Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Equinox 2010 Mix

Is it fall already? Where have I been?

The mix of tunes I have this time around aren't yet tinted by fall's melancholy - you'll probably see more of that around Halloween. :) No, you'll definitely hear some summery tunes here, though this mix is a lot more raw and stripped down than last time; gone are the peppy dance beats and synthesizers, replaced by acoustic guitars and a more natural, laid-back vibe. That's not to say we won't delve into more ambient, electric territory (Mogwai and Silversun Pickups will attest to this), but as a whole this mix has got the guitar thang going for it.

A couple exceptions to this 'guitar thang' would be the piano driven tunes by Regina Spektor and Jukebox the Ghost, as well as the dark funk a la Australia's Electric Wire Hustle. From Regina we have 'No Surprises', a cover of a Radiohead tune. Stripping this song down to just piano and a whispery vocal really brings out the depressing (and slightly creepy) nature of this song, but in the best possible way. Jukebox the Ghost goes the opposite direction with supercharged manic piano, and I really couldn't help myself from falling in love with this song because it's just so darn fun.

Speaking of Radiohead, I've included one of my favourite B-sides of theirs at the end of the mix, acoustic and live and totally sentimental. Love it. There's another sentimental track on this mix off Sara Bareilles' new album, a slow acoustic piece that's nice, simple and poppy. The whole album, 'Kaleidescope Heart' is pretty decent. Some of the songs are hit-and-miss with me, but overall the writing is pretty strong and it's natural pop sheen makes the tracks pretty easy to like.

Besides Regina Spektor's cover of 'No Surprises', we've got Sixpence None the Richer covering Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over". This is a great song, but I do prefer Sixpence's pretty cover to the original just because it cuts down on the cheese factor quite a bit. :)

There are quite a few older tunes on this list, like Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way' and The Waterboys' 'Fisherman's Blues'. Dick Dale's appearance also dates me, and then there's The Outfield with 'Your Love', which I included purely for sentimental value - it's a song Logan and I had a good groove-out to at a bar long, long ago. :)

As far as Mogwai is concerned, I'm including a track from a brand-new album of theirs called 'Special Moves' - it's a live album and it's fantastic. Live albums can be kind of hit-and-miss but this one is definitely a keeper.

The award of 'most random track on the CD' will definitely go to Dwight Yoakam's "I'll Be Gone". Yep, it's a pure and simple country song, on an almost entirely rock/pop playlist. So what? I was groovin' out to his first album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc", which was released the very year I was born. The best part? Logan could sing along to some of the songs. :)

And now I'll end this discussion with the first track on the CD from the New Radicals. There's quite a bit of 90's music that has a special place in my heart, and whenever I hear certain songs (like this one), I just get all warm and nostalgic inside. You know how it goes. Great song too.

1. New Radicals - You Get What You Give (1998)
2. Sixpence None the Richer - Don't Dream It's Over (2002)
3. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (1977)
4. The Outfield - Your Love (1985)
5. The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues (1988)
6. Electric Wire Hustle - They Don't Want (2010)
7. Regina Spektor - No Surprises (2010)
8. Dick Dale - Shake and Stomp (1962)
9. Dwight Yoakam - I'll Be Gone (1986)
10. Jukebox the Ghost - Schizophrenia (2010)
11. Sara Bareilles - Basket Case (2010)
12. Silversun Pickups - Panic Switch (2009)
13. Mogwai - I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead (2010)
14. Radiohead - True Love Waits (2001)

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