Thursday, April 11

THE RAPTURE

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE RAPTURE mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 ROAD TO NOWHERE talking heads
02 LIFETIME PILING UP talking heads
03 RED BULL & HENNESSY jenny lewis
04 123456 fitz and the tantrums
05 RADIO GIRL pi ja ma
06 FREE POUR wintersleep
07 YOUR NAIL AND YOUR HAMMER oh pep!
08 DERMATILLOMANIA laura stevenson
09 EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY aaron espe
10 LOOK AT YOUR NOW sleeper
11 FALLORUN andrew bird
12 MOCKINGBIRD wild belle
13 RAFT stats
14 WILD CARD mindy gledhill
15 U.N.I. mating ritual
16 BLAMELESS piroshka
17 PORQUE TE VAS georges & feuchard
18 M5 sports team
19 LOVE unloved
20 I ZIMBRA talking heads
21 THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (NAIVE MELODY) talking heads

Sunday, March 31

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2012

So, what the hell was going on in the first few months of 2012? Let us hereby harken back...

In January, the FBI shut down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement. In response, the hacker group Anonymous attacked government and entertainment industry websites. Good times.

In February, bitter cold weather in Europe killed over 100 people.

The New York Giants defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in five years.

Gordon Lightfoot was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the lieutenant governor of Ontario, Canada.

On February 11, Whitney Houston accidentally drowned in a bathtub.

Adele won six awards at the 54th annual GRAMMYs. Foo Fighters won five.

"The Artist" won Best Picture at the 84th annual Academy Awards.

In March, amidst allegations of voter fraud, Vladimir Putin won the Russian presidency for the third time.

Nine thousand residents were evacuated from Wagga Wagga, Australia, as the Murrimbidgee River threatened to overflow.

Toyota recalled 700,000 cars over safety concerns.

United States Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales killed 16 Afghani civilians and wounded six others. Nine of his victims were children.

"The Hunger Games" premiered in Los Angeles.

Wendy's overtook Burger King to become the second best-selling hamburger chain.

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2012.

TRACKLIST ---

01 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW gotye
02 OBLIVION grimes
03 ELEVEN A.M. bears
04 BORN TO LOSE jenny owen youngs
05 ANOTHER GHOST ROCKET blaudzun
06 EMMYLOU first aid kit
07 WORKING TITLES damien jurado
08 LIFE’S A BEACH django django
09 FOR PAOLO woodpigeon
10 OUR MUTUAL FRIEND the divine comedy
11 WE RIDE THE OUTSKIRTS FOREVER the afternoons
12 EDELWEISS julien ribot
13 LETTERS IN THE SEA the dimes
14 AYLA the maccabees
15 SHOW ME THE WAY leonard cohen
16 NEON NIGHTMARE rosie vanier
17 NO ONE WILL LOVE YOU (LIKE I DO) sweet sweet lies
18 LES AMOURS DEVOUEES coeur de pirate
19 THE END OF EVERYTHING KNOWN jeff hanson
20 THE SEX OFFENDERS auditorium

Left-click [HERE] to go to previous 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING mixes.

Sunday, March 17

THE GREAT GAZOO DON'T DANCE

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE GREAT GAZOO DON'T DANCE mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 HEAL IT UP concrete blonde
02 JOEY concrete blonde
03 DO YOU REALIZE?? the flaming lips
04 ARE YOU GONNA deidre & the dark
05 WATERLINE frances cone
06 626 BEDFORD AVENUE the drums
07 CANTERBURY GIRLS lily & madeleine
08 DEATH TAPES gemma ray
09 ARMATOPIA johnny marr
10 WHEN I’M ALONE [piano version] lissie
11 I’M GLAD I HITCHED MY APPLE CART TO YOUR STAR the boy least likely to
12 ISABELLA DANCES coyle girelli
13 THE WEEPING WILLOW blackiebluebird
14 RUBY strand of oaks
15 MIFFED neyla pekarek
16 MOON SONG rainbow danger club
17 BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE nouvelle vague
18 SUMMER OF ‘42 kishi bashi
19 SHE GOT THE GARDEN paul heaton
20 DANCE ALONG THE EDGE concrete blonde
21 SOMEDAY concrete blonde

Sunday, March 3

COLONEL SANDERS' TRANSFUSION CONFUSION

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the COLONEL SANDERS' TRANSFUSION CONFUSION mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 ALL I KNOW art garfunkel
02 KODACHROME paul simon
03 PIXIES, SYLPHS AND FAIRIES pi ja ma
04 TRAILER PARK matthew logan vasquez
05 ASKING FOR oh pep!
06 DOWN AT THE ARCADE pelicat
07 INTO THE SHAPE OF YOUR HEART wintersleep
08 CHAOS FROM THE TOP DOWN stereophonics
09 FIGURINE ladytron
10 MY LITTLE TOWN simon & garfunkel
11 HARMONY HALL vampire weekend
12 BETTER LAND fox & bones
13 ONLY JUST BEGUN the moth and the flame
14 SLEEP LITTLE QUEEN sarah macdougall
15 PROMISED LAND cold cave
16 SONG FOR WHOEVER the beautiful south
17 ENDLESS LIFE friska viljor
18 GLORY HALLELUJAH frank turner
19 THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE paul simon
20 BRIGHT EYES art garfunkel

Sunday, February 17

THE CREATIONIST'S LAMENT

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE CREATIONIST'S LAMENT mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 BECAUSE THE NIGHT patti smith
02 SUMMER CANNIBALS patti smith
03 I MIGHT AS WELL DIE WITH YOU coyle girelli
04 BOMBS AWAY charlotte gainsbourg
05 THEY OWN THIS TOWN flora cash
06 FRIEND OR FOE rainbow danger club
07 WAKE ME UP foreign air
08 ICARUS mindy gledhill
09 BE GENTLE WITH ME the boy least likely to
10 BROKEN MAN said the whale
11 LET GO talos
12 LA GRENADE clara luciani
13 READY TO LET GO cage the elephant
14 MODERATION florence + the machine
15 BLOOM troye sivan
16 DEAR CONGRESS, (17) dispatch
17 MY TREMBLING GUITAR blackiebluebird
18 FUH YOU paul mccartney
19 LA VIE EN ROSE lucy dacus
20 E-BOW THE LETTER r.e.m. [w/patti smith]
21 GLITTER IN THEIR EYES patti smith [w/michael stipe]
22 MY MADRIGAL patti smith 

Friday, February 1

AMANDA SEYFRIED (WITH SCRATCHY CAT)

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the AMANDA SEYFRIED (WITH SCRATCHY CAT) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 THIS IS HARDCORE pulp
02 DISCO 2000 pulp
03 LITTLE ANIMAL fox & bones
04 GOOD TO BE ALIVE the rival
05 ARSENIC neyla pekarek
06 BOOM x ambassadors
07 BOYS BOYS BOYS lady gaga
08 REASONS NOT TO BE AN IDIOT frank turner
09 UNLESS YOU LOVE ME friska viljor
10 TIGRESS songs: ohia
11 I STARTED A JOKE pet shop boys
12 COME ALONG cosmo sheldrake
13 WHO’S BEEN TALKIN’ whitehorse
14 LETHAL COMBINATION the wombats
15 NICOLE crane like the bird [w/ben bridwell]
16 COST YOUR LOVE miya folick
17 SALVATION the strumbellas
18 TRAVELING ON the decemberists
19 EAST COAST SWING mattiel
20 PRETTIEST EYES the beautiful south
21 PINK GLOVE pulp
22 SOMETHING CHANGED pulp

Tuesday, January 15

CORNUCOPIA

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the CORNUCOPIA mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 DRIVE r.e.m.
02 MONTY GOT A RAW DEAL r.e.m.
03 TRUTHS oh pep!
04 WINTER OF ‘98 cayucas
05 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY charlotte gainsbourg
06 HIDE AND SEEK kodaline
07 THE SNOWFALLS whyte horses
08 VALENTINE coyle girelli
09 WE ARE FIRE sarah macdougall
10 PICTURE FRAME the kooks
11 IN DREAMS chorusgirl
12 NAKED BLUE kakkmaddafakka
13 FLYING TOO CLOSE TO THE GROUND blackiebluebird
14 BORN & RAZED dispatch
15 TWO SCOOPS matt pond & chris hansen
16 RED pale waves
17 HEATHENS mona
18 DECEMBER’S CHILDREN whitehorse
19 YOU FINE saint motel
20 NIGHTSWIMMING r.e.m.
21 FIND THE RIVER r.e.m.

Tuesday, January 1

BEST OF 2018 (PART 1)

Of the 400 songs that appeared on the 19 "regular" P of A mixes of 2018, here follow the 41 that most successfully insinuated themselves into my oft-soporific, oft-sentimental, oft-sodden, oft-sophomoric, oft-insensate, oft-incorrigibly-incontinent subconscious.

[And, no, I cannot and will not endeavor to explain my current Troye Sivan fixation.]

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2018 (PART 1) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME eli mardock
02 WHERE’S MY GIRL? coyle girelli
03 HOMO SAPIEN lenka
04 DO OR DARE modern space
05 RUNAWAYS the magic numbers
06 SONG FOR A SEAGULL teleman
07 STREETS OF EDINBURGH the proclaimers
08 LEARN TO HIDE katie herzig
09 THERE’S A LIGHT jonathan wilson
10 LEDA makthaverskan
11 I’M JUST ALRIGHT mating ritual
12 FINE NOT FINE spector
13 FIREWORKS first aid kit
14 CONFESSIONS IN THE POOL ash
15 RANDOM HAIKU GENERATOR sin fang, soley & orvar smarason
16 JADED LOVER, SHADY DRIFTER eric bachmann
17 DANCE TO THIS troye sivan [w/ariana grande]
18 SPARROW jump, little children
19 HOLD OUT YOUR HAND brandi carlile
20 YOU’RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY WANTS YOU DEAD saint motel

Go [HERE] and/or [HERE] to access previous BEST OF mixes.

BEST OF 2018 (PART 2)

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2018 (PART 2) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 SUGAR robin schulz [w/francesco yates]
02 HEAVEN SENT sarah blasko
03 SEE ME talos
04 NO MUSE wild moccasins
05 CANDIES & FLOWERS a toys orchestra
06 CAME FOR THE FIRE dispatch
07 MORNING BELLS lola marsh
08 TIL THE GOIN’ GETS GONE lindi ortega
09 LET’S GO TO THE AIRPORT jason bajada
10 SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT coyle girelli
11 REBEL HEART first aid kit
12 FLIP FOR IT modern space
13 DANS LES BRAS DE L’AUTRE cœur de pirate
14 BERLIN the new faith
15 ROLLING STONES the vaccines
16 WE, THE DROWNED the colorist orchestra & lisa hannigan
17 BREADWINNER everything everything
18 SLEEP ALL SUMMER neko case & eric bachmann
19 NOTHING FOR FREE paul mccartney
20 FACE tracey thorn
21 SIREN makthaverskan

2018: 17 ALBUMS

I can't and won't say that 2018 was an especially good year for me. What with multiple falls (one resulting in a broken arm; one resulting in a broken rib), multiple doctor's visits, multiple X-rays and CAT scans, my student loans officially going into default, a crappy, grub-infested front lawn, a squirrel living in my attic, a snake living under my front porch, and a madman living in the White House.. well... it really just all kind of sucked.

Still, music -- as always -- made almost all things bearable. The following is a list of some of my favorite albums from this past year. Who knows... you may like them, too...
SARAH BLASKO/depth of field
COUER DE PIRATE/en cas de tempete, ce jardin sera ferme
COYLE GIRELLI/love kills
THE FAMILY CREST/the war (act 1)
THE FRATELLIS/in your own sweet time
GEOWULF/great big blue
KATIE HERZIG/moment of bliss
THE KOOKS/let's go sunshine
LISSIE/castles
MATING RITUAL/light myself on fire
METRIC/art of doubt
MODERN SPACE/flip for it
OH  PEP!/i wasn't only thinking about you...
OPHELIA/blackbox memories
THE SLOW READERS CLUB/build a tower
TELEMAN/family of aliens

Thursday, December 20

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: WINTER 2011

In which you will find no Edgar Winter. No Shelley Winters. No Jonathan Winters. No Dean or Scott William Winters. No Terence Winter. No Old Man Winter. No "Winter Wonderland." No "The Lion in Winter." No "In the Bleak Midwinter." No "dead of winter." No "winter of our discontent." No Simon & Garfunkel's (or even the Bangles') "A Hazy Shade of Winter."

Yet, despite these unfortunate omissions, I sincerely hope that you (and I) will be back in 2019. [And -- barring an unfortunate and unforeseen ski, snowmobile, snowblower, bobsled, luge, ice fishing, figure skating, or Christmas caroling accident -- my favorite 40-or-so songs from 2018 should be posted some two or three weeks hence. Please do not hesitate to lend them a fresh re-listen....]  

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: WINTER 2011.

TRACKLIST ---

01 WASH U CLEAN beth thornley
02 SAME MISTAKE clap your hands say yeah
03 MAKE A NOISE katie herzig
04 TIGER MAN OF THE MASSO GRATTO this old ghost
05 HOMEWORK big deal
06 MAJESTY the panics
07 WASTED AWAY dum dum girls
08 NEW ZEALAND french films
09 NO CHILDREN communist daughter
10 ACCIDENTAL LIGHT sleeping at last
11 SPRAWL II (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS) arcade fire
12 COME HOME serenades
13 PUT YOUR HANDS UP nerina pallot
14 GROW wake! owl
15 WAY TO THE FUTURE katie herzig
16 OH FOR THE SPRING neil cousin
17 LONG WAY DOWN azure blue
18 WHAT REMAINS? anna ternheim
19 BLOOD GETS THIN pete and the pirates
20 DANSE ET DANSE coeur de pirate
21 GAY PIRATES cosmo jarvis

Left-click [HERE] to go to previous 7-YEAR-ITCH: WINTER mixes.

Friday, December 7

IMPOSING BIG BLUE BUNNY REDUX

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the IMPOSING BIG BLUE BUNNY REDUX mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 PASSIONATE KISSES mary-chapin carpenter
02 NEVER COMIN DOWN keith urban
03 PARALLEL oh pep!
04 A GIRL WALKS HOME lusts
05 PREMONITIONS miya folick
06 IT HELPS modern space
07 GOOD LUCK WITH THAT distance, light and sky
08 GIVEN UP whenyoung
09 TURN the wombats
10 YOUNGBLOOD angus and julia stone
11 TAINTED LOVE soft cell
12 HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN eurythmics
13 BAD LIAR imagine dragons
14 EMPIRE sarah macdougall
15 GIVE IT OFF j mascis
16 ALL THAT WE GET first aid kit
17 SEE ME talos
18 IN CAMERA yumi zouma
19 THE GET ALONG holly golightly
20 PEACE ON EARTH lissie
21 MERRIE LAND the good, the bad and the queen
22 WHERE THE BOYS ARE connie francis

Thursday, November 22

A CLASSICAL THANKSGIVING

Well, this was unplanned and unintended. But I happened to stumble upon this mix (from 2008) earlier this evening. So what better day to re-post it, thought I.  And so I do so...
Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the A CLASSICAL THANKSGIVING mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 VIVALDI - concerto for 4 violins in B minor
02 PERGOLESI - stabat mater - excerpt
03 MOZART - turkish march
04 BEETHOVEN - 5th symphony - 1st movement
05 BRAHMS - hungarian dance #5
06 BIZET - carmen - habenera
07 MENDELSSOHN - 4th symphony - 4th movement
08 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - sea songs - quick march
09 PACHELBEL - canon for gigue and strings
10 ORFF - carmina burina - o fortuna - fortune plango vulnera
11 GRIEG - peer gynt - suite #1 - in the hall of the mountain king
12 BRAHMS - violin concerto - 3rd movement
13 RACHMANINOV - prelude in g minor
14 ROSSINI - carmen - chanson du toreador
15 VIVALDI - the four seasons - winter - 3rd movement
16 PERGOLESI - stabat mater - excerpts
17 MOZART - concerto for 2 pianos - 3rd movement
18 BACH - sleepers awake 

Sunday, November 18

CHRIST AS CAPITALIST

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the CHRIST AS CAPITALIST mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 WIDE OPEN SPACE mansun
02 SPECIAL garbage
03 EMPTY VESSELS devotchka
04 I’VE DONE THE BEST amber arcades
05 LIVING A DREAM peter bjorn and john
06 RED HERRING alasca
07 THE DEEP END tall heights
08 BLOODLINE the last hurrah
09 MIRROR MASTER young the giant
10 SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT coyle girelli
11 YOU’RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY WANTS YOU DEAD saint motel
12 COMPLEX the chills
13 FAMILY OF ALIENS teleman
14 BURNIN’ GRASS decker.
15 MY LOVE, I’D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU morrissey
16 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE kodaline
17 NOTHING FOR FREE paul mccartney
18 CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND robyn
19 OPEN LETTER TO THE LYRICAL TRAINSPOTTER mansun
20 YOU LOOK SO FINE garbage

Tuesday, November 6

AFTER THE FALL

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the AFTER THE FALL mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 RADIATION VIBE fountains of wayne
02 THE FRUG rilo kiley
03 CAME FOR THE FIRE dispatch
04 CARNY KING sugarplum fairies
05 CRACKS frøkedal
06 EAGLE BEAR BUFFALO passenger
07 FALLING mikey collins
08 HUNTER anna calvi
09 JE VEUX RENTRER cœur de pirate
10 LOOK TOGETHER wild moccasins
11 FLIP FOR IT modern space
12 SPARROW jump, little children
13 JOURNEY sarah nixey
14 WETLANDS URBAN FOX mull historical society
15 SEE ME THROUGH coming soon
16 UGLY first aid kit
17 WHITE COATS baxter dury, étienne de crécy & delilah holiday
18 WITCHCRAFT graveyard club
19 GHOST THOUGHTS gregory and the gaslight
20 DENISE fountains of wayne
21 MY SLUMBERING HEART rilo kiley 

Wednesday, October 17

NOT ESCHER

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the NOT ESCHER mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 STARING AT THE SUN katharina nuttall
02 KINGS OF MEDICINE placebo
03 RISK metric
04 SOMEBODY’S ISLAND teleman
05 NEVER START middle kids
06 CHICKEN BONE the kooks
07 WOLVES milo greene
08 60 & PUNK death cab for cutie
09 I’M STILL HERE sia
10 THE MATADOR decker.
11 ANGRY CYCLIST the proclaimers
12 LIVES NEVER KNOWN the slow readers club
13 THE MESSAGE still corners
14 WHERE’S MY GIRL? coyle girelli
15 PETITE VILLE fontaine wallace
16 I’LL MAKE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE artificial pleasure
17 STRANGERS IN THE HOLLOW the coral
18 TIME TO GIVE white lies
19 BRIGHT LIGHTS placebo
20 SORROW IS THE COLOUR katharina nuttall
21 [TORTURE kris jensen]