Monday, July 17, 2006
Embiggen Your Mix: Blips, Beeps & FartsBy d-mac
A mix project for a mundane, muggy Monday morning. My mission: to have you tapping your feet along about 37 seconds into the first track, dancing in your chair by track 6, and somewhere along the way forgetting it's not a Friday afternoon.
Listen to entire playlist [M3U]. Click on image above for printable track list and album art.
- Radiohead - Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box
The intro track to Amnesiac. Full of crunchy electronic tip-taps that set the tone for one of Radiohead's most consistent (and underrated) albums.
- Zero 7 - Today
Fun track from Zero 7's latest release, The Garden.
- Faithless (feat. Dido) - One Step Too Far
One of several songs by this trip-hop/dance trio to which Dido contributes her vocals.
- Frou Frou - Shh
Short-lived duo comprised of singer-songwriter Imogen Heap and producer Guy Sigsworth.
- Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From (Röyksopp Mix)
Hands down, KoC are easily my favorite indie folk-pop Norwegian duo. Okay, not exactly going out on a limb there, but I'd also put them amongst the top ranks of any listing for which they'd qualify. They can do no wrong in my book. My only gripe is that they haven't played a gig in Atlanta in years (the last was at Smith's Olde Bar, about 2 months before I'd heard of them, tragically). This track, mixed by fellow Bergen hometowners Röyksopp, is more upbeat than you'd normally expect from these guys, but I'm not complaining.
- Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better
I bought their second album, Alphabetical on a whim a couple years ago and found it to be choc-full of guilty pleasures. Then I went back and listened to stuff off their debut album (from which this track was taken) and their newest release, It's Never Been Like That and I haven't felt guilty about it ever since.
- Lily Allen - Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs Cover)
21 year-old MySpace phenom, Lily Allen has been taking the Blogosphere by storm since earlier this year. Her debut studio album, Alright, Still was released in Europe just this week and has already berthed a #1 hit on the UK pop charts.
- Gorillaz (feat. MF Doom) - November Has Come
So as best I can piece it together, Blur's Damon Albarn created Gorillaz, which sometimes featured MF Doom, of Danger Doom, which included DJ Danger Mouse, co-creator of Gnarls Barkley, fronted by Cee Lo, of the Goodie Mob, which is a member of the Dungeon Family, along with OutKast, led by André Benjamin, who starred in Be Cool with John Travolta, who was in Look Who's Talking with Kirstie Alley, who was in She's Having a Baby with Kevin Bacon! Wait, what were we talking about?
- Thom Yorke - Black Swan
Yay, Thom Yorke's solo project is finally available in a legal capacity, and it's fantastic. And I own it. And you should too.
- Lenny Kravitz - If You Can't Say No
It's not so heavy on the blips & farts, but this track has got beeps coming out the blankity-bleep. See if you can count how many. I won't.
- James Figurine - All The Way To China
He's digging a hole for his dad, in the yard. What? What's it for? Don't worry about it. Ever heard of minding your own business? Next song.
- Air - Universal Traveler
If these guys are ever looking to replace their beer-bottle player or whatever instrument that is I hear in this song, I'm willing to quit my day job.
- The Postal Service - Against All Odds (Phil Collins Cover)
A quiet fist-pumper.
- Slow Runner - Streamlined
I highly recommend buying their debut album, No Disassemble. They're on tour now supporting Josh Ritter, catch them in Atlanta at the Variety Playhouse on the 26th or elsewhere.
- Portishead - Glory Box
If a film student were to somehow collect scenes from your most vivid dreams and splice them into their senior film project, this haunting classic by the nineties lo-fi trip-hop outfit from Bristol, UK would probably play during the credits.
- Dntel - Last Songs
Instrumental outro provided by Dntel, aka James Figurine, aka Jimmy Tamborello, aka half of The Postal Service collaborative with Ben Gibbard. Get the EP.