[Kevin] This is a mix of covers that recasts the originals. It looks heavier than it really is.
[Kevin] This is a cover mix that looks heavier than it really is. Essentially, it’s a rock / alternative / metal / country mix.
It started with my friend Don Heeter’s “Goofy Sh*t” play list that was basically a list of covers he liked where the original had been redefined by the cover band putting their own spin on the song. The list started with Crowbar’s recasting of Gary Wright’s 1976 radio classic “Dreamweaver” as a cauldron of churning sludge that still sounds pleasing to the ears. If you listen to nothing else on this mix, check out Dreamweaver.
Heeter’s list also had “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” “Orion” (which is a great acoustic version of the Metallica original), “Simple Man,” “Buick McKaine,” and “I Never Dreamed.” One night while drinking we added “I’ve Got the Fire,” “Imagine,” and “Run Like Hell.” Then to round it out I added the rest. Hope you enjoy it.
As always, if you like a song or a band, please support them by purchasing their CDs, LPs, mp3s, or DVDs, and by going to see them when they tour…
- Dreamweaver — Crowbar, original by Gary Wright
- Sounds of Silence — Ascension of the Watchers, original by Simon and Garfunkel
- *Ghost of Tom Joad — Rage Against the Machine, original by Bruce Springsteen
- Imagine — A Perfect Circle, original by John Lennon
- I’ve Got the Fire — Iron Maiden, original by Montrose
- Orion — Rodrigo Y Gabriela, original by Metallica
- Simple Man — Deftones, original by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Three Days — L7, original by Willie Nelson
- Crossroads — Rush, original by Robert Johnson
- Buick McKaine — Guns’n’Roses, original by T. Rex
- Get a Grip (on Yourself) — Prong, original by The Stranglers
- Run Like Hell — Kitty, original by Pink Floyd
- Slip Kid — Anvil & Franky Perez, original by The Who
- Evil Hearted You — The Pixies, original by The Yardbirds
- Rated X — Neko Case, original by Loretta Lynn
- I Never Dreamed — Black Label Society, original by Lynyrd Skynyrd
*Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Aaron’s note: Everyone welcome Jason, our first guest DJ!
The term Halloween comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day”, which is now also known as All Saints’ Day. Halloween originated in Gaelic culters as a celebration of the end of Harvest Season. Irish and Scotish immigrants continued varied versions of the tradition and brought it to North America in the nineteenth century.
The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31 the boundary between the alive and the dead ceased to exist, and the dead became dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The living held festivals that involved bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them. So since most of us aren’t farmers, but often get sick during the fall season (at least I know I do), then we might want to consider celebrating Halloween to drive out all negativity and evil spirits from our lives and have some fun while doing it. How you celebrate it is your choice, but as long as you know it’s actually not a celebration of evil spirits or promoting types of morally wrong paganism as some “modern” religious groups might have you to believe. This mix won’t change your life or make you a sinner, but should put you in the mood for Halloween and turn you on to some bone chillin’ tracks you’ve never heard before. Cheers!
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- Introduction – Replik8
- The Boogie Monster – Gnarls Barkley [http://www.last.fm/music/Gnarls+Barkley]
- Dancin’ On My Grave – Ghostland Observatory [http://www.last.fm/music/Ghostland+Observatory]
- Paperbag Writer – Radiohead [http://www.last.fm/music/Radiohead]
- Lusty – Lamb [http://www.last.fm/music/Lamb]
- Buggface – Big Boi [http://www.last.fm/music/Big+Boi]
- Scarecrow – Beck[http://www.last.fm/music/Beck]
- The Rip – Portishead [http://www.last.fm/music/Portishead]
- Last Living Souls – Gorillaz [http://www.last.fm/music/Gorillaz]
- Where I End And You Begin – Radiohead [http://www.last.fm/music/Radiohead]
- Monster – Chab feat. JD Davis [http://www.last.fm/music/Chab]
- Where Is My Mind – Pixies [http://www.last.fm/music/Pixies]
- Cowboys – Portishead [http://www.last.fm/music/Portishead]
- ATLiens – Outkast [http://www.last.fm/music/Outkast]
- Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers [http://www.last.fm/music/The+Killers]
- Christiansands – Tricky [[http://www.last.fm/music/Tricky]
- I’m Afraid of Americans – David Bowie [http://www.last.fm/music/David+Bowie]
- My Mind Is Playin’ Tricks On Me – Ghetto Boys [http://www.last.fm/music/Geto+Boys]
- The Eraser – Thom Yorke [http://www.last.fm/music/Thom+Yorke]
- Don’t Save Us From The Flames – M83 [http://www.last.fm/music/M83]
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“Not with a whisper, but with a bang.” Heavily inspired by the post-punk sounds included in the oeuvre of director Richard Kelley in movies such as Donnie Darko and Southland Tales, this mix goes wonderfully dark without being frightening. This is a playlist I like to bike long-distances to, imagining I ride towards destiny.
- Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
- Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
- INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
- The Pixies – Wave of Mutilation
- Tears for Fears – Head Over Heels
- Depeche Mode – Walking in My Shoes
- Curve – Horror Head
- Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities in Dust
- Moby – Chord Sounds
- The Cure – Fascination Street
- Thom Yorke – Black Swan
- Roxy Music – More Than This
- The Church – Under the Milky Way
- Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
- Wang Chung – To Live And Die In L.A.
- Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
- The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
Also folks — only two weeks left to get your mixes in for our first Iron Deejay competition. All contestants receive a free copy of Audacity software for your Mac or PC.
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Welcome back, friends and loyal listeners. Apologies for the delay. Today we bring you a solid hour of hits by bitter, drunken slobs — which would’ve made sense had it come out when you were all hungover on New Year’s Day. Music provided to you by the talents of Kaiser Chiefs, The Smiths, New Order, Lou Reed, Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Meat Loaf, The Pixies, The New Pornographers, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead and Eminem. You guys enjoy this bouncy mix about miserable souls.
By the way, if you notice the audio quality is better, please give me a shout out. I’ve spent some time over this break experimenting with Audacity and Audio Hijack Pro to improve the voiceover and the music mastering for the mix down.
- Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
- The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
- New Order – Love Vigilantes
- Lou Reed – Satellite of Love
- Kid Rock – Drunk in the Morning
- Hank Williams, Jr. – Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound
- Meat Loaf – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
- The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
- The New Pornographers – All the Old Showstoppers
- Van Halen – Take Your Whiskey Home
- The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
- Led Zeppelin – Your Time is Gonna Come
- Motörhead – Ace of Spades
- Supersuckers – Jailbreak (live)
- Eminem – Kill You
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Instrumental Magic is named after one of those 1970s LP TV offers. I don’t own it but remember the commercials. This installment is a glorious trek through a series of instrumentals from Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra, the Walter Murphy Band, The Upsetters, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, The Dregs, Eric Weisberg, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Rush, Black Sabbath, Miguel, Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Beatnigs, Wang Chung, The Pixies, Dick Dale, Primus, At the Gates, Iron Maiden, and Benny Goodman! Wow! ( kevindreed[at]gmail[dot]com)Note to users: Volume levels may go up and down a little on this one…I didn’t have time to troubleshoot.
Per Aaron — Kevin had my head explode with joy with Deliverance and Wang Chung.