May 27, 2007

I'm getting Married...

Because posts have started to lag, I'm going to bring this up here. I'm getting married soon, and I'm attempting to compile a good Marriage mix. I'm looking for both fast and slow, both sappy and solemn, both obscure and familiar--but never cliche. Any ideas?

May 21, 2007

Gillz's Rainbow Hump Bump Mix List

Well, she should be coming to yer homes in a matter of days or hopefully hours for most of you. This be the tracklist, so look at it or don't. I know I've expressed grand cockiness about what I would eventually send out but let me footnote past claims with the truth that I was a bit rushed between camping and sending that led me to make some quick and sharp last-minute decisions, including swapping out an Iron Maiden track for video game music and leaving out important tracks I remembered I forgot as they came on to mock me when driving north on Saturday. But no more excuses. I'll stand behind this. Take it like carrion if you need to. If every person finds at least one new song they'd like to keep, I will feel like a success. Every high school guidance counselor would say the same.

1. Blonde Redhead---Equus
2. The Devastations---The Night I Couldn't Stop Crying
3. Cat Power---Naked if I Want to
4. Beirut---Scenic World
5. Wolf Parade---Grounds for Divorce
6. The Pillows---Ride on a Shooting Star
7. Bowie---Time Will Crawl
8. Meat Loaf---Modern Girl
9. Bachman-Turner Overdrive---Let It Ride
10. The Evens---Everybody Knows
11. Man Man---Van Helsing Boombox
12. Castlevania---Vampire Killer
13. The Books---Venice
14. Woody Guthrie---Talking Hard Work
15. Burt Bacharach---South American Getaway
16. Loney, Dear---Sinister in a State of Hope
17. Travis---The Cage
18. Bob Dylan---It Ain't Me Babe
19. M. Ward---Paul's Song
20. Regina Spektor---Better
21. The The---This is the Day

I feel like the Bowie song goes better with the video so I'll post it following this brief message. It isn't the greatest video, but there's an orange-jumpsuited and mohawked gentleman I am crushing on and Bowie spends most of it being flopped around like a rag doll and making faces in mirrors. It's goofy. Bachman-Turner Overdrive is for my mom...we both love that song. I don't want to hear any crap about The The being on M&M commercials and the roof-dancing-scene of Empire Records. It's still a damn fine song, and I want it on my mix. All right then. For your viewing pleasure:

May 18, 2007

***Possible Spoiler Warning--C. Arafat's Tracklist Ahoy***

Some of you will likely not receive this for a few days (Shame, Iso, Ms. Weiss) but most of you have probably already received it and are now using it as a beverage coaster on the coffee table.

In case I failed to include a tracklist with your mix (and assuming you want one), I will post the list here.

1. Grifters—Piddlebach
2. Mice Parade—Double Dolphins on the Nickel
3. Gary Numan—M.E.
4. Silver Jews—Punks in the Beerlight
5. Sparks—This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us (Orchestral)
6. Otis Redding—Hard To Handle
7. The Ladies—Vacation, Asphyxia, Vacation
8. Roy Harper—Another Day
9. Can—Vitamin C
10. Dungen—Panda
11. Elliott Smith—Going Nowhere
12. Chris Watson—Vultures, 9 Birds on a Zebra Carcass, Itong Plains, Kenya
13. Unwound—Murder Movies
14. Hood—To Emphasize Words
15. Echo and the Bunnymen—My Kingdom
16. Woven Hand—The Good Hand
17. The Advantage—Goonies 2, NES
18. Thailand—Mass Beating
19. Martin Tielli—From the Reel
20. Aphrodite’s Child—The Four Horsemen
21. Silkworm—Bar Ice
22. Smoke—Curtains

May 17, 2007

a pilgrimage to the origins

The dog, crack in the cement and third step from the landing have been asking how I am in a mixtape guild when I am receiving mixcds.

July is coming and for the sake of not wanting to pull a knivesy-spoonsy on anyone I inquire as to who can support a dual spooled melange from me? You can have the cds and I will not curl my nose at you, but if you've got the player, raise it high upon your shoulder and let me know you want to put the "realthang" in the mix-realthang-tape guild.

Merci bien.


May 13, 2007

Enigma's Late Late Late, but still arrived Mix

Some of you have gotten it, some of you haven't and so you can still complain about how lazy the April group was. At least until you get mine, that is. All appologies for lateness. Life does tend to get in the way. Moving from apartment to house, not having 20 bucks to spend on burnable CDs, starting a new full sememster of school, travelling... blah blah blah, yada yada yada. I just hope the anticipation doesn't detract from the quality of the mix. Enjoy.

1. Arizona - Surviving the Savior
2. Devotchka - Queen of the Surface Streets
3. Damien Jurado - Abilene
4. Andrew Bird - A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left
5. Caribou - Bees
6. Eagle*Seagull - Lock and Key
7. Cass McCombs - What Isn't Nature
8. On!Air!Library - Bread
9. Autolux - Capital Kind of Strain
10. Oh No! Oh My! - Walk In the Park
11. Band of Horses - Monsters (apparently I stole this track... hahaha too late!)
12. Clinic - Come Into Our Room
13. Mirah - Special Death
14. Belle & Sebastian - (I Believe in) Travellin' Light
15. Arcade Fire - Cold Wind
16. The Black Heart Procession - Guess I'll Forget You

Thats all.
I hope that some of the songs that you will love and enjoy, even possibly be some of your new favorite. As for me, I may never listen to these songs again.

PS: Thanks Captian for your mix. It was enjoyable. My favorite track would have to be by Nina Simone.

you stole "monsters" from my mixtape

i had that song in a playlist of potential mixtape songs. i guess that helps narrow it down for me. i love their album. maybe i'll just choose another track. great pick! is a complete tracklisting coming?

Gillz's Quantum Whipped Delights Status

Hey all..........this is the story. I've about a half hour until midnight and while the mixtapes are done, I have nothing to package them in and I must be in Lehi, UT, by nine a.m. sharp to survival camp with at-risk teens until this next Thursday.

I won't ask for an extension in the future. But please hear me out. These are my excuses: I had to graduate. And I did. But it took some effort. And the day I graduated was the day before I left all means of cd-burning-equipment when I embarked on an 8-day extreme and strenuous tour of Cache Valley with the ever-cheezy and remarkably horrible yet lovely Latter-Day Voices which ended late last night and now I'm to be on my first week of work tomorrow morning where I'll be tossed without training halfway into the rotation with a bunch of people I've never met. I'm PRETTY SURE they'll let me off this next Thursday instead of pulling a double and keeping me on an extra week til the Thursday after that.......but sometimes you don't know these things until you think you're going home and then you're informed that you aren't. But I'll fight this circumstance if it becomes realized.

*clears throat* I'm just asking for an extra couple of days. I can send off the CDs Friday the 18th and you can all get them early the next week. Okay? I swear to cover the cases in kisses and candy and clever quips for giggles and endearing sighs. It'll be worth the wait, or I'll be damned. I have complained just as much as everyone else for other people's late starts and so you can complain as much as you'd like about me, to my face even. You'll change your tune in a week when my mix blows your boots off.

And, also, since a few of the April folk have since sent their deals, maybe it'll be nice that you won't get mine for another week so you can appropriately appreciate the April and May kids? You have my word you won't have to wait more than an extra week for my mix. I just cain't do it tomorrow. Profuse apologies and love, Gillz

May 10, 2007

Boondoggles vs Immediacy

I was musing over the intracacies of the logistics of mixtape exchanges:

There are songs to collect (which we do as consumers anyway),
There is media to buy (the lowly and nearly obsolete cdr discs),
And we must pay the postal piper to have these nearly obsolete bits of plastic shipped from locality to locality, sometimes internationally.

Not to mention the silver fleece of packaging, wrapping and the sealings with kisses to ensure fortuitous delivery of our prizes.

I was thinking about the equation and I realized that we might be able to reduce the steps down to a slipstream of simplicity: Collecting and then sending, thus eliminating the media, the postals and all the lovely s.w.a.k.s.

My proposal:
We keeps it digital.

We collect our musics and put the best and the brightest into a folder. i.e. "Gillz's Whipped Cream and Other Delights" and then we upload thems to a central server, like the venerable Maison des Oiseaux, where everyone with computer can access and instantaneously pull them down like so many fresh timber from the hilltops of Macedonia.

That way we have no impediments of either buying useless media, nor the mechanations of state postal delivery. We save our timber, we save our fossil fuels, we save our plastics (our futures) and most of all we save our efforts. We can spend the surplus in time loving our Loves, listening to our loves and loving to love new creations instead of wasting our strength between the gears of postal service vans.

I think I might know a person with such a server who might (with a minimal bribe) have said server already ups and runnings.
He could, theoretically, set aside a folder to enclose the mixes where all of the like-minded might set their treasures.

Thus ending world poverty, at least to a dozen or so souls involved in the mixtapesabound project, in terms of maximising the collective leisure at sharing songs with their pals.

Isn't that the point, after all is said and not mailed?

Spoiler Alert! Track Listing Ahead!

I mailed my mixtapes yesterday, Wednesday May 9, and since some of you live pretty close to me and might receive the packages today, I thought I'd best post the track list in case you really want it to go along with your music.

A quick disclaimer: As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm not overly concerned with my street cred, in fact, I don't even know if I have any. That said, I don't know how 'hip' my mixtape may be to you. That said, let it be known that my mixtape was simply to show you music that I enjoy a great deal.

You'll find more old stuff than new. You'll probably know most of the artists if not the songs themselves. I just chose stuff that I think is of a high quality and that I listen to frequently.

And so, without further ado...(turn away if you don't wanna know yet!)

Captain Admiral's Track List for May 2007

1. Linus and Lucy - The Vince Guaraldi Trio
2. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
3. Ain't Got No/I Got Life (Groovefinder remix) - Nina Simone
4. Black Swan - Thom Yorke
5. Give Your Love (live) - Mannequin Men
6. Safety Third - Melvins + Lustmord
7. Slack Motherfucker - Superchunk
8. Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag
9. Dance Monkey - Sage Francis
10. The Greatest - Cat Power
11. Deep Red Bells - Neko Case
12. Sun (Leftfield remix) - John Lydon
13. Club Foot - Kasabian
14. Joe Strummer - Cowboy Mouth

Hopefully you will enjoy these songs as much as I do.

the Captain

P.S. From the selfish plug departement: I'd really like some input on a blog I'm doing about movies that I'm watching this summer...if any of you could read my Captains Ramblings blog and give me some feedback it would be much appreciated.

May 9, 2007

How do I?

I'm sure this is a stupid question, but how do I make muliple copies of things I've bought off itunes? Is there a way to disable their copy cap? (Are there other engines/cd burning software that will allow me to copy as many as I want?)

I recall that someone addressed this breifly in a previous post, but I didn't understand.

Sorry and thanks.

May 8, 2007

The Axeman Cometh?

So. Returning from Mexico, I expected to find my mailbox brimming with mixtape wonders and pieces of aural majesty. There was music in there, but only my ebay winnings, and nothing, nothing from guild members.

Without the normal contrived embelishments in my writing style: this pisses me off. Really. I don't know why it upsets me so much, aside from being very excited to hear possible new tracks and plow new musical fields.

I know it might seem incredibly draconian to suggest that the late members be banished from the guild, but that was my only thought all morning. The first group needed to kick this off right, and they didn't, but being the first group might also warrant increased patience. I am a patient guy normally, which is why I don't understand whay I was so upset by lack of music.

I know we have beat this high horse to death, so I will stop here. But all it takes is a little postage and an hour or so of your day to brighten the life of at least one young lad in Idaho Falls. I am certain there are others who feel the same. Now, having said that, it is almost my turn to mail, so if I am late, I expect a lambasting of the highest order.

Also, I would suggest to the first group that if you haven't already mailed your mixes, don't bother at this point because the market will be flooded, so to speak. Does anyone agree?

May 6, 2007

A Report: How I Spent My B-Day Money

I've been meaning to report all week but I went and saw Modest Mouse play with Man Man and Love as Laughter in Harlem. I feel as long as we're talking about music I'd love to hear reports on albums and concerts that people are digging. I warn you already that my ultra adoration of Modest Mouse will taint this report.

The awesomitude of the concert is largely due to the ultra dream team of Isaac Brock and Johnny Marr. The whole show was two big spotlights on them and it was aptly so. They're like the couple I never want to see broken up. They played a great deal from the new album which is growing on me. From "Good News for People Who Like Bad News" they played "Ocean Breathes Salty", "Float On", and "Bukowski". Some old favorites played were: "Doin' the Cockroach", "Trailer Trash", "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes".

In fact, "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" was totally reinvented by Johnny Marr who built it up with a sick stadium burning solo that worked in Modest Mouse's two drummers and then Brock's impassioned lyrical screaming. That one song made it evident that Johnny is a master. He was having such a good time, too. I hope he's here to stay.

Isaac was in top form, though a little less talky. He's usually more engaging in smaller settings but the venue was so huge it didn't seem appropriate. They used to play at CBGB's but since they closed down there's a big music scene hole in New York. As odd as that sounds. The United Palace where they played is cool but still huge.

Other Highlights: Man Man, crazy circus music on crack, was a delight. I've never seen them live and they were a show all in themselves. I can't wait to see them again. All six of them play in a compact space looking at each other and almost everyone plays percussion. The lead singer plays the keyboard with one hand while banging a tambourine with a drumstick and screaming into the microphone. All in white tennis clothing.

Love as Laughter blew. Sorry if anyone likes them. Modest Mouse yeah!