Dec 13, 2008


Winter Oak by Eyvind Earle

Get it before it melts

Before I moved north and east I sold my car which forced me clean out my trunk. In doing so. I found things long thought to have gone the way of all the earth. One important find was my CD collection. As I was rifling through the cobwebs and dust lined artifact two things struck me: I have loads of sweet sweet 80's pop, guilty though it may be - and, I haven't ripped any of them into digital form so they can be numbered among the very great.

I have remedied the latter and to enjoy the former to the fullest I have made it a point to put at least one 80's guilty pleasure on every mix or playlist. So you will have to be patient if it is not your favorite brand of free music because I am finding these songs to be high quality fun smothered in tasty nostalgia gravy.

Also, I only put a few holiday themed songs on there because I don't find the majority of it palatable enough to make a whole mix of it, (though that could be fun to compile a mix of the most dry-heavingly abhorrent Christmas songs) but I felt a few were warranted.

So here it is. I had more than a little trouble with the silliness of MediaFire as my OG mix was 107MB and it can only be 100MB and it didn't know that for about 5 frantic hours, so if this doesn't work let me know so I can stress over 5 more. Sadly we lost Vince Guaraldi's Christmas Time is Here because of the size restriction. But you can't argue with the freeness of the site, so I comply willingly.


1. It's Five o'Clock -- Aphrodite's Child
2. Ahn -- Benoit Piolard
3. Landing Light -- No Pasaran
4. Holiday Machine -- Bottom of the Hudson*
5. The Shy Retirer -- Arab Strap
6. Christmas Song -- Dave Matthews & Tim Reyonlds (come on...we all knew eventually I would out him on a mix)
7. You Know More Than I Know -- John Cale
8. Dripping Whispers -- The Soul's Release
9. I Want Wind To Blow -- The Microphones
10. In The Margins -- Echo & the Bunnymen
11. M62 Song -- Doves
12. Oh L'Amour -- Erasure
13. Blue Tulip -- Bon Iver
14. The Furnace -- Merusault
15. Ruby Tuesday -- Franco Battiato
16. The Look of Love -- ABC
17. The Streets in the Rain -- The Samples
18. You Lost Sight of Me -- Micah P. Hinson
19. Fairytale of New York -- The Pogues

*Holiday Machine is one of those random songs that I don't remember how I got. I double checked this Guild and couldn't find evidence that it came from here so I am using it. However, if I have inadvertently pulled a Gillilli and pilfered a song off a previous mix, my apologies.

No one should ever have to go through what Emily did to still hurts to talk about.

Dec 4, 2008

Gone but not Forgotten

I really appreciate ej (wajok) message. It made me realize that I have been a little lost and perhaps I should return to the Mixtape work and start sending out my mixes again. I have prepared a few, but never posted... My own fault.

I have relocated since my destiny does not appear to need to continue in Rexburg, Idaho. I now reside at:
3903 Glacier Court
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525

So if there are any mixes that were sent to me, they are probably misdirected to some other location, I am sorry I never got to hear them.
Once I fix up that blasted computer of mine holding all the music I was ever given, stolen, or even on occasion purchased, I will begin setting up posts with new tracklists.

in review (mirror)

Comment by wajok:


Critiques to follow after a slow roll over the tongue.

2007-05-17 7.08.MD


I hope you still frequent this place because you ought to know:

I just braved the lone (wo)manned 12 hour drive from Virginia to my home in Toronto and do not hyperbolate in saying that seven hours of the silence in my car was molested by the tireless spinning of your May(April) '07 mix. Without tracklist I said to myself, "that voice, that whistle... could it be Andrew Bird?" Caribou betrayed themselves with their smattering of crescendos and decrescendos. Mirah. La voz.

I found that without a tracklist I was still able to identify six or seven of the artists by sound alone, but it wasn't the comfort of familiarity that kept me spinning. It's just a beautiful blend. Fluid. The tone was arresting.

At hour two into the drive I was sure I was going to turn around and never make it back to Oz, but I discovered your micks at the bottom of a pile, neglected, scratched to sh-t (track 8 and 9 are forever sullied). It gave me drive, filled my tank, fuelled my engine.

Merci bien mon ami.

ej (wajok)

Through these arms I transfer _____:

Nov 22, 2008

Here's some from Gillzy.........................

Get it here

All right, I've been meaning to post this for ages. I've had a love/hate relationship with this list and finally have just decided to take the plunge and if you want it, take it, if you don't, fine. Let me know if you have problems getting the tracks.......I've never done this before.

Some notes:

Can't get enough of that Murray Head.

"Muzorewi's Daughter"......yeah. When I don't really dig this song, it really aggravates me. It's really not p.c. either. But at the same time....I've danced to drum circles that sang worse. I heard this song in a random place and enjoyed it at the time. If you hate it, I understand. Still, it is one of the only non-lugubrious songs on here so at least let it cleanse your ear palate.

"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad": Yes, Meat Loaf makes a comeback. My father always carried with him a cassette tape of Bat Out of Hell and on one occasion, Dad was singing along to "Two Out of Three" and crooning Mom with it. Mom didn't appreciate the lyrics and (we were driving from Mississippi back to Utah...long trip) the third or fourth time around my mom finally ejected the cassette tape and chucked it out the window where another car on the freeway promptly ran over it. Without saying a word, my dad pulled an identical Bat Out of Hell cassette tape out of his jacket pocket and jammed the damned thing back into the tape player. I swear this story is true. You could have cut that tension with a butter knife.

Jamirquai: I know, whatever, it's on Napolean Dynamite. I care not. I can't listen to this song and not dance. It makes me think, "I have this music IN me!" For that reason alone, I include it in this mix. I dare you to listen to the whole thing without moving. Even riding my bicycle at midnight, I can't help but at least give a few fist punches into the air when this song appears on my music-listening device.

Paolo Nutini: I don't really like his other stuff, but I like this one song. I'm just saying.

"Japanese to English": So, this is the live version.....I tried to find the other vers. but I couldn't. They both have their merits but I'd like to snag a version of the original albumized track. If anyone has it.....................por favor.

Well. The end.

Oct 10, 2008

And Then There Were Few...

Here is the mix...hopefully.

Just some tracks. The few of us that want to keep up here should just feel free to post willy-nilly, I think. I like that idea. I haven't been on the "hip new music" tip lately...everyday I realize how much great music I have passed up. This mix is mainly songs in that realm, no binding theme again other than I appreciate each of these songs lyrically/thematically, instrumentally, A&B, or otherwise.

Poster's Memo/Things I Think Are Worth Watching Out For:

Pink Steam, about 4:04 in the song...the guitars start playing, for a few seconds, a really moving (to me) little 3 or 4 note sequence that quickly leaves. I listen to the whole song for this.

Untrust Us--nice little smash up of a great song by "Death From Above 1979" (la cocaina no es buena para su salud)

Pitch--the vocals/lyrics are amazing, and they go full scale at about 2:10. I have listened to this track probably 120 times and it razes me every time

Mercy Seat--some amazing lyrics here

My Shit's Fucked Up--i can't say enough about Warren Zevon or this song. Really. I think I dig this song so much because of a live version I heard (free for your taking at where the audience seems to be beer swilling frat guys absolutely out of touch with their own mortality, and Zevon is their in front of them singing about the fact that he knows his time is short. It is really haunting. I suggest tracking it down. Caveat Auditor--explicit lyrics warning, but entirely tasteful in my opinion...I mean, the man wrote this while diagnosed with mesothelioma...

Sawtooth Tiger--I like Alex Mauer, or anyone else who releases an entire album on an NES cartridge.

Fixed in the Sky--I know I keep coming back with the Grifters, but I really just can't stop. This song is an instrumental and it just aches. Really beautiful sounds here.

To many notes. All these songs have their virtues. Now someone else post a mix so that I have something to spin on my long walks to school.

Until the next instant...

j. wyatt

May 17, 2008

much belated sergei politictov

thanks to emmy for help w/ the image. some repeats in artists here and one same cd. i feel kind of arrogant making a political statement, but it was a theme that was on my mind. of course everyone will have their own pov. i think these are good songs either way so please enjoy them. interesting that "youth against fascism" still seems to apply some 15 yrs later. and marvin's 35 yr old classic. conversely, does anybody even think about jesse [helms] anymore? maybe in the south.
as a side note: next week i'm going to the gorge for the sasquatch festival. i'm looking for suggestions on who i shouldn't miss. especially early in the day and at the side stages. take a look at the line up at and please give me some feedback. i've checked out some of these artists, but don't want to miss something awesome 'cause i'm watching malkmus for the 3rd time. not that he isn't awesome. you know what i mean.
thanks all

May 10, 2008

This is an encrypted transmission

Winter was hard and I live an ungodly distance from the post-office, it has snowed like a hell would snow and I nearly split my gulliver when I took a tumble one day riding my bike home from work on the ice. But you know me, I can't complain.

I have a stack of cds labeled with a yellow sticky note. It has been collecting dust. The 'to do' check-box on the note indicates a void of action or a surplus of inaction. I can't tell which. In any case I feel bad about syncopating the rhythm of the guild. And the physical media and its transport has been my biggest impediment to faithful interchange. I've been considering leaving the discs behind at the places I frequent, such as the pool where I do laps, the pub where I eat on thursdays, the vietnamese place that has great pho, the cafe where I drink green tea and read books I don't understand. . . Maybe I'll leave them with an anonymous note that says "I think you're great" or a suspicious looking one-time pad filled with random numbers and letters stamped in red FOR YOUR EARS ONLY.

So for those who would like to hear the iso-wintertime mix that I herded together only to let it age gracefully on my cheap fibreboard dresser, you can get it here & here, or if you'd prefer a torrent, you can get that here.

Namaste to my young american warriors of the post subprime new economic epoch.
And to my fellow Canadian compatriot(s) I'll share a terrible joke:

So this baby seal walks into a club . . .

(tracklisting is included in both the torrent folder and the zip file. This mix was constructed sequentially and intended to play sequentially. Non-sequential random-ordered playing may result in strange juxtapositions, scattered thoughts of antique deep-sea diving helmets and notions of bears wearing ill-fitting hats.)

* in memory of an old horseman who loved the Aussies and taught me to walk a horse the last ½ mile home after a hard ride.
And the band played waltzing matilda as they carried him down the gangway.

Apr 12, 2008

Now Hear This

This has been mailed.

Highlight below to reveal the track list.

1. Vittorio E. -- Spoon
2. Girlfriend in a Coma -- The Smiths
3. Hold On -- Tom Waits
4. Into the Fire -- Thirteen Senses
5. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie -- Joanna Newsom
6. Dead Souls -- Joy Division
7. Fly -- Nick Drake
8. Who Am I Supposed To Be? -- John Lennon
9. Out To Get You -- James
10. No Name #3 -- Elliot Smith
11. All Readymade-- Timesbold
12. The Celibate Life -- The Shins
13. Coyotes -- Don Edwards
14. Play With Fire -- The Rolling Stones
15. Ar nAthair - The Lords Prayer -- Liam O Maonlai
16. Love Vigilantes -- New Order
17. Leif Erickson -- Interpol
18. Toy Soldiers -- Martika
19. Cherry Red -- The Groundhogs
20. Here -- Pavement

Mar 29, 2008

(insert sound of me grinding my teeth here)

So some a-hole got my debit card info (and PIN and that little number on the back for verification) and used my card with impunity on the internet. Thus I have a frozen account, no card, a large headache, an $1800 Moneygram and $1200 worth of pants. Until it is resolved (BofA told me it would be fixed last Wednesday, but alas...) I am living leanly and carefully and have chosen to mail my mixes (already burned and ready) prob'ly around the first-ish of April.
I chose to buy food and gas instead of mailing the mixes. I'm such an ingrate.
I'll post the tracks when they hit the mail.
Thanks fer yer patience,
The Captain

From the long lost Vincnt

Trevor, our old guild mate who left had a contribution and he wanted me to share it all with you. He spent a lot of time on it so give it a listen.

He said,
please share it with the guild. it's completely tagged and everything. the artist will come up as "vincnt" but all the names of the bands are in the track name. i couldn't think of a better way to do it. enjoy and share!


note: this mix was composed as i sat on the floor of my room one morning scratching at my growing beard, hence the name "music for beard-wearers."

Mar 26, 2008

Don't Mess with Abe


Here is my mix. Uploaded for you to download. I have had it ready for months, but I like the idea of saving time and money on postage and CDs. Don't call me cheap or lazy, at least not to my face. I will say that I am REALLY proud of this mix and it definitely deserves a few listens. I love it!
You will love it!

So here it is without bells and whistles, but I am sure you will hear both bells and whistles.

Enigma Guild Mix March 08

01 Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks feat. Victoria Bergsman
02 White Rabbits – Kid On My Shoulder
03 Arthur & Yu – Lion’s Mouth
04 Hot Chip – Over and Over
05 The Dodos – Trades & Tariffs
06 Danielson – Did I Step On Your Trumpet
07 Radiohead – House of Cards
08 Deer Tick - Ashamed
09 Eagle*Seagull – Your Beauty is a Knife I Turn On My Throat
10 Kid Theodore – Lady Luck
11 Eric Bachmann – Little Bird
12 Caribou – Melody Day
13 Shapiro – All Things Around the Sun
14 Yeasayer - Sunrise
15 M. Ward – Chinese Translation
16 Voxtrot – Soft & Warm
17 Ghostland Observatory – Midnight Voyage

Mar 15, 2008

a soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March

These will go out on Monday. A few bands we've seen in the guild already and a few tracks I'm positive everyone already has (Beck's, por ejemple) but these are what I felt like throwing down this time around. I did put some effort in theme and order but being as how I find stranger transitions than some, if it comes off crazy eclectic and sporadic, apologies all around. Have a good several March holidays, everyone. I hope the yellow peeps taste as good this year as the gold foiled chocolate coins. I considered swapping out Portobello Road for Let's Go Fly a Kite seeing as how it's spring and all, but....I felt like having a darker mix. Did anyone else think Bowie looked eerily like David Tomlinson in his Prestige role? Could have been the mustache. Lemme know if there's any trouble with the computer has been weird the past year but decided to start burning cds again just could be an Easter miracle, but if there are any bunk mixes that get sent out I will resend away with the real deal. Hope you like these.

1 Care of Cell 44 -- The Zombies
2 Will You Be Me? -- Kimya Dawson
3 The Hard Way Every Time -- Jim Croce
4 I Want to Live in a Wigwam -- Cat Stevens
5 Velvet Goldmine -- David Bowie
6 One of These Days -- Doves
7 Her Hairagami Set -- The Brunettes
8 Gila -- Beach House
9 Good People Check -- Themselves
10 Crushed Bones -- Why?
11 Ladies of Cambridge -- Vampire Weekend
12 All Through the Night -- Cyndi Lauper
13 Out Under Stars -- Vitesse
14 The Other Side of Mt Heart Attack -- Liars
15 Citrus -- The Hold Steady
16 Portobello Road -- David Tomlinson/Angela Lansbury
17 Little One -- Beck
18 Don't be Afraid to Sing -- Stars
19 I Know You Can Smile -- Slowblow
20 You Forgot to Answer -- Nico

Feb 27, 2008

The Name of This Mix Is...

First mix of 2008? No...that jewel goes to Eiryn. Make sure you download her mix via the link in the post below. It is ridiculously good.

For this mix, nothing special--just an assemblage of old and recent favorites with no binding theme other than my liking.

I know I have some artist repeats: the Grifters and Mice Parade. But they are stand-up tracks, regardless. Maybe you'll find something worth your time.

I have to say that if you listen to nothing else on this mix, at least give the outro of "Stand!" your full attention, as it comprises the baddest-ass 51 seconds in the history of recorded music.

1 Roadrunner--The Modern Lovers
2 Glad To Be Scattered--Track a Tiger

3 Wheels--Grand Drive

4 Rollerdisco--Black Moth Super Rainbow

5 The Boat Room--Mice Parade

6 Skinny Love--Bon Iver

7 Get Thy Bearings--Donovan

8 Rubber Biscuit--The Chips

9 Fire in the Middle--Nightmares on Wax

10 Blues Run the Game--Jackson C. Frank

11 Rat Trap--The Boomtown Rats

12 2H.B.--Roxy Music

13 Song To Bobby--Cat Power

14 Leave The Light On--Bottomless Pit

15 Vicious World--Rufus Wainwright

16 New Grass--Talk Talk

17 Eureka I.V.--The Grifters

18 Stand!--Sly & The Family Stone

19 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)--Talking Heads

Feb 26, 2008

the dark month

for the month of february:

welcome to the first mix of 2008, et enjoi.

Jan 25, 2008

The deal is...

...that interest has been sagging in the Guild, probably due to the time sanctions that each of us encounter in our day-to-day. Understandable. I think that it would be good though to assess who is interested in continuing with this. I have really enjoyed getting mixes and I am grateful to the people who faithfully send me free music. When people miss a month, I can empathize. I will send out an email along these lines too, in an effort to trim any tired or otherwise over-occupied limbs. I have also taken the liberty of re-drawing the rotation for early 2008. My guidance on this was to spread out members who not only faithfully send out mixes, but who send out mixes in the months they are designated. That should ensure at least a consistent supply of trax. Look below (or on the sidebar) to find your month, and if you're disgruntled, let's step aside into the comments section.


February--Wajok Weiss, Isopraxis, Grifter
March--Gillz, Enigma, Che, Captain Admiral
April--Ibid, Teacher of Fruit, Sweetface
May--Renbencan, Rice, Shamus, Courtney

Jan 13, 2008


So if any of you remember, or care, there was a mystere trak on "the shimshamshimmy". Well, I hunted Red Fox - The Choir Practice and knew the voices instantly. A few more shovelles of grit on dirt pile I struck the hollow woody thump of the trak name:

Up All Day

by none other than The Choir Practice.

So there be a present, I would also like to offer another:

January 26th at 12:00am (SLC) there is a birthday celebration for a Meestah Richard Mark Cobabe (Nobabes) Jr. So you may not know him... that's not the important part. The important part is Brewvies, the theatre pub I've rented, and Festa Di Laurea, the most tender and enchanting Italian flick you will ever catch that I am having screened. There are couches for pews and tables for foods. You can bring your own food and beverage. I'm not a drinker but not adversed to a few brews making an appearance. There is no charge, but I'm probably going to have a Birthday Honey Pot at the front door for anyone who wants to donate to the medicating of the sharp pain of 30 years old.

Any more questions... please ask, and please invite EVERYONE, there are about 80 seat cushions to fill.