 Jessica Jalbert – Lack of a Lake (2011)
19 S – The Coffin of Your True Love (2004)
20 The Mountain Goats – Attention All Pickpockets
21 Carissa’s Wierd – Heather Rhodes (2000)
22 Valerie June – Somebody To Love (2013)

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june 2016 mix

Posted on Sunday 19 June 2016


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I posted about this first track by Imperial Tiger Orchestra back in January, but the truth is that I’ve been aiming to do an Ethiopian Jazz-oriented mix for many, many years now. I wanted to celebrate my favorite melodies, but didn’t want to end up recreating the Broken Flowers soundtrack, or just pilfering the Ethiopiques series. So there are some non-Ethiopian curveballs in there to round it out.

I love this mix for today and the many more warm Summer days that we are bound to get. Play it at a BBQ and impress your friends with this tragically under-appreciated genre, or get down and jam all by yourself.

June 2016 Mix – “ENDENGENA”

01 Imperial Tiger Orchestra – Emnete (Live) (2010)
02 Mahmoud Ahmed – Bekifir Atkelidg (1974)
03 Akalé Wubé – Jawa Jawa (2010)
04 Alemayehu Eshete – Ayalqem Tedenqo (1970)
05 Muluqèn Mèllèssè – Tènèsh Kèlbé Lay (1975)
06 Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Woghenei (1974)
07 Woima Collective – Puno (2010)
08 Getatchew Kassa – Tezeta slow (1974)
09 Dengue Fever – Yègellé Tezeta (2003)
10 The Psychedelic Aliens – Blofonyobi Wo Atale (1970)
11 Alemayno Eshintay – Love is Love (1970)
12 Alèmayèhu Eshèté – Eté Hoy (1972)
13 Mulatu Astatke – Yèkèrmo Sèw (1974)
14 Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako – Mbouran Mousso (1976)
15 T.K. Ramamoorthy – Mohana (1969)
16 Mulatu Astatke – Emnete (1970)
17 Tèklé Tèsfa-Ezghi – Sèlam Tèmagwèt (1975)
18 Admas – Tez Alegn Yetintu (1984)

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may 2016 mix

Posted on Sunday 8 May 2016


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for each inch cut
the roots grow ten
where we
can’t see them

Epic shit.

May 2016 Mix – “i rise.”

01 Vetiver – Stranger Still (Daniel.T. Remix) (2016)
02 U.S. Girls – Damn That Valley (2015)
03 Requin Chagrin – Poisson Lune (2016)
04 Operators – Nobody (2016)
05 Sun Glitters feat. Rob Boak – Softly And Slowly (2011)
06 Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming (2015)
07 True Widow – Four Teeth (2013)
08 Swell – Come Tomorrow (1989)
09 Teleman – Superglue (2016)
10 Twin Peaks – Irene (2013)
11 Evenings – Babe (2013)
12 Goon Soul – Them Changes (Thundercat Cover) (2016)
13 SASKATCHEWAN – Beast Coast (2011)
14 Cross Record – High Rise (2016)
15 Lee Moses – If Loving You Is a Crime (I’ll Always Be Guilty) (1968)
16 Carissa’s Wierd – Fluorescent Lights (2000)
17 sleeperzzZ – Bones (2016)
18 The Range – Copper Wire (2016)
19 Mathew Lee Cothran – No Way Out (2013)
20 Holy Esque – Oslo (2016)
21 The Mills Brothers – You Always Hurt The One You Love (1944)

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we like the way that you sway

Posted on Saturday 9 April 2016

sleeperzzZ

Kind of in love with this slow jam from Los Angeles-based duo, sleeperzzZ. Steven Vernet (Stevie Sleeper) & Kelly Gibbons (Kelly Sleeper) of Silver Lake.

I don’t like the way that you’re looking at me
Keep your eyes closed, baby now you can see
I never really listened to anything you said
Gotta lot of things that are going through my head
Never really sleep till we dead
Never get sleep, never get rest
Never get rest, never get rest, ne-ne-never get rest

We like the way that you sway, oh no
We just keep moving

We don’t like the sun, we don’t like the shade
Spit it all out cuz we don’t like the taste
Everything we do takes long
But we like the way you sing our song

We like the way that you sway, oh no
We just keep moving

We don’t like the sun, we don’t like the shade
Spit it all out because we don’t like the taste

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april 2016 mix

Posted on Friday 1 April 2016


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My body is a jar for a special insect caught inside it
Sometimes it lights me up but I would never let you know it
Sometimes it crawls around and makes me laugh when I am down
I don’t wanna let it out yet I am greedy, little bug

The 90s throwback mix I’ve been meaning to do for months is finally here. It’s about a bug. You will never know how it feels to light up the sky. But you will love it.

April 2016 Mix – “TAKE THIS WITH YOU”

01 Bikini Kill – Feels Blind (1992)
02 Geek – Herasure (1988)
03 Built To Spill – So & So So & So From Wherever Wherever (1994)
04 The Van Pelt – His Steppe Is My Prarie (1996)
05 Archers of Loaf – Lowest Part is Free! (1994)
06 Autoclave – Hot Spurr (1991)
07 Cat Power – Rockets (1994)
08 Lungfish – Nothing is Easy (1995)
09 Vomit Launch – Donut Ass Me Butt (1990)
10 Gaunt – Now (1995)
11 Tsunami – Water’s Edge (1993)
12 Modest Mouse – Super Saver Day (1993)
13 The Bats – Calm Before the Storm (1987)
14 Cub – Green Eyes (1995)
15 Heavens To Betsy – Firefly (1992)
16 Versus – Sunburned (1995)
17 Superchunk – Sprung A Leak (1991)
18 Cupid Car Club – M.P. Skulkers (1994)
19 The Pooh Sticks – On Tape (1988)
20 The Halo Benders – On A Tip (1994)
21 Chisel – Sunburn (1994)
22 Chavez – Unreal Is Here (1994)
23 Sebadoh – Brand New Love

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