From Justine Hoyer (@Jaehoyer)…
I am new to this forum and not entirely sure how it works, but I’m going to give it a shot. Every year after SXSW I make mix for my friends focusing on newer music. The regular audience for this cd is not as musically informed as this group. The track list is below. Be kind.
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Grouplove – Colours
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Twin Shadow – At My Heels
The Vaccines – Blow It Up
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
Mystery Jets – Dreaming Of Another Wrld
Best Coast – Each and Every Day
The Duke Spirit – Everybodys Under Your Spell
Fences – Girls With Accents
Yuck – Holing Out
Mona – Listen to Your Love
Young the Giant – My Body
Arcade Fire – Reday to Start
Teenage Fanclub – Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Vocal Chords
Smith Westerns – Weekend
Bear Hands – What a Drag
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
Eternal Summers – Pogo
Cloud Nothings – Didn’t You
We’re living in serious times, but we’re reminded every now and again that there’s a strong case for some optimism. This mix is a reflection on this idea.
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Jim and I attended the rally in Grant Park, Chicago on election night last week, and it was a very moving experience. People hugged each other — a woman came up to me on the street and offered a hug — a real, warm, longer-lasting full bodied hug. The city of Chicago was just glowing on Tuesday night. People have been walking taller, noticing their neighbors more — I mean, it’s not all Pollyana and people still drive like a bunch of assholes — and Cubs fans? Well, they’re the worst (present company excluded, Jim).
Despite all the good times, the economy is showing signs that we’re still headed for shit. We’re no closer to getting out of Iraq or avoiding further confrontation in Afghanistan than we were before. Poverty, Health Care, Cancer, AIDS, Gay Marriage — I mean, there’s a lot of issues that require serious action and attention — yet even without doing anything, we’re reminded that as a nation whose wealth dwarfs that of almost every other nation, where the black community is a shrinking minority, we elect a minority to the highest office — something that all the other “western” nations have yet to do.
For the first time in a very long time, I actually have some sense that no matter what, we’re all going to be okay.
Some notes about this mix: The Lucero track was contributed by Jim, and it’s been one of my favorites for almost a year now. Since he never played it, I figure I have dibs on it. A fellow by the name of John Campbell suggested The Gossip after a Twitter discussion about Shazam (he used the service as he got a haircut and this cover of Wham! was what it pulled up). I had to throw a new one by The Cure, because it’s probably their best album since Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. And I don’t talk anywhere on this mix, so just pop it in your car on your long commute or drive and just enjoy.
This mix includes…
- Lucero – Tonight Ain’t Gonna Be Good
- R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious
- INXS – Don’t Change a Thing
- Mark Ronson – You’re All I Need to Get By
- Stars – Take Me to the Riot
- Band of Horses – Is There a Ghost?
- ColdPlay – Lovers in Japan
- Keane – Spiralling
- Frightened Rabbit – I Feel Better
- The Cure – Only One
- Travis – Sing
- Radiohead – Reckoner
- Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
- The Gossip – Careless Whisper
- Muse – Map of the Problematique
- Liam Finn – Better to Be
- Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
- Beck – Gamma Ray
- Dan Deacon – The Crystal Cat
- Say Hi To Your Mom – The Twenty-Second Century
- The Arcade File – Rebellion (Lies)