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Episode 010 "Chill"

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  • William Fitzsimmons - So This Is Goodbye (Pink Ganter remix)
  • Wideband Network - Earthbound
  • MTNS - Fears
  • All Hail The Silence - Looking Glass
  • Tycho - Awake
  • Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
  • Neon Indian - Polish Girl
  • Washed Out - It All Feels Right
  • The Presets - Girl and the Sea
  • God Lives Underwater - From Your Mouth

Don’t really have much to say about this mix. Probably at least half of these tracks could qualify for the “Chillwave” genre, if that even counts as a genre.

I saw All Hail The Silence open for Howard Jones in Seattle back in 2019. I was surprised when I discovered the guest vocalist for AHTS was Brian Transeau (a.k.a. “BT”) because I had seen BT open for The Crystal Method back in 1998! Thus proving I am old.

Unintentionally, this mix features 3 bands from Australia. Time to dig up some fun facts!

  • Both William Fitzsimmons’ parents are blind. (William is not blind.)
  • Washed Out is probably best known for the theme song to Portlandia.
  • MTNS are from Brisbane, Australia.
  • The Presets are from Sydney, Australia.
  • Tame Impala is from Perth, Australia.
  • Vocalist David Reilly of God Lives Underwater died of complications from a tooth infection. Remember to floss.

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Episode 009 "Post Rock"

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  • Talk Talk - The Rainbow
  • Bark Psychosis - Eyes and Smiles
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Moya
  • Grails - Burden of Hope
  • Maserati - Moving With Heavy Hearts
  • Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine
  • Tortoise - Along the Banks of Rivers
  • Low - Lullaby

Talk Talk started out as a synthpop band in the early 80s. They had some minor radio hits, most notably the 1984 hit It’s My Life. However, if you look at Talk Talk’s studio discography, there’s a very clear trajectory towards something quite different. The first 2 albums are just standard pop. Their 3rd album, The Colour of Spring (1986), hints at a new direction. The track April 5th in particular shows what’s to come. Their final 2 albums move away from traditional pop song structures and into free-jazz orchestral soundscapes and pioneered what would later become known as “Post Rock”.

The Rainbow is the opening track from their fourth album Spirit of Eden (1988). Other than Mark Hollis’ vocals, it’s unrecognizable as the same band that produced It’s My Life only 4 years prior.

The term “Post Rock” was applied retroactively once other bands followed in their footsteps. Bark Psychosis’ Hex album helped solidify the term. Post Rock approximately encompasses any music produced using traditional rock instruments, but not following traditional rock structures. The results tend to be long, winding instrumental pieces up to an hour long.

An hour is not a lot of time to fit multiple Post Rock tracks, but this’ll have to do.

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Episode 008 "No Plan"

  • Electric Six - (It Gets) (A Little) Jumpy
  • Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb
  • Zoot Woman - Gem
  • Re-Flex - The Politics of Dancing
  • Wumpscut - Wreath of Barbs
  • The Servant - Cells (Instrumental)
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - All You Do Is Talk
  • The Psychedelic Furs - There’s A World Outside
  • Icehouse - Hey Little Girl
  • Semisonic - Secret Smile
  • Mike Doughty - Tigers Mirrors Mazes Dreams

If there’s a theme to this mix, I don’t know what it is.

Just a jumble of songs I like and hope go together.

Fun Facts!

  • A critic once described Electric Six’s music as “macho flippancy” and “tongue-in-cheek pomposity”. Lead singer Dick Valentine estimates “90 percent of our songs, maybe even higher than 90 percent are about absolutely nothing.”
  • Comfortably Numb is, of course, originally by Pink Floyd. This version reimagines it as a Beegees song.
  • Robert Levon Been, of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, is the son of Michael Been from The Call.
  • :wumpscut: was the project of German DJ Rudy Ratzinger. Despite being active from 1991 to 2016, it was a studio-only project and never toured.
  • The movie Pretty in Pink is named after the Psychedelic Furs song. Not the other way around. Molly Ringwald was a fan of the Furs.
  • The instrumental version of Cells has been featured in several movies and movie trailers.
  • Dan Wilson and John Munson of Semisonic were also both members of the band Trip Shakespeare. Both bands have a star on the outside of the iconic First Avenue club in Minneapolis.
  • Mike Doughty, former lead singer of Soul Coughing, has a Patreon where he releases songs weekly (if not more frequently).

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Episode 007 "Strange"

  • Will Johnson - Just To Know What You’ve Been Dreaming
  • Beck - Guess I’m Doing Fine
  • Idlewild - Welcome Home
  • Jets To Brazil - Sea Anemone
  • Mad Season - Wake Up
  • Peter Murphy - I’ll Fall With Your Knife
  • The Smiths - Death of a Disco Dancer
  • Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  • Cigarettes After Sex - Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby

This mix feels mostly like a sequel to Episode 004 “Wallow”.

Perhaps I should have titled it “Wallow Side B”, in keeping with the mix tape theme.

I guess I like mopey music, or at least I certainly don’t shy away from it.

Hmm, let’s see, what can I say about this mix?

Fun Facts!

  • Will Johnson is also the lead singer of the bands South San Gabriel and Centro-matic.
  • Beck’s album Sea Change is one of those rare albums where I can listen to it start to finish and there are no bad tracks I’d rather skip.
  • Despite Idlewild’s often country-ish sound… they’re Scottish. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
  • Jets to Brazil got their name from a travel poster on the wall in a scene from Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
  • Mad Season is a “supergroup” consisting of members of Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and The Screaming Trees.
  • Peter Murphy is the former lead singer of the pioneering goth band Bauhaus.
  • The Smiths’ lead singer Morrissey has made some truly reprehensible statements over the years, but I enjoy his lyrics and vocals in spite of his being a terrible person.
  • Cigarettes After Sex recorded their first EP in a four-story stairway at the University of Texas, El Paso. The quite androgynous sounding lead singer is Greg Gonzales.

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Episode 006 "Garage"

  • Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
  • The Mighty Lemon Drops - Out of Hand
  • Pickwick - Hacienda Motel
  • The Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep
  • The Castaways - Liar, Liar
  • Fitz and the Tantrums - Don’t Gotta Work It Out
  • The Black Keys - Tighten Up
  • My Morning Jacket - The Day is Coming
  • Band of Horses - Ode to LRC
  • Spoon - The Beast and Dragon, Adored
  • Shawn Lee - River Man
  • 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"

  • Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin’
  • Matt Berry - The Signs
  • The Cult - Rain
  • Lou Gramm - Midnight Blue
  • Sparklehorse - Someday I Will Treat You Good
  • Electric Guest - This Head I Hold
  • Sturgill Simpson - Sing Along
  • Deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire - Ghosts n’ Stuff
  • Apoptygma Berzerk - Coma White
  • The Presets - This Boy’s in Love
  • Utah Saints - Something Good ‘09
  • Covenant - Tension
  • 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.

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Episode 004 "Wallow"

  • The Wrens - She Sends Kisses
  • Sisters of Mercy - I Was Wrong
  • Haley Bonar - Drinking Again
  • Mazzy Star - Into Dust
  • Speck Mountain - Backsliding
  • Still Corners - The Trip
  • Bon Iver - For Emma
  • Red House Painters - New Jersey
  • 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?

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Episode 003 "Strange"

  • Wanderlust - Lou Reed
  • Strange Talk - Eskimo Boy
  • Lemon Interrupt - Minniapolis
  • The Prodigy - Mindfields
  • Lo-Fidelity All-Stars - Battle Flag
  • The Suburbs - Music for Boys
  • Strange Advance - We Run
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Lien On Your Dreams
  • 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"

  • Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense & Peppermints
  • Underworld - Cowgirl
  • The Dandy Warhols - Holding Me Up
  • Electric Six - I Buy the Drugs
  • Matthew Dear - You Put a Smell on Me
  • Clutch - Drink to the Dead
  • Land of the Loops - Multi-Family Garage Sale
  • Babble - Come Down
  • 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.

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Episode 001 "Samples"

  • KMFDM - We Must Awaken
  • Khuskan - Atomic
  • Information Society - A Knife and a Fork
  • David Guetta - Atomic Food
  • Mike Doughty - More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle
  • Master Cylinder - Jung at Heart
  • M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up the Volume
  • Pop Will Eat Itself - Can U Dig It?
  • Messiah - Temple of Dreams
  • The Timelords - Doctorin’ the Tardis
  • Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
  • 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.

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