It's cold as hell in Michigan, and I woke up with frigid air all around me, a grey sky looming outside the window and sick, static branches leaning down leafless from the once-vibrant trees on my street. Today it is winter, and my natural defense against the endless internal pain and cold touch of the world is to make a mix and blog it up with all my might... I have to grow up, seriously. But not today!!! Here are some songs I put on a tape for my friend Sean when he left for Austin TX in late August. There's an end of summer feeling, maybe, or maybe it's end of fall, or maybe it's just a feeling of ending. Hope you enjoy it.
Late November 2010 Mix
1.Jacob Danziger "Jump"
The first track from an amazing record called August 1st, recorded, conceived and packaged on the first day of August, 2003. Solo violin and some other elements. Totally worth seeking out the whole record, and this is one of my favorite songs to put first on a mix.
2.Gary Higgins "Windy Child"
3.The Dovers "I Could Be Happy"
Insanely perfect Byrds-meet-a-slightly-less-crazy-Love style band from the mid 60's. They only made 4 singles, a total of 8 songs, most of which were transcendently beautiful.
4.Earthen Vessel "Get High"
Christian rock unknowns. Get high... on Jesus, that is!!!!!
5.The Misfits "Cough/Cool"
6.Jandek "Nancy Sings"
7.Beech Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Instrumental)
From the "Stack-O-Tracks" record, a late 60's attempt to cash in on the now floundering "Friends"-era BBoy's earlier hits via a karaoke-style instrumental LP with accompanying lyric and music book. Coming up on an almost decade-long BB obsession, this is presently my favorite record by the band. There's a ghost-like impression there, even more searching and fake-happy/actually isolated without singing than with. This song especially.
8.Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda "Nataraja"
Deroche hooked me up with this hyper-out-there Alice Coltrane jam, I think available only on tape for some time (???) Weird dark synth washes and a room full of Krishna/something similar chanting and the obligatory guru talking over it all mid-way thru.
9.Bob Marley & The Wailers "Could You Be Loved"
10.Hans A. Traber "Feldschwirl"
From a German field recording of bird calls.
11.Bill Fay "Omega Day"
12.Judee Sill "Sunny Side Up Luck"
Running Time: 37min 46sec
Download the mix here and bundle up!