MusicMix Club – first contribution

October 15, 2008

So i found this posting on craigslist about a cd mix club: there are 8 members, each week someone is assigned to make a mix and then send it to the other 7. You’re encouraged to make covers, liner notes, etc. Mock all you want, but this totally feeds my mix-making jones.  This week was my week, and my inspiration came from lauren and her job down in the south bay, with a rugged hour+ commute each way, every day. She begged for some musical salvation amidst the chaos that is Caltrain, thus: “mornings really shouldn’t be this hard: a commuter mix”

keep reading for the playlist and downloads of the songs

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Yell for Yelle!

September 9, 2008

You don’t have a good reason to trust my taste yet — but I am about to wow you, folks, with my very first recommendation. (fanfare)  Yelle is a french babe who sings synthetic pop amazingness. Based on my faux knowledge of the french language (see?) from what I can decipher her lyrics are not necessarily substantive — but let’s all agree that pop is not about lyrics.  And lets also all agree that my french is not good enough to know for sure.  But what I do know is that it’s about making you dance uncontrollably.  Or jog in place.

I will be jogging in place to Yelle at Webster Hall in New York on 10/14.  And for all you California Dreamers out there, she’ll be jogging at Mezzanine in San Fransisco on 10/29 as well.

P.S. Try not to judge the creepy and rediculous intro to this vid (aren’t they all a little creepy and rediculous nowadays?) and admit, at least by the time she starts dancing, you wish you had a bob and that it looked that good on you.

TV on the Radio – Dear Science,

September 8, 2008

What a great Sunday night suprise! The newest TV on the Radio album Dear Science, comes out September 23, but just got leaked (hooray for the internets!). It took me about 10 seconds into the first song to decide this album was going to be great. It feels like there’s been a drought of good stuff being released, so I’m thrilled.  I’ve said before that TVOTR gave one of the best shows I’ve ever seen (Starlight Ballroom in 2006…Sarah Carroll knows what I’m talking about), and I stick to that claim. Now it sounds like they’ve backed off on the moody industrial sound to make a record with a solid dance sensibility, and since I plan on dancing my face off to them at Treasure Island Music Festival, thanks in advance. I’m off to listen to this a few more times.

TV on the Radio – \”Golden Age\”