Saturday, October 31, 2009

then making a wish he tossed in the sea (T&S Series #3)

I hemmed and hawed over this weeks theme, and then stereogum introduced me to Arrows of Eros by Golden Silvers.

It is amazing musical genius.

Listen to it on repeat.

Or just listen to the mix on repeat.

I don't know about you, but when I think hand claps, I think up beat and fun. This mix... could be more peppy. But its all good, because listen carefully to the Julie Doiron and Iron & Wine tracks. They might not be the most cheery, but the clapping is quality, and more involved than the others.

If you're really in to poppy hand claps listen to OK GO's earlier albums. They've got that in the bag. Hence their appearance in the mix.

The rest of the tracks are just there to beef it out. (But three claps for them anyway!).

Sunday, October 25, 2009

all you need is time, when you're cold and when you're tired, when things just aren't well (T&S Series #2)

This latest mix is Music for a Rainy Day, just because it's rained a hell of a lot over the last few days, and I don't know about you but I get into one of those musical funks where I just want it to warm me up, dry me off, and put into a little cocoon of good vibrations.

Half the times I listen to this collection of songs I think they're sad. The other half of the time I think they're happy. Who knows. Maybe it depends on the weather. Good thing about rainy days though, is that they can be both. You can jump in puddles, pretend to be Gene Kelly, or play the wicked witch, stay inside, and commiserate with the weather man. I like to do both.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

hey oh hey oh hey oh (T&S Series #1)

so this mix thing. Location, location, location may just refer to the the titles, but i think it flows pretty well. Flows like when you're traveling on a long car ride and the scenery out the window just melts together in one long blur.

Oh hey, travel has to do with location.

Black Mountain sounds like something my dad would 'make' me listen to in the car in one of those long drives. But I would love it. A lot. Somehow the song also reminds me of Vermont mountains, the forest around there, and seeing the sugaring shacks.

Eastern Shore because who doesn't love Feist? I think some of her songs, while awesome, are underplayed, and this is one of them. Learn to love ALL Feist has to offer.

Bat for Lashes singer Natasha Khan has such and ethereal voice. Her cover of A Forest is new and interesting. Plus, who doesn't love a good "Hey!" breakdown?

Amy Millan's cover is just classic. I might just like it more than the original. Less pop more... better?

You know those songs you can just drive to? Dreamworld is definitely one of those. Constant beat, mellow voices, electric guitar play in the bridge, etc. Quality.

I haven't actually listened to a lot of Atlas Sound music. I just really like the name. I want to believe that it's implying that music doesn't have borders, that it covers the whole world. I read up on him (Atlas Sound is the solo project of Bradford James Cox) and turns out he was born in Athens... Georgia. So, not really global music, but still very cool.

The two guys who make up Awesome New Republic really are awesome, really are new, and... i don't know what to say about the republic portion of the name. I'm sure they value equitable and accountable government. Anywho, their song Florida is not only a place but something that makes you want to sing along with them at the top of your lungs (and not in a disney movie kind of way).

I guess this is the long winded way of saying; sit back, relax, and enjoy the musical styling of eight pretty sweet musicians who just happened to all have one thing in common - they're on my first 8 track mix (and the obvious song title thing... but we covered that).

Monday, October 19, 2009

these are my twisted words, when i feel you still walking

It's that time again!


let's go for something completely overdone, and do an itty-bitty music blog, entitled...


Rules are:

1. that I'll post no more, no less than eight songs that I'm really 'digging' in a week.

2. I'll post them as a an 8 track playlist on my site for you to enjoy.

Maybe ill talk about them a bit. Maybe ill get really excited to share music. Maybe ill even be sincere.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

by now you should have realized what you've got to do. (MSB Series #5)

Today on the bus...

... I saw the MOST EPIC handlebar mustaches.

... I encountered my first transit officer. They ask to see your transfer, proof of payment, transit pass etc. She kind stuck out with her scowling and prowling of the bus. well, that and she was wearing a black coat with big white letters saying who she was...

... I sat down next to a very strict looking businessman. Full suit, perfectly gelled hair, leather shoes, etc. He was listening to his ipod loud enough that I could hear it too. Biggest surprise - he was listening to all house music.

... I forgot where I lived and missed my stop.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

shed your love, shed your love (MSB Series #4)

Today on the bus...

... I got off at my stop to go home, and a man was sitting in the bus shelter (noteworthy because it was a very nice sunny day) drinking, what i could smell was booze, out of a bottle wrapped in brown paper bag. I thought that only happened in movies... or as a joke when drinking with friends...

... the woman across from me was carrying on a two sided conversation. With herself. There were a lot of vehement "Yes!" 's and "No!" 's ...

... a man got on with (what I'm going to assume was) his toddler daughter. She was grinning and squirming, obviously pleased to be taking a ride on the bus. She would point at things, watch the people around her with wide eyes, and engage the people closest to them in conversation. The best part of all of this though was the guy sitting next to her, who couldn't help grinning at how cute she was.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

say what you said, now say it again, little bird, little bird (MSB Series #3)

Today on the bus...

... in the middle bench seat section of the 12 a man leans over and quietly says something to the woman next to him. She asks him to repeat himself. He leans over again. She looks confused and little disturbed, and moves to the seat over. I really want to know what he said...

... a younger couple was sitting in front of me and speaking in some eastern european language (at least i think so). at one of the stops an older lady gets on and sits in the elderly seating in front of the younger couple. after a minute of hearing them talk, she turns to them and starts speaking to them in the same language. they were still chatting away when i got off...