Tonight’s album: A Color Map of the Sun by Pretty Lights (2013)
Still churning through the last of my 2013 albums it seems.
This one has been my secret weapon for months. Great background productivity music. Makes whatever you happen to be doing seem cool as hell, even just typing on the ol’ blog.

Tonight’s album: A Color Map of the Sun by Pretty Lights (2013)

Still churning through the last of my 2013 albums it seems.

This one has been my secret weapon for months. Great background productivity music. Makes whatever you happen to be doing seem cool as hell, even just typing on the ol’ blog.

Tonight’s album: AM by Arctic Monkeys (2013)
Got some creative work to do tonight. Need a little late-nite energy to carry me through. This’ll do nicely.

Tonight’s album: AM by Arctic Monkeys (2013)

Got some creative work to do tonight. Need a little late-nite energy to carry me through. This’ll do nicely.

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Tonight’s album: …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age (2013)
About seven tracks into this album I am always all “do I actually like this or do I just like being the sort of person who is listening to a Queens of the Stone Age album” and then Smooth Sailing hits and I’m like “okay nvm this kicks every ass available”.

Tonight’s album: …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age (2013)

About seven tracks into this album I am always all “do I actually like this or do I just like being the sort of person who is listening to a Queens of the Stone Age album” and then Smooth Sailing hits and I’m like “okay nvm this kicks every ass available”.

Here’s that Eurythmics cover of Lou Reed’s Satellite of Love that I mentioned in my last post. Turns out this was only on the re-release CD anyway. Whatevs, I still think this is megarad.

(plus I got that story extra wrong, because now that I think about it, it must have been Side B of Sweet Dreams on that cassette. that’s the side that starts with the title track, right?)

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Okay, one more. This is that 1993 mix that I’ve been talking about on and off all year: I’m callin’ it “Hey Man What’s Yr Scene We Got These Questions”.
So last winter there was a slew of “o-m-g these albums are 20 years old! you are old!” articles making the rounds. Maybe people do that every year, idk. It got me thinking about 1993, though, and I proposed making  a 20-years-ago mix as kind of a bonus disc for my annual Spotify playlist.
In 1993 I was eleven years old, and I remember that was the first year I started actively seeking out certain kinds of music instead of just, like, listening to whatever happened to be around me. Oh man. I had this super-long bus ride to get to school every morning (like an hour-plus, if the roads were bad… and in rural MI, the roads are usually bad), and that winter someone (my dad? sister?) gave me a 2nd-hand Sony walkman to pass time on the bus and I vividly remember learning how to use a boombox and high-speeding-dubbing a couple of my sister’s cassettes. The first tape that I totally destroyed from constant repeats was a bootleg of Ace of Bass’s The Sign(!) w/ Side A of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams on the back(!!). YESS.
And like, because I used a 90min cassette and had no idea what I was doing, I never even heard that awesome Lou Reed cover at the end of Side B. But what the hell, I was twelve. Which is kind of the point, isn’t it?
Annnnnnyway, in 2013 I proposed the idea of going back and trying to make a favorite-albums-of-1993 playlist from a 32-year-old perspective. Decided that as a rule I wanted to try and stay true to the kind of music that I was actually listening to in the ’90s. I don’t think my musical tastes have necessarily changed since then (see previous comments regarding the awesomeness of Eurythmics), they’ve just matured a bit. The idea was to imagine the record collection that 32-year-old *me* would have in 1993, not some Pitchfork-ified supercool version of myself that only listens to unreleased Dinosaur Jr. bootlegs or whatever. That’s why the core of this thing is Tuesday Night Music Club, August & Everything After, The Cranberries, Nirvana, and Björk.
Also, as a nod to the old school, I decided to make each side exactly 30 minutes long. Which is just as big a pain in the ass as it always was.
1993, Or: Hey Man What’s Yr Scene We Got These Questions
Side A
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0:00  Nirvana - Serve The Servants
3:46  Bratmobile - Cherry Bomb
5:35  Cracker - Get Off This
9:51  Grant Lee Buffalo - The Shining Hour
13:44 The Lemonheads - Big Gay Heart
18:08 Counting Crows - Omaha
21:46 Sheryl Crow - What I Can Do For You
26:00 Björk - Aeroplane
Side B
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0:00  The Cranberries - Pretty
2:21  The Breeders - No Aloha
4:28  Unrest - Make Out Club
8:48  Catherine Wheel - The Nude
12:39 The Smashing Pumpkins - Sweet Sweet
14:19 Heavenly - Atta Girl
18:16 Lois - Strumpet
21:11 PJ Harvey - Yuri-G 
24:40 The Flaming Lips - Plastic Jesus
27:03 Liz Phair - Girls! Girls! Girls!
Anyway, this was super fun. Think I’ll do it again next. 
btw, if you liked this one maybe check out my other two year-end mixes, [here] and [here]. later, dudes.
(photo of Björk in rollerskates— because duh, Björk in rollerskates— by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, 1993)

Okay, one more. This is that 1993 mix that I’ve been talking about on and off all year: I’m callin’ it “Hey Man What’s Yr Scene We Got These Questions”.

So last winter there was a slew of “o-m-g these albums are 20 years old! you are old!” articles making the rounds. Maybe people do that every year, idk. It got me thinking about 1993, though, and I proposed making  a 20-years-ago mix as kind of a bonus disc for my annual Spotify playlist.

In 1993 I was eleven years old, and I remember that was the first year I started actively seeking out certain kinds of music instead of just, like, listening to whatever happened to be around me. Oh man. I had this super-long bus ride to get to school every morning (like an hour-plus, if the roads were bad… and in rural MI, the roads are usually bad), and that winter someone (my dad? sister?) gave me a 2nd-hand Sony walkman to pass time on the bus and I vividly remember learning how to use a boombox and high-speeding-dubbing a couple of my sister’s cassettes. The first tape that I totally destroyed from constant repeats was a bootleg of Ace of Bass’s The Sign(!) w/ Side A of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams on the back(!!). YESS.

And like, because I used a 90min cassette and had no idea what I was doing, I never even heard that awesome Lou Reed cover at the end of Side B. But what the hell, I was twelve. Which is kind of the point, isn’t it?

Annnnnnyway, in 2013 I proposed the idea of going back and trying to make a favorite-albums-of-1993 playlist from a 32-year-old perspective. Decided that as a rule I wanted to try and stay true to the kind of music that I was actually listening to in the ’90s. I don’t think my musical tastes have necessarily changed since then (see previous comments regarding the awesomeness of Eurythmics), they’ve just matured a bit. The idea was to imagine the record collection that 32-year-old *me* would have in 1993, not some Pitchfork-ified supercool version of myself that only listens to unreleased Dinosaur Jr. bootlegs or whatever. That’s why the core of this thing is Tuesday Night Music Club, August & Everything After, The Cranberries, Nirvana, and Björk.

Also, as a nod to the old school, I decided to make each side exactly 30 minutes long. Which is just as big a pain in the ass as it always was.

1993, Or: Hey Man What’s Yr Scene We Got These Questions

Side A

download [here]

  • 0:00  Nirvana - Serve The Servants
  • 3:46  Bratmobile - Cherry Bomb
  • 5:35  Cracker - Get Off This
  • 9:51  Grant Lee Buffalo - The Shining Hour
  • 13:44 The Lemonheads - Big Gay Heart
  • 18:08 Counting Crows - Omaha
  • 21:46 Sheryl Crow - What I Can Do For You
  • 26:00 Björk - Aeroplane

Side B

download [here]

  • 0:00  The Cranberries - Pretty
  • 2:21  The Breeders - No Aloha
  • 4:28  Unrest - Make Out Club
  • 8:48  Catherine Wheel - The Nude
  • 12:39 The Smashing Pumpkins - Sweet Sweet
  • 14:19 Heavenly - Atta Girl
  • 18:16 Lois - Strumpet
  • 21:11 PJ Harvey - Yuri-G 
  • 24:40 The Flaming Lips - Plastic Jesus
  • 27:03 Liz Phair - Girls! Girls! Girls!

Anyway, this was super fun. Think I’ll do it again next. 

btw, if you liked this one maybe check out my other two year-end mixes, [here] and [here]. later, dudes.

(photo of Björk in rollerskates— because duh, Björk in rollerskates— by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, 1993)

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End-of-year list season! woo!

Please don’t call it a “Best of”, but around the end of December I do like to check out everyone else’s lists and jot down my own Top 5 favorite albums for the year.

I’ve also taken to posting an annual playlist on Spotify with a track from each of the new albums that I’ve had on heaviest rotation. I’m calling this year’s mix 2013, Or: We Tell Ourselves To Breathe In and it’s up there now now now

My 2013 album of the year is, undoubtedly, Talon of the Hawk by the Front Bottoms. I think I told theunionpacific that only a couple of hours after she first recommended it to me. Half-a-year and a bajillion plays later my opinion has not changed. I think I will remember 2013 as a year when my feet were super cold because these guys have been rocking my socks right off all year. 

The rest of my top-5 looks like this…

2. The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae (a very close runner-up)

3. I Never Meant It To Be Like This by Cumulus (also my favorite local album of the year. represent!)

4. Takes Time by Jim Guthrie (his best yet. epic weirdo Canadian folk-rock, ok yes more pls)

5. Days Are Gone by HAIM (sisters! full of ’90s callbacks and surprising twists. so worth a listen.)

I can’t put the rest of these in any order— “can’t or won’t?” er, both?— but here are the dozen-odd other new releases that I most enjoyed this year:

AM (by Arctic Monkeys), Cerulean Salt (Waxahatchee), the Fade Away EP (Best Coast), Fits of Reason (Brown Bird), the Love Club EP (Lorde), Mala (Devendra Banhart), Shangri La (Jake Bugg), Static (Cults), Tales of a GrassWidow (CocoRosie), Wed 21 (Juana Molina), Wheel (Laura Stevenson), Wolf’s Law (The Joy Formidable), and The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Neko Case)(love that title so hard)

If you have Spotify, you can also use your wayback machine to check out these playlists from years past:

2012, Or: We Gonna Take ‘Em Down 6 By 6 By 6

2011, Or: We Used to Share a Vision You And Me

Happy New Year, kiddos.

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#TIMJ2013
  an 8 song mini-mix of some of the songs that carried me through this year
0:00  Atlantic City by Bruce Springstein
3:52  Hurry Up Pronto by Madeline
7:32  Modern Girl by Sleater-Kinney
10:25 Middle by Cumulus
15:32 Skeleton by The Front Bottoms
19:00 My Song 5 by Haim
22:49 Giant Tortoise by Pond
27:00 Breathing Underwater (Acoustic) by Metric
You can download it from my dropbox here.
I also posted an extended version with 8 additional tracks on Spotify, if you’d rather.
photo by so say we all (source)

#TIMJ2013

  an 8 song mini-mix of some of the songs that carried me through this year

  • 0:00  Atlantic City by Bruce Springstein
  • 3:52  Hurry Up Pronto by Madeline
  • 7:32  Modern Girl by Sleater-Kinney
  • 10:25 Middle by Cumulus
  • 15:32 Skeleton by The Front Bottoms
  • 19:00 My Song 5 by Haim
  • 22:49 Giant Tortoise by Pond
  • 27:00 Breathing Underwater (Acoustic) by Metric

You can download it from my dropbox here.

I also posted an extended version with 8 additional tracks on Spotify, if you’d rather.

photo by so say we all (source)

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Tonight’s album: Torches by Foster the People (2011)
eff Christmas music.
I didn’t put this album on my 2011 faves mix. I was so wrong.

Tonight’s album: Torches by Foster the People (2011)

eff Christmas music.

I didn’t put this album on my 2011 faves mix. I was so wrong.

Tonight’s album: The Love Club EP by Lorde (2013)
My list of the desert island, all-time, top 5 most memorable Lorde songs that appear on the Love Club EP:
5. Biting Down
4. Bravado 
3. Swingin Party
2. The Love Club
1. Million Dollar Bills
(This album makes my top 20 this year, I think. not very highly, mind, but dang is it catchy.)

Tonight’s album: The Love Club EP by Lorde (2013)

My list of the desert island, all-time, top 5 most memorable Lorde songs that appear on the Love Club EP:

5. Biting Down

4. Bravado 

3. Swingin Party

2. The Love Club

1. Million Dollar Bills

(This album makes my top 20 this year, I think. not very highly, mind, but dang is it catchy.)

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