Tuesday, June 30

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2008

Now that June is about to pass away, I am reminded that I once had an AUNT JUNE. (Along with an Aunt Sue, Aunt Jemima, Auntie Em, and Auntie Christ).

Aunt June died last year. Cancer. She was something of a second mother to me -- babysitting me till I was old enough to stick one timid toe into the social imbroglio that was my first blood-curdling kindergarten class.


As long as I knew her, Aunt June had one leg. She had lost the other to another cancer when she was still in her 30s. After divorcing her drunk of a husband, she was left a single mother to two teenage daughters -- Charlene and Doreen -- who, to me, were little more than rarely-seen strangers, off doing the typical things that typical teenagers do.


Despite her disability, Aunt June cruised along quite adeptly on her crude crutches -- baking her own bread, tending her own backyard garden, and making the best French toast in the history of all French toasts (lavishly-slathered with Log Cabin syrup and served alongside an oh-so-satisfying glass of Hershey's chocolate milk). (Alas, she also made me eat things like rutabaga, beets, and peas -- for which I'll never truly forgive her.)


Aunt June smoked like Bogart and often bellowed at her uppity puppy, Taffy, when Taffy took to yapping at random passing cars or less-than-stealthy mailmen. Aunt June let me watch "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company" in the mornings, but the afternoons were hers. She liked her her soaps. I can't remember which were her favorites, but I can remember her sitting there rapt on her sagging sofa, smoking like Bogart, drinking iced-tea like a drinker drinks liquor, and every now-and-again bellowing at that poor, picked-upon puppy.


It wasn't often that Aunt June strayed from her weathered, white bungalow home with the rain-rusted, green-and-white-striped awning. But, when she did, she would drive me in her rusty, mufflerless Maverick to the corner store for cigarettes or iced-tea or sometimes all the way to Cass Lake to allow me the chance to sift through the sand, wade in the water, or just let the summer sun bake my brown hair blond. Those were golden days -- dimly-yet-well-remembered -- and forever resonant with the hope-above-hopes of enduring adventure and endless innocence.


Why do I mention these memories as preface to presenting my most pleasantly-remembered tunes from my BEST OF APRIL, MAY, and JUNE 2008 mixes? No reason, really. Just felt like it. And this IS my blog, after all -- so I guess I can reminisce and/or vent about anyone and/or anything I damn-well want. And now I've done that. And now I'm done doing that.


And here ensue those most pleasantly-remembered tunes...


Left-click [HERE] or [HERE]  or [HERE] to download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2008 mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 LOS TESTIGOS NO DESCANSAN EN DOMINGO clint
02 OLD SHIT/NEW SHIT eels
03 KICK THIS CITY kara keith
04 CAUGHT IN YOUR TRAP the pigeon detectives
05 LET THE LOVE sandrine
06 PLEASE YOU the raveonettes
07 ROOKS shearwater
08 BABYDOLL the fratellis
09 COMMON REACTION uh huh her
10 ISLANDS creeper
11 WE HATE THE KIDS the indelicates
12 GET BETTER mates of state
13 PORK AND BEANS weezer
14 BLOOD FLOWERS tilly and the wall
15 FIRST TASTE OF TROUBLE the sweet serenades
16 WE WALK the ting tings
17 VIVA LA VIDA coldplay
18 WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG? the courteeners
19 THAT NIGHT IN AMSTERDAM the blue seeds
20 THE RICHEST KIDS this is ivy league
21 REVOLVE hush the many (heed the few)
22 SMILE the jayhawks
23 THAT GREAT LOVE SOUND the raveonettes

Left-click [HERE] to go to the 7-YEAR-ITCH: SUMMER 2007 mix.

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Sunday, June 14

THE DEATH OF JUNE LOCKHART

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE DEATH OF JUNE LOCKHART mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 LOVE IS BLINDNESS jack white
02 LOVE house of wolves
03 C’EST LA VIE stereophonics
04 FM RADIO dar williams
05 THE GREAT WHITE BLUR the lemming ways
06 IN MY EYES best coast
07 FOR THE LAST other lives
08 BORN TO ACT belle and sebastian
09 DESIRE TRIBE the high dials
10 MEET ME IN THE WOODS lord huron
11 DEAR IRONY whitehorse
12 HANDSOME the vaccines
13 ONYX STARS anni b sweet
14 WRECK YOU the damnwells
15 MODERN MAN ivan & alyosha
16 TROUBLE ryan adams
17 IT CAN’T RAIN FOREVER oh honey
18 BAD TO ME marc almond
19 FISH pale honey
20 I SAW A GHOST the slow readers club
21 DO THE VOID crocodiles
22 LOVE IS BLINDNESS [live] u2

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Sunday, May 24

LADY EDITH, IN DISCONSOLATE CONTEMPLATION...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the LADY EDITH, IN DISCONSOLATE CONTEMPLATION... mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) simon and garfunkel
02 FEELING OK best coast
03 LOVE IS NEVER LOST howie day
04 TAPPING ON THE LINE calexico
05 GEORGE’S GLASS skinny lister
06 LOW LYING FOG hail the ghost
07 AGAIN & AGAIN mikal cronin
08 STOPWATCH HEARTS delerium [w/emily haines]
09 LOST the damnwells
10 ON MY WAY joseph & maia
11 L.O.L fëik
12 GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) abba
13 BE YOUR MAN rah rah
14 THESE THINGS I’VE COME TO KNOW james mcmurtry
15 BAG FULL OF CONCRETE k’s choice
16 DOMINO duke special
17 FIRST LIGHT django django
18 DANCING ANYMORE is tropical
19 GIGOLO scarlet soho
20 LOVE IS NOT THE ANSWER sophie hunger
21 THE LUCKIEST GUY ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE the magnetic fields
22 OUTRO (TIPTOE HOME) looper

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Thursday, May 7

'80s PORN

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the '80s PORN mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 MONSTER the lemming ways
02 HEY NOW matt and kim
03 GOOD HELP (IS SO HARD TO FIND) death cab for cutie
04 NOTHING’S HOLDING YOU BACK the radar post
05 I’M SORRY, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO life in film
06 CARRY ON coeur de pirate
07 DECENCY balthazar
08 EASY WAY OUT other lives
09 PINK & BLUE the van jets
10 WOMAN IN RED san fermin
11 THE WORLD ENDER lord huron
12 TRUE ROMANCE citizens!
13 POEM FOR A FRIEND torpus & the art directors
14 THE PHOENIX ALIVE monarchy
15 ADDICTED madonna
16 HEROINE satellite stories
17 SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER sufjan stevens
18 WAVES zebra tracks
19 QUEEN OF HEARTS parrot dream
20 THERE ARE TOO MANY OF US blur

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Sunday, April 19

POOR YORICK

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 WAKE ME UP a toys orchestra
02 ODE TO MY THALAMUS asaf avidan
03 AVENGING ANGELS blair jollands
04 RUNNING champs
05 TOO AFRAID TO LOVE YOU dylan gardner
06 NOWHERE TO BE h-burns
07 FORCE OF HABIT i’m kingfisher
08 DREAM imagine dragons
09 PIRATES jenny owen youngs
10 SAVAGES marina and the diamonds
11 LIKE GANGBUSTERS s
12 WHERE I’M GOING sir sly
13 BAD GIRLS tennis
14 WINTER DRESS the amazing
15 KILLJOY the czars
16 OPPOSSUM wardell
17 NO WAY OUT [redux] warpaint
18 SWEET DISASTER whitehorse
19 TRAGICALLY ALRIGHT ex cops [w/ariel pink]
20 TAKE ON ME anni b sweet

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Sunday, April 5

IT'S RAINING MEN

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the IT'S RAINING MEN mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 LITTLE BIRD annie lennox
02 KARLEKEN VANTAR kent
03 BATTLES hudson taylor
04 CAMPUS satellite stories
05 DEEPER THAN LOVE colleen green
06 CRANK ostyn
07 FLESH AND BONE fiction plane
08 OH MY HEART r.e.m.
09 GAGGING ORDER radiohead
10 LULLAY LULLAY (COVENTRY CAROL) annie lennox
11 POPCORN marsheaux
12 FREAKY TEETH noel gallagher’s high flying birds
13 GENTLE MORNING SONG diagrams
14 SHOTS imagine dragons
15 SUN’S GONE gomina
16 THE SANE SOCIETY liam hayes
17 UPTOWN ERA wardell
18 DRINK WALTZ kristin mcclement
19 WICKED DREAMS pale seas
20 LOVE SONG FOR A VAMPIRE annie lennox 

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Friday, March 20

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2008

Ahh, spring. A time for looking forward. To warmer weather. Additional daylight. March Madness. April showers. May flowers. Junebugs & jasmine; baseball & Birkenstocks.

But, for all that, I have always had the habit of looking (and listening) back to the music that has most moved me in the past. Consequently, the following 22 tunes were whittled down from the 65 that initially existed on my BEST OF JANUARY, FEBRUARY, and MARCH 2008 mixes.

These are the ones that still sing & speak to me. The ones that persist in putting the "pep" in my step; matching the "mucho" with my "gusto"; and ratcheting the "get-up" into my "get-up-and-go."

May they have a similar enervating effect on you...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2008.

TRACKLIST ---

01 ON AND ON (LODESTAR) crash vegas
02 MR. UNDERSTANDING pete and the pirates
03 STEPPING STONE duffy
04 SEE THE SUN the kooks
05 BLOODLINE monkey swallows the universe
06 THE IDEA OF GROWING OLD the features
07 HAIRLESS YOUTH OF BOSNIA split squad
08 ASTAIR matt costa
09 HENRI the heavy circles
10 FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE torpedo
11 YOU LOOK SO FINE garbage
12 PEACEKEEPER fleetwood mac
13 GILT COMPLEX sons and daughters
14 GOT NONE robert post
15 MIRACLES pet shop boys
16 BLUE MOTORBIKE moto boy
17 ON APRIL 2 headlights
18 CARRION british sea power
19 CATHERINE BY THE SEA paris motel
20 KNOTS pete and the pirates
21 ROADS [live] portishead
22 BACK TO BLACK [rumble strips remix] amy winehouse


Left-click [HERE] to go to the 7-YEAR-ITCH: SPRING 2007 mix.

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Saturday, March 7

MICHAEL KEATON

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 BABY WHAT’S WRONG? whitehorse
02 BABY WAS THE DEVIL robert francis and the night tides
03 FAMOUS charli xcx
04 TONGUES joywave [w/kopps]
05 3,000 MILES champs
06 ANNA will butler
07 RADAR h-burns
08 FOOT OF THE HILL boxed in
09 WELCOME dan bern
10 A POLITICIAN’S SILENCE belle and sebastian
11 DAD TOLD ME hello saferide
12 TELL THEM YOU CAN’T LEAVE the amazing
13 WHO WEARS THE PANTS?? soko
14 WRONG the airborne toxic event
15 NEXT YEAR PEOPLE colin hay
16 OVER THE BOW jenny owen youngs
17 FIREWORKS jacob bellens
18 IN MY SHOES fiction plane
19 IF I EVER LEAVE THIS WORLD ALIVE flogging molly
20 GOD KNOWS (YOU GOTTA GIVE TO GET) el perro del mar
21 LEVELLAND james mcmurtry

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Sunday, February 22

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 SHAKE SOME EVIL shadowy men on a shadowy planet
02 SUPERMAN julia marcell
03 RED CABIN black black hills
04 COLD joana serrat
05 PANTS ON FIRE the smittens
06 THE MOON AS A KITE amason
07 IS THIS THE WAY blair jollands
08 TRUSTFUL HANDS the dø
09 ONE TIME TOO MANY martin mey
10 JOHNNY JOHNNY part-time friends
11 BENNETT CERF shadowy men on a shadowy planet
12 CITY LIGHTS the popguns
13 PETALS the primitives
14 PHILOMENA the decemberists
15 BELIEVE [alternate version] feathers
16 INHALE marsheaux
17 COME ALIVE we are twin
18 A PART OF THIS asaf avidan
19 LIVE YOUR LIFE tom degrazia
20 FLASH IN THE DARK katzenjammer
21 COME BACK the vagary
22 NOT OVER YOU nerina pallot
23 HAVING AN AVERAGE WEEKEND shadowy men on a shadowy planet

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Sunday, February 1

SYBIL DISASSOCIATES AT THE ICE CAPADES...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the SYBIL DISASSOCIATES AT THE ICE CAPADES... mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 OH MY GOD ida maria
02 DON’T SAY THAT superfood
03 CHERRY chromatics
04 LIPSTICK ariel pink
05 I AM NOT AN END montaigne
06 IN THE ORCHARD neulore
07 SHINE LIKE NEON RAYS katzenjammer
08 TREES manchester orchestra
09 CARE hudson taylor
10 PARADISE CIRCUS massive attack [w/hope sandoval]
11 SEED SONG martin mey
12 FALLING BACK marianne faithfull
13 DRUM + FIFE smashing pumpkins
14 I CAN FLY lana del rey
15 RUNNING IN PLACE night terrors of 1927
16 ROOMS ex cops
17 THE JAIL THAT SETS YOU FREE asaf avidan
18 AWAY WE GO joshua radin
19 DEVOTION saint saviour
20 NO CONDITIONS bishop allen
21 LITTLE TOWN FLIRT del shannon

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Thursday, January 15

HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 WORKING CLASS JACKET my favorite
02 LOVE RECORD BREAKER the smittens
03 THIS GRAVE IS MY BED TONIGHT johnny aries
04 PENNY misun
05 A ROAD uniform motion
06 BREAK THE RULES charli xcx
07 CAVALRY CAPTAIN the decemberists
08 SPIN-O-RAMA the primitives
09 LET ME LOVE YOU jack ladder & the dreamlanders
10 SPITFIRE c.a.r.
11 TOO LATE delorentos
12 IF YOU EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND the popguns
13 NOBODY’S EMPIRE belle and sebastian
14 ALL OR NOTHING we are twin
15 WE GO ON the luxembourg signal
16 SPARKS the dø
17 MIRAGE the vagary
18 IRON BOAT planes on paper
19 TAKE ME ON THE FLOOR the veronicas
20 HOME part-time friends
21 ANGEL EYES the czars

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Thursday, January 1

BEST OF 2014 (PART 1)

Of the 371 songs that appeared on the 18 "regular" P of A mixes of 2014, here follow the 38 that most successfully insinuated themselves into my oft-soporific, oft-sentimental, oft-sodden, too-oft-id-driven subconscious.  That they appeared here once suggests that they succeeded in tickling my fickle fancy on first listen; that they appear here twice is evidence that that initial tickle has since transformed into a maddening-yet-irresistible, under-the-skin itch -- the type that is oh-so-satisfying to scratch, resultant bloody rash be damned.  

So, if you should feel the "itch" to revisit some of this site's more recent and resonant tracks, don't hesitate to scratch.  Blood dries.  Rashes fade.  But great songs not only stand the test of time; they gain.  Like a 50-year-old Bordeaux; a 70-year-old Glenlivet; or an 80-year-old Leonard Cohen.

[Oh, and... just to be clear... neither the songs nor the mixes appearing here are listed in order of preference, merely arranged in what I hope will make for a smooth-yet-varied listening experience.  Finally, technically-speaking, not all of the tracks were released in the year 2014.  My mixes would sooner include a cut by Kanye than be confined by calendars.]

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2014 (PART 1) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 HEY HO hello saferide
02 TRAP DOOR stars
03 MOTHER & FATHER broods
04 GOD FORSAKEN SHORE native roses
05 THERE’S A GLOW no
06 AFTER THE STORM shovels & rope
07 MIRACLE (HUMAN ERROR) sivu
08 SMALL THINGS nerina pallot
09 TOO YOUNG TO KNOW moto boy
10 THE SONG THAT BREAKS MY HEART the forest & the trees
11 NEW YORK KISS spoon
12 DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONNAIRE conor oberst
13 FAR FROM ANY ROAD the handsome family
14 RADIO HEARTTHROB sugar stems
15 JENNY JONES neighbors
16 TARIFA sharon van etten
17 NEVER HAVE ENOUGH carnival youth
18 THE COLD exitmusic
19 YOU GOT ME SINGING leonard cohen

(Go [HERE] to access the BEST OF 2010 -> 2013 mixes.)

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BEST OF 2014 (PART 2)

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2014 (PART 2) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 BLEARY-EYE-D BLUE margot & the nuclear so and so’s

02 REX customs
03 MY SILVER LINING first aid kit
04 ETRE HEUREUX skip the use
05 SPARKS sleep thieves
06 TELL THOSE FUCKERS red kite
07 PATTON’S FINAL MARCH hook moon
08 LATE BLOOMER jenny lewis
09 NOT THE END OF THE WORLD faded paper figures
10 YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT lo-fang
11 NYE missy higgins
12 DEAN & ME jj
13 GRACELESS the national
14 WARPAINT manicanparty
15 CRABAPPLES IN THE CENTURY’S STORM frontier ruckus
16 THE BRAE yumi zouma
17 LIBERTY (IS WHERE WE’LL BE) gruff rhys
18 CRICKETS IN THE RAIN allo darlin’
19 REMINDERS radical face

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2014: 34 ALBUMS

Yet another year flies by... and yet again I beg your indulgence by dumping some of my most beloved albums from that past year upon you. For that, you have my sympathies. My apologies. My gratitude.

This time 'round, because I'm listing so many, I've decided to save some space on the site and link the albums to my alternate blog. Therefore, you may locate the list by left-clicking
 [HERE].

[Please understand:  The albums are not available for download. Too much risk for too little reward, I'm afraid to say. But there are links to each of the artists, and you may just stumble upon something that rubs you the right way (musically-speaking). Also:  You will notice that the albums are not listed in order of preference, but alphabetically by artist.]

Whether or not you choose to click on the link: May all of your New Year's resolutions come true. And may any lingering, head-splitting, stomach-stirring hangovers prove mercifully short-lived....

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Sunday, December 21

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: WINTER 2007

Yeah, yeah, it's that time again. Winter & holidays & various other bah-humbug bullshit.

Now, don't get me wrong: I'm pleased as a partridge in a pear tree to be sharing the subsequent slew of songs with you. These are the ones that still turtle my dove and french my hen from my BEST OF OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, and DECEMBER 2007 mixes. And, truth be told, they still sound almightily righteous to these grievously aging ears.


But the holidays can be a trying time -- so much so that I've long-since stopped celebrating them. Which is why -- this year, in this place -- there shall be neither holly nor ivy. Nights shall be neither silent nor holy. Halls shall not be decked. Gay apparel shall not be donned. No maids shall be a'milkin'. No little boys a'drummin'. And nobody whatsoever a'wasasillin' (whatever the fuck THAT means).


I ask you: Who the hell cares what child this is? What business is it of mine if you hear what I hear? And, frankly, if you saw your mommy kissing Santa Claus, your mommy is a whore.


But be ye not taken aback by my Grinchy bitterness -- 'tis but a passing phase. A phase of squashed sugar plums & shattered sugar canes. Of broken bells -- be they "silver" or "carol of the." Of unheralded angels & unroasted chestnuts & Good King Wenceslas (who everybody that knew him says was actually a real shit).


In the new year, my mood shall surely improve. And yes, yet again, there surely shall be tunes anew.


In the meantime, please enjoy these ghosts of mixtapes past...


Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: WINTER 2007.

TRACKLIST ---

01 HERE COMES YOUR MAN the pixies
02 MY BRITTLE HEART lucky soul
03 PUT THE SUN BACK the coral
04 I’M SORRY BUT I’M BEGINNING TO HATE YOUR FACE eagle seagull
05 SIXTEEN the indelicates
06 HONESTLY matt pond pa
07 NO MORE LOVESONGS lacrosse
08 TIME TO PRETEND mgmt
09 DON’T STOP THE MUSIC rihanna
10 SEE THESE BONES nada surf
11 THAT TOWN sambassadeur
12 TIME IS MY EVERYTHING ian brown
13 TO THE DOGS OR WHOEVER josh ritter
14 WAVING FLAGS british sea power
15 THE MEDIUM WAY the 1900s
16 RECKONER radiohead
17 BABY I’M BROKE lucky soul
18 BLUSH the raveonettes
19 OCEAN OF NOISE arcade fire
20 THE ALISON YIP SCHOOL FOR GIRLS woodpigeon

Left-click [HERE] to go to the 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: WINTER 2006 mix.

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Wednesday, December 10

EVOLUTIONARY, MY DEAR WATSON

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the EVOLUTIONARY, MY DEAR WATSON mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 A SWALLOW IN THE SUN eels
02 ARTIFICIAL LIGHT typhoon
03 BAD GIRLS tennis
04 CRACKS striving vines
05 FIND SOMEONE sheppard
06 HISTORY LESSONS allo darlin’
07 I jj
08 LITTLE STRANGER dawid podsiadto
09 LOSERS CAN WIN starwalker
10 MAINLINE native roses
11 NEVER ENOUGH sam roberts band
12 OH SAILOR mr little jeans
13 PUT YOUR HEAD DOWN got a girl
14 SUMMER LOVER shivery shakes
15 THE GOLDEN STATE john doe & kathleen edwards
16 THE SUN naked lunch
17 WAIT FOR ME dear georgiana
18 YOU’RE STILL A MYSTERY bleachers
19 YOU GOT ME SINGING leonard cohen
20 REMINDERS radical face

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Monday, November 24

PINING FOR THE MOON...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the PINING FOR THE MOON... mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 SOUND AND LIGHT parrot dream
02 FITS (TOO DRUNK TO DRIVE) delorentos
03 HOW YOU GOT THAT GIRL ex hex
04 IDLE EYES c.a.r.
05 TAKE YOU OUT conor furlong
06 ALL I NEED the rifles
07 CURSE ON YOU missy higgins
08 CARDIAC last lynx
09 HOLD FAST zachary cale
10 WAKE ME UP [edit] the raveonettes
11 CRABAPPLES IN THE CENTURY’S STORM frontier ruckus
12 MOTHER WOLF marianne faithfull
13 HONEST MAN the pierces
14 PAVEMENT TREE bigott
15 HEY FAGGOT the ropes
16 NO NEED TO GO alfred hall
17 CASEY old hundred
18 GODS AND MONSTERS jessica lange
19 YELLOW ROSES animal hours
20 WALK UNAFRAID first aid kit
21 NIGHTSWIMMING r.e.m.

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Saturday, November 8

DAPHNE AFTER THE DEATH OF DIGGORY

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the DAPHNE AFTER THE DEATH OF DIGGORY mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 A HEARTBREAK angus & julia stone
02 EASY MONEY johnny marr
03 CONCRETE sea knight
04 GROWING YOUNGER wilhelm tell me
05 CRICKETS IN THE RAIN allo darlin’
06 THE BOAT abay
07 ABSOLUTE ZERO my favorite
08 LES MAISONS EXPLOSENT hotel morphee
09 BROTHER the mispers
10 THIS IS A PART OF SOMETHING GREATER orenda fink
11 OUT ON THE STREETS the magic numbers
12 SMALL THINGS nerina pallot
13 OH GOODBYE the colourist
14 FLICKNIVES the understudies
15 TRAP DOOR stars
16 WHAT’S IN THE WORLD yawn
17 WE ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT sugar stems
18 EVERYBODY KNOWS [radio edit] iska dhaaf
19 STORMY CLOUDS broken fences
20 IN TIME my sad captains

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Wednesday, October 22

THE FOREST FOR THE TREES

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE FOREST FOR THE TREES mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE simon & garfunkel
02 KILL THE LIGHT kitten
03 ALWAYS AND FOREVER wakey!wakey!
04 NYE missy higgins
05 FANTASY FOOLS the new pornographers
06 THIS ELECTRIC FEELING sheppard
07 COME TO LIGHT arkells
08 BLOODLINES mimicking birds
09 THE ONLY ONES blondfire
10 DID I EVER LOVE YOU leonard cohen
11 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN r.e.m.
12 HARLEM cathedrals
13 NEW YORK KISS spoon
14 COMING UP FOR AIR philip selway
15 IT rich aucoin
16 COME ALIVE the pierces
17 GOOD AS GOLD the apache relay
18 SECRET LIVES OF FURNITURE ha the unclear
19 THE GILDED HAND radical face
20 SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE freedom fry 

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Monday, October 6

AFTER WE'RE GONE...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the AFTER WE'RE GONE... mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 ENDLESS SLEEPER/the raveonettes
02 FAULT LINES/tom petty & the heartbreakers
03 HEY HO/hello saferide
04 OH, MY UNREQUITED/dylan in the movies
05 WHEREVER YOU ARE/angus & julia stone
06 LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES/papercuts
07 MOTHER & FATHER/broods
08 RECKLESS LOVE/bleachers
09 YOUNG AND OLD/rubblebucket
10 THE RULES OF YOUR LIFE/the drums
11 HELLO, SAN FRANCISCO/margot & the nuclear so and so’s
12 WHAT YOU SEE/faded paper figures
13 SCANDINAVIA/morrissey
14 MUST BE SOMETHING/the pierces
15 DOWN AND OUT/the griswolds
16 WHO KNOWS/beginners
17 SUMMER/courteeners
18 JOAN OF ARC/grant nicholas
19 CRUSHED LIKE THE CAR/army navy
20 PILGRIMS/johnny lloyd
21 F IS FOR FAKER/team me
22 GIVE YOUR LOVE TO HER/the hosts

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Monday, September 22

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: FALL 2007

The dog days are over; it's the first day of fall... and it's raining cats & dogs.  But as gnawing nostalgia cannot so easily be washed away, here appear 21 supremely supernatant songs first catalogued some seven years previous.  (A dog's age, one might say.)

Rest assured:  "Cats & dogs" not withstanding, innocent visitors to this exotic pet shop of sounds will not be subjected to Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever," Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle," Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat?," Nat King Cole's "The Ballad of Cat Ballou," or Cat Stevens' "I Love My Dog."

Likewise:  Whether your preference is for man's best friend or baby's worst enemy, you will be relieved to hear that there shall be no mention of Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out?," Lobo's "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo," Rufus Thomas' "The Dog," Rufus Thomas' "Walking the Dog," Rufus Thomas' "Somebody Stole My Dog," Rufus Thomas' "Can Your Monkey Do the Dog?," or Ted Nugent's "Dog Eat Dog."  [And don't even get me started on Nat King Cole's "Open Up the Doghouse (Two Cats Are Coming In)."]

And thus:  Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of my favorite things from my BEST OF JULY, AUGUST, and SEPTEMBER 2007 mixes...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: FALL 2007 mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 THE MIDNIGHT CHOIR the thrills
02 FOUNDATIONS kate nash
03 RUN-AWAY super furry animals
04 THIS IS THE LIFE amy macdonald
05 THIRST FOR ROMANCE cherry ghost
06 IF SILENCE MEANS THAT MUCH TO YOU emma pollock
07 TO THE SKY maps
08 WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO? bat for lashes
09 PALACE & MAIN kent
10 THE TWIST metric
11 RADIO NOWHERE bruce springsteen
12 FUNNYMAN kt tunstall
13 TAKE ME TO THE RIOT stars
14 JUPITER an pierle & white velvet
15 EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND sixnationstate
16 THESE ARE THE THINGS black box recorder
17 WATCH ME FALL APART hard-fi
18 LET’S START A BAND amy macdonald
19 LYON 1995 mushi
20 L’HEURE BLEUE division kent
21 YOU CAN’T STEAL MY LOVE mando diao

Left-click [HERE] to go to the 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: FALL 2006 mix.

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Monday, September 1

LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST

[Argle bargle!  This computer change-over has proved rather aggressively vexing to my liquor-laced brain.  A "clusterfuck," as Shakespeare may have phrased it.  Alas, I did not receive any of the complaints, requests, or questions that may or may not have been lodged in the COMMENTS section of the previous two postings, as those were sent to my previous (now defunct) e-mail address.  That issue has since been remedied, so please feel free to complain, request, or question away.  Oh, and... here's music...]

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 CLOSING TIME erland & the carnival
02 CHAMPIONS OF RED WINE the new pornographers
03 MY DESIRE interpol
04 HALFWAY TO HELL sheppard
05 GARDEN GRAYS wildcat! wildcat!
06 PARADIS PERDUS christine and the queens
07 HIGH young rising suns
08 ROOMMATE ladylike lily
09 SUMMER IN THE CITY freedom fry
10 AFTER THE STORM shovels & rope
11 JENNY JONES neighbors
12 CAROUSEL RIDE rubblebucket
13 ADDICTION sin cos tan
14 THEA [wawa hungry moon mix] goldfrapp
15 MIRACLE (HUMAN ERROR) sivu
16 BFFs beach day
17 NOTHING’S COOL wakey!wakey!
18 GLORIOUS folding legs
19 FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION frank sinatra

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Sunday, August 10

DEATH TO TRUANTS!

[Greetings, all.  I recently switched to a new computer with a different operating system than my previous one.  As a result, I will henceforth be constructing my mixes in a slightly different fashion than before.  Please let me know in the COMMENTS section at the bottom of this post if you have any difficulties with extracting or playing the songs from this latest assemblage.]

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the DEATH TO TRUANTS! mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 DON’T BRING ME DOWN electric light orchestra
02 RADIO HEARTTHROB sugar stems
03 10 LOVERS the black keys
04 COMPLETE SURRENDER slow club
05 KILLER IN THE STREETS the raveonettes
06 STAY GOLD first aid kit
07 WASTELAND blaudzun
08 KEEP YOUR DARKNESS SECRET moto boy
09 IN FOR THE KILL skip the use
10 SHE PRETENDS isaac delusion
11 ROLLERCOASTER bleachers
12 THERE’S A REVOLUTION got a girl
13 NOT THE END OF THE WORLD faded paper figures
14 FOOLS GOLD manicanparty [w/too many zooz]
15 RAINY TAXI spoon
16 LATE BLOOMER jenny lewis
17 ANOTHER BROKEN HEART pale lights
18 LOOKING AROUND kate tucker + the sons of sweden
19 I’M CURIOUS army navy
20 I’LL BE YOUR GIRL kitten
21 TEENAGE DIRTBAG scala & kolacny brothers

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Sunday, July 20

STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND

[Sorry about this one, folks.  Apparently, one of the record labels cried foul and had the links taken down.  I started to re-up them with different uploaders but decided against it.  One:  Those links probably would have been taken down in turn.  Two:  The record label might have come after the site as a whole.  Out of spite.  I apologize for my cowardice, but I hope you understand....] 

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 ACROSS 110th STREET bobby womack
02 CLOSER nerina pallot
03 PRISON mountain bird
04 TO THE ROAD matrimony
05 EVERYTHING gulp
06 DEAN & ME jj
07 WANTING vs. GETTING the understudies
08 FLESH & BONES the forest & the trees
09 I’LL ALWAYS FEAR GOODBYES stevans
10 STRANGE WEATHER anna calvi [w/david byrne]
11 STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND tom petty & stevie nicks
12 GOD FORSAKEN SHORE native roses
13 OVERDOSE little daylight
14 GHOST TOWNS radical face
15 SPARKS sleep thieves
16 ALL OF THE NOISE reptile youth
17 STEVIE J russian red
18 STEVIE kasabian
19 CHOOSE DRUGS juliana hatfield
20 I WANNA BE SEDATED the ramones

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Tuesday, July 1

BEWARE THE BRAIN FREEZE!

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEWARE THE BRAIN FREEZE! mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 BRING IT ON DOWN oasis
02 MY SILVER LINING first aid kit
03 FEVER the black keys
04 TOO YOUNG TO KNOW moto boy
05 TO BE YOUNG i heart sharks
06 THE SONG THAT BREAKS MY HEART the forest & the trees
07 MY HYPOCRITICAL FRIEND mylittlebrother
08 WE SHOULD BE WALKING melpo mene
09 DENIAL IS NOT JUST A RIVER killers walk among us
10 WALK LIKE YOU james
11 WARPAINT manicanparty
12 GODIVA eugene mcguinness
13 STARING AT THE STARLIGHT fireflies
14 LAST SONG jeremy fisher
15 OCTUPUS carnival youth
16 LIKE I NEED YOU kan wakan
17 LIBERTY (IS WHERE WE’LL BE) gruff rhys
18 KATIE QUEEN OF TENNESSEE the apache relay
19 THERE’S A PLACE leftover cuties
20 THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME, THE CLOSER I GET morrissey

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Saturday, June 21

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2007

The totality of today's tunage has been exactingly extracted from my BEST OF APRIL, MAY, and JUNE 2007 mixes. But lest you think things have suddenly gone all pear-shaped 'round this place, let me assure you that I am merely raisin' some cain by spotlightin' some vintage ditties I'd pretty much plum forgot.  

Now, it may well be that you don't give a flyin' fig about all this, but I'm just going to dismiss your disinterest as so much sour grapes.  While it's certainly true that I'm fruity, it's not like I've suddenly gone all bananas and started comparin' oranges to apples; these delicious golden oldies are just as peachy-keen & very-cherry as their 2014 equivalents -- with nary a lemon in the lot.  

Disagree with me?  Well, you know how THAT ol' song goes: tom-AY-to, tom-AH-to...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2007 mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 THE MAGIC POSITION patrick wolf
02 UNLESS IT’S KICKS okkervil river
03 FRIDAY NIGHT lily allen
04 BY THE MONUMENT maximo park
05 TIME LEFT FOR LOVE shout out louds
06 HOW WE ROLL plushgun
07 CHERRIES IN THE SNOW elk city
08 FOREVER LOST the magic numbers
09 COMMOTION the features
10 SHAME tiny dancers
11 JOHNNY & MARY placebo
12 PAULINE eleni mandell
13 GHANA MOT ITALIEN emil jensen
14 RHTHM & SOUL spoon
15 SELFISH JEAN travis
16 SURRENDER (we are) performance
17 THE SHOPLIFTER’S UNION the fine arts showcase
18 WHAT’S THE TIME ronderlin
19 YOU ARE DREAMING shout out louds
20 OUR LOVE IS NOT A MOVIE OR MAYBE okkervil river
21 YOU BROUGHT THIS ON YOURSELF fields

Left-click [HERE] to go to THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2006 mix.

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Thursday, June 5

MIRO, MIRO, ON THE WALL...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the MIRO, MIRO, ON THE WALL... mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 LUCKY MAN matrimony
02 MAKE A SCENE novi
03 GOOD TIMES DON’T CARRY OVER chinawoman
04 LOVE WILL FOLLOW YOU cherry ghost
05 STRANGE LOVE the beaches
06 WHAT’S YOUR NAME no
07 PATTON’S FINAL MARCH hook moon
08 WHY lejana
09 SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND neon trees
10 TARIFA sharon van etten
11 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN starfucker
12 NEVER HAVE ENOUGH carnival youth
13 DRIVE ON la sera
14 OUT ON THE STREET spanish gold
15 SHE KISSED ME leagues
16 COSTA DEL SOMBRE paul heaton & jacqui abbott
17 BLEARY-EYE-D BLUE margot & the nuclear so and so’s
18 DIG the spectors
19 THE COLD exitmusic
20 GO WEST pet shop boys
21 BRAS DESSUS, BRAS DESSOUS les compagnons de la chanson

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Sunday, May 18

NEITHER MITCH NOR NAOMI

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the NEITHER MITCH NOR NAOMI mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 LULLABY/WEREN’T WE WILD the judybats
02 KID FEARS indigo girls [w/michael stipe]
03 WALKING ON WATER leagues
04 CONTROL la sera
05 ANY OTHER THING then thickens
06 CROUCHING BEES fight like apes
07 DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONNAIRE conor oberst
08 VANISH gossling
09 AMERICAN INTERIOR gruff rhys
10 DAY/MONTH/YEAR the doppler shift
11 I COME WITH KNIVES iamx
12 GOD ONLY KNOWS elizaveta
13 A SHOT IN THE DARK the magic numbers
14 IF I HAD WINGS dolly parton
15 BITCH allie x
16 PRECESSION alden penner
17 CIRCUS paper aeroplanes
18 WE’RE MANICALS! fuck art, let’s dance!
19 SUMMER KISSES, WINTER TEARS julee cruise
20 WINONA matthew sweet

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Sunday, May 4

SPRAWL

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 STUTTER elastica
02 CLOVER OVER DOVER blur
03 BITTER TASTE OF LIFE my little cheap dictaphone
04 KITES blondfire
05 MISSES girls in hawaii
06 HEATHEN anna aaron
07 TELL THOSE FUCKERS red kite
08 NORTHERN RD intergalactic lovers
09 TODAY ETERNAL young boy
10 I WASN’T LOOKING FOR YOU accents
11 LIGHTHOUSE solander
12 YOU’VE GOT TIME regina spektor
13 DIFFERENT TRAINS reverend and the makers
14 THE TUNE OF LETTING GO satellite stories
15 MORNING LIGHT clara luzia
16 RETROGRESS kilto take
17 SWALLOWING LIGHT BEAMS margot & the nuclear so and so’s
18 SAMEDI SOIR AU VAUBAN miossec
19 THE BLIZZARD joana serrat
20 I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT +/-
21 LADYKILLERS lush
22 COMMON PEOPLE pulp

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Sunday, April 20

EASTER ON THEMIS

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the EASTER ON THEMIS mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 A POUND OF FLESH radical face
02 ALL THE KIDS [radio edit] iska dhaaf
03 APRIL lejana
04 PLACE OF GOLD too tangled
05 THE MODERN AGE exitmusic
06 KILL MY LOVE the wet secrets
07 ETRE HEUREUX skip the use
08 SKYSCRAPER elephant [u.k.]
09 METAL SKIN sam roberts band
10 SING & SWING jacob faurholt
11 SILENT SHOUT the knife
12 NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT chinawoman
13 NO GUN naomi pilgrim
14 COMING APART friends of emmet
15 RECLUSE neil finn
16 YOUR LOVIN’ IS EASY the bamboos
17 GIN SOAKED BOY the divine comedy
18 UN INSTANT elephant [france]
19 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD’S NEW UTERUS eli mardock

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Thursday, April 3

TEA & SYMPHONY

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the TEA & SYMPHONY mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 SONG FOR NICO marianne faithfull
02 THE MATADOR customs
03 GRAVEYARDS i was a king
04 GHOST OF LOVE weeping willows
05 KEY BISCAYNE chronic city [w/henri joel]
06 OVER YOU dear georgiana
07 NOSTALGIA reverend and the makers
08 BOYS ‘N’ ROSES lune
09 THE WOMAN DOWNSTAIRS the handsome family
10 THE MAN WHO TOLD EVERYTHING [summer version] doves
11 GOOD MISTAKE mr little jeans
12 LOOKAWAY coming soon
13 THE GREY AND GOLD fanfarlo
14 LONESOME RIDER the beth edges
15 GREEN GRASS joana serrat
16 SLEEPWALKING the chain gang of 1974
17 NIGHTINGALE the honey trees
18 NEVER GOING HOME phantogram
19 NICO the spectors
20 TANT QU’IL Y AURA remingway

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Thursday, March 20

IN WHICH THE HUMBLED HAMBURGLAR FIRST MEETS HIS AMPHIBIAN INTENDED...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the IN WHICH THE HUMBLED HAMBURGLAR FIRST MEETS HIS AMPHIBIAN INTENDED... mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 WHEN YOU WERE MINE mitch ryder
02 NO REGRETS intergalactic lovers
03 GO chinawoman
04 TAKE CONTROL kodaline
05 THERE’S A GLOW no
06 RICHER MAN we are catchers
07 UNDER THE NEON SKY mariemarie
08 THE GOOD IN GOODBYE work drugs
09 LADYBUG pegase
10 ELUSIVE YOUTH elephant
11 NO PEACE alden penner
12 I’LL NEVER TELL roy orbison
13 PEACEMAKER mono town
14 THE ANGRY RIVER the hat [w/father john misty & s.i. istwa]
15 HUMAN HEAT sam roberts band
16 NOT UP TO ME kandle
17 LONG TIME AGO oh my!
18 A PRESENTIMENT clara luzia
19 COME SUNRISE mode moderne
20 LAST KISS coeur de pirate
21 TARANTULA/HOLDING ON delay trees
22 ABSENT FRIENDS the divine comedy

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Monday, March 10

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2007

Last year at about this time, I chose to flip the typical P of A script by revisiting a rusty, tetanus-threatening sliver of my mp3 past. That sliver encapsulated some of my most treasured musical memories from the winter of 2006 and was presented in proper, karmic/cosmic conjunction with the astronomical phenomenon that is the spring/vernal equinox.

And so, as we celebrate yet another successful encirclement of the sun -- and as we in the North begin to dig ourselves out of a particularly bitter winter -- the time has once again come to cast our yearning ears rearward.  For, as that old Greek goat Socrates was wont to philosophize: An unexamined assemblage of mixtapes is neither worth assembling nor mixing in the first place.  (I paraphrase.) 

So I invite you -- my fearless, fellow time-travelers -- to return with this inveterate mixtape assembler to a time neither so very long ago nor so very far away.  A time that -- while perhaps ever-so-slightly brighter-eyed and bushier-tailed than the one we currently find ourselves biding -- we can only hope will prove as soft-focus familiar as it does sharp-contrast surprising...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2007.

TRACKLIST ---

01 INTERVENTION arcade fire
02 SILENTLY blonde redhead
03 BOOKS FROM BOXES maximo park
04 A STRANGE EDUCATION the cinematics
05 ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE pernice brothers
06 BRIGHTER BEAT malcolm middleton
07 SUMMER SPECIAL land of talk
08 CEMETARY LAWNS the rosebuds
09 NO ONE TOLD ME kristoffer ragnstam
10 RISE calla
11 I LOVE YOU, YOU IMBECILE pelle carlberg
12 SUPERSTAR TRADESMAN the view
13 BACK TO BLACK amy winehouse
14 I WIN starflyer 59
15 SO SOON the poems
16 DOWN IN THE VALLEY the broken west
17 EYE FOR AN EYE telograph
18 KEEP FORGETTING the cinematics
19 MY OWN FAULT maria taylor
20 MAN UNDER THE SUN the carny
21 THE LAST BEAT OF MY HEART devotchka


Left-click [HERE] to go to the 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2006 mix. [RE-UPPED]

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Monday, February 17

BONSAI!

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 TOO HIGH painted palms
02 HARD EQUATION nerina pallot
03 BLUE MOON beck
04 WRONG SIDE OF THE SUN sophie ellis-bextor
05 NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE TOLD broken bells
06 FAR FROM ANY ROAD the handsome family
07 PLACES the dead color
08 EROSION cymbals
09 THE KEY lacrosse
10 BINOCULAR the family rain
11 ALLISON the burning hotels
12 HELIOPOLIS florent marchet
13 IN THE WAKE OF YOU dum dum girls
14 MIDNIGHT ON THE HILL maximo park
15 LUNA bombay bicycle club
16 SIGHT UNSEEN hook moon
17 THE BRAE yumi zouma
18 REX customs
19 THERE GOES MY LOVE +/-
20 NOW I SEE sharon jones and the dap-kings
21 ONE ENORMOUS THREAD the galleons
22 GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW skeeter davis

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Sunday, February 2

SMITTEN TIM TO LADY HELENA: BE MY VALENTINE?

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the SMITTEN TIM TO LADY HELENA: BE MY VALENTINE? mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 I FOUGHT THE ANGELS the delgados
02 LATE MARCH, DEATH MARCH frightened rabbit
03 SHOELACES elizabeth & the catapult
04 THE GOLDEN THRONE temples
05 STRANGE BIRDS birdy
06 ANOTHER NIGHT ON EARTH the veils
07 YOUR BODY IS A WEAPON the wombats
08 RED ROPES nicole atkins
09 BLOOD patterns
10 THE SCALE clara luzia
11 IT’S SUCH A GOOD NIGHT (SCOOBIDOO LOVE) paul rothman
12 EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME eli mardock
13 GREEN EYED september girls
14 ALL THE LOST the movements
15 MY RECURRING DREAM cold mailman
16 FEARS farewell dear ghost
17 SLOW SHOW coeur de pirate
18 GRACELESS the national
19 SEVERED HEADS mode moderne
20 THE ONE THAT I WANT lo-fang
21 LOOK OUT HERE THEY COME black hearted brother

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Thursday, January 16

TUNGA THE TURK AS AMBASSADOR OF EARTH

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the TUNGA THE TURK AS AMBASSADOR OF EARTH mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 WE ARE EXPLORERS cut copy
02 JUNGLE nonono
03 LIFE WITHOUT FRONTIERS the penelopes
04 DIM THE LIGHTS creep [w/sia]
05 CRAZY nicole bernegger
06 GOING PLACES peter moren
07 GIRL LIKE ME ladyhawke
08 GHOST TOWN hook moon
09 THE LIE pretty broken things
10 DUST ON THE DANCEFLOOR the leisure society
11 COLLECTIVE MON AMOUR elephant
12 252 gem club
13 TWO OF THEM clara luzia
14 HOW MUCH WE FEEL lars and the hands of light
15 SWAN FIELDS western lows
16 DON’T BE SCARED lacrosse
17 YOUNG FREE lover lover
18 HUSH HUSH sisters
19 I WILL sky ferreira
20 SO BLIND the ladybug transistor
21 FALL OF ROMANCE imaginary cities

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Sunday, January 5

BEST OF 2013 (PART 1)

Of the 345 songs that appeared on the 16 "regular" P of A mixes of 2013, here follow the 41 that most successfully insinuated themselves into my oft-soporific, oft-sentimental, oft-sodden, sometimes-seizures-&-hallucinations-besotted subconscious.  That they appeared here once suggests that I couldn't help but be smitten with their initial, dauntlessly indomitable, Lloyd-Dobler-cum-boombox overtures; that they appear here twice proves that I have long-since fallen head-over-heels/ass-over-teakettle for their enviable endurance and endowments.

Oh, and... just to be clear... neither the songs nor the mixes are listed in order of preference, merely arranged in what I hope will make for a smooth-yet-varied listening experience.  Finally, technically-speaking, not all tracks were released in the year 2013.  My mixes would sooner contain a Taylor Swift ditty than be confined by calendars.

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2013 (PART 1) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 DARK & STORMY hot chip
02 ESCAPE nightmare air
03 A.M.A. maps
04 THE BREATH I INHALED FROM YOU (PART 1) the building
05 AVENGER the bamboos
06 PRISMS temples
07 SHINE A LIGHT cults
08 A WANT THAT YOU WOULDN’T the tiger & me
09 PERMANENT BLISS smile smile
10 SATURDAYS ARE THE GREATEST kristina train
11 POISON PRINCE amy macdonald
12 HARLEQUIN DREAM boy & bear 
13 CHANGE churchill
14 PINK WONTON man man
15 LET ME BACK IN rilo kiley
16 TUNNEL INTO YOUR DREAMS the band in heaven
17 METHUSELAH san fermin
18 MERCY sugarplum fairies
19 ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH the indelicates
20 GALVESTON glen campbell


Go [HERE] to access the BEST OF 2010 -> 2012 mixes.

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BEST OF 2013 (PART 2)

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2013 (PART 2) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 WELCOME HOME radical face
02 NOBODY THERE veronica falls
03 DO OR DIE hungry kids of hungary
04 ALL THOSE MEN miss li
05 1957 milo greene
06 GHOSTS strangefruit
07 TU VAS RIRE albin de la simone
08 WAVES gliss
09 CONGRATULATIONS agnes kain
10 COME SUMMER (COME STANDING OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR) kristofer astrom
11 COME TO ME lily & madeleine
12 MIRACLE MILE cold war kids
13 HIDDEN SIGN visage
14 DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL my heart belongs to cecilia winter
15 JUST KIDS chapel club
16 WEIGHT mikal cronin
17 COLD HAND sad day for puppets
18 I GOT DRUNK AND I WROTE YOU A POEM songdog
19 SHINE ON the house of love
20 THE OTHER SIDE ambrosia parsley
21 IF YOU DIDN’T SEE ME (THEN YOU WEREN’T ON THE DANCEFLOOR) dale earnhardt jr. jr.

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Wednesday, January 1

'13's 13

If you'll indulge me... what follow are my favorite 13 albums of the year 2013.  If you've heard them, I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I have.  If you haven't heard them, I hope you'll consider giving them a listen...

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01. SAD DAY FOR PUPPETS: COME CLOSER

02. RADICAL FACE: THE FAMILY TREE (THE BRANCHES)

03. ALFRED HALL: WILDERNESS

04. FILTHY BOY: SMILE THAT WON'T GO DOWN

05. ESCONDIDO: THE GHOST OF ESCONDIDO

06. COLD WAR KIDS: DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS

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