This started out, back in November, as a pretty grim collection of songs. Tim Buckley, Scott Walker…Bob Dylan’s Dream may have been the opening track for my winter. That’s just how my Garden Grove neighbors influence my music sometimes. Then I spent more time on it than any of my mixes, which is, as some of you know, too much time, and realized that although this winter is spent in horrid waiting, it’s going pretty well. And I hope yours is too. So, I guess here are a few notes:
1. It’s a winter mix, not a Christmas mix, so I’ve made some decently secular choices. You might find a riff here or there purposefully alluding to Baby Jesus–Oh and one deal made with God (for our sake). Lots of ghosts floating around tho. And a few skeletons.
2. No animal collective on this mix. Whoa. (But, as per my post below, Spring shall be heavy).
3. There are two “parts” to this mix. Two acts, if you will. But I have tried to make my sonic caesuras as audible as possible. (*See huge long Lou Reed track). The first half is a lot more lyrically based than the latter half, I’d say. I was playing around with some spoken wordings; suits the season, I’d say. What do you say?
4. This is a pocketbook of echos of lessons of love and life learnt in 2008. Good Riddance you great big fucked up year.
5. As for the cover art, I wish I had a fireplace (and a Sara, pjs and tea). I found a diagram online on how to build one. I also found a pretty amazing picture of snow in the desert. Bada-bongers.
6. I like this mix better than my previous ones. Album of the year? Its not too hard. And the final song has to be one of my favorites, ever. If you can make it.
Track list after the jumpie. 1. The Sound – Winter
2. The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
3. Young Marble Giants – Final Day
4. Deerhunter – Vox Humana
5. Casino vs. Japan – Koma Sign-off
6. Prefab Sprout – A Prisoner of the Past
7. OMD – Souvenir
8. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
9. Lou Reed – Street Hassle
10. DJ /rupture – Radios et Announceurs: Stalker
11. Disco Inferno – In Sharky Water
12. Disappears – Magics
13. Lotus Plaza – What Grows
14. Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
15. Arthur Russell – Hiding Your Present From You
16. Nite Jewel – Chimera
17. Burial – Ghost Hardware
18. Mirage: Quest, Brooklyn Anthem (acapella): Team Shadetek
19. This Heat – Time Card
20. The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack