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10/14/2011

announcing! october 2011 mixtape (vol 34)

Filed under: — adrian @ 9:52 am

It’s only been a little while since my last mixtape, but really September and October can be seen as part one and part two of the same mix. This one starts out with some soul and then movies into indie rock and folk. It’s a good one…

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes.

Adrian’s October 2011 Mixtape (zip file, mediafire link)



You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply add all the songs to your library and then go to File->Library->Import Playlist and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the playlist 2011October in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

October 2011 mixtape:

  1. Raphael Saadiq Heart Attack
  2. James Brown Think
  3. Charles Bradley The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
  4. Adele Someone Like You
  5. Otis Redding Security
  6. The Womack Brothers Yield Not To Temptation
  7. Pickwick The Round
  8. Two Sheds Let her dance
  9. The Tree Ring Wore It Deep
  10. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love My Ears Are For Listening
  11. BOAT Lately
  12. The Head and the Heart Winter Song
  13. An Heart Dressed Sharply
  14. Aimee Mann The Scientist
  15. Eef Barzelay In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
  16. Leslie Sisson Blues
  17. Beirut East Harlem
  18. Crooked Fingers Typhoon
  19. Low Try To Sleep
  20. Delorean Country Clutter

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them. And tell other people about the artists!

2/5/2010

lyrics to the One AM Radio’s “An Old Photo of Your New Lover”

Filed under: — adrian @ 2:24 am

So the One AM Radio is having a contest with their new song (found here or at the myspace page) and I’m trying to put off some other work, so I’m going to enter. The contest: Ok, let’s do this: the first person to transcribe all the lyrics correctly will get a prize. Type them out, and post them on your facebook page, your blog, website, or something like that, and send us the link.

It’s a good song, by the way. I recommend checking it out.

Oh oh oh oh oh (4x)

A old photo of your new lover
That you discovered in a book she left
Shot in some sun-drenched piazza
Or whatever in Rome or where ever it is she went.
There a sly glint in her eye
And you can only guess at what it might have meant

There’s a world without you.
There’s a world without you.
Oh oh oh oh oh (2x)

A new photo of your old lover
That you discovered to your chagrin
It’s been so long since it all went sunder
That you stopped wondering where she’s been.
Her hair’s changed. Her clothes are strange
At a party where the likes of you would never get in.

There’s a world without you.
Yeah, there’s a world without you.
There’s a world without you.
Yeah, there’s a world without you.

You don’t want the news if you’re not a part of it.
Even if it’s true you still fall apart a bit.
You don’t want the news if you’re not at the heart of it.
Even if it’s true.
Even if it’s true.

You don’t want the news if you’re not a part of it.
Even if it’s true you still fall apart a bit.
You don’t want the news if you’re not at the heart of it.
Even if it’s true.
Even if it’s true.

There’s a world without you.
Yeah, there’s a world without you.
There’s a world without you.
Yeah, here’s a world without you.

Oh

Oh oh oh oh oh (8x)

11/1/2009

hold me close

Filed under: — adrian @ 6:49 am

I love this clip. Among other reasons why, it reminds me of how great it is to just open up and sing along with gusto.

It should be noted that Mark Kozelek (of Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon and solo) is the first to start singing.

10/4/2009

two views of the South: Jean Ritchie’s Singing Family of the Cumberlands and Flannery O’Connor’s Complete Stories

Filed under: — adrian @ 7:00 am

A couple months ago I read two books in a row with different views of the American South and I’ve been meaning to review them together.

The first was Singing Family of the Cumberlands by Jean Ritchie. It was a recommended book for a class I took in the fall of 2002 and I’m glad I finally decided to read it.

Jean Ritchie was the youngest of thirteen children, growing up in Viper, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains. Her family was well known–and well documented–for singing ballads, in the Anglo-American folk tradition. That is to say, they sang ballads that came over with English, Scottish and Irish settlers and could still be found on both sides of the Atlantic. The best documented of these were the Child Ballads, but that could take up a whole lot more space if I decided to talk about those.

Written in 1955, the book is a memoir of her childhood. As fascinating as her descriptions of growing up in the early part of the 20th century in an isolated part of the Appalachians are–and they are–what really makes this book special is the songs. Interspersed in the book are transcriptions of the ballads. Say there’s a vignette about learning a particular song around a fireplace on Christmas. Well, the song is there in the book, both music and words, if you want to sing along.

The writing is wonderful and evocative, too. She immediately sets quite conversational tone and it feels like she’s telling you her family stories from the armchair next to you. In that sense, it reminds me a lot of Cash by Johnny Cash. The stories of her childhood, drenched in music, of course, cover the gambit: the rough times, the hard work, and the good times. Overall there is a bit of rose-colored glasses for the simple old times, but she also doesn’t the reader from hearing about the hard times.

If you have any interest in Appalachian music or culture, I’d recommend this book. You can pick it up at amazon.

After having some of my favorite songwriters refer to Flannery O’Connor–particularly Sufjan Stevens and David Bazan–I decided I’d read some of her works.

If you’re unfamiliar with her writing, she was a classic Southern Gothic writer, writing stories of the South with dark, twisted characters and plots. The stories are written in a dense prose and some take quite a bit of effort to wade through, but the best among them are quite amazing stories. She really sucked me in to the lives and worlds of her characters and even when I saw a hint of the outcome, I still enjoyed reading it.

She’s also known as a Catholic writer, but more often than not, if religion enters the story at all, it’s much more ambiguous or complex than one might expect from someone so well known to be writing from a religious point of view.

She died quite young and the complete short stories covers a lot of her output. Besides the stories, she only wrote two novels. And with anything complete you get not only the greatest hits, but the stuff in between and the warm-up in the beginning. If I had to do it over, I might start with a selection of her short stories, but if you’re a completest, this is for you.

You can also pick this one up from amazon.

7/13/2009

announcing! june 2009 mixtape! (vol 32)

Filed under: — adrian @ 9:25 pm

Okay, it’s just preposterous to call this a June mixtape. But I have something planned for July already.

This is the 32nd mixtape I’ve done since I started these three years ago. It may be my last for a while. I might get one more in before I leave for SA. We’ll see.

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to File->library->import playlist and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2009june in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes.

Adrian’s June 2009 mixtape (mediafire link)

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

The playlist:

  1. The National Wasp Nest
  2. Octopus Project Wet Gold
  3. Bombadil So Many Ways to Die
  4. Silver Scooter Goodbye
  5. Weezer I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams
  6. Grand Lake Concrete Blonde on Blonde
  7. Leo Kottke The Driving Year of the Nail
  8. Joe Pug A Thousand Men
  9. The Woodlands Until the Day Dims
  10. Two Sheds You (Live at KZSU)
  11. Gillian Welch Look at Me Miss Ohio
  12. Jeff Mangum My Dream Girl Don’t Exist
  13. Oh No! Oh My! I Have No Sister
  14. the Magnetic Fields All the Umbrellas of London
  15. The Album Leaf Over the Pond
  16. Mogwai Cody
  17. Unwed Sailor Ruby’s Wishes
  18. Riceboy Sleeps Boy 1904

4/10/2009

I forgot a couple music-related things

Filed under: — adrian @ 9:32 am

I forgot a couple music related things.

My music blog recently hit two milestones: two year anniversary (some of my favorite posts and comments; remember when it all started?) and 1000th post (10 desert island albums x 100 desert island songs).

4/9/2009

finally, sxsw

Filed under: — adrian @ 8:42 pm


Two Sheds @ Beauty Bar

A few weeks ago I went to SxSW and saw 46 bands and 23 shows in 4 days. I recaped it at my music blog but I got a number of questions about what the highlights were, so here’s some of that.

Top five shows:

  1. the Rural Alberta Advantage @ Central Presbyterian Church
  2. the Wooden Birds @ Okay Mountain
  3. the Avett Brothers, the Wrens @ Radio Room
  4. Fanfarlo @ Central Presbyterian
  5. Tallest Man on Earth @ Red 7

Band that most changed my opinion about them: Mumford & Sons (I went from being blah to liking them)

Local band that I liked most: Two Sheds

Any questions?

4/5/2009

announcing! march 2009 mixtape (vol. 29)

Filed under: — adrian @ 10:29 pm

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to File->import and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2009feb in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes. It’s got all sorts of stuff: lots of folky stuff and intricate droney pop.

Adrian’s March 2009 mixtape (mediafire)

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

The playlist:

  1. Shirley Ann Lee There’s a Light
  2. Sam Cooke Rome (Wasn’t Built in a Day)
  3. Gospel Supremes Sinner Man
  4. Deer Tick Beautiful Girls
  5. An Horse Little Lungs
  6. Lucky Soul Whoa Billy
  7. The Low Anthem This God Damn House
  8. Bon Iver Brackett, W9
  9. The Avett Brothers Die, Die, Die
  10. The Welcome Wagon But For You Who Fear My Name
  11. Mumford & Sons Little Lion Man
  12. Ohbijou St. Francis
  13. Great Lake Swimmers Pulling on a Line
  14. Venice is Sinking Ryan’s Song
  15. The Weakerthans Plea from a Cat Named Virtue
  16. Viva Voce Octavio
  17. Red Cortez All the Difference
  18. The Wooden Birds Sugar
  19. A Classic Education Stay, Son

announcing! february 2009 mixtape (vol. 28)

Filed under: — adrian @ 10:27 pm

I just realized I never posted this over here.

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to File->import and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2009feb in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes. It’s got all sorts of stuff: lots of folky stuff and post rock/ ambient.

Adrian’s February 2009 mixtape (rapidshare link [1])[2]

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

The playlist:

  1. Fanfarlo I’m A Pilot
  2. Bishop Allen The Ancient Commonsense of Things
  3. Andrew Bird Tenuousness.mp3
  4. Throw Me the Statue Ship
  5. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Old Panda Days (w/ Nick Krgovich)
  6. Realpeople My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille
  7. Birds & Batteries I’ll Never Sleep Again
  8. Laura Gibson Spirited
  9. the Gentle Guest Longfellow
  10. Blind Pilot Oviedo
  11. Iron & Wine Dead Man’s Will
  12. Frontier Ruckus Orion Town 2
  13. .tape. Rosa Luxemburger
  14. Lymbyc Systym Processed Spirits
  15. Grandchildren Cold Warrior
  16. Riceboy Sleeps Happiness
  17. Amiina Gl-mur
  18. J. Tillman Kids

[1] If you’re having trouble with the rapidshare link, here’s what you do, step-by-step. 1) Click on the link. 2) scroll down and click “FREE” 3) wait till the counter gets to zero 4) enter the letters in their graphic into the box 5) click “download”

[2] Also, I realize Rapidshare is sort of a pain. I’m trying to find other options. I’m open to other suggestions.

3/25/2009

a couple links about music and one about something else

Filed under: — adrian @ 6:37 pm

This guy does it every year: he rates and reviews–in exactly 6 words–all the mp3s bands post as part of SxSW. It was 1302 mp3s this year. It’s pretty fun to read through and all the mp3s are free to download.

NY Times reports that world music is expanding and using technology to spread itself. Amadou & Miriam, the band that they focus on, is pretty good.

This guy was on Jimmy Fallon last night. I went to high school with him, I think, but I knew his sister better–though, let’s be honest, she didn’t hang out with me.

I just remembered a funny story about him that a friend of mine told me. It’s a little bawdy–watch out. Andy Rock was his name. Funny funny guy. I wonder what he’s up to. Anyway. He was on the lacrosse team with Anthony. Around his 18th birthday, he got a tattoo of a sun on his right arm. He showed it to Anthony. Anthony said, “That’s a temporary tattoo! I’ll [vernacular for perform fellatio on you] if that’s real.” It was real. After practice Rock, as we called him, saw Anthony driving by and yelled out, “When are you going to give me that blow job?” Then he saw Anthony’s sister in the car…and her shocked look.

3/10/2009

3 folk songs I’m going to learn

Filed under: — adrian @ 10:19 pm

I’ve been interesting in traditional folk songs for a number of years now. I took a class on Anglo-American ballads in 2002 and I had some interest before then. Here are three I’m going to learn:

  • “Bury Me Beneath the Willow”–melancholy and gorgeous.
    This version by Almeda Riddle.

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  • “Two Sisters”–a famous ballad, but I really like this version with a refrain
    This version is by Horton Barker:

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  • “Stick to the Craythur”/ “Humours of Whiskey”–great Irish drinking song.
    This version by Tim Lyons:

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I’m really bad at learning lyrics, so that’ll take some work.

2/1/2009

announcing! December 2008-January 2009 mixtape (vol. 27)

Filed under: — adrian @ 9:52 pm

These are still supposed to be monthly. I guess I can’t always get my stuff together.

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to File->import and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2008dec-2009jan playlist in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes. It’s got all sorts of stuff: indie pop/ folk/ rock, soul and some African songs.

Adrian’s December 2008-January 2009 mixtape (rapidshare link [1])

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

The playlist:

  1. Try Me Bicycle Big Small
  2. Tallest Man on Earth the Gardener
  3. Ohbijou Tender Bones
  4. Karl Blau Before Telling Dragons
  5. Marv Johnson Come to Me
  6. The Swinging Tigers Snake Walk (Part 1)
  7. Henry Lumpkin Don’t Leave Me
  8. The Satintones Going to the Hop
  9. Coconut Records I am Young
  10. Shugo Tokumaru Green Rain
  11. Grouper Heavy Water/ I’d Rather be Sleeping
  12. The Gaslight Anthem The ’59 Sound
  13. The New Amsterdams Hover Near Fame
  14. The New Year Seven Days and Seven Nights
  15. Peter Broderick With Notes in My Ears
  16. Koernag Namadlanga Ngiyalila
  17. Kasai Allstars Kafuulu Balu
  18. The Very Best Kamphopo
  19. Mogwai The Sun Smells Too Loud

[1] If you’re having trouble with the rapidshare link, here’s what you do, step-by-step. 1) Click on the link. 2) scroll down and click “FREE” 3) wait till the counter gets to zero 4) enter the letters in their graphic into the box 5) click “download”

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