Single Song Theory, Part Three

19 07 2015

IMG_0244The final installment (maybe) in a list of one-offs that I have collected over the years.

Single Song Theory Part 3:

The Blue Wrath – I, Monster/Your Fucking Sunny Day – Lambchop/Dear Confessor – Immaculate Machine/Gin & Juice – The Gourds/Joke – Boo Hewerdine/Lariat – Steve Malkmus/Dumb Ways to Die – Tangerine Kitty/You, Me & the Bourgeoisie – The Submarines/Start Again – Lovers Electric/She’s Fetching – Big Dipper/Lucio Starts Fires – Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong/Girls & Boys in Love – The Rumblestrips/Storm in a Teacup – Milburn/Nightlife – Ms. Magician/Gangsta – Tune-Yards/Lovesuit – Hilotrons/Tosta Mista – Hooded Fang/I am the Stereo – El Cento/When I Go Out with Artists – Crash Test Dummies/Apartment Wrestling – Maximum Balloon/ Watch that Girl Destroy Me – Possum Dixon/California – Phantom Planet


Single Song Theory, Part Two

30 06 2015

IMG_0211One song, one artist. Why? See the previous mix, Single Song Theory, Part One.


Single Song Theory Part Two:

Archie Marry Me – Alvvays/If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On the Dancefloor) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr./The New International – So So Modern/The Lottery – The Stepkids/Jamaica – Theme Park/The General Synopsis – Braces Tower/Fraud in the 80s – Mates of State/Light of Love – Music Go Music/Benny and the Jetts – TV Girl/Fashion Crisis Hits New York – The Frank and Walters/Blue Song – Mint Royal/Impossible – Shout Out Louds/Rio – Hey Marseilles/ The Sweater – Meryn Caldwell/(This is the Dream) Of Evan and Chan – Dntel/Super Duper Rescue Heads – Deerhoof/You Can’t Hurry Love – The Concretes/ Sleepy Tigers – Her Space Holiday

Single Song Theory, Part One

18 06 2015

oswaldThe included and forthcoming mixes are based on songs/artists that I only have one of. This is probably because:

  • I heard the song in a movie or television show
  • I like the song but I haven’t made (or won’t make) an investment in the band
  • I heard the song on a CD that came with Mojo or Uncut magazine and I like it


Single Song Theory Part 1

Into the Galaxy – Midnight Juggernauts/Golden Skans – Klaxons/Death – White Lies/They Broke the Speed of Light – The Late BP Helium/Before We Were Brittle – Say Hi/No Light Left – Snowfight in the City Center/We Could Be Blood – Young Knives/Movies of Antarctica – Stars of Track and Field/Tonight the Streets are Ours – Richard Hawley/Judy Staring at the Sun – Catherine Wheel with Tanya Donnelly/There is a Light – Dum Dum Girls/What Did My Lover Say – Wolf Parade/Starlett Johanssen – The Teenagers/Caroline – CITIZENS!/ International Heroes – The British Lions


19 Characters in Search of a Soundtrack

29 04 2015

curtainsblog460Presented for you to enjoy. “19 Characters in Search of s Soundtrack” is a mix in 3 parts, loosely based on a radio recording of WXXP, Pittsburgh in 1988:

19 Characters In Search of a Soundtrack, Part 1 – David Bowie, Ashes to Ashes (live at the BBC)/Django Django, Reflections/My Favorite, Party Crashers/Temples, Mesmerize/Chairlift, I Belong in Your Arms/The Bodeans, Say About Love

19 Characters in Search of a Soundtrack, Part 2 – R.E.M., Life and How to Live It/Violent Femmes, Happy New Year Next Year/Laura Marling, False Hope/Sleater-Kinney, New Wave/St. Vincent, Bad Tina/Max Jury, Black Metal

19 Characters in Search of a Soundtrack, Part 3 – Belle & Sebastian, Perfect Couples/Paul Weller, Dangerous Age/Stars, Turn it Up and Elevator Love Letter/The New Pornographers, Backstairs/Eels, Fresh Blood/Mogwai, Teenage Exorcists/Soft Cell, Tainted Love-Where Did Our Love Go?


1 04 2014
Almost, but not quite.

Almost, but not quite.

A few weeks ago, I got food poisoning (or as the layman refer to it the Crapocalypse/Vommegedon). It was truly awful. I tried to make it home, but couldn’t and had to call 911 (the first time in my life). They gave me three bags of saline, morphine, zofran and maybe some other things (I was in no state to question them). For 5 days, I ate jello, soup and drank the green fountain of youth they call Gatorade.

This is not the first time I was overcome with the urge to hurl in both directions during my birthday month. Most of the other times were alcohol or thai food related.

And yet, like most people in this predicament, I felt like the world was coming to an end. I wonder what it is that brings us all irrationally to that conclusion? The fever? The lack of control? The smell?

Even though I am back to (almost) full health, I still feel a bit tired sometimes. I guess that is just a tiny reminder of what it is like to survive the Crapocalypse/Vommegedon that we all face in life.

Engineers: Crawl From The Wreckage

 The Mountain Goats: Absolute Lithops Effect

(Shameless) Self Promotion

9 03 2014


A little while ago, Thee Mightee Kittens got their paws on some music software for the iPad. Today, those kittens and I have created some fur-soaked tunes. Here are those tunes, for your enjoyment/our shame.

Thee Mightee Kittens – Fall in Love

Thee Mightee Kittens – Black Infiniti Follows Blue Nissan

Thee Mightee Kittens – How do I get stripper glitter out of my hair?

Thee Mightee Kittens – Gravity, Saint

Thee Mightee Kittens – Sour, Conniption & Fibs

Thee Mightee Kittens – Talking in a Dead Language

Thee Mightee Kittens – Tall Buildings

Thee Mightee Kittens – Heart Out Yo Body (Sucka)

Mal de Ojo (The Evil Eye)

23 02 2014

Vinyl records collectorsThe superstitious amongst us protect themselves from the negativity and evil in the universe a myriad of ways. For many this manifests itself as an affected sort of obsessive compulsive disorder. But for others, it takes the form of talismans that protect us from evil, necklaces and charms which have been given to us or we have purchased at a kiosk in the mall or while on vacation in the caribbean – designed to protect us from those wishing ill upon us or the dreaded “evil eye.”

The Evil Eye, or the physical manifestation of online trolling, is commonplace in all cultures and dates back to ancient Greece. Back then, many thought that those who had blue or green eyes wielded the curse. Now we realize that anyone with enough jealousy or envy can push those vibes out into the universe. And that sometimes those people go further, taking actions to deliberately hurt or injure another person.

Last week, I started to think about all of the talismans I have ever worn. And then one of my mala bracelets broke. I didn’t catch it on anything. It just broke as I was putting it on in the morning, all the little beads cascading into the drawer. This had never happened before. So I did a little research. Apparently, one reason why a mala can break, apart from wear and tear, is that this little bracelet has taken the hit for me, sacrificing its little beads to protect me from the evil in the universe. It unnerved me to think that someone had wished bad things on me. And that I was out $28 dollars. And that my wrist was missing something. I like to wear things in threes (again OCD). I was thinking about a lot of things.

And what happens now? Have I been spared from the universe? Have these little lucky things protected me from the world and those that would wish harm on me and my family? Superstition is powerful. Based on belief, it can make you very paranoid. But it can also make you feel strong or smart or safe. Hey, whatever gets you through the day.

The Cure – Mr. Pink Eyes

Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye