Mid-last year, I had a momentary lapse while listening to Songs: Ohia‘s “Just Be Simple” — one of those thoughts that you are immediately embarrassed about — that I should make a point of checking Jason Molina’s touring schedule so I could see him the next time he came to town. It’s amazing how one can put sad thoughts out of one’s mind rather than hang on to them. It was only mere months ago that I had read with great pain of the loss of Jason to addiction. Those songs still live with me, though they hit me a bit harder now that he has left us.
I sometimes wonder if – of the two or three people that listen to these mixes – if they appreciate the variety of the mixes as much as I do or if it just comes off as a self-congratulatory exercise in showing my taste. I don’t think anyone else in the world would couple Pete & The Pirates with Slum Village in a mix, but I really like the coupling here. Pete & The Pirates are the other face of (Hearsay 2006 favorites) Tap Tap. The voice is the same, but I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of the Pirate variation of the group until the WOXY session that they at SxSW. They played a bunch of new songs in that set that I’m looking forward to, but I’m absolutely in love with “Moving.” I’m pretty sure that I found this Catcall song after watching a Pitchfork.tv video of it last year. It almost made the videos of the year list on the strength of the song alone. I still know very little about them, except that they (she) are from Australia. There you go.
I’ve been keen on Townes Van Zandt ever since a Texan friend of mine introduced him to me as a figure not to be missed if I was into folk and country. I picked up Anthology 1968-1979, and love it, with the exception of a song or two that have campy country feel… hell, maybe its western, but anyway, there’s a couple on there that stray from my interests. I was at a video store the other day and saw the documentary on him, Be Here To Love Me, that I had heard about and checked it out. Its a far better introduction to his music, and a better selection of songs than Anthology.
When I first saw Pitchfork’s Greatest Songs of the 60’s list, I couldn’t understand where they – an internet-based media entity of the late 90s – got off producing it. I think what underlied my annoyance was simply that they were depriving me of my daily reviews. But after taking it all in, recognizing the depth of selections, the quality of the list, and appreciating the difficulty and research that would go into putting it together, I changed my tone.
01 K-Stars – Ghetto Deluxe
03 Okkervil River – No Key, No Plan
04 Elbow – Forget Myself
05 The Chameleons – Up The Down Escalator
06 Mood – Secret of the Sands (Jay Dee Remix)
07 Schneider TM KPT.Michi.Gan – The Light 3000
08 M83 – Don’t Save Us From The Flames (Boom Bip Remix)
09 Human Television – People Talking
10 Townes Van Zandt – Be Here To Love Me
11 Containe – Shy Song
12 The Boy Least Likely To – Be Gentle With Me
13 Tap Tap – 100,000 Thoughts
14 Smashing Pumpkins – Hummer
15 Jawbox – Savory
16 Kiss Me Deadly – Dance 4
17 Modest Mouse – Summer
18 Dirty On Purpose – Fake Lakes
19 DeVotchKa – The Last Beat Of My Heart