Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Note on Some New Features

So, I've changed how I'm going to do things on my blog, I think. The first thing is I want to have some regularity to what I post, so everyone knows what to expect... so what I'm planning on doing is posting a new mix every week or two. Maybe I'll post a video in between now and then, but I think from now on it's going to be mostly just playlists.

The second thing I'm doing now is linking the song titles to the actual song files--this means you can download them right off the blog! I'll still post the song player on the blog, so you can preview the songs...and if you want to download one, you can: 1) right-click on the song title, 2) select "Save Target As...", and 3) Save it to your computer, whereever you like. That way I can share my music with my friends without having to print up 1000 discs and mail them all over the country (which I am getting to lazy to do. Of course, if you bug me enough, I'll still send you one.)

Unfortunately--at least as of now--the files will not have the correct titles and tags, so you'll have to rename them with all that stuff in your Itunes or whatever. Or you could just burn them to disc right away and not worry about it, I suppose.

I'm going to post a poll on the blog to get some feedback on this system, too, so please check it out and let me know what you think! Thanks friends!

Technology Will Save Your Soul

Man, I LOVE that album cover!

A new mix I made this Saturday, April 26, in the Year of Our Lord 2008. Right click on song titles, choose "Save Target As..." to download the high quality mp3!

1. Love Is an Unfamiliar Name, The Duke Spirit--Oh man, what a great rock song...seriously, get into these guys.
2. Unavailable, Papercuts--this has been out since 02/07, but I just got it. It's cute.
3. Maybe You Can Owe Me, Architecture In Helsinki--These guys write lots of cute songs.
4. Tiny Apocalypse, David Byrne--GREAT song. David Byrne is the man. A clear vision of life in the 2000s (which, I've said before, will go down in history as "Worst Decade Ever").
5. Morning Bell, Radiohead--The good version, from Kid A. Goes nicely with "Tiny Apocalypse," and also makes this mix because Alex and I are gonna see them in August! The title of this mix comes from these two songs, somehow.
6. All I Got Is Me, Spoon--A Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga B-side. Melikey.
7. Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenocerous, Flight of the Conchords--Oh man, too funny.
8. Chosen One, The Concretes--The Concretes are a great band, although (I think?) they broke up now. This song smooths out so nicely into the chorus, it makes me happy. And the lyrics are definately from the Steve Goerger school of love.
9. Foux Du Fafa, Flight of the Conchords--My favorite Conchords song. Like I tell everyone, it's like they sat down and thought of all the french words they could remember from high school, and then made a song from them. Voila!
10. Red Rubber Ball, The Cyrkle--Remember this song? It's catchy. I like how they spell their band name...the 60s were radical in every single way, I guess.
11. La Conchita, The Rustlanders--Just a nice alt-country song...I admit it's a little out of place on this album, but I'm slipping it in (that's what she said! Heehee).
12. Someone, Astrid Wiliamson--This song is cool for the new-age rain and thunder sounds, and the pretty voice too.
13. Warm Night, The Concretes--More goodness from these guys.
14. All the World Is Green, Tom Waits--Unbelievably, this is the first Tom Waits song I've ever purchased. It was used in the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which Katy and I saw the other night. I highly recommend the film (also the book), and this is the song that stayed with me from it.
15. Come Sail Away, Styx--I don't know why, it's just been in my head lately. (The Cartman version is getting equal time in my brain...listen to that here.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Rich Girls," The Virgins

In an effort to post something on here, here is a terrible fan video of one of the most excellent songs I've heard this year, "Rich Girls" by The Virgins. I like these guys cause they play with that kind of swagger that the Stones and the Strokes both play with; it's a swagger that's missing from most of the emo-fied sad sack crap that is parading around as rock these days.

Yeah, that's right, I said it.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Two Unrelated Videos

1) A trailer for Iron Man, due out May 2 (God it looks awesome):

2)The excellent Dire Straits with the excellent sports-themed video for "Walk of Life":

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I just put together a mix tonight--to get me through the weekend, I suppose--and thought I would post it right away. Two posts in one's like I took steroids or something. (Hmm, I wonder what kind of music Barry Bonds listens to...Twisted Sister?).

Anyways, here's the mix. There's a good measure of Gnarls Barkley on here (about whom I've blogged below), also a couple tunes each by Weezer, Andrew Bird and Beck (I love "I Think I'm in Love"). Also: a good track by a band that's new to me, The Virgins; a classic cut of Midwestern swagger from John Mellencamp; and some other stuff, too. I'll post this mix on the right by the I can listen to it when I forget to bring my iPod to work next week.

1. Charity Case, Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
2. Breakin' Up, Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight
3. Rich Girls, The Virgins, The Virgins 07 EP
4. I Think I'm in Love, Beck, The Information
5. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope
6. Whatever, Gnarls Barkley, ibid.
7. Say It Ain't So, Weezer, Weezer
8. Mardy Bum, Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
9. Plasticities, Andrew Bird, Armchair Apocrypha
10. Scythian Empries, Andrew Bird, Armchair Apocrypha
11. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing, Jack Johnson, In Between Dreams
12. What Would Wolves Do?, Les Savy Fav, Let's Stay Friends
13. Authority Song, John Mellencamp, Uh-Huh! (from 1983...what a great album title.)
14. Blind Mary, Gnarls Barkley, ibid.
15. Holiday, Weezer, ibid.
16. Tropicalia, Beck, Mutations