Boys & Girls Mix

August 28, 2008

For a while I’ve been wanting to make a mix of bands that swap vocals between guys and gals, but, as I really like that sound, I feel like I have too many songs that fall under that category. Like, ya know, Belle & Sebastian, Stars and half of my itunes.

 

So, for this ‘lil boy/girl mix I was trying to avoid some of the obvious tracks, but they pretty much seeped in anyway. I also tried to stay in the folk/pop vein so you’re going to miss some of those great hip-hop/electro girl/boy vocals, namely: Positive K’s “I Gotta Man”, Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”, Postal Service’s “Nothing Better”, Streets’ “Get Out of My House”.

 

Because of the inherent drama of boys and girls harmonizing, most of the songs have some “relationship” content, be it lovey-dovey or breakup-y. Also, it makes for a pretty even-keeled, laid-back type mix and one which you should be careful while listening to if you’re driving and feeling a bit sleepy. So, after all that, enjoy!

 

  1. Intro – The Pixies
  2. Handle with Care – Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
  3. Two Ways – The 1900s
  4. Honey Child What Can I Do? – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
  5. Who Were You Thinkin’ Of? – Biirdie
  6. Secretly Minnesotan – Tullycraft
  7. Death to Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!
  8. Say Yes if You Love Me –  Acid House Kings
  9. PS (Interlude) – The Books
  10. Happy New Year – Camera Obscura
  11. Can’t Ever Sleep – Saturday Looks Good To Me
  12. Friday Night – Elephant Parade
  13. Jorge Regula – The Moldy Peaches
  14. Come Back From San Francisco – The Magnetic Fields
  15. Souvenirs – Architecture in Helsinki
  16. You Really Gotta Hold On Me – She & Him
  17. All You Need Is Hate – The Delgados
  18. Know-How – Kings of Convenience
  19. Les Etoiles Secretes – Ida
  20. Ghosts Are Good Company – Bishop Allen
  21. Ice Storn, Big Gust, and You – Tilly & The Wall

The Zipped File & Album Art can be found on Mediafire here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=992c799b40f3f811dfbd00fb952479db185df0bdeae2cf0b  

 

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The “Iron Chef” Mix Challenge

July 8, 2008

This is actually an OLD (and perhaps) never posted blog I found while cleaning out my “My Documents” folder.  It’s an oldie but goodie…

The IRON CHEF MIX CHALLENGE!

Concept: Make something beautiful out of something baffling

Background: Owning an iPod seems to be a necessity these days, and, if your friend has a 600-gig iPod of music plugged directly into their car stereo, it can make road-trips torture. Fortunately most drivers are willing to pass their iPod around so passengers can take advantage of the Gigantor iPod Saving Grace: The On-The-Go Playlist.  Regardless of their ‘pod contents; dated tastes, odd music fetishes, the Creed catalog, it’s actually fun to try to make a bumpin’ bouillbesse out of an iPod full of stinky fish guts.

The challenge: Take your friends’ iPod (the stranger taste in music the better) and make of it a thing of mixtape beauty. The glory being, it’s THEIR musical palate through your tune choices put up against the car’s collective ear drums.

My pal, who shall forever remain nameless* has a particular brand of musical torture – a hilariously “eclectic” iPod.  Here’s a quick list of music I heard on recent road trips; Big & Rich, Snap!, The Back To the Future soundtrack, O.A.R., Dave Matthews Band, 311, Garden State, John Mayer Trio, and of course the aforementioned Creed.

I gladly took up their offer to put together a playlist, and I think I did alright.  This is all from memory, but it went with something like:

  • Phil Collins, “In The Air Tonight” (which was labeled as “Genesis – ‘feel it coming in the air of tonight’ ”)
  • Chicago, “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?”
  • Survivor (Ides of March), “Vehicle”
  • Cameo, “Word Up”
  • Kanye West, “Keep Em High”
  • Jurassic 5, “Freedom”
  • Cardigans, “Lovefool”
  • Deee-Lite, “Groove is in the Heart”
  • Nickelcreek, “Spit On a Stranger”
  • John Mayer, “Kid A” (Radiohead Cover)
  • Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”
  • Spoon, “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”
  • Coldplay, “Green Eyes”
  • Dave Matthews Band, “Spoon”
  • Phish, “You Enjoy Myself”
  • Flaming Lips, “Bad Days”

Let’s hear your O.T.G. Playlist successes!

*Person may, as a narrative tool, be a combination of a number of people I know.