I Was Dreaming of Just You | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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For months now I’ve been trying to come up with a really good summer mix, something that would hopefully be relevant as the summer goes on and would pick up on the vibe of summer that I so love. This mix started out as two different beings, one was a list on my iPod of songs that I thought could work, the other a list in my iTunes. Eventually they became merged into one in Garageband and then went through another 4 versions from there, until it finally felt right. I’ve been driving around listening to this mix, and I think that’s where it’s best suited for. In my mind this mix is meant to be thought of as a night out with your friends and loved ones. You start the night out strong and with no cares, but eventually the night winds down, it’s late, it’s chilly, and you’re left with memories of that night.
The songs on this mix come from all over the place really, though several of them are pretty damn new that you may have never heard them. There’s new Beck, Dr. Dog, some pretty recent Deerhunter, coupled with some old Modest Mouse, a Radiohead B-Side and much more. This mix has 14 songs and runs 46 and a half minutes long, making it one of the longest mixes I’ve ever made. For all of you in the U.S. I hope this provides for some good Independence Day tunes, and for everyone else, here’s to an awesome summer.
01 Eternity One Night Only by Cut Copy
02 Fireworks by Animal Collective
03 The Old Days by Dr. Dog
04 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by The Beatles
05 Gamma Ray by Beck
06 Summer by Modest Mouse
07 Bowl of Oranges by Bright Eyes
08 Summertime by Goldenboy
09 All Our Weekends by French Kicks
10 Worrywort by Radiohead
11 Beach Party Tonight by Yo La Tengo
12 Dark Moves of Love by M83
13 Twilight at Carbon Lake by Deerhunter
14 Deep Water Portishead
Cape Canaveral by Conor Oberst
Sometimes when I come across things online, it feels like it was fate. Take for example the Live Conor Oberst album I’m writing this post about. Yesterday I was reading the line-up of this year’s Reading Festival, and I noticed that it said “Conor Oberst” on the list, not Bright Eyes. That struck me as being kind of weird, but I didn’t think much more about it.
Cut to a few hours later when I’m going through an MP3 blog and I come across this live Conor Oberst album. It turns out he recorded it at the end of last December, and it features a TON of brand new songs by him, accompanied by Jason Boesel of Rilo Kiley and Nate Walcott who’s also in Bright Eyes. After hearing this it definitely sounds like Conor has officially grown up. The dark days of his youth have started to disappear and he’s become much more interested in the world around him. The album does keep the folk/country-tinged aspect to it, but honestly this sounds like he’s hit a brand new stride in his music.
My favorite song of them on the album is easily Cape Canaveral, which he dedicated to anyone in the audience who’s been to space camp, because he was never able to get it together and go. There’s also an absolutely beautiful version of Lua which features a trumpet playing along with the song. It sounds so good I wish that he would have recorded it that way for I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. If you dig Bright Eyes at all, you’re gonna love this. If you hated Bright Eyes cuz’ he was always so damn depressing, you just might like this.
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P.S. I made those covers up there because there weren’t any.
Deep Blue Sea | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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In about 30 minutes I’ll be driving up north with my best friend to visit family and friends for the weekend, so I wanted to leave everyone something to keep them occupied over the weekend. So I stayed up way too late last night working on another mix that I’ve had floating around forever. It’s called Deep Blue Sea, and that’s pretty much what it’s got on it, songs about the sea. The inspiration for this album was hearing Anchor Song by Björk, and then listening to the new Shins album which is very ocean-y itself. What sparked the idea to finish the Mixtape was hearing Sailing By Night by Department of Eagles, that was like the last piece of the puzzle.
I hope you all like the mix, it’s pretty simple and should be good for the rainy day weather that California is supposed to have this weekend, the same weather I’m sure a lot of you out there are having as well.
01 Anchor Song by Björk
02 Sailing By Night by Department of Eagles
03 A Sea Chantey of Sorts by Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s
04 The Sailor by The Album Leaf
05 Tereza and Thomas by Bright Eyes
06 Salwater by Beach House
07 Black Wave by The Shins
08 Sæglópur by Sigur Ros
09 Deep Blue Sea by Dan Rossen
10 Anchor by Devendra Banhart
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how great of a year this has been for music. I kind of feel like in 20 years
people historians will look back and be amazed at all the greatness. So I decided to write all of my favorites artists who had amazing albums so far in 2007. A list of 21 bands, only halfway through the year, is pretty damn remarkable. If you don’t know what they’ve put out this year, then wiki it, it’s worth the trouble.
Still coming up there’s the new Rilo Kiley, Beirut, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, and I’m sure many more that I can’t think of right now. It’s gonna’ be an exciting year.
P.S. The new Modest Mouse is shit, I didn’t forget it, and you can keep your Icky Thump, I don’t want it.
P.P.S. I forgot the new Shins album, which was amazing, definitely top 10 material.