Post by You probably can't touch this. on Nov 16, 2007 1:38:12 GMT -8
That's right, I've made mixes for people that corresponds to their tastes (to the extent that I know). So far I have made mixes for Anta (who has his already from the other thread), Adrian, Andrew, and Val. I know that those that aren't of these four may want a mix but I didn't have a strong enough knowledge of your preferences to make a mix. So if you're interested, tell me what kind of stuff you are into via descriptions and examples and I'll throw one together. It'll be good, I swear.
When I post your mix, I will provide the link to the file (duh) but I'll also give a track by track explanation so that you can understand the logic of the mix. Hopefully these comments will allow you to find the right light to appreciate the song (i.e. emotional versus cognitive, rhythmic versus ethereal, or epic verses minimalistic).
And if you think my descriptions of another person's list is compelling, then download it for yourself.
1. Just Abandoned My-self - Boris So it goes without saying that I am going to make a list that is predominately guitar-driven for the shred master. This track emphasizes my allegiance to the shred. The track starts out with no-messing-around power chords and then takes off. The track pounds away with brilliant guitar soloing in the background almost supporting the crushing chords, the vocals are fittingly following the intense rhythm and thick drums. This goes on magnificently until the drum relaxes and the guitars chill to the point in which the drums cut out and the guitars are left to sprawl. Next thing you know, you're in a holy drone landscape. This is where you reflect and meditate upon the awesomeness of the electric guitar and amplifier. Ambient chaos.
2. Don't Ask Why - My Bloody Valentine Now I know you love the dream pop, Adrian, or else you wouldn't have been jumping up and down in high school saying "SP, SP, SP" (when you weren't saying "NP, NP, NP"). Anyways, this MBV track moves beautifully threw like a Melon Collie song with delayed, distortionless guitar. Also you have Kevin Shields' gentle vocals instead of Corgan's great but sometimes destructive rasp. Sheerly transcendent.
3. Time Isn't On My Side - Polvo What would be a guitar mix for you if I didn't throw in an experimental track? Well this is it and you should able to tell with the opening chords. The song has a bouncy quality with honest pop foundations. But don't think it is too poppy! Even those Atari-esque sounds are from a guitar. The discordant, flanged chords give the song a sense as though it wanted to experiment further out but was push back by some sonic, gelatinous wall. Really bizarre and the low-mixed, surrealist vocals don't help if you're looking for sense.
4. Shit From An Old Notebook - Minutemen Enough of that, here's a track with a righteous funk that rocks as though Jimi Hendrix was standing to the sideline nodding his head in approval. But the popping bass and winding guitar isn't all it has to offer. The lyrics are awesomely anti-commercial which feeds the badassitude of this song. Minutemen, a punk rock band that knows how to play their instruments well.
5. Off This Century - Unwound Now I know how much you love cinematic music so I put in this song. It starts out with a train-like focus with the guitar throwing chopping chords but then spans out and gets serious. It isn't long until it starts suggesting a guitar build-up and eventual it returns and builds up to an amazing emotional GYBE-esque peak where the vocalist sings fittingly lamenting vocals. Then it returns back to reflection on what had just happened. Post-rock before post-rock. Post-rock where vocals still mattered and increased the depth and power. A perfect song.
6. Free So Free - J Mascis and The Fog Here is a lamenting guitar ballad. I put this in the list since I know you have experience with J Mascis (via Dinosaur Jr, etc.) and this is an amazing reflective track. I listen to this one on the bus whenever I have the chance. If it is raining, it is even better. And I want to be there in the end and I want to be free, so free you know it... sing it J.
7. The Yellow Princess - John Fahey I thought it would be fitting to conclude a mix that began with pounding distortion with an acoustic track. John Fahey was well known for being one of Americas' first respected, self-taught guitarists. Accordingly, Fahey had an high appreciation of alternate tunings and when played on an acoustic may remind you of some Led Zeppelin songs as do I. Maybe even of some ambient Diablo-ness? Anyways, it is a beautiful track to drift off to and finish the mix.
Post by Captain Galaxy on Nov 16, 2007 10:51:45 GMT -8
Are we allowed to download other people's mixes?
No, would you open a letter Patrick wrote to me? This is almost the same thing. It is a personal confidential thing.
Nah, I'm joking. You can go ahead and listen to it. I'm anxious to hear what it is too. I kinda see it as if Patrick and my taste's merged, this is the cd we would listen to.
And I bet what you hated the most, is that they identified me as a co-founder of facebook-- which I am! You better lawyer up, asshole, cause I'm not coming back for thirty percent, I'm coming back for everything.
Post by You probably can't touch this. on Nov 16, 2007 13:04:06 GMT -8
Ha, I'm not that psychologically astute. The mixes already by the virtue of appealing to your musical tastes also reflect your personalities. For instance in Adrian's mix, the movie-esque song or Boris' stoner rock jam.
1. Stop It - Pylon Pylon was an 80's kind of artsy dance rock band that came out of the same scene as R.E.M. and The B-52's, which was Athens, Georgia. Unfortunately Pylons never got as much exposure as the other bands mostly because the members were such art students that they really played music for the fun of it and the idea of touring with U2 just didn't sound like fun anymore. Can't blame 'em, U2 are boring. Anyways this track is a brilliant dance number that just demands movement upon listening. The irony of dancing like a maniac to Vanessa Briscoe's anti-rock lyrics is just too lovely.
2. Tu Es Partout - Édith Piaf Édith Piaf is one of those singers that everyone has heard but few know. Which is very unfortunate since her voice is so beautiful and compelling. I've must have listened to this track a hundred times. Wake up on a spring weekend morning, make yourself some breakfast, and put on the Piaf.
3. Faust Arp - Radiohead We all know your love for the cello and, in turn, strings in general. Well just last month, Radiohead released their new album and this track has such beautiful strings and amazing vocals.
4. Pandora - Cocteau Twins Cocteau Twins are amazing delicate and soft group from Scotland that were active in the late 80's and early to mid 90's. I put them in the mix since I know you dig Portishead and Cocteau Twins have the same kind of chill female vocals thing except less blues/hip hop and dream pop. And it sounds like she's singing in Gaelic in this song though I can't tell.
5. Just Like Hoeny - The Jesus And Mary Chain I know that you really like 80's fashion and 80's classic goth rock stuff so I added this song since it s so anthemic of 80's goth rock. The reverbed vocals, the fuzzy drums, the sparse guitar. It's almost movie like if the movie were to take place in the 80's.
6. Sinnerman - Nina Here's perhaps the most compelling religious song that I have and, in my opinion, the most compelling religious song recorded by people. The pace of the song is just tense which accents the feeling of running, Nina Simone's vocals are just beautiful, and the back up singers singing "Power to the Lord" makes this song so brilliant. Also the lyrics are so much more emotionally involved than the original versions of the song as Nina Simone puts herself in the lyrics instead of accusing some rhetorical sinner. Also the lyrics are more complex than just sin, pray for forgiveness, and God forgives with the lyrics:
So I run to the lord, "please hide me lord" "don't you see me prayin'?" "don't you see me down here prayin'?"
But the lord said, "go to the devil" The lord said, "go to the devil" He said, "go to the devil" All along dem day
This however, allows for the later lyrics in which she cries "Power to the Lord" before the Devil and her even later emotional breakdown.
7. Sun Coming Up - Eric's Up This song is a favorite of my with the fat, fuzzy bass sound and poppy rhythm. And the lyric "And I'm sick of writing love-gone love songs, I'm even sick of trying sometimes" is amazing.
8. Safari - The Breeders I would have left the list at seven songs like everyone else's but I figured I could stick in a song by a song by a band you already dig. So here's The Breeders' Safari. The lyrics are empowering and the guitars have a epicness but without trying. If you are interested in more Breeders, I have their album Pod if you want it. Some say it is superior to Last Splash.
Post by You probably can't touch this. on Jan 21, 2008 11:50:39 GMT -8
Okay, I've been looking over my mix for Andrew and it just isn't there, if you know what I mean. I'm unsatisfied with it. However, recently, I over heard someone comment about how a band in which I owned an album were "the modern equivalent of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer" and he was right. And since the 'drew is bananas for the ELP, I'll up load it.
So here it is, Andrew, Battles' album Mirrored. Battles are kind of a math rock with the drummer hailing from the infamous Helmet (drums were they best part), guitarist from Don Caballero, another guitar from Lynx, and Tyondai Braxton (son of an avant-garde jazz musician). Anyways, Battles' sound is very progressive in that it just builds on itself. Weird drumming, bloopy guitars, sampled vocals, keyboard... all doing weird shit.