Wednesday, March 2, 2011

February Mix

If February was like any other "normal" month, it would still be February now... It's not my fault it is now March and my mix is a couple days late, blame February!

Anyway, I'm going to try and do something a little different this month; someone suggested that I describe each track, and give a sort of explanation as to why I chose it for the month's mix.  Hopefully you like it, if not, let me know...

This month's mix is a little bit....(dare I say?) mainstream.  But, I think it's still eclectic and smooth, and fingers crossed there are a few songs you haven't heard just yet.

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1.  Hot Sand - Shocking Blue
Shocking Blue's biggest hit was "Venus" (which was later covered by Bananarama), but I think this fuzzy guitar (sitar?) jam is almost just as fun.

2.  Can't Seem To Make You Mine - The Seeds
I love his voice in this song.  He sounds completely desperate and on edge, but it's really cool how the rest of it is so slow-paced and lazy, creating anticipation and anxiety throughout the song, not only for the singer, but for the listener as well.

3.  Play With Fire - Twice as Much
A cover of a Rolling Stones song, but a good one (The Dum Dum Girls cover isn't bad either).

4.  You Showed Me - The Turtles
Slower than "Happy Together," but a just as good, if not better, song.  Especially true if you're a big Kinks fan.

5.  Brief Candles - The Zombies
Odessey & Oracle, the album this track is off of, was released after The Zombies had broken up, which was a shame because it's such an amazing album!  I don't think there is a track on it I don't like. "Brief Candles" is one of my favorites.

6.  I Had A King - Joni Mitchell
Not from Blue, but another fantastic album, Song To A Seagull, "I Had A King" is so pretty and poetic I think Annette Bening would probably sing this song at an awkward dinner party too.  No one can convey such beauty and emotion into a song like Joni can...

7.  Middle Cyclone - Neko Case
This what country music is supposed to sound like, right? Maybe it's just country-folk-pop-core.

8.  The Strangers - St. Vincent
Every time I hear a St. Vincent song, I can't help but think of my favorite feminist bookstore.  Also, the bass at the end of this song is great.

9.  The Rip - Portishead
When I first started my radio show, a few years ago, I was really into Portishead, and when Third came out I think it was heavy on my rotation for months.  I'm embarrassed of some of the songs on my old playlists, but I am not embarrassed of this one, or any other track by them.  Radiohead does a nice cover of this song too.

10.  BASF ace - Com Truise
I don't know anything about Com Truise, but I know that if you like instrumental tracks with a chill-wave vibe, you'll probably like this one.

11.  6699 (I Don't Know If You Know) - Neon Indian
This song has a mood/tone that is sadder than the rest of the album (which I still like...)

12.  Natural Causes - Nite Jewel
I know that this is the second Nite Jewel song in a row, and it's from the same 12"...but I think I like this one even better than the previous track I posted.  I love the lyrics, I love the sound, I love everything about it.  It's smooth, but hazy, slow, but danceable, and just the right amount of melancholy...

13.  I Want You - Summer Camp
When I first started listening to this song, I wasn't a huge fan of the music or the lyrics, but as it became darker and more intense, I began to like it more and more.  Around the 2:00 mark it turns into the type of song I love, building bass, desperate sounding vocals, and a hook that you can't get out of your head.

14.  Rosa - Grimes
Vocal melodies that overlap and a good bass line, sounds like a good combo to me.

15.  Tip Of Your Tongue - Porcelain Raft
If you like the Pains of Being Pure At Heart, you'll probably like "Tip Of Your Tongue."

16.  Spirit - Arc in Round
Also like the Pains of Being Pure At Heart, but the more shoe-gazey Pains of Being Pure At Heart.

I obviously lost a little steam at the end there, but hopefully it will give you a better idea of what you are about to listen to! (should you choose to download)

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