Sunday, July 17

DOG ATOP LOBSTER-PUMPKIN UNDER RAINBOW

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the DOG ATOP LOBSTER-PUMPKIN UNDER RAINBOW mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 CIAO! lush [w/jarvis cocker]
02 DRAG QUEEN the strokes
03 BLOWING FIRE the joy formidable
04 EVERYTHING CHANGES sweet jean
05 TWO KINGS the burning hell
06 DELIRIUM case/lang/veirs
07 VOLUNTEERS paul dempsey
08 A LOVE SONG ladyhawke
09 SOMEONE ELSE’S BET david bazan
10 MICHIGAN AND AGAIN the accidentals
11 NOSTALGIC INTELLECT peter bjorn and john
12 MARMALADE misty miller
13 SUMMER ENDS bel plaine
14 LA ROUTE juniore
15 AURÉLIA mickey 3d
16 FALLIN’ IN LOVE britta phillips
17 CLOSING DOWN SALE the goldhearts
18 LAKE HOUSE beverly
19 LEAN ON YOU caveman
20 RAPTURE kitten
21 WALL OF DEATH r.e.m.

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Friday, July 1

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2009

Alas, in early summer 2009, I was not napping upon a hippo; I was navigating my Japanese-but-made-in-Michigan Mazda to Ann Arbor... to get out of the house... to get out of my head... to wistfully watch the college kids traversing the streets I had traversed some two decades previous... and to blast those college kids -- be they interested listeners or indignant dismissers -- with the attached satchel of songs...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2009.

TRACKLIST ---

01 HOW WE ROLL plushgun
02 GIMME SYMPATHY metric
03 CLICK, CLICK martt mardie
04 BLACK TEARS miss derringer
05 PAPILLON editors
06 GOD GIVEN GRACE the troubadors
07 KISS AND RESOLVE the maccabees
08 DAMARIS peter wolf
09 FAST FUSE kasabian
10 CRY the love me nots
11 RING THE BELLS james
12 MATHEMATICS little boots
13 SMOKE IN YOUR DISGUISE new roman times
14 SONG AWAY hockey
15 NOT THE ONLY PERSON the rumble strips
16 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL slow club
17 RIOT ACT pint shot riot
18 TRUTH OR DARE they live by night
19 WAVES metric
20 GREAT EXPECTATIONS my sad captains

Left-click [HERE] to go to the 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SUMMER 2008.

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Thursday, June 16

GOING ALL OLD TESTAMENT...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the GOING ALL OLD TESTAMENT... mix.

TRACKLIST --

01 DRIVE britta phillips
02 WELL BELL (FIRE WALK WITH ME) pegase
03 FEEL IT TOO oscar
04 ROMANTIC THINGS melody pool
05 PATTERN the last shadow puppets
06 LIGHT ACROSS THE WATER tinpan orange
07 SETTLE DOWN red jezebel
08 ACROSS THE WATER the goldhearts
09 WON’T GO CRAZY kyle forester
10 ANOLA the duke spirit
11 CRY CRY grant-lee phillips
12 ON THE WIRE air traffic controller
13 J’ATTENDS MYLÈNE mickey 3d
14 ME HE CONVERTIDO hello seahorse!
15 FUCK THE GOVERNEMENT, I LOVE YOU the burning hell
16 GLORY HALLELUJAH teleman
17 MERCY eric bachmann
18 SHOOTING SHADOWS dreamers
19 WHISPERING STILL charity children
20 IT’S A CURSE wolf parade
21 DRIVE the cars

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Wednesday, June 1

THE CLOWN CRUSADE

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

TRACKLIST --

01 FUL STOP radiohead
02 THE JOKE islands
03 I GO TOO FAR soda fountain rag
04 LOVERS OF THE SUN the jayhawks
05 THE FINAL CALL the clear
06 CLAIR DE LUNE little green cars
07 POLITICS OF FREE woods
08 CHEAP THRILLS sia
09 LUNATIC, LUNATIC, LUNATIC [demo] margot & the nuclear so and so’s
10 LA CONQUÊTE françoiz breut
11 ALL MY PRIDE black honey
12 WHO ARE YOU wintersleep
13 SILHOUETTE birdy
14 BEGINNERS carrick
15 THE BROOK the joy formidable
16 MR. RAINBOW the bankrobber
17 SONGBIRD haroula rose
18 NEXT TO YOU misty miller
19 HOW TO FIGHT LONELINESS wilco
20 CHURCH kitten

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Monday, May 16

LIBERACE'S GROUPIES

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the LIBERACE'S GROUPIES mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 CRAZY ON YOU heart
02 PEN TO PAPER modern space
03 WATER FALLS air traffic controller
04 SMOKE AND SPARKS grant-lee phillips
05 EVIL operators
06 LA ROSE BLANCHE mickey 3d
07 MY LAST LOVE weeping willows
08 UNDISCLOSED captain kid
09 NOTHING BUT LOVE james
10 DUSSELDORF teleman
11 STILLNESS de rosa
12 KILLING TIME charity children
13 TRY escondido
14 WOLVES (YOU GOT ME) dreamers
15 REMAINS OF ELMER the magnetic north
16 DREAMBOY the prettiots
17 MASTERS OF THE DEAL eric bachmann
18 GO GO GO panic is perfect
19 TOO MUCH LOVE get well soon
20 THE LAST ONE laura gibson
21 WISHFUL THINKING moving units
22 DREAMBOAT ANNIE heart

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Sunday, May 1

A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 I KNOW IT’S OVER the smiths
02 FALL ON ME kitten
03 OUTER DODGE red jezebel
04 MAKE IT GO AWAY eliza shaddad
05 RED FLAG the moth & the flame
06 THE PROMISE mint julep
07 THE STAIN part-time friends
08 THE SWITCH dma’s
09 LA DANSE DES OMBRES françoiz breut
10 WORKING ON THE FIELD eerie wanda
11 ALL I THINK ABOUT carrick
12 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP birdy
13 ELECTRIC LOVE børns
14 BRINGING DOWN THE BODY COUNT winterpills
15 SUDDEN AMBITIONS lust for youth
16 ONLY FRIEND cub sport
17 YOU ARE KILLING ME the dandy warhols
18 THE ORANGE MONKEY pj harvey
19 I KNOW IT’S OVER jeff buckley

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Saturday, April 16

BOY CRIES WOLF, WOLF EATS BOY

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BOY CRIES WOLF, WOLF EATS BOY mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 A MI MANERA (COMME D’HABITUDE) gipsy kings
02 TRUE CONFESSIONS blondfire
03 TWENTY-SOMETHING pet shop boys
04 METROPOLIS wintersleep
05 GET IT OVER WITH air traffic controller
06 SPACE NEEDLE operators
07 CINNAMON cullen omori
08 BLUE SPLINTER VIEW me and my drummer
09 THE SKY IS FULL OF LIGHTS the shooting of
10 HULLS loney dear
11 SATURDAY SMILE gin wigmore
12 DROP OUT teleman
13 DON’T LOOK BACK frøkedal
14 DEAR JOHN james
15 THE CASHIER the clear
16 SLEEPWALKING MAN sivert høyem
17 TWO KIDS laura gibson
18 AVIATION the last shadow puppets
19 MURDER SONG (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) aurora
20 MY WAY frank sinatra

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Friday, April 1

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: SPRING 2009

These were the 21 songs that had me happy as a pig in shit during the first three months of 2009. [Also during those three months, I was enjoying Canadian bacon, German sausage, green eggs & ham, McDonald's McRib sandwiches, pork 'n' beans, sweet 'n' sour pork, and pigs-in-a-blanket. (Not to mention Kevin Bacon, Jon Hamm, Little Miss Piggy, and the piggy that went to market.)]

Now here's your trough of songs. Just don't make a pig of yourself and hog them. Remember: You reap what you sow...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the 7-YEAR- ITCH MIX: SPRING 2009.

TRACKLIST --

01 HELP I’M ALIVE metric

02 GASOLINE the airborne toxic event
03 I HEARD OF A GIRL miss li
04 TWILIGHT OMENS franz ferdinand
05 THINKING OF YOU tracy chapman
06 LOVE WILL FIND YOU findlay brown
07 EVERYBODY LOVES A SCENE new rhodes
08 EVERYTHING TURNS TO YOU loney, dear
09 THIS IS YOUR LIFE the killers
10 BALLAD OF A BROKEN MAN duke special
11 G-SURF the bookhouse boys
12 FUCK YOU lily allen
13 EARTHQUAKE the von bondies
14 BUNNY CLUB polly scattergood
15 DANCING IN A MINEFIELD plushgun
16 RED TIDE neko case
17 THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING IDLE oasis
18 WHAT HAVE I DONE anna ternheim
19 ZIGGURAT peter adams
20 ALL HATE AND NO PLANS my sad captains
21 KINGDOM OF RUST (radio edit) doves

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

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Wednesday, March 16

ADAM & EVE EXCLUDED AT EASTER

[A question: Is anybody out there not seeing the pic at the top of this post? Apparently, there may be some "technical difficulties" at play here that are affecting some folks. If you have a moment, please let me know by leaving a quick comment below. Thank you very much.]

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the ADAM & EVE EXCLUDED AT EASTER mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 DREAMS the cranberries
02 IT’S ONLY A DREAM modern space
03 BOSPHORE grand blanc
04 HOWL francis
05 TURN BACK INTO STARS panic is perfect
06 BABY MOSES jordan klassen
07 TROUBLE cage the elephant
08 REVERIE chris isaak
09 WITH OUR TROUBLE gabrielle papillon
10 LONDON the wild wild
11 BARE wildes
12 I FOLLOWED YOU HOME eliot sumner
13 IT HELPS TO SEE YOU HURT de rosa
14 TO SEE YOU SMILE charity children
15 NIGHT FLIGHT astorian
16 UNDISCLOSED captain kid
17 DID YOU KNOW? the go! team
18 ALRIGHT supergrass
19 THE GREATEST cat power
20 SISTERS radical face
21 IT’S A MESS get well soon

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Monday, February 29

KING OF THE WORLD

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the KING OF THE WORLD mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 (INTRO)
02 PEOPLE WHO DIED the jim carroll band
03 THE SIGN frøkedal
04 MY THIEVING HEART sivert høyem [w/marie munroe]
05 THE SOUND OF A HEART THAT BREAKS [midsummer version] astropol
06 LOST THE FEELING the saint johns
07 LA LA LIE basia bulat
08 YOU COULD BE GREAT photo ops
09 LONELY CITIES tigertown
10 COME ON, BOY alex da ponte
11 ROMANCE IN RAINCOATS burning astronomers
12 #1 CRUSH garbage
13 FOOL’S RAZOR jon derosa
14 HEY HO gin wigmore
15 THE BEAT WITHOUT THE NOISE gold sounds
16 KEEP ME AROUND turin brakes
17 THESE PAINTINGS NEVER DRY marble sounds
18 WALLFLOWER martha ffion
19 BEATIN’ OFF IN PUBLIC margot & the nuclear so and so’s
20 ALL OUR MONEY elsa & emilie
21 TALK SHOW HOST radiohead
22 (OUTRO)

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Sunday, February 14

RAPUNZEL REDUX

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 500 lush
02 COLD COLD COLD cage the elephant
03 BLACK SHEEP gin wigmore
04 DIAMOND TOOTH dogheart
05 HOLDING UP jabberwocky
06 EYES ON YOU hey marseilles
07 TURNING A HAND francis
08 IT WON’T BE LONG L-shaped room
09 YOU’RE ALIVE panic is perfect
10 I’M PAINTING MONEY get well soon
11 THE SHADE metric
12 CARPET DIAMONDS modern space
13 DOING THE RIGHT THING daughter
14 GENGHIS KHAN miike snow
15 THE GIRL THAT BROKE MY HEART chris isaak
16 HANDS the duke spirit
17 OUR MOMENT alex da ponte
18 NIGHT FLIGHT astorian
19 BREAKS TODAY the slow show
20 OFF TRACK lilly hiatt
21 WEST radical face

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Friday, January 29

OCULAR

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 THE TWO SIDES OF MONSIEUR VALENTINE spoon
02 JUST BEFORE OUR LOVE GOT LOST astropol
03 TAKE IT FROM ME gold sounds
04 NOVEL TWO cyrus (the great)
05 IGNITES why we run
06 COME AND GONE gabrielle papillon
07 EASTBOUND delaney davidson
08 RAIN reverieme
09 ISOLATION alberta cross
10 THE FIRST TRY marble sounds
11 BIRDS coldplay
12 RUN elsa & emilie
13 PHOTOGRAPH weezer
14 WONDERFUL WINTER MORNING hymns from nineveh
15 BABY WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES sweet spirit
16 HERE’S THE SITUATION jesse malin
17 SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BLUES jonas carping
18 THE SONG THEY PLAY EVERY NIGHT little green cars
19 SAD SONG the cars
20 SPECTRE radiohead
21 24 lana del rey
22 THE CLASS OF ‘86 brideshead
23 WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE will young

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Thursday, January 14

STALINGRAD

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 SPACE ODDITY david bowie
02 MESS AROUND cage the elephant
03 POISON gin wigmore
04 PLEASE DON’T CALL chris isaak
05 TOO BAD lilly hiatt
06 DEAD LOVE dogheart
07 DON’T YOU WAIT cloves
08 COMES TO AN END sydney eloise & the palms
09 INSIDE JOB practical lovers
10 LIGHT FROM A DEAD STAR [demo] lush
11 SUFFRAGETTE CITY david bowie
12 LMHY plaitum
13 THIEF the fratellis
14 PARADIS PERDUS christine and the queens
15 BOUM BOUM BOUM mika [w/l’orchestre symphonique de montreal]
16 FOG jabberwocky
17 ODELL lowland hum
18 YOU’RE STILL HAUNTING ME jon derosa
19 BOYS CAN NEVER TELL shovels & rope [w/j. roddy walston]
20 ALONE / WITH YOU daughter
21 HEROES david bowie

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Friday, January 1

BEST OF 2015 (PART I)

Of the 383 songs that appeared on the 18 "regular" P of A mixes of 2015, here follow the 42 that most successfully insinuated themselves into my oft-soporific, oft-sentimental, oft-sodden, oft-pseudo-sociopathic subconscious. 

[Note:  Neither the songs nor the mixes appearing here are listed in order of preference, and -- technically-speaking -- not all of the tracks appearing here were released in the year 2015.]

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2015 (PART 1) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 BABY WHAT’S WRONG? whitehorse
02 LET’S GO ALL THE WAY citizens!
03 SUMMER munroe
04 A PART OF THIS asaf avidan
05 BATTLES hudson taylor
06 THE WORLD ENDER lord huron
07 MAYBE ON THE MOON aaron
08 DREAM imagine dragons
09 ROOMS ex cops
10 LITTLE SEA sea of bees
11 A SIMPLE SONG stars
12 SOME THINGS LAST FOREVER many things
13 NORTHERN LIGHTS elias
14 JOHNNY JOHNNY part-time friends
15 THE HARROWED AND THE HAUNTED the decemberists
16 IN MY SHOES fiction plane
17 TAKE ME ON THE FLOOR the veronicas
18 OVER THE BOW jenny owen youngs
19 WHO WEARS THE PANTS?? soko
20 BORN TO DIE lana del rey

Left-click [HERE] to go to former BEST OF mixes.

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BEST OF 2015 (PART II)

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2015 (PART II) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 LOVE IS BLINDNESS jack white
02 PANTS ON FIRE the smittens
03 TRUE ROMANCE citizens!
04 WRONG the airborne toxic event
05 PINK & BLUE the van jets
06 CARRY ON cœur de pirate
07 LIVE YOUR LIFE tom degrazia
08 DAD TOLD ME hello saferide
09 A THOUSAND TIMES oh honey
10 WE SINK of monsters and men
11 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL [dh orchestral] lana del rey
12 BURN TOGETHER many things
13 I FORGED THE BULLET zachary cale
14 ECHOES painted palms
15 DOWN TO THE WATER jonas carping
16 PAUL IS ALIVE el vy
17 DOMINO duke special
18 SHADES OF BLUE aaron
19 WHY WOULD I NOW? the decemberists
20 DEAR IRONY whitehorse
21 WE OWN THE WORLD (TODAY & TOMORROW) fawn and rabbit
22 WELCOME dan bern

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2015: 35 ALBUMS


On this day, it gives me great pains to say that the year 2015 has officially met its inevitable end. Still, incapacitated by nostalgic sadness as I am, I feel quite confident in positing that the year 2015 will ultimately go down in history as... "the year 2015." Whatever the Rapture-is-Upon-Us-People may mumble while speaking in tongues and building their bomb shelters -- Leviticus and Revelation swirling about them like so much unholy smoke -- one year tends to play out pretty much the same as the one that came before it and the one that will come after. All things considered: not such a catastrophous, Chicken Licken-clinging concept to wrap one's head around.

As I did in December 2014, I felt compelled in the waning days of 2015 to compile an alphabetical list of some of my favorite albums from the past annum. These were the albums that had me snapping my brittle, arthritic fingers and tapping my egregiously-fungusy feet. (Not to mention engaging in some spectacularly-miscalculated dancing.)

To see if they have a similar effect on you, simply left-click this boldly-bracketed-thing right -->> [HERE].

[PLEASE NOTE: These albums are not available for download from my site. With the record companies and RIAA forever-attempting to stick people like me in the stocks and present us as a collective, scarlet-lettered scourge, it's the best I can do to offer the mixes I do. That said, if you should indeed decide to do the left-clicky- thing on the boldly-bracketed-thing, you will find links to all of the artists -- as well as a mini-little-flaggy-thing that will provide you invaluable and fascinating insight into their places of origin.]

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Wednesday, December 16

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: WINTER 2008

Oh, but what would one do without the ubiquitous existence of Wikipedia? Such a fortuitous fount of information -- be it accurate or the exact antithesis of said such.  (I mean, these days, who really gives a crap about accuracy?)

So... just for some fun... why don't we take a passing glance at some notable folks named "Winter" or "Winters" before I bestow the best of my BEST OF OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, and DECEMBER 2008 mixes upon you...

- MILADY DE WINTER/(1844- )fictional character in the novel "The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas
- VICTORIA WINTER/(1984- ) law graduate, businesswoman, beauty queen, model, and television presenter. The winner of Miss Earth Australia, 2006
- ARON MOHAMED WINTER/(1967- ) Dutch footballer
- ARTHUR HENRY WINTER/(1844-1937) English priest and cricketer
- EDGAR WINTER/(1946- ) American musician
- SIR GREGORY PAUL "GREG" WINTER/(1951- ) British antibodies researcher
- HOWIE WINTER/(1929- ) American convicted criminal
- JAN WILLEM DE WINTER/(1750-1812) Dutch admiral
- PETER WINTER/(1754-1825) German dramatic composer
- PETER WINTER/(1971- ) Australian decathlete
- SOLOMON WINTER/(1778-1859) Hungarian philanthropist
- STEFAN WINTER/(1968- ) German national ski mountaineering coach and alpine sports author
- TERENCE WINTER/(1960- ) Emmy Award-winning American screenwriter and television producer
- MORICE FREDRICK "TEX" WINTER/(1922- ) American basketball coach
- TIMOTHY J. WINTER aka SHAYKH ABDAL HAKIM MURAD/(1960- ) British Islamic scholar
- ZIKMUND WINTER/(1846-1912) Czech novelist and historian

- SHELLEY WINTERS aka SHIRLEY SCHRIFT/(1920-2006) Academy Award-winning American actress for "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "A Patch of Blue." Also Academy Award-nominated for "A Place in the Sun" and "The Poseidon Adventure." Additionally appeared in "Lolita," "Executive Suite," "The Night of the Hunter," "Alfie," and "Pete's Dragon"
- JONATHAN WINTERS/(1925-2013) Grammy and Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor, author, and artist. Appeared on "Mork & Mindy," "Hee Haw," and voiced "Grandpa Smurf" on "The Smurfs" from 1986 to 1989

There. Now don't we all feel just a little bit brighter after all that exquisite ephemera? Thank you, Wikipedia. (Now, Wikipedia... please be so kind as to amend my page post-haste on your otherwise sacrosanct site, as, to my knowledge, "A Plague of Angels" is NOT, in fact, meant to be the next installment in the "Da Vinci Code" concatenation.)

Finally, here is that promised distillation of my dearest ditties from the winter of 2008...


Left-click [HERE] or [HEREto download THE 7-YEAR-ITCH: WINTER 2008 mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 FALLING DOWN oasis
02 LOSING YOU anna ternheim
03 GET US HOME the panics
04 BIRDS frida hyvonen
05 WE CAN MAKE IT LAST bjorn norestig
06 LE BRUIT DU DEHORS poney express
07 SCANDINAVIAN WARFARE champagne riot
08 BROKEN ARM winterpills
09 PETER AND THE WOLVES neimo
10 OASIS amanda palmer
11 HONEY AND THE MOON joseph arthur
12 BLACK/WHITE the raveonettes
13 POOR OLD RA the pica beats
14 TROUBLE IS A FRIEND lenka
15 MINOR KEYS starflyer 59
16 YOU’RE MY STAR stereophonics
17 A MORE UNCERTAIN FUTURE love is all
18 BORDER GUARDS the rosebuds
19 PART OF THE DEAL the lurios
20 BIRD OF PREY jentri colello
21 ALWAYS DO annuals
22 RUE DE L’ABRICOT france gall

Left-click [HERE] to go to THE 7-YEAR-ITCH: WINTER 2007 mix.

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Saturday, November 28

INTERPRET AS YOU WILL...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the INTERPRET AS YOU WILL... mix.
TRACKLIST ---
01 FLESH WITHOUT BLOOD grimes 
02 WHERE THE NIGHT GOES josh ritter
03 NORTHERN LIGHTS elias
04 DEAR ONE many things
05 THE ISLAND leonore
06 TAKE MY PEOPLE DANCING valley maker
07 SEVEN HOURS little may
08 MY LONELIEST DEBUT kinsey
09 BOTTLE evol
10 THE BASEMENT holy two
11 EST. 1980‘s ceelo green
12 SKIN club 8
13 HANDS IN THE GARDEN half moon run
14 FACE OF HORRORS the dears
15 DEVIL IN ME gin wigmore
16 WHY WOULD I NOW? the decemberists
17 MAYBE ON THE MOON aaron
18 HANDS DOWN the greeting committee
19 HUNTING HIGH AND LOW ane brun
20 EARTHQUAKE the muscadettes
21 THINGS THAT DESTROY ME IN THE END oh lonesome me

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Sunday, November 15

ANIMAL FARM

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 JAMES BOND THEME monty norman, john barry, & orchestra
02 AIN’T GOT ANYTHING LEFT nerina pallot
03 BIRDSONG cattle & cane
04 BOARDWALKS little may
05 CONTACT painted palms
06 BURN TOGETHER many things
07 DOWN TO THE WATER jonas carping
08 ELF SONG huck finn
09 FUZZ computer magic
10 GOLDEN COAST allison weiss
11 HONEYCOMB the duskwhales
12 SCAR the lonely wild
13 MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES foals
14 SLOW the fratellis
15 SO LOUD fernando
16 STASIS the indelicates
17 THE MOST PECULIAR DAY OF YOUR LIFE the hoosiers
18  TOO TIRED TO RUN fawn and rabbit
19 VELODROME amason
20 YOU ONLY LIKE ME WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK oh lonesome me
21 BORN TO DIE lana del ray

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Wednesday, October 21

RIFF RAFF

[Please let me know in the COMMENTS section below if you have any difficulty opening this particular zip file.  Thanks, all.]

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 CAPABLE OF ANYTHING ben folds
02 APARTMENT 34 holly golightly and the brokeoffs
03 MR. GLASSALFEMPTY [radio edit] reverend and the makers
04 RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES aurora
05 YOUNG & UNAFRAID the moth & the flame
06 PAUL IS ALIVE el vy
07 EDGEWOOD telekinesis
08 THE HARROWED AND THE HAUNTED the decemberists
09 I WANNA GET LOST WITH YOU stereophonics
10 OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES paperface
11 ROLL TANGO calexico
12 GREY TICKLES, BLACK PRESSURE john grant
13 THUNDERHEARTS cold war kids
14 NEW AMERICANA halsey
15 YOU’RE MY WATERLOO the libertines
16 MY GIRL virgin suicide
17 LOVE WON’T SAVE YOU crayon fields
18 INTO THE SUN blair jollands
19 ALL THE KINGS editors
20 QUIET DAY fort lean
21 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL ffs
22 SHADES OF BLUE aaron

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Wednesday, October 7

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 BANG BANG dalida
02 SAD SAD CITY ghostland observatory
03 A SIMPLE SONG stars
04 COMMUNIST WAR huck finn
05 ECHOES painted palms
06 FITZCARRALDO [2015] the frames
07 ROTTEN HUMAN youth lagoon
08 IMPOSTORS (LITTLE BY LITTLE) the fratellis
09 A KNIFE IN THE OCEAN foals
10 EVEL KNIEVEL ash
11 LIE LIE LIE metric
12 IT’S A HUNGER say hi
13 LOWLY DESERTER glen hansard
14 SAVE ME fernando
15 SKIES cattle & cane
16 SOME THINGS LAST FOREVER many things
17 SWEET TALK air waves
18 WE OWN THE WORLD (TODAY & TOMORROW) fawn and rabbit
19 ALL OF THIS AND NOTHING dave gahan & soulsavers
20 ALL THE RIGHT FRIENDS r.e.m.
21 THE QUIET the indelicates

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Wednesday, September 23

THE 7-YEAR-ITCH MIX: FALL 2008

"Autumn" or "fall" is regarded as the third season of the year. Chaucer first used the word "autumn" c. 1374. The use of "fall" to mean "autumn" in North American English comes from the phrase "fall of the leaf" and it came into use by 1545. The term "autumn" is still preferred in British English." -- Dictionary.com

But also: "Autumns are brunettes with big brown beautiful eyes and freckles. They tend to be a little pale with rose-colored cheeks. They are shy at first but once you get to know them they are a total [sic] different person. They love to hang out and cuddle. They tend to have nice-shaped bodies and dimples. They are usually spoiled and popular at school.  They tend to go for guys named "Sam" and love nice weather. They usually like to have a boyfriend taller than them because they usually get no taller than 5' 4". If you ever meet an Autumn you better keep her, because she won't come around again." -- The Urban Dictionary

So... take your pick. Just as I've hereby picked the favorite of my favorites from my BEST OF JULY, AUGUST, and SEPTEMBER 2008 mixes... 

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 ANOTHER WAY IN the rosebuds
02 NEIGHBORHOOD #2 (LAIKA) arcade fire
03 I’M MAKING EYES AT YOU black kids
04 I WANT YOU BACK the school
05 NINA AND HER VERY LONG HAIR the heart strings
06 ANGEL SONG gram rabbit
07 CHICK HABIT april march
08 CAN YOU TELL ra ra riot
09 COMBAT LOVER nina kinert
10 ORANGE CRUSH r.e.m.
11 HAVE TO DRIVE amanda palmer
12 NEVER MISS A BEAT kaiser chiefs
13 THE SEX HAS MADE ME STUPID robots in disguise
14 DJ IN THE CORNER parka
15 SORRY youth group
16 REWIND TO KICKSTART yes cassette
17 THE PARTY naomi
18 I’M NOT GONNA TEACH YOUR BOYFRIEND HOW TO DANCE WITH YOU black kids
19 ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW blondfire
20 DOWN AND OUT the displacements
21 I KNOW YOU’LL FIND A WAY the coral sea
22 LONESOME SWAN glasvegas

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

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Thursday, September 10

LIMBO

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 I GOT A NAME jim croce
02 CALL GIRL ffs
03 KNIVES anni b sweet
04 DREAM LOVER the vaccines
05 BONNIE munroe
06 IT’S ALRIGHT nightjacket
07 NOTHIN’ flagship
08 OUT OF HORIZON bang gang
09 PERFECT DREAM fëik
10 STUMBLING winhill/losehill
11 C’MON BILLY pj harvey
12 FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE yo la tengo
13 NAIL ON THE HEAD duke special
14 NOTHING TO NO ONE gin wigmore
15 DREAMS friska viljor
16 RISE the lemming ways
17 DOG ON A LEASH the pyramids
18 ARTIFICIAL HEART opus orange
19 SATURDAY NIGHT yukon blonde
20 THE WEEPING SONG nick cave & the bad seeds
21 TEENAGE VICTORY SONG weezer

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Thursday, August 27

BLIND DATE

[It would seem that at least some folks out there are having an impossible time of downloading through Box.com, so I'm switching up the second download option to UppIT.  If anybody has problems with THAT particular uploader, please let me know in the COMMENTS at the bottom of the post.]

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 ONE SONG AT A TIME cold war kids
02 RAW HONEY du blonde
03 ON AND ON summer fiction
04 BLUD soak
05 THE THRILL virgin suicide
06 IT’S NEVER TOO LATE sarah cracknell
07 BEAUTIFUL WORDS oscar
08 BLOODLET munroe
09 THE GROUND WALKS, WITH TIME IN A BOX modest mouse
10 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL [dh orchestral] lana del rey
11 WAR PARTY messer chups
12 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART brandon flowers
13 HIDING florence + the machine
14 CAUGHT BY MY SHADOW albert hammond, jr.
15 I FORGED THE BULLET zachary cale
16 ONG ONG blur
17 REMEMBER US, IT’S HISTORY huck finn
18 DICTATOR’S SON ffs
19 MY TUNNELS ARE LONG AND DARK THESE DAYS asaf avidan
20 AFTER DARK eliot sumner
21 CONFUSED yukon blonde
22 LITTLE SEA sea of bees

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Thursday, August 13

THE MISGUIDED JOCKEY

Download [HERE] or [HERE] to download THE MISGUIDED JOCKEY mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 FALL ON ME r.e.m.
02 ALLEYWAY life in film
03 ALWAYS THE SUN get well soon
04 BENEATH THE CITY OF DREAMS calexico
05 BYE BYE sam’s float
06 DAMARIS the rentals
07 FREE MAN nerina pallot
08 GIMME SOMETHING GOOD ryan adams
09 III) CONTROL mikal cronin
10 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT noel gallagher’s high flying birds
11 INK & BLOOD hail the ghost
12 MOONY EYED WALRUS cayucas
13 OLYMPIA INN indigo girls
14 RED LIGHTS pmtoyou
15 THE TRAP satellite stories
16 THEN WHAT balthazar
17 THROUGH THE DARK the mowgli’s
18 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK mumford & sons
19 WOLF EYES rah rah
20 WRITTEN IN THE WATER gin wigmore
21 XMAS IN JAPAN citizens!
22 HUNTERS winter villains 

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Saturday, July 25

PREPUBESCENCE

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

TRACKLIST ---

01 BOYS OF MELODY the hidden cameras
02 DREAMS beck
03 PRETTY KEEN ON CENTREFOLDS fight like apes
04 MIRACLE the vaccines
05 SILENT BITE bang gang
06 SICK OF ME TOO kennedy cult
07 A THOUSAND TIMES oh honey
08 DOES NOT BEAR REPEATING the weepies
09 LIFE IN MY OWN WAY marc almond
10 ENGLAND SKIES shake shake go
11 THIS IS SUCH A PITY weezer
12 TAME AS THE WILD ONES whitehorse
13 SO UNAWARE best coast
14 COME RAIN, COME SHINE ivan & alyosha
15 CHASING ILLUSIONS anni b sweet
16 ECHOES AND EMPTY ROOMS the high dials
17 ALONE WITH YOU madonna
18 TEAR IN MY HEART twenty one pilots
19 SILK wolf alice
20 WILL U B THERE? lo-fi-fnk
21 KILLIN’ KIND shelby lynne

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Saturday, July 11

OF HIGHEST HOPES & BEST INTENTIONS...

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] to download the OF HIGHEST HOPES & BEST INTENTIONS... mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 RED RIGHT HAND nick cave & the bad seeds
02 DOWN BY THE WATER pj harvey
03 REGRET everything everything
04 STARING CONTEST mates of state
05 BLACK PARADE gin wigmore
06 DEVIL human face
07 HALF AWAKE porcelain raft
08 SUMMER munroe
09 TURN AROUND mikal cronin
10 DITMAS mumford & sons
11 STRINGS OF GOLD i will, i swear
12 POLICE ENCOUNTERS ffs
13 QUEEN OF PEACE florence + the machine
14 2nd WAVE virgin suicide
15 TRUE LOVE [edit] balthazar
16 LET’S GO ALL THE WAY citizens!
17 RELIGION OF MINE summer fiction
18 SHINE OVER ME [2015] paon
19 STEPPING STONES duke special
20 EMBER [radio edit] whomadewho
21 WE SINK of monsters and men
22 MEANINGLESS the magnetic fields

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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 Gloria, Aunt Jemima, Auntie Em, and Auntie Christ).

Aunt June passed away 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" to 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] 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

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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...

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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

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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

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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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