Posts Tagged ‘MixTape’
Not many daughters are on the receiving end of a smug dad when they get robbed. My first weekend as an East London resident resulted in my iPhone being swiped as I dashed into a shop on Hoxton Street sober as a judge in broad daylight. My dad, born and bred in the area, has put up with years of people telling them how much Hoxton has changed but when my mum broke the news of this theft he jubilantly exclaimed. “Told you Hoxton hasn’t changed!”.
Out of the two old dears that nosed their way into my misfortune one comforted me and offered to pray to Saint Anthony while the other shouted at me for “being an idiot. you can’t take your eyes off anything for a second in Hoxton It’s crap!.” I suspect my Dad would have sided with her.
Last year I set myself a to-do list. Life happened and things didn’t pan out despite achieving it in parts. I have three Lido’s left to swim in London and I learnt how to ride a bike (albeit not brilliantly yet. I doubt I’d pass my cycling proficiency). This move sparks a mentality of getting back on track as living here was part of the plan.
We sat up on our roof terrace last night with a bottle of wine watching the sun go down and the water returning to glass after a day of long boats passing, plastic bags floating past like lyrics from a Suede song, Laburnum Boat Club plunging in and ragged looking ducks disturbing the canal. I felt the luckiest and calmest I’ve been in a long time despite the bad luck on the first weekend I arrived.
P.S I predict I fall in the canal by the time the year is up.
P.P.S My first week was soundtracked by Kindness, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Bat for Lashes, Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Haim. You can play my mixtape on YouTube here.
I never sleep well during a full moon. So if you add that to Tinnitus playing its wicked part in a lack of a peaceful nights sleep regardless of the lunar cycle, this week has been restless. At some point around 4am Wednesday morning I started trying to compile an Easter mixtape but all that kept popping into my head was songs from Jesus Christ Superstar and Blue’s All Rise (blame a catholic upbringing and drinking a lot of cider in a town that loved pop, tacky boy bands and R&B). Despite the fact that the mere mention of these songs runs the risk of creating unwanted earworms to anyone foolish enough to be reading I didn’t want to actually put you through hearing them.
Last night as I was sat sinking pints listening to my male colleagues talk golf and scrolling through my phone the Glastonbury line up was partly announced (I know there’s more to come because Thom Yorke in some guise wasn’t listed so I am still hopeful for John Grant and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in my wildest dreams). So instead of Easter this mixtape is based on those first knee jerk excitements as I glanced through the stages. I can smell the petrichor, sloe gin in hip flasks and the mud already.
- Phoenix – Girlfriend
- Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood
- Solange – Losing You
- Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
- Foals – Milk & Black Spiders
- The Rolling Stones -Ruby Tuesday
- Devendra Banhart – Can’t Help But Smiling
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Nobody’s Baby Now
- Nas – The Message
- The Horrors – Still Life
- Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
- Haim – Falling
- Local Natives – Breakers
- Rodriguez – Inner City Blues
- Peace – Bloodshake
The amount of time it’s taken me to get round to the final letter of this self-imposed alphabet playlist challenge is living proof that I have found myself in a job where I have a severe, and saddening, lack of time to fart around on the internet. Oh to be a grown up.
But finally it is here. The letter Z. From Zoe to Zola Jesus, and Zulu Winter to ZZ Top. It has been a pleasure trotting through the alphabet musically for you all. I hope you’ve enjoyed at least some of the tunes.
Now onto the next mixtape challenge… coming soon.
- Zulu Winter – Silver Tongue
- Zebra – Right Here, Right Now
- The Zutons – You Will You Won’t
- ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
- The Zombies – She’s Not There
- Zola Jesus – Night
- Zoe – Sunshine On A Rainy Day
- Zero 7 – Destiny
The penultimate letter of my alphabet playlists features one of my favourite bands, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I had to resist the temptation to only list tracks of theirs. From French electro pop to sixties legends. Part of me wishes this alphabetical challenge was ending here as Yazoo feels like one of those songs you walk away to, or from, if your life was a film.
- Yes – I’ve Seen All Good People
- The Young Knives – Weekends and Bleak Days
- Young Rebel Set – Red Bricks
- The Yardbirds – For Your Love
- Yo La Tengo – Is That Enough
- Yeasayer – O.N.E
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Pin
- You Say Party! We Say Die!
- Yelle - Que Veux-Tu (Madeon Remix)
- Yazoo – Only You
With the best intentions I thought I’d get through the entire alphabet in playlists last year but I failed with only three letters to go. Frankly, I’ve run out of steam and enlisted the help of Gareth and Matthew as X and Z are proving tricky. Thanks to them I am pushing on to finally complete this.
If you listen to the entire playlist IOU some sweets and/or booze. I can’t stand X-Press 2 but I was determined to get to 10 tracks and was willing to select this based on David Byrne featuring on it. Likewise I’ve never found my way in to The XX but I loved Angels from last year.
- The XX – Angels
- XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
- Xpansions – Move Your Body
- X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents
- XXXY – Ordinary Things
- Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself
- The Xcerts – Aberdeen 1987
- X – Soul Kitchen
- Xzibit and Snoop Dogg – Bitch Please
- X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne – Lazy
The Letter W Mixtape whittled down to 10 without too much thought because I seem to have found myself in a situation where I have to work my socks off and I think I’ve gone into shock over it.
My cousin was telling me about a friend who is a drummer the other day with the surname Moon. He is fanatical about The Who and when his firstborn arrived he was delighted it was boy, a chance to call him Keith Moon. His partner refused. They didn’t stay together, although I doubt the cause of the separation was the missed opportunity to raise Moon the loon Part Deux.
- The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
- Womack & Womack - Teardrops
- Wade Ray – Idaho Red
- The Who – I Can See For Miles
- Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London
- The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba
- Wild Beasts – All The King’s Men
- Willy Mason – Oxygen
- Wye Oak – Civillian
- Warpaint – Undertow
The Letter V Mixtape….
Last week I got told off by an Ugly Kid Joe fan for not including them in the letter U, the main issue being that apparently I needed to “diversify”. I’d argue that from The Unthanks to Utah Saints ticks that box but you can’t win them all.
Which is the whole point. I am never going to please everyone and I never set out to do that otherwise this would be a full-time task. What music I put up here is, on the main, based on my record collection. At the best I hope I to introduce someone to a new band, at the worst I may accidentally offend lovers of American rock bands. For that I apologise/stick two fingers up depending on what sort of email you send.
Hopefully swooning over Vanessa Paradis this week will make up for any offence caused the previous one.
- Villagers – Waves
- Veronica Falls – Bad Feeling
- Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
- Vanessa Paradis – Be My Baby
- Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning
- Van Morrisson - Moondance
- Vampire Weekend – Cousins
- The Viscounts – Who Put The Bomp
- The Vapors – News At Ten
- The Verve – History
The Letter U Mixtape. A blemin’ tricky letter…
…And I shall hush you before you start. I don’t care how awful you think Bono is, Joshua Tree was an album of its time. Sometimes nineties naff dance music hits the spot which is why Ultra Nate made the list. Finally, UB40 instantly take me back to being a ridiculous teenager wearing crushed velour bodies and putting my hair in velcro rollers (I still do one of these things).
Lastly, I just couldn’t bring myself to listen to Underworld last night as I was compiling this. I literally overdosed on Irvine Welsh when Trainspotting came out and as a result that song leaves me a bit vacant nowadays. I’m OK if it takes me by surprise on the radio, but taking the conscious decision to listen to it is beyond me.
- Unit 4 + 2 – Concrete and Clay
- UB40 - Red Red Wine
- Ultra Nate – Free
- Utah Saints – What Can You Do For Me
- Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
- The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
- U2 – Bullet The Blue Sky
- UNKLE Feat. Ian Brown – Be There
- The Unthanks – Shipbuilding
The Letter T Mixtape. Be thankful I decided to drop TLC’s Ain’t Too Proud To Beg from the final 10 as it’s been an ear worm since the weekend, except I’ve been singing ‘ain’t no time to blog’.
I am frantically packing away an entire office as well as cramming in a handover for my new job that starts on Monday. Did I mention the woman I’m replacing has TWENTY pictures of Jason Statham on her desk. I counted them all. All shaven headed, defiant jawed brute of a picture.
The Letter T has proved to be an oral delight and is currently drowning out the drills and traffic of Victoria (I will not miss working in this drab and dross little corner of London. Why the Queen chooses to live round the corner I’ll never understand). From Talking Heads to Tom Vek, TV on the Radio to Talk Talk. The video to Toy’s Lose My Way is also a thing of beauty for the eyes. It’s what I’d like to see behind my eyelids when I got to sleep.
- They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
- Talking Heads – Slippery People
- The Teardrop Explodes – Treason
- This Many Boyfriends – Number One
- Toy – Lose My Way
- TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me
- Talk Talk – Talk Talk
- Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
- Tom Vek – I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes
- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Your Love