Nov 10, 2007

Space is a Lonely Place

So yeah, it took a while to mail, but I have had it finished for a while. Thanks for being patient... again.
So here is my space concept mix

01 Muse | Space Dementia
02 Queen | Flash
03 Belle & Sebastian | A Space Boy Dream
04 My Morning Jacket | Rocket Man
05 Air | Surfing on a Rocket
06 David Bowie | Space Oddity
07 Flaming Lips | Vein of Stars
08 They Might Be Giants | Space Suit
09 Peter Schilling | Major Tom
10 Radiohead | Subterranean Homesick Alien
11 Smashing Pumpkins | Spaceboy
12 Grandaddy | So You'll Aim Toward The Sky

There were other songs and artists I could have included in the mix. Some were silly or spastic. I think the point of this album was to show how the vast black emptiness can make one melancholy. Our space heroes either to long for home or to keep exploring with no hopes of returning.
Raise your glass to the astronauts and cosmonauts of the past, present, and future.

PS: Included in the same package is Stacey's (Che's) mix. Hope you enjoy both.

Nov 5, 2007

The Return of the Living Dead

A few days before Devil's Night I was watching an ole favorite horror flick, the aforementioned Return of the Living Dead. As I was watching, I realized that for the last several months I have been living a zombie-like life, minus the brain eating of course. Like Shawn at the beginning of Shawn of the Dead I have been shuffling around in a daze. Events beyond my control have been kicking me in the ass and I have been very bummed out. At the same time a few people have caused my faith in my fellow human beings to sink to a new low. I have been a study in bitter, frustrated apathy.

To paraphrase Comic Book Guy: Worst. Summer. Ever.

It's getting a bit better now. Someday soon I may be back to my old self.

I tell you these things not so you'll have pity, but so that when you listen to my mix you'll hopefully understand the sour place it comes from.

I had intended to have a theme, but I simply couldn't find my way. There were many songs that I wanted to include, but they just didn't go with my mood.

That being said, as I was working on this mix I at times embraced the abyss and chose songs that helped me continue to be in a poopy mood, and at other times I chose songs with bits that made me happy enough to not contemplate dressing in my Grammy's undies and eating a gun. Just kidding. The track list is as follows...

as usual...SPOILER ALERT!!!

1. Suede - Lazy
2. Les Savy Fav - Pots and Pans
3. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues
4. Pavement - Type Slowly (live)
5. Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
6. Cracker - Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)
7. Bloodhound Gang - Fire Water Burn
8. 808 State - OneInTen
9. Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko
10. Peaches - Fuck the Pain Away
11. Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next
12. Geneva - Tranquilizer
13. Fugazi - Waiting Room
14. Descendants - Bikeage
15. Slipknot - Duality
16. Marilyn Manson - Rock is Dead
17. Supernaturals - Smile

I embrace the abyss to: Grinderman, Lightfoot, Peaches, Slipknot, Descendants and Manson for all the obvious reasons.

I enjoy: the campy lyrics of Shiny Toy Guns, the snideness of the Supernaturals, the guitar solo during Pavement, the bassline of the Descendants, the Bloodhound Gang line "I'm the root of all that's evil/yeah, but you can call me Cookie", the brazenly dirty lyrics of Peaches (this song always makes me think of Buffy during season 6 when she was doing the Humpty Dance with Spike) and just the whole Les Savy Fav makes me feel like...I dunno...but it's freakin' cool. By the way just how do you pronounce Les Savy Fav? Anyone?

So. There it is then.

Sorry for not being on time but lately it's been hard enough to get out of bed and put on some pants let alone be slightly creative.

I know that this will sound cheesy, but making this mixtape has really been theraputic for me. It's the first decent use of my brain in months. After making this I truly feel as if I am returning from the dead. Never underestimate the healing power of music. Thanks, Joe, for inviting me along.

Thes should hit the mail tomorrow or the next day...I guess that's November 8 or 9.


the Captain

P.S. FYI there's mucho naughty words here...try not to play this around my mom. Thanks.

Nov 2, 2007

Niggy Tardust

A Trent Reznor produced album free of DRM for, uh, free? Yeah.

Saul Williams opened for NIN and T-Rez was so impressed he said, 'Hey, lets make an album'.
You can download the album for free with Trent Reznor's blessing if you wanny, or you can pay $5 to support the artist and get a higher bitrate version in mp3 or FLAC. I paid the 5 quai. Costs less than a box of generic freezer waffles and better yet, it cuts the sweaty more-than-slightly-creepy, opportunistic middle-man out of the loop. I vote for that. I vote for waffles. I vote for music and I vote for you.