I figured I’d share a little with you today. I don’t have any great words of wisdom, hell I’m barely treading water at this point, but I’ve been mulling over a playlist for a while and I put it together when I was supposed to be working this morning. So here’s a little something to help get you through today, or maybe not…
This mix was inspired by the comments on my Top 5 Train Songs post both here and on my Facebook wall. I had to do a little curating but I tried not to do much. Some songs I couldn’t find a decent version of and some I had to pick which artist I was going to use. I didn’t duplicate artists or songs and we still ended up at 25 tracks! I really hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the work involved in putting it together.
As I go through my old archives I keep finding mixes that I really like and think need to see the light of day again. This one seemed perfect for a Thursday where I am buried at work. I can’t remember how in the hell I actually put these tracks together, in this order, and thought it would work. Strangely enough it does and it’s a lot of fun to comb back through these old mixes and re-post them! I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I am.
So I’ve been working a lot lately, and thinking about work. I’m too exhausted to put much thought into this post, so I’m not going to. I have a lot of feelings about work, and you can find a lot of them in this mixtape.
It has a lot of stuff I really love: starts out with a rare Lucero track, has some live Lee Bains III, good ol’ Tim Barry, and is (I believe) the Ninebullets debut of a little-known artist named Kanye West.
Give it a listen and let me know what you like to have in your ears at work. For me it’s audiobooks, rock operas, and the constant needling of my own self-doubt.
I want to get more into making mixtapes for folks, and maybe podcasting in the manner of our very own Charles Hale’s Ajax Diner Book Club. So here’s a taste of what I bring to the table, pun from mixing metaphors neither intended nor appreciated.
Hole Dozer Mixtape Track Listing
1. “The Bridge” – Lucero
2. “Last Of The Working Slobs” – The Von Erichs
3. “Saturday Night – Two Cow Garage
4. “Mutiny” – William Elliot Whitmore
5. “Save Your Money for the Weekend” – Glossary
6. “Spaceship” – Kanye West (feat. GLC & Consequence)
7. “Ne’er Do Wells” – Audra Mae
8. “Sweat & Cigarettes” – John Moreland
9. “Moonshiner” – SCORPIOS
10. “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender” – Tim Barry
11. “Br00tal” – Drag The River
12. “A Company Town” – Matt Woods
13. “Five O’Clock World” – The Vogues
14. “Four Score And Seven” – Titus Andronicus
15. “Dirt Track (Live on WFMU)” – Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Upsetlists are EP-length transmissions, upsetting set-lists, malfunctioning time machines, flashes of divine recombination. A coupla-song podcast. This one is for all the whales in captivity:
- Bob Neuwirth – “Kiss Money” – Bob Neuwirth (1974): Bob Dylan’s old buddy, Neuwirth’s recorded output resembles more outlaw country kind of stuff. He wrote one of my favorite Kristofferson songs, “Rock & Roll Time.”
- Steve Young – “Love in My Time” – Rock Salt & Nails (1969)
- Gene Clark – “For a Spanish Guitar” – White Light (1971): maybe the coolest Byrd; two of his albums, White Light and No Other (1974) are killers.
- Willis Alan Ramsey – “Spider John the Gambler” – Willis Alan Ramsey (1972): he only made one album but it’s awesome.
- Natalie Prass – “Bird of Prey” – Natalie Prass (2015): great new album.
Upsetlists are EP-length transmissions, upsetting set-lists, malfunctioning time machines, flashes of divine recombination. A coupla-song podcast. This one hunts for some twang and torn-apart parts. How are y’all?
- Rilo Kiley – “Bury, Bury, Bury Another” – Rkives (2013)
- The National – “Pay for Me” – The National (2001)
- Superchunk – “Phone Sex” – Here’s to Shutting Up (2001)
- Liza Kate – “Oh Sally!” – No Love Live EP (2010)
- Pavement – “Father to a Sister of Thought” – Wowee Zowee (1995)
- Doolittle & the Raiders – “Domino Road” – Dark Day to Drive (2014)
Well here’s the Christmas mixtape for 2014. I didn’t go for an over-arching theme this year, well except Christmas, but you know what I mean. There are some traditional tracks, some tracks I think should get more attention, and some you’ve probably never heard. While not entirely upbeat, it’s not music by which to hang yourself from the tree either. Everything we do here is for you folks reading the site and the bands we love. We’re coming back strong in January and I personally have high hopes for next year. I really hope that each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. – Romeo Sid Vicious
Apparently I’ve only done two of these, this one from 2009, and it has a bit of MPD in spots. These are fun to make, I’m not sure why I haven’t made others. Of course now I’ve screwed myself because I can’t use any of the tracks off of these two to make one for this year. But I did think them lost only to discover them again so I’m sharing them. Remember, we’ve got more top lists coming up as it’s the end of the year, and a brand-spanking-new Christmas tape coming up.
This is my Christmas compilation from 2011, I’m not sure I was in a great place mentally when I made this. It’s a downer for sure but it’s all holiday music! I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be posting another old one and then, soon, a brand new one for your listening pleasure. There are also top lists coming up so keep checking back…