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Episode 006 "Garage"

#mixtape

  1. Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
  2. The Mighty Lemon Drops - Out of Hand
  3. Pickwick - Hacienda Motel
  4. The Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep
  5. The Castaways - Liar, Liar
  6. Fitz and the Tantrums - Don't Gotta Work It Out
  7. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
  8. My Morning Jacket - The Day is Coming
  9. Band of Horses - Ode to LRC
  10. Spoon - The Beast and Dragon, Adored
  11. Shawn Lee - River Man
  12. Say Hi To Your Mom - A Hit in Sweden

I don't necesarily think every song in this mix qualifies as "Garage Rock", but they all kinda circle around that style. The combination of lo-fi recording and simple melodies reminds me of the songs I grew up listening to in the car; my mom's oldies station. Nearly every song in this mix owes itself to Motown or the British Invasion. Even Liar, Liar, which was a contemporary song from the 60s, but Garage Rock was basically America's answer to the British Invasion.

Fun Facts!

  • Hacienda Motel is about Sam Cooke's murder at the Hacienda Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
  • Behind the Wall of Sleep was written about Kim Ernst, the bassist for a band called The Bristols-Boston. The lyrics compare her to Jean Shrimpton, a 60s supermodel, and Bill Wyman, the bassist for The Rolling Stones.
  • The Castaways never released a full album. Just a handful of singles.
  • The Castaways released Liar, Liar on a split single with their fellow Minnesotans The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird.
  • Fitz and the Tantrums owes its entire existence to lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick acquiring an old Conn electric organ. It features heavily on their debut album Pickin' Up The Pieces.
  • The piano parts in The Beast and Dragon, Adored were recorded "illegally" by sneaking into the piano lab at the University of Texas music building with some recording equipment.
  • Say Hi To Your Mom is basically a solo project of Eric Elbogen. Eric has since shortened the name to just "Say Hi". Many Say Hi songs tend to involve vampires, robots, and movie references.

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Episode 005 "Music for Bikes"

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  1. Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'
  2. Matt Berry - The Signs
  3. The Cult - Rain
  4. Lou Gramm - Midnight Blue
  5. Sparklehorse - Someday I Will Treat You Good
  6. Electric Guest - This Head I Hold
  7. Sturgill Simpson - Sing Along
  8. Deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire - Ghosts n' Stuff
  9. Apoptygma Berzerk - Coma White
  10. The Presets - This Boy's in Love
  11. Utah Saints - Something Good '09
  12. Covenant - Tension
  13. Holy Ghost! - Do It Again

In 1978, Brian Eno released his seminal work Music for Airports, coining the genre "Ambient Music" in the process. And while that album is interesting and worth checking out when the mood is right, it's horrible music for a workout. (Maybe listen to it in an airport?)

This mix is "Music for Bikes" because biking is my favorite form of exercise, and recently I got some awesome Aftershokz headphones which means I can listen while I ride!

This mixtape is fairly high-energy. I tried to start off with some rock n' roll and then dive into the more electronic side of things.

Fun Facts!

  • Matt Berry is better known for his comedic acting. He's been in many BBC shows, including The IT Crowd and The Mighty Boosh.
  • Lou Gramm is better known as the lead singer of Foreigner.
  • Sturgill Simpson is primarily a country singer. His Sound & Fury rock album, which Sing Along is from, was released on Netflix as a long form anime music video. Definitely worth watching.
  • The version of Coma White in this mix is actually a cover of a Marilyn Manson song.

- Al

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Episode 004 "Wallow"

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  1. The Wrens - She Sends Kisses
  2. Sisters of Mercy - I Was Wrong
  3. Haley Bonar - Drinking Again
  4. Mazzy Star - Into Dust
  5. Speck Mountain - Backsliding
  6. Still Corners - The Trip
  7. Bon Iver - For Emma
  8. Red House Painters - New Jersey
  9. Cracker - Big Dipper

If you're in a good mood, probably best to skip this one for now.

This one is definitely a "down note" mix. Most of these songs have served as a soundrack I put on when I felt like wallowing in misery.

I generally dislike female vocals in songs, but apparently that rule doesn't apply as long as the song is slow, sad and probably with some echo effect. Personal preferences are weird.

The Sisters of Mercy track reminds me I should do a goth/post-punk/darkwave mix. Maybe up next?

- Al

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Episode 003 "Strange"

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  1. Wanderlust - Lou Reed
  2. Strange Talk - Eskimo Boy
  3. Lemon Interrupt - Minniapolis
  4. The Prodigy - Mindfields
  5. Lo-Fidelity All-Stars - Battle Flag
  6. The Suburbs - Music for Boys
  7. Strange Advance - We Run
  8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Lien On Your Dreams
  9. Baroness - Tourniquet

Definitely cranking out the mixtapes. I have a fever... and the only prescription is mixtapes. Will I ever do another format? WHO KNOWS! (The Shadow knows?)

I don't know that this episode even has a theme. Just a jumble of songs that I like. Which is pretty much how I approached mixtapes back in days of yore.

And yes, I know "Minniapolis" is the wrong spelling. That's how it's spelled on the record label. If you have an issue with that, take it up with Lemon Interrupt (a.k.a Underworld).

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Episode 002 "Drugs"

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  1. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense & Peppermints
  2. Underworld - Cowgirl
  3. The Dandy Warhols - Holding Me Up
  4. Electric Six - I Buy the Drugs
  5. Matthew Dear - You Put a Smell on Me
  6. Clutch - Drink to the Dead
  7. Land of the Loops - Multi-Family Garage Sale
  8. Babble - Come Down
  9. Brad Sucks - Dropping Out of School

Another mixtape. I'm having a bit of decision paralysis about what to say about these mixes, or how to format them if I include some talking. Perhaps I'll record some talking addendums for these episodes soon, but for now I'll just write things in these little blurbs.

The theme for this one is "drugs" which is not really any reflection on my own experiences, but I find I do like a lot of music associated with drugs. Old psychedelic music from the 60s, trance music, neo-psychedelic rock from the mid-90s up to today, stoner metal, etc.

While not all of these tracks strictly fit in those genres, they all somewhat revolve around the topic of drugs, or seem (to me at least) to have been composed while under the influence of mind altering substances.

Anyhoo, I enjoy all these tracks regardless of mind altering substances, so hopefully you will as well.

- Al

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Episode 001 "Samples"

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  1. KMFDM - We Must Awaken
  2. Khuskan - Atomic
  3. Information Society - A Knife and a Fork
  4. David Guetta - Atomic Food
  5. Mike Doughty - More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle
  6. Master Cylinder - Jung at Heart
  7. M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up the Volume
  8. Pop Will Eat Itself - Can U Dig It?
  9. Messiah - Temple of Dreams
  10. The Timelords - Doctorin' the Tardis
  11. Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
  12. Negativland - The Greatest Taste Around

So, this episode is more of a mixtape than a podcast. There's no talking. I did my best with my meager mixing skills to make it seamless. The general "theme" is songs which feature audio samples heavily, because I love songs that sample other audio. I particularly love when after listening to a song for years I stumble across where the audio sample actually came from! For example, in this mix the intro sample to Can U Dig It? by Pop Will Eat Itself is lifted from The Warriors. I didn't know that for years. It's like a lifetime easter egg hunt. (Yes, I could just Google it, but what's the fun in that?)

Recently I discovered there's an entire genre known as Plunderphonics which includes music like this mix, as well as audio collages, mashups, and similar works.

Given this is my first episode, expect the format will change in subsequent episodes. Apologies if it proves to be a bumpy ride.

- Al

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