Summer ’08 Mix

June 18, 2007 at 12:05 AM | Art, Mixes | 1 Comment

Artwork’s done. It’s a simple theme on lines and dots:
Insert Front Insert Back CD

… and here are the tracks:

  1. Nine Inch Nails – Just Like You Imagined
  2. Smashing Pumpkins – Tarantula
  3. Bat For Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do
  4. Psapp – Hill of Our Home
  5. The Brothers Martin – Communication
  6. The Blow – Pardon Me
  7. Arctic Monkeys – You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me
  8. The Hush Sound – Wine Red
  9. Huskey Rescue – City Lights
  10. The Faint – Take Me To The Hospital
  11. Basement Jaxx – Take Me Back To Your House
  12. Tilly and the Wall – Bad Education
  13. The Chalets – Love Punch
  14. Röyksopp – What Else Is There?
  15. Kat Jones – The Great Scottish Hurricane
  16. The Postal Service – Be Still My Heart
  17. The Solids – Hey Beautiful
  18. The Elected – Would You Come With Me
  19. Wolfmother – Woman
  20. Feist – My Moon My Man

Barney’s “Get Psyched Mix”

December 31, 2006 at 3:35 AM | Mixes, TV | 4 Comments

One of the first episodes of the show How I Met Your Mother that I ever saw was the New Years episode. The episode (S01E11), entitled The Limo, is also one of my favorites. So, what better way to prepare for New Years than to review said episode?

Now, if you have not seen this episode, Barney pulls out this CD that he calls the “Get Psyched Mix,” a mix CD that goes against the rule that a good mix has rise and fall. Instead, it’s all rise. It has led to my inclusion of the Bon Jovi track “You Give Love A Bad Name” on several of my mixes. But now that New Years is actually upon us, I thought that it might be nice to have the entire “Get Psyched Mix” at my disposal. Being too lazy to figure out the tracklist manually, I decided that it be best to consult Google to see if anybody else knew what songs were on Barney’s “Get Psyched Mix.”  It turns out, the contents of the mix are a topic under debate.

This is the tracklist, according to Barney’s Blog (maintained by the creators of the show):

1) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME – Jonathan B. Jovi
2) THE HUMPTY DANCE – Digital Underground
6) YOU’RE THE BEST AROUND – Joe Esposito
7) HIGH ENOUGH – Damn Yankees
8) JESSIE’S GIRL – Rick Springfield
10) HIP HOP HOORAY – Naughty by Nature
11) CHANGE OF HEART – Tom Petty
12) RUN AWAY – Slade

… and this is the tracklist, as painstakingly transcribed from the episode by TV Squad through review of the tracklist seen on the show:

1) I Wanna Rock — Twisted Sister
2) You Give Love A Bad Name — BJ (Bon Jovi)
3) Lick It Up — KISS
4) Paradise City — GNR (Guns & Roses)
5) Dancing With Myself — Billy Idol
6) Rock You Like A Hurricane — Scorpy (Scorpions)
7) Panama – Van Halen
8) Talk Dirty To Me — Poison
9) Thunderstruck — AC/DC
10) Dr. Feelgood — Crue (Motley Crue)
11) Round and Round – Ratt

Now, I gotta say, there are good tracks on both, and I believe that the TV Squad one is accurate to what was written on the CD seen on the show, though I cannot and will not confirm this. I say just take your favorite picks from the two and make your own!

Have a safe and happy new year!

Summer ’07 Mix

August 4, 2006 at 1:54 AM | Art, Mixes | 1 Comment

  1. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
  2. Elkland – Find Me
  3. The Faint – Dust
  4. Starflyer 59 – I Win
  5. Arctic Monkeys – When The Sun Goes Down
  6. The Afters – Beautiful Love
  7. Muse – Recess
  8. The Flaming Lips – Seven Nation Army
  9. Pernice Brothers – Clear Spot
  10. Placebo – Infra-Red
  11. Lupe Fiasco – Kick Push
  12. T.I. – You Don’t Know Me
  13. Rudye feat. Savage – She A Poppa
  14. The Rapture – Olio
  15. Joy Electric – The Ministry of Archers
  16. Death Cab For Cutie – Photobooth
  17. Pepper – Dry Spell
  18. Bloc Party – Pioneers
  19. Taking Back Sunday – MakeDamnSure
  20. Damien Rice – Volcano
  21. The Subways – Oh Yeah

  1. The Kills – Murdermile
  2. The Knife – Heartbeats
  3. Hooverphonic – Wardrope
  4. Love Psychedelico – Wasting (live)
  5. Venus Hum – Yes and No
  6. Shiny Toy Guns – Le Disko
  7. Blonde Redhead – Melody
  8. Nina Persson – Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
  9. Rachael Yamagata – Reason Why
  10. Imogen Heap – Speeding Cars
  11. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins – Melt Your Heart
  12. The Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer
  13. Kat Jones – One More Second Chance
  14. Stars – Ageless Beauty
  15. Veda – Song For a Friend
  16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dudley
  17. Petra Haden and Bill Frisell – Yellow
  18. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
  19. Schuyler Fisk – Hello

Amanda’s Rilo Kiley Compilation

August 29, 2005 at 12:38 AM | Mixes | 2 Comments

Photo: Sasha EisenmanThis one is pretty much a re-done version of Liz’s compilation. Obviously, the most glaring difference here is the fact that Liz’s was in reverse chronological order, whereas this one is in chronological order. The reason for this difference was because the purpose of Liz’s was for getting her a Rilo Kiley crash course. I figured that by putting the newest songs first, she would probably have a better chance of hearing songs from their live set. And I was right, for the most part. But they also went way back in their catalog, too. They busted out 85 that night as the second encore… which I did not see coming. This compilation’s purpose is certainly gentler in comparison, so I was able to put together what I felt to be a better rounded group of songs for the casual introduction to Rilo Kiley’s music.

I think a lot of their older material is some of their best work, but at the same time, harder to accept for most people. But, I trust that Amanda can appreciate it. This is the reason for the inclusion of the two tracks from The Initial Friend EP.

The other thing that I wanted to do was include more tracks with Blake Sennett on a prominent vocal part… songs like Ripchord, Rest Of My Life, Salute My Shorts!, Papillion… but I ended up just using one of these, due to space issues. It’s always about space. I love Jenny’s voice, but Blake’s is pretty unique and you can’t fully grasp the Rilo Kiley sound until you get some of Blake’s vocals in there.

I also added the only version of Pull Me In Tighter that I have access to. I had not heard this song prior to the show, but I wish I had because it’s great. I don’t believe that there has been a studio recording of this song released anywhere, but I could be mistaken.

  1. Rilo Kiley – Teenage Love Song (later mix)
  2. Rilo Kiley – Frug
  3. Rilo Kiley – Science vs. Romance
  4. Rilo Kiley – Pictures Of Success
  5. Rilo Kiley – Plane Crash In C
  6. Rilo Kiley – Always
  7. Rilo Kiley – Rest Of My Life
  8. Rilo Kiley – Paint’s Peeling
  9. Rilo Kiley – The Execution Of All Things
  10. Rilo Kiley – Capturing Moods
  11. Rilo Kiley – My Slumbering Heart
  12. Rilo Kiley – It’s A Hit
  13. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes
  14. Rilo Kiley – I Never
  15. Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous (live)
  16. Rilo Kiley – Somebody Else’s Clothes (live)
  17. Rilo Kiley – The Good That Won’t Come Out (live)
  18. Rilo Kiley – Pull Me In Tighter (live on XFM)

I’ve always had a difficult time putting a label to Rilo Kiley. Is it “indie-rock, alt-country, pop/folk”? I dunno. That’s why I don’t like labeling music as one thing or the other. But it seems that people certainly expect you to.

Summer ’06 Mix

August 21, 2005 at 11:29 AM | Mixes | 1 Comment
  1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Miles Away
  2. Starflyer 59 – Fell In Love At 22
  3. Rilo Kiley – Does He Love You?
  4. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’
  5. Love Psychedelico – Amp Box
  6. Yann Tiersen – La Parade
  7. Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
  8. Danny Lohner/Johnette Napolitano – The Scientist
  9. The Shins – Caring Is Creepy
  10. Elkland – Apart
  11. Foo Fighters – Everlong
  12. Rooney – Sorry Sorry
  13. Fountains of Wayne – Hey Julie
  14. Ben Kweller – Believer
  15. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
  16. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
  17. Daft Punk – Technologic
  18. Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
  19. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat. Jay-Z)
  20. Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
  21. Better Than Ezra – Sincerely Me

Summer ’04 Mix

August 19, 2005 at 7:00 PM | Mixes, Site/Personal | 1 Comment

This was the first of the “Summer” mix CD series. I originally made this back in the summer of 2003 for music to drive to on my way back to Wichita, but accidentally mislabled the disc with my Sharpie. I didn’t even realize that I had written down the wrong year until Amanda pointed it out to me one day at her house. I guess what had happened was I had just finished up with finals and was so excited for summer break that I fancied it a new era. So I subconciously added one to the year, much like people do when New Year’s rolls around. Every summer, I put together a new Summer ‘x mix CD and send it to Amanda. It usually doesn’t showcase that summer’s latest and greatest music by any means, and ironically often features music that might even be considered “so last year.” Or even further back.

  1. Starflyer 59 – The Sheriff (Major Awards demo)
  2. Starflyer 59 – Underneath
  3. Starflyer 59 – The Lights On
  4. B.G. – Hottest Of The Hot (Micheal “Beat-N-Azz” Crooms Remix)
  5. The Hives – Die, Alright!
  6. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  7. The Faint – The Conductor (Joy Electric Remix)
  8. Joy Electric – A New Pirate Traditional
  9. Joy Electric – Melody
  10. MxPx – Rock and Roll Girl
  11. The Cardigans – You’re The Storm
  12. The Faint – Posed To Death
  13. DMX – Who We Be
  14. The All-American Rejects – One More Sad Song
  15. MxPx – Want Ad
  16. Lil’ Kim – The Jump Off (feat. Mr. Cheeks)
  17. Transplants – Diamonds and Guns
  18. DMX – X Gon’ Give It To Ya
  19. The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
  20. The Beach Boys – Barbara Ann
  21. 2pac, J Phoenix, Nas – Thugz Mansion (N.Y.)
  22. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

“On the DL” Tailgating Mix

July 27, 2005 at 1:45 PM | Mixes | No Comments
  1. The Roots – The Seed 2.0 (ft. Cody Chestnutt)
  2. Baby – Do That (ft. P. Diddy, Mannie Fresh)
  3. Cake – Comfort Eagle
  4. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
  5. Le Tigre – TKO
  6. Beastie Boys – Sure Shot
  7. Ben Kweller – Family Tree
  8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Tick
  9. Death Cab For Cutie – I Was A Kaleidoscope
  10. The Faint – Your Retro Career Melted
  11. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
  12. Lil’ Flip – Game Over
  13. Weezer – Getchoo
  14. The Von Bondies – C’mon C’mon
  15. Justin Timerberlake – Rock Your Body
  16. Jay-Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder
  17. Youngbloodz – Damn! (ft. Lil’ Jon)
  18. The Servant – Cells
  19. The Elevator Division – Eighty Eight
  20. Baby – What Happened To That Boy (ft. Clipse)

Liz’s Rilo Kiley Compilation

May 11, 2005 at 10:32 AM | Mixes | 1 Comment
  1. Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous (live)
  2. Rilo Kiley – Somebody Else’s Clothes (live)
  3. Rilo Kiley – The Good That Won’t Come Out (live)
  4. Rilo Kiley – It’s A Hit
  5. Rilo Kiley – Does He Love You?
  6. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes
  7. Rilo Kiley – I Never
  8. Rilo Kiley – Accidntel Deth
  9. Rilo Kiley – A Man/Me/Then Jim
  10. Rilo Kiley – Paint’s Peeling
  11. Rilo Kiley – The Execution Of All Things
  12. Rilo Kiley – Capturing Moods
  13. Rilo Kiley – My Slumbering Heart
  14. Rilo Kiley – With Arms Outstretched
  15. Rilo Kiley – Science Vs. Romance
  16. Rilo Kiley – Pictures Of Success
  17. Rilo Kiley – Plane Crash In C
  18. Rilo Kiley – Always

Jeff’s Party Mix

May 7, 2005 at 10:23 AM | Mixes | 1 Comment
  1. Tupac – California Love (ft. Dr. Dre)
  2. Petey Pablo – Raise Up
  3. The Beastie Boys – Sure Shot
  4. Coolio – Fantastic Voyage
  5. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  6. Black Rob – Like Whoa!
  7. Jay-Z – IZZO (H.O.V.A.)
  8. Mya – Ghetto Superstar (ft. Pras Michel, Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
  9. Trick Daddy – Shut Up (ft. Trina)
  10. P. Diddy – Bad Boy For Life
  11. Snoop Dogg – Deep Cover (ft. Dr. Dre)
  12. St. Lunatics – Midwest Swing
  13. Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
  14. Tech N9ne – Imma Tell
  15. 50 Cent – What Up Gangsta?
  16. DMX – Party Up (Up In Here)
  17. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
  18. Lil’ Zane – Top Down (ft. Luke)
  19. Rick James – Give It To Me Baby

The Art of the Mix

April 7, 2005 at 1:45 AM | Mixes, Music | No Comments

To me, the hardest part about making a mix CD is being able to fit everything that you want onto a CD. Sure, there is the difficulty of diligently arranging tracks into just the right order, but this is nowhere as painstaking as the process of picking the perfect 80 minutes of content, which is directly related to the purpose of the mix.

A mix for a varied audience, such as a party CD, is generally very easy to make, because you generally have a gut feeling about what people enjoy and chances are you’re right… unless you are ignorant or somehow fail to understand the purpose of the mix. It’ll probably not be the “greatest” by any means, because to make the same mix really killer for more than like 10 people would require a group with similar musical taste and awareness of this taste, but at least people won’t hate it either.

A mix intended for a single person is a different story. That shit is personal. I believe it’s more difficult. Every summer, I put together a mix CD for Amanda back in Wichita… I always view that one as sort of like writing a letter – it has purpose. Most other times, one-person mixes usually takes a combination that paints a story with songs that evoke certain thoughts, certain feelings at the intended times.

…Really tough to do when you’ve got grand plans of painting mural-sized stories. The sacrifice that you make is painful and you find yourself constantly wondering if you’ll later regret cutting the tracks that you did. So you pour and pour over the mix in progress, adding, moving, deleting, listening… and then 3 hours later you have it. If you’ve done well, both the process and results can be quite gratifying.

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